British Mathematical Olympiad

Current events:
11–22 July: IMO 2019
(see full calendar for more)

Welcome to the British Mathematical Olympiad

(17 July 2019)

The IMO 2019 papers were sat on 16 and 17 July in Bath; the problems are available. The problems were submitted by South Africa, Ukraine, Croatia, El Salvador, USA and India respectively.

Our thanks to this year’s IMO supporter, Oxford Asset Management.

(13 July 2019)

Australia has won the 12th Mathematics Ashes competition, decided on the results of today’s practice exam at the joint pre-IMO training camp in Bath; the results for the two teams were as follows, with the UK scoring a total of 77 and Australia scoring a total of 104:

CodeName Q1Q2Q3Total
UNK1Alex Darby 77014
UNK2Liam Hill 77418
UNK3Tom Hillman 77216
UNK4George Mears 700 7
UNK5Benedict Randall Shaw 710 8
UNK6Aron Thomas 75214
AUS1James Bang 77721
AUS2Andres Buritica Monroy77216
AUS3Yasiru Jayasooriya 75012
AUS4Preet Patel 15713
AUS5William Steinberg 77721
AUS6Hadyn Tang 77721

Our thanks to this year’s IMO supporter, Oxford Asset Management.

(28 May 2019)

After the training camp held in Leeds, 26–28 May, the team of six for the IMO in the UK has been chosen as:

NameSchool
Alex DarbySutton Grammar School for Boys
Liam HillGosforth Academy
Thomas HillmanSt Albans School
George MearsGeorge Abbot School
Benedict Randall ShawWestminster School
Aron ThomasDame Alice Owen’s School

The reserves are:

NameSchool
Brian DaviesSt Edward’s College
Sarah GleghornSkipton Girls’ High School
Yuka Machino (first reserve)Millfield School
Alevtina StudenikinaCheltenham Ladies’ College

The Team Leader is Dr Dominic Yeo of the University of Oxford and the Deputy Leader is Freddie Illingworth of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. The IMO will take place in Bath, 11–22 July.

Our thanks to this year’s IMO supporter, Oxford Asset Management.

(8 May 2019)

The Balkan Mathematical Olympiad information now includes Dominic Rowland’s report on the 2019 olympiad.

(4 May 2019)

The Balkan Mathematical Olympiad paper was sat on Thursday in Chişinău, Moldova. The UK team have achieved the following scores (each question marked out of 10). The medal cut-offs were 31 for gold, 27 for silver and 15 for bronze.

Name Q1Q2Q3Q4TotalMedal
Brian Davies 10 010 0 20Bronze Medal
Thomas Finn 1010 2 0 22Bronze Medal
Liam Hill 10 410 0 24Bronze Medal
George Mears 10 410 0 24Bronze Medal
Alevtina Studenikina 4 510 0 19Bronze Medal
Patrick Winter 10 1 3 0 14Honourable Mention

(11 April 2019)

The UK team in the eighth European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad have achieved the following results, coming equal 5th out of 50 participating teams (equal 4th out of 36 official European teams). The medal boundaries are 29 for gold, 21 for silver and 16 for bronze.

Name Q1Q2Q3Q4Q5Q6TotalMedal
Naomi Bazlov 5 4 0 7 7 1 24Silver Medal
Sarah Gleghorn 2 3 7 7 2 1 22Silver Medal
Yihua Luo 7 1 2 7 7 0 24Silver Medal
Yuka Machino 7 5 0 7 7 7 33Gold Medal

Yuka has been added to the squad of eleven from which the team of six for the IMO in Bath will be selected at the Leeds camp.

Our thanks to Man Group for their support of the EGMO team.

(10 April 2019)

The problems from the second paper at the eighth European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad, sat today in Kyiv, are now available. The problems were submitted by Poland, the Netherlands and the UK respectively; problem 6 is by Joe Benton.

Our thanks to Man Group for their support of the EGMO team.

(9 April 2019)

The problems from the first paper at the eighth European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad, sat today in Kyiv, are now available. The problems were submitted by the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Poland respectively.

Our thanks to Man Group for their support of the EGMO team.

(7 April 2019, staff updated 26 April 2019)

The UK has been invited as a guest nation to send a team to the Balkan Mathematical Olympiad, to be held in Chişinău, Moldova from 30 April to 5 May. The team will be accompanied by Dominic Rowland of Winchester College (Leader) and Dr Ava Yeo of the Francis Crick Institute (Deputy Leader). After the training camp held at Trinity College, Cambridge, 2–7 April, the team has been selected as follows.

NameSchool
Brian DaviesSt Edward’s College
Thomas FinnBexhill College
Liam HillGosforth Academy
George MearsGeorge Abbot School
Alevtina StudenikinaCheltenham Ladies’ College
Patrick WinterBarton Peveril College

(7 April 2019)

At the training camp held at Trinity College, Cambridge, 2–7 April, the squad of ten from which the team of six and four reserves for the IMO in the UK will be selected has been chosen as:

NameSchool
Alex DarbySutton Grammar School for Boys
Brian DaviesSt Edward’s College
Sarah GleghornSkipton Girls’ High School
Liam HillGosforth Academy
Thomas HillmanSt Albans School
George MearsGeorge Abbot School
Benedict Randall ShawWestminster School
Alevtina StudenikinaCheltenham Ladies’ College
Aron ThomasDame Alice Owen’s School
Patrick WinterBarton Peveril College

(Patrick subsequently withdrew from the IMO squad after being selected for the UK team for the International Physics Olympiad.)

The Team Leader is Dr Dominic Yeo of the University of Oxford and the Deputy Leader is Freddie Illingworth of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. The IMO will take place in Bath, 11–22 July. The final team will be selected at the Leeds camp held 26–28 May.

Our thanks to this year’s IMO supporter, Oxford Asset Management.

(17 March 2019)

The Romanian Master of Mathematics information now includes Gabriel Gendler’s report on RMM 2019.

(5 March 2019)

The Christopher Bradley elegance prize has been awarded to Yuka Machino (Millfield School), Ang Boon Han Nathaniel (Anglo Chinese Independent School) and Timothy Wallace (Hampton School) for their solutions to BMO2 problem 1.

(24 February 2019)

The UK participants in the Romanian Master of Mathematics competition have achieved the following results, coming 16th out of 24 teams in the team competition. The medal boundaries are 37 for gold, 30 for silver and 24 for bronze.

Name Q1Q2Q3Q4Q5Q6TotalMedal
Naomi Bazlov 7 0 0 7 1 015Honourable Mention
Alex Darby 7 0 2 7 2 018Honourable Mention
Tom Hillman 7 7 1 7 3 025Bronze Medal
Benedict Randall Shaw 7 0 1 7 1 420Honourable Mention
Aron Thomas 7 7 1 7 4 026Bronze Medal
Tommy Walker Mackay 7 0 1 0 0 08Honourable Mention

(12 February 2019)

The 8th European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad will be held in Kyiv, Ukraine, 7–13 April. The UK team will be:

NameSchool
Naomi BazlovKing Edward VI High School for Girls, Birmingham
Sarah GleghornSkipton Girls’ High School
Yihua LuoSt George’s School for Girls
Yuhka MachinoMillfield School

The reserve is Lily Kearney of Exeter Mathematics School. The Team Leader is Jenny Owladi of the Bank of England and the Deputy Leader is Kasia Warburton of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Our thanks to Man Group for their support of the EGMO team.

(25 January 2019)

This year’s BMO Round 2 paper was taken yesterday.

(7 January 2019)

BMO Round 1 was marked in Cambridge on 7–9 December. Gold medals are awarded for scores of 48 or more, silver medals for scores of 41 to 47, bronze medals for scores of 35 to 40, certificates of distinction for scores of 22 and above, certificates of merit for scores of 9 to 21. The report for schools, with statistics on results, is also available.

The BMO2 qualifying cut-off scores are 35 for students in year 13 (England and Wales), year S6 (Scotland), year 14 (Northern Ireland); 32 for students in year 12 (England and Wales), year S5 (Scotland), year 13 (Northern Ireland); 29 for students in year 11 (England and Wales), year S4 (Scotland), year 12 (Northern Ireland); and 26 for students in lower school years. Scoring at least the cut-off on BMO1 gives free entry to BMO2 provided that the candidate is eligible to represent the UK at the IMO. Any participant in BMO1 may enter BMO2 by paying the entry fee. BMO2 will take place on 24 January.

(5–8 January 2019)

Following the annual IMO Winter School held in Tata, Hungary, 27 December to 4 January, the students to represent the UK at the Romanian Master of Mathematics competition have been selected as:

NameSchool
Naomi BazlovKing Edward VI HS for Girls, Birmingham
Alex DarbySutton Grammar School for Boys
Tom HillmanSt Albans School
Benedict Randall ShawWestminster School
Aron ThomasDame Alice Owen’s School
Tommy Walker MackayStretford Grammar School

The Team Leader is Gabriel Gendler (HUJI) and the Deputy Leader is James Gazet (St. Paul’s School); Georgina Majury (Peterhouse, Cambridge) is Observer with Contestants. The reserves are Yuhka Machino (Millfield School) and Thomas Pelling (Bedford School). The RMM will take place in Bucharest, 20–25 February.

(1 December 2018)

This year’s BMO Round 1 paper was taken yesterday; video solutions are available online. Production facilities for the video were donated by the University of Bath Audio Visual Unit.

(9 November 2018)

Video of Ursula Martin’s IMO lecture at the Science Museum is now available.

(28 October 2018)

The markers’ report for the 2018 UK Mathematical Olympiad for Girls paper is now available, including extended discussions of the problems and the approaches taken by candidates.

(3 October 2018)

The UK Mathematical Olympiad for Girls (UK MOG) paper was taken yesterday. Solutions are also available. The paper will be marked on the weekend of 13–14 October.