International Mathematics Success For Lincoln UTC Students

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Two Lincoln students are celebrating success in a global mathematics challenge.

Lincoln UTC pupils, Seth Gaskell and Cameron Wood entered into contests organised by the Centre of Education in Mathematics and Computing at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Year 10 student, Seth, from Tuxford, Newark, scored 37 out of 40, with his 36th place in the 2017 Fryer Contest putting him in the top 2% of entrants into the competition, which was organised by the Centre of Education in Mathematics and Computing at the University and attracted 6,262 entrants.

Students from around the world received their results this week for the contest which took part in the Easter holidays. Intended for students in their first year of high school, competitors answered four questions with marks awarded to those getting the right answer and for the presentation of their solution.

Seth’s success was echoed by fellow Lincoln UTC attendee Cameron Wood from Fiskerton, Lincoln. The Year 13 student took part in the University of Waterloo’s Euclid Contest, which is designed for students in the final year of high school but does allow international entrants.

Cameron’s score of 64 out of 100 placed him in the top 25% of the 21,000 students who took part.

As well as Cameron, three other Lincoln UTC students – Dominic McMillan, Toby Reichelt and Chad Taylor – also sat the paper. Primarily an individual contest, the University also produces a Team Score, based on the top three scores from each participating school. Lincoln UTC’s score placed it as 197 out of 1,614 participating schools.

"These contests are not easy and all of the boys have done very well indeed and should be very proud of their achievements,” said Matthew Hubert, UKMT/CEMC Coordinator. “As a school that specialises in maths we set very high challenges and encourage our students to stretch themselves by entering competitions like the University of Waterloo’s Fryer and Euclid contests."

Lincoln UTC is a specialist college educating 14 to 18 year olds in core subjects including Mathematics and English alongside specialist studies in Engineering and Science. Up to 160 students are admitted into Year 10 and Year 12 each academic year. This summer the UTC celebrated their examination results, exceeding national standards across the specialist subjects in Post 16 and proving to be an outstanding college for the delivery of Mathematics. 100% of leavers entered education, employment or training with 93% of students securing their first choice university. A wealth of Apprenticeship opportunities were secured by UTC students in Years 11, 12 and 13 including Siemens, Alan Woods, Fairfield, the Royal Navy and Air Tanker.

There are no entry requirements for entry into Year 10 but students must have a strong interest in Engineering and/or Science and a desire to combine practical, technical and academic modes of study. Entry requirements for Year 12 courses can be found at