Mathematics Masterclasses are interactive extracurricular mathematics sessions for keen and talented young people around the UK. Masterclasses are designed to introduce students to aspects of mathematics that are not usually covered in the school curriculum.

The Lincolnshire Masterclass series for Year 9 is part of the Secondary Mathematics Masterclass Network run by the Royal Institution of GreatBritain (Ri) and which includes over 65 series across the country.


The 2022 Royal Institution Lincolnshire Virtual Masterclasses are hosted by the Mathematics Department at Bishop Grosseteste University. Sessions are aimed at Year 9 students and will take place on Saturday mornings, from 10:00am until 12pm on Zoom. Students will join the sessions from home through their own devices.

Saturday 5th March - Session 1 (10am-12pm)

  • Speaker: Samantha Durbin - Royal Institution
  • Topic: Code-Breaking and Ciphers

Saturday 12th March - Session 2 (10am-12pm)

  • Speaker: Martin Yates - Royal Institution
  • Topic: How big is the Universe?

Saturday 19th March - Session 3 (10am-12pm)

  • Speaker: Christopher Barnes - Bishop Grosseteste University
  • Topic: "But Sir, you can't have a negative square root!" - Exploring Imaginary numbers

Saturday 26th March - Session 4 (10am-12pm)

  • Speakers: C. Grimwood, C. Guinet and T. Wright - University of Bath
  • Topic: How high can you throw a ball? - Introduction to Differentiation

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      Please note that attendance at the Lincolnshire Virtual Masterclass series is via school nomination. Year 9 students are expected to attend all sessions in the series. Click here for more details about the sessions' content.

      You can find out more about the national network of MathematicsMasterclasses on The Royal Institution of GreatBritain (Ri) website.

      The Ri is following following the government guidance for educational settings regarding the COVID19 virus, which is updated regularly. This can be found here.

      Please do read this guidance carefully and make sure that you are following the guidelines to help stop the virus spreading. If anyone in your family has been asked to self-isolate, please do not let your child attend Masterclasses. If your school closes due to coronavirus, please seek advice about whether your child should attend Masterclasses from your school or local education authority.

      You can find the University’s guidance on coronavirus here.