Upcoming SUMS events

Welcome to week 1!

Here is a message from SUMS (all views contained within are opinions and views from the SUMS group :-).

Hi All,
Welcome to University! Hope you have all survived freshers week, whether it is your first or fourth, it never gets any less brutal.
Many things to say, so will keep it as straight to the point as possible…

Pub Golf
This Thursday, Whey Pat – 8pm.
Link below to event.

Thanks to everyone that has already paid! If not, would you mind bringing along £3 to the pub golf.

Sunday League Football
Our publicity rep, Surabhi, is keen on creating a football for Sunday League for both students and staff. If you are interested then drop her an email on sd207 ASAP so we can get the ball rolling…pun intended.

Lecture Series
Our very first lecture is a collaboration between Maths, Physics and Astrophysics. Presented by Mr. Carey; he will discuss the task of bringing two spacecraft together (i.e. into matching orbits – “orbital rendezvous”) in a controlled, safe fashion.
See the link below for more details.

Rubix Cube Challenge
At the Freshers Fayre we had a challenge that whoever managed to solve a Rubix cube in the quickest time would get free membership for the year. Several impressive times were recorded, but at only 34.70s, Noah Joubert won the challenge! Congrats mate, you should receive an email today!

Freshers Fayre Problem
You also may have noticed a problem we had on the table at the Freshers Fayre: What is fastest way to prove that 2^{1/3} is irrational?
Let 2^{1/3}=p/q (p,q coprime integers) then 2 q^3=p^3, or q^3+q^3=p^3, which is contradiction by Fermat’s Last Theorem.

Fresher & Postgrad Rep
This year we have 2 open places on the committee for a Freshers rep and a Postgrad rep. These positions will help us have better representation across years and hopefully another opportunity to get more people involved. Email sums@st-Andrews.ac.uk if you are interested. EGM details coming at a later date.

Good luck for week 1, and welcome to the life of 9ams..
Much love, SUMS.

c/o Hannah Mercer

Welcome to the School of Mathematics and Statistics in 2016!

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to all new and returning students and to let you know about the advising procedure and the events during orientation week in our School.

For those coming for the first time this year, you will have an opportunity to meet staff over coffee and cake. We will also be holding three information sessions during orientation week to help you understand the advising process and to give you some details about our 1000 level and 2000 level programmes.

For the returning students, we will be holding an information session for those of you either taking level 2000 modules, entering junior honours or in your last year (the latter of which will focus on the honours project element).

A very important part of next week is the advising process and as part of this you need to sign up for a session with your advisor via MMS and then meet with your advisor as organised. If for some reason you need to change your agreed time you must let us know as soon as possible to arrange another. Apart from the fact that it’s a valuable session, it is a legal requirement that we meet with all students.

Questions you might have

  1. When can I see an advisor?

Individual advisors will have a slightly different range of slots, so students should go straight to their own advisor to see what is on offer. However, advising for new entrants will largely occur on Tuesday while advising for second year students will typically occur on Wednesday. Advising for honours will predominantly occur on Tuesday or Wednesday, although some may offer time slots on the Monday depending on their availability.


  1. When can I sign up for advising?

The sign up process via MMS will only be live from Friday the 2nd September. If for some reason you must change your time after the system is closed you will need to email your advisor to organise the change.

  1. How do I sign up for advising?

You need to log into MMS and choose a slot in the Advising section which should be visible to you when you log in. Full instructions about how to use the system can be found online in the same section.

More information

More details about orientation week with dates, times and locations (including another link to MMS) can be found here:


We are very much looking forward to you joining us this year and if you have any questions feel free to email your advisor, the advising co-ordinator (Dr. Richard Scott) or myself directly (Dr Monique Mackenzie).

With very warm wishes,



Dr. Monique L. Mackenzie,

Director of Teaching,

Senior Lecturer in Statistics, School of Mathematics and Statistics

University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

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