A message from the ICME14 Bursaries Committee:
The International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME14) will be held in Shanghai from 12 to 19 July 2020: see
Under the auspices of the Joint Mathematical Council, and with the generous support of the London Mathematical Society and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the ICME Bursaries Committee are able to offer bursaries of up to £500 to support attendance at ICME14. Full details and conditions are given in the notes attached to the application form.
Applications, including a letter of support, should be received by 30 November 2019, and we aim to make decisions by 31 December 2019.
We have been made aware of concerns about the lack of diversity among the characters appearing in the Summer Maths Challenge questions which the SMC produced on behalf of the Deputy First Minister.
We recognise the importance of representation, especially for groups of people who have traditionally been under-represented in maths, or more generally discriminated against. In theming this Challenge around the Scottish Women’s National Team we aimed in particular to address the under-representation of girls and women in maths. We recognise, however, that other aspects of diversity were not addressed in these questions.
We will work to ensure that other aspects of diversity are addressed in future Challenges, and we apologise to anyone who felt excluded as a consequence of our choices this time round.
The Scottish Mathematical Council was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Professor Edward Fraenkel FRS after a long and illustrious career. In addition to his major work in his professional life he made several significant donations to support the work of Mathematical Challenges and the SMC is very grateful for them.
We have published a report on SQA qualifications in Mathematics and English (1986-2018). The report, and the supporting data, can be found at
The report is intended for learners, teachers, policymakers, and others with an interest in these qualifications. We hope that it will help everyone to view attainment in Mathematics in a wider context, and to understand the differences and similarities between the two largest subjects in Scottish school education.
Every school in Scotland is sent the SMC Journal or the SMC Primary Journal… but are they any good? Please let us know what you like about them and what you don’t, what you would like to see in them in the future, and what might make them better.
Feedback by email please to Chris Pritchard (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carol Lyon (LyonC@angus.gov.uk).