School of Mathematics and Statistics

UWA Academy for Young Mathematicians

What is the Academy?

The Academy is an enrichment programme in Mathematics organised by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of The University of Western Australia for high school students who are currently in Years 10 and 11. Advanced Year 9 students, for example those who have completed the Noether or Polya Enrichment Series of the Mathematics Challenge, are also encouraged to participate.

The programme of the Academy is suitable for a broad range of mathematically able students. The aim is to broaden and deepen their mathematical knowledge, to involve them in problem solving and to extend the range of their mathematical skills.

How is the Academy organised?

The Academy runs on a regular basis during the school terms. All sessions are held on Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:45.

The session dates and lecturer for the UWA Academy in 2018 are:

Term 1: 3, 10 and 17 March - Nazim Khan (UWA);
Term 2: 19 and 26 May, 2 June - To be confirmed;
Term 3: 18 and 25 August, 1 September - John Bamberg (UWA);
Term 4: 6, 13 and 20 October - Miccal Matthews (UWA).

The lectures are held in the Weatherburn Lecture Theatre of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, UWA. Enrolment commences at 09:45 am prior to the session. Parking should be available on Fairway Drive. 

What happens at an Academy session?

Each session comprises of a short lecture and a workshop during which students work in groups on selected problems. Problem sheets are distributed at the end of the session, and students are expected to complete a number of problems for homework before the next session. Prizes are awarded for meritorious solutions to selected problems.

All the material presented at the Academy is distributed in the form of printed notes. However you will be expected to work on problems so you'll need a pen and notebook or paper. A calculator is not required, but not forbidden either.

The topics to be covered in 2018 will be different from those in 2017.

History of the Academy

The Academy commenced in 1995, enrolling about 60 students from 25 schools in the metropolitan area, ranging from inner city to outer suburban schools and including schools from the State, Catholic and Independent Systems.

The Academy has continued successfully in each year since then.

How do you join the Academy?

Applications for 2018 will be accepted from the beginning of February 2018. 

You can enrol electronically here. The fee for the whole year, including printed material, is $50. Students must also provide their own stationery. The fee can be paid online by credit card, preferably before the first session. When making the online payment please ensure that all details in Section 2 are completed, including the student's full name.

If the link above does not work for some reason, you could just fill in the Application Form and e-mail it to:, with a Subject line: "Academy application form". You could also print the Application form, fill it in, and send it to the following address:

 UWA Academy for Young Mathematicians Applications
 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009

(Please do *not* include payment with your application.)

It is very important to supply a correct e-mail address (if you have any) since this will be the preferred way to communicate with students during the year.

Contact addresses and telephone numbers:

Department of Mathematics and Statistics,
The University of Western Australia,
35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley 6009;
Fax: (08) 6488-1028

Dr. Miccal Matthews
UWA Academy for Young Mathematicians
Telephone +61 8 6488 1870


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