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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


This course has been cancelled. Please register your interest by using the ‘Ask a Question’ function and we will notify you when this course, or a similar course, is next run.

Join us to work on some of our favourite mathematical problems, see how considering one question can prompt further enquiry, and discover that everyone can enjoy thinking mathematically.

Come prepared to explore, discuss, conjecture, reason and generalise. The day(s) will offer plenty of opportunities to be playful with mathematics, to compare strategies, to make unexpected connections, and to become excited by discoveries. 

This course is offered in conjunction with Mathematics is not a spectator sport! (part 1) which takes place on Sunday 19 November 2017

Each of these discrete days will offer different starting points and mathematical content, with a chance to experience a variety of mathematical journeys. Participants are encouraged to attend both events, but each day will be self-contained in order to accommodate those who can only attend one of the dates.

The course(s) will be accessible to anyone who is confident with GCSE / O Level mathematics. Most of the time will be spent working in small groups and then sharing ideas with others.

If you are unable to join us for either of these days, you might be interested in: Maths for parents. A series of workshops for parents who would like to know more about enjoying mathematics with their children (8 - 13 yrs).


Fees and bursaries


Fees for weekend courses cover tuition, meals (except breakfast) and refreshments, including morning coffee and afternoon tea during teaching hours, and travel on excursions (but not entrance fees to properties visited). Accommodation can be booked for an additional fee and includes breakfast.

VAT does not apply to course fees and there is no service charge (gratuities to domestic staff are left to your discretion). It is sometimes possible to stay for extra nights or extra meals, or to invite guests to meals, at an additional cost and by prior arrangement with the Admissions team.

If you do not wish to pay in full at the time of booking, you may pay a 15% registration fee as a deposit by credit/debit card. The balance will automatically be taken two weeks before the start of the course. If you wish to pay by cheque, you will need to pay in full when the booking is made.

You may cancel a course booking at any time. After the 14 day cancellation period has expired, the standard ICE course cancellation policy will apply. Please view our refund and cancellation policy for further details.

Cambridge University Press Bursaries for teachers

The Cambridge University Press (CUP) Bursary Fund offers a bursary of 50% of the course fee to applicants who teach in a UK state school or state-funded further education institution, applying to study a day school, weekend course or online course.

Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Course dates

10 Dec 2017

Course duration

1 day(s)

Course fee


Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

Qualifications / Credits


Teaching sessions

Meetings: 1

Course code