Queen's University Mathematics Challenge 2015

Congratulations to Grosvenor’s Senior Mathematics team which, for an unprecedented second consecutive year, achieved first place in the highly prestigious ‘Queen’s University Mathematics Challenge’ competition, held in Q.U.B's The Great Hall on the afternoon of Wednesday 4th December.

The team, comprising Upper Sixth pupils Susannah Ashfield, Hannah Simpson, Lewis Francey and Ryan Simpson, the latter of whom was also a member of last year’s victorious group, defeated opposing teams from around twenty other Grammar Schools with the assistance of their teacher Dr. Sam Stevenson to secure the highly prestigious title.

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. The format comprised two forty-five minute rounds of ten torturous questions each, followed by a six round table quiz on various topics. A typical question from this year’s competition was: ‘The vertices of a cube also lie on the surface of a sphere. Find the ratio of the volume of the cube to the volume of the sphere.’

Success in this year’s competition bodes well for all of Grosvenor’s talented team members; from the 2014 winning side, all three of its Upper Sixth students went on to secure A*s in both their GCE A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics examinations, with David Thompson attaining an incredible first place in Northern Ireland in Mathematics, as well as third place in Further Mathematics.

‘First Derivatives plc’, the global capital markets software firm, sponsored the event. They are a leading employer of mathematics graduates who wish to make links with elite students from across the region. As members of the winning team, Grosvenor’s participants also took away a cash prize of £50 each from the contest, with an additional bounty of £100 going to the School’s Mathematics department.

Well done to all four of Grosvenor’s accomplished students on their victory, as well as Dr. Stevenson - whose input was instrumental to the team’s overall success. We wish Susannah, Hannah, Lewis and Ryan the best of luck in their Mathematics and Further Mathematics A Level studies and look forward to hopefully celebrating their further success when Public Examination results are published next August.

Grosvenor pupils (left to right): Ryan Simpson, Hannah Simpson, Susannah Ashfield and Lewis Francey, along with their teacher Dr. Sam Stevenson (back centre) who combined to achieve success for the School at the highly prestigious 'Q.U.B. Senior Mathematics Challenge', held in The Great Hall on Friday 4th December.