Queen’s University Mathematics Competition 2017

Congratulations to Grosvenor’s Senior Mathematics Team of Mark Woods, Daniel Corken, Andrew Lawrie and James Magrath, which was placed third in this year’s annual Queen’s University Mathematics Competition, held on Friday 8th December. The GGS Team has now taken one of the top three positions at this event for the past four consecutive years – an unparalleled achievement in the long history of the tournament and one of which the School should be incredibly proud! This was a particularly strong achievement given that this year’s four pupil-strong team was comprised of three pupils who are only in Year Thirteen.

The luxurious surroundings of the Great Hall in the Lanyon building formed the backdrop for this year’s competition as schools braved the snowy conditions and travelled from as far afield as Newry, Dungannon and Coleraine to compete.

The concentration was palpable as brains steamed, tackling this year’s difficult problems - cunningly devised by lecturers of the Queen’s Mathematics Department. The format comprised two forty-five minute rounds of ten torturous questions each, followed by a five round table quiz on various topics. Tensions rose as the final round approached and the pride was heartfelt as the team’s eventual position was announced after the customary wait.

A typical question from this year’s competition was: a number has 125 factors, one of which is 30. What is that number?

Dr. Cathy Ramsbottom, Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Physics at Q.U.B., presented the prizes, awarding individual cash prizes to the team members.

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 leading students from across the region.

Dr. S. Stevenson

Grosvenor's Senior Mathematics team of (from left to right): Andrew Lawrie, James Magrath, Daniel Corken and Mark Woods, pictured alongside Dr. Stevenson following their third place finish at this year's highly prestigious Queen's University Mathematics Competition, held on Friday 8th December.