Women in Maths residential

A unique event for talented young women who want to study Mathematics, taking place in March each year.

Women in Maths group photo, Cambridge University


Group work at the Women in Maths residential Christ's College, Cambridge
   Problem-solving together in one of the workshops

Christ's and Trinity Colleges run an annual Women in Maths residential. The Women in Maths Residential normally takes place in March each year. 

If you are in Year 12, and think you would like to attend this event, please see the information below about registering your interest. 

What is the Women in Maths Residential?

While there are lots of events run across the country to encourage young women to study STEM subjects, this event specifically targets potential female applicants to Mathematics courses at top universities.

This residential is open to women who are interested in studying Maths and related courses at a top university. On the residential, you’ll attend lectures and classes taught by Cambridge academics and meet current students and admissions staff. It's a good opportunity to gain an insight into what it’s like to study at Maths at the University of Cambridge.  Attendees will also have the chance to explore the city of Cambridge, and take part in a range of social activities.

The residential is free of charge, including accommodation at Christ's College and food costs, and there are funds available to cover travel expenses to and from Cambridge for students who can demonstrate financial hardship.

Lecture in the Yusuf Hamied Lecture Theatre, Christ's College, Cambridge
  Maths lecture - taking notes

Eligibility and selection

This residential is open to any women in Year 12 / S5 (Scotland) / Y13 (Northern Ireland) at the time of the residential and attending a UK state school. You must be aged 16 or over by the first day of the residential, and you must be taking A Level Mathematics and A Level Further Mathematics, or IB Higher Level Mathematics 'Analysis and Approaches', or an equivalent qualification.

Applicants will be assessed based on their academic record, their commitment to exploring maths at a higher level, and a teacher’s reference. In addition, we are particularly keen to identify students with little or no family tradition of higher education, those whose schools don’t send many applicants to Cambridge University, and students who’ve spent any time in care.

If selected to attend, you will be sent a confirmation form, requirements form and a code of conduct, which you must have signed by a parent/guardian before returning by post or email – this is to confirm that you have permission to attend the residential in Cambridge and to notify us of any requirements you may have.

Break in Christ's College bar, Cambridge University Women in Maths residential
    Many participants commented on how good it was to chat with other participants and
    current​​ maths students on the event.

If you are in Year 12 and looking for other opportunities

If you can't attend, found it too late or are not eligible for this event, don't worry as there are plenty of other opportunities to find out about studying Maths at Cambridge. Do consider coming on an Open Day / Online Event at Christ's College or an Open Day at Trinity College if you'd like to visit and find out more (booking required). 

Register interest for the 2021 Women in Maths residential

If you are currently in Year 12 or equivalent, love maths, and think that you would like to apply for this residential next March, please register your interest and we will then send you an email reminder and full information when we open applications. Tip: we recommend that you check the eligibility criteria above before registering your interest.

Covid - 19 updates
If this event cannot take place in person, an online event will be organised (the event took place online in 2020). A decision on this will be taken nearer the time.


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