Lancaster University heeds government call for new maths schools

The first images have been released of Lancaster University School of Mathematics, slated to welcome its first cohort of 16- to 18-year-olds next year

The first images have been released of Lancaster University School of Mathematics (LUSoM), an £8.5m venture intended to transform the study of maths in the north-west.

Set to welcome its first cohort of 16- to 18-year-olds in September 2022, LUSoM is the result of a partnership between Lancaster University and Cardinal Newman College, and intended to annually attract up to 130 of the most mathematically able students from the north-west.

LUSoM’s foundation is a direct response to a call from government for the HE sector to take a leading role in establishing new maths schools, with an additional £350,000 of funding pledged each year for new institutions supported by the UK’s most selective mathematics universities.

Plans are underway for the Preston-based school to establish links with maths schools in Liverpool, Exeter and Kings College London, the better to share knowledge and encourage the study of the subject across the UK.

“The school will become a tremendous asset for the area, as well as the wider region,” said Professor Simon Guy, pro-vice-chancellor at Lancaster University.

“The world-class education the school will provide will enable our best young mathematically gifted people to fulfil their potential and giving them a flying start as they head to university and begin their careers.”

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Boasting rooftop terrace, towering atrium and retractable 400-seat auditorium, the four-storey bronze-clad building was designed by Pozzoni Architecture

“The country’s brightest young mathematicians need environments that are conducive to a very particular style of learning,” said Catherine Mulley, director of the Manchester-based practice.

“As such, we’ve designed the Lancaster University School of Mathematics around a distinct three-storey atrium that will serve as a gateway into an exceptional maths community.”

The facility has been welcomed by the newly installed Minister for the School System, Baroness Barran.

“Lancaster University School of Mathematics will bring a transformational approach to maths teaching to Preston and Lancashire,” she said.

“Students will be able to build a depth and breadth of understanding across the whole field of mathematics, from cutting edge modelling to the underpinnings of game theory and more.”

Interested parties can register here for the virtual launch taking place tomorrow (29 September), while applications to become part of the first cohort can be made here.

Lancaster University School of Mathematics entrance
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