‘Queen’s University Mathematics Challenge’ 2014

Congratulations to Grosvenor’s Senior Mathematics team which achieved first place in the highly prestigious ‘Queen’s University Mathematics Challenge’ competition 2014, held in The Great Hall on Wednesday 3rd December.

The team, comprising sixth formers Christopher Purdy, Paul Pruzina, Ryan Simpson and David Thompson, defeated around thirty opposing teams with the assistance of their teacher Dr. Sam Stevenson. Concentration within the venue was palpable as brains steamed whilst tackling this year’s challenging problems, cunningly devised by lecturers of the Q.U.B. Mathematics Department. Tension quickly rose in the Grosvenor camp as they took an early lead and, whilst they entered the final round with all to lose, pressure succumbed to elation when they were finally announced as the overall winners.

At the victory presentation Dr. Dundas, Mathematics Lecturer at Queen’s and event organiser, gave credit to Grosvenor, declaring that “the team won by a considerable margin”. The presentation was made by Michelle O’Hagan of ‘First Derivatives plc’, sponsors of the event.

‘First Derivatives plc’ is a leading employer of Mathematics graduates which wishes to make links with leading students from across the region. Each member of Grosvenor’s winning team took away a cash prize while an additional bounty will be presented to them at the company’s Headquarters in Newry when they attend on an educational visit later in the year.

Well done to all four of Grosvenor’s talented students on their victory, as well as Dr. Stevenson - whose input was instrumental to the team’s overall success. We wish Christopher, Paul, Ryan and David the best of luck in their Mathematics and Further Mathematics A Level studies and look forward to hearing about their visit to ‘First Derivatives’ Headquarters in the new year. 

Grosvenor's Senior Mathematics team flanked by their teacher Dr. Sam Stevenson (far left), Professor Hugo van der Hart (Q.U.B. School of Maths) and Michelle O’Hagan (far right; 'First Derivatives plc') following their victory at the highly prestigious 'Queen's University Mathematics Challenge' on Wednesday 3rd December.