Robinson is well located for doing Mathematics at Cambridge. The Centre for Mathematical Sciences, where many of the third and fourth year lecture courses take place, is a pleasant five minute walk away from Robinson. First and second year lecture courses take place in the city centre, which is a ten minute walk away. Robinson admits approximately six Mathematics undergraduates per year. The lecture courses are supported by College-based supervisions (in pairs mainly) by College Fellows and Senior Members, and by supervisions given by other members of the Mathematics Faculty. In Robinson there are several Mathematics Fellows, including two Emeritus Professors.
Robinson Mathematicians are a lively group of individuals. There is a student-run session to welcome new first year Mathematicians on arrival and we meet as a group a couple of weeks later for our traditional annual Formal Dinner in the College Hall. At the end of the Easter term we meet again for the traditional annual barbeque. Mathematicians at Robinson also often meet informally together to solve mathematical problems, to study mathematics together, and to socialise.
Further comments on Mathematics admissions at Robinson College
Applicants need to expect, or to have achieved, high grades in Mathematics at GCE A level (or equivalent) and in STEP papers, which test the more challenging material in the AS and A2 level Mathematics and Further Mathematics syllabuses. A high grade in Further Mathematics at AS level is required and a high grade in Further Mathematics at A2 level (or equivalent) would be an advantage. Given the nature of Mathematics as it is taught at Cambridge it is also desirable to have AS and A2 level Physics, although applicants without Physics will be seriously considered.
In line with overall College policy, we try to interview all applicants who we think have a realistic chance of being offered a place - a large fraction of those who apply. In deciding whether you have a realistic chance of an offer we look at your GCSE performance, your predicted grades at A Level or the equivalent, your UCAS application and your Supplementary Application Questionnaire.
Mathematics applicants are asked to attend two subject interviews, each of approximately 30 minutes, and to sit a test of no more than one hour in duration which is intended to provide extra information on the applicant's ability. The interviews are based around discussion of mathematical problems to assess your approach, rather than a test of prior knowledge.
Updated May 2016