Student view: Jamie
"I've loved every minute of being in London and have made sure to take full advantage of it"
To complement the students' challenging academic life, it is important that students take the time to rest, relax and enjoy activities outside of their degree programme. Whether this be sitting down to play a board game in the Maths Common Room, to working out at the College sports centre, to joining the College drama troupe, or tutoring students at a local school, students are encouraged to find a balance to their studies through some external activities.
The College Union has a wide array of activities to choose from, with over 300 Clubs and Societies. Within the Department, a number of student activities are supported and sponsored.
Imperial College Mathematics Society, in short MathSoc, is a student-run department society. Our aim is to create opportunities for maths students and students from other departments, who wish to join the maths community, to interact with each other. To do so, we organise many social (guaranteed fun!), academic and social events to help make your uni experience worthwhile. If you have any ideas for events then please drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To complement the first-class teaching delivered at Imperial, the Math Soc hopes to offer a society that fulfils all your needs as a mathematics student. Join us.
PLUS! is an interactive problems group that meets at regular intervals throughout Term 1 and Term 2, usually at lunch time. Questions are prepared by academics in the department who join the students to puzzle and solve the problems set by their colleagues.
If you enjoyed taking part in things like the Mathematics Olympiad, this is a group you may enjoy joining. Students are welcome to come and go as they please, not needing to commit to any period of time. Plus! should be for the pure enjoyment of maths!
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The UG Colloquium (details on Blackboard) was initiated by students in 2012-13 as a weekly lecture series where undergraduate students could present their research (e.g. UROP/projects/other independent research) to other undergraduates and members of the Department. The lectures take place during lunch and are advertised via email and on the Maths Central Pages of Blackboard.
In 2014-15, the first Warwick Imperial (WIMP) student conference was initiated as an add-on to the UG Colloquium, bringing students together from the two universities to present research, discuss and learn from each other.
Students are encouraged to attend and apply to give talks at student conferences. In the past, a number of talks by Imperial students have been given at the Institute of Mathematics' undergraduate student conference, Tomorrow's Mathematicians Today.
Living in London has been the most special aspect of coming to Imperial for me. There are so many opportunities (both academic and leisurely) here and I can't imagine myself living anywhere else now. From networking events in the City to attending the BBC Proms (right next to Imperial!) numerous times over the summer, I've loved every minute of being in London and have made sure to take full advantage of it.
The Horizons programme is Imperial's extra-curricular humanities programme; we are allowed to take courses in our free time in areas such as music, history and languages (from beginner level to fluency) and gain high-level qualifications that really make your CV stand out. I have taken courses in Science on Screen and Music Technology, which have allowed me to indulge my creative side when I'm not doing mathematics.
Societies are also a great way to spend your free time. We have over three hundred, ranging from every sport you could possibly imagine and numerous musical ensembles to an Assassins Guild and even a cheese-tasting society!"