## News

• #### UEA 2021 maths prize winners announced, well done to you!

August 3, 2021
• Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Prizes: William Card, Kayleigh Jones;
• The Graham Everest Memorial Prizes: Hector Betteridge, Jared Carpenter, Shay Jordan;
• The School of Mathematics Year 1-3 Prizes: Callum Gorham, Jake Harvey-Le Grice, Luke Kelly, Ben Phair, Tia Seagust;
• The School of Mathematics Final Assessment Prizes: Bradley Brown, Katie Orbell, Kraig Wymer-Webb;
• MMath Final Year Project Prize: Edward Betteridge, Bailey Franke;
• The Dominic Russell Prizes: Molly Leeder, Dylon Thoo;
• The Felix Klein Prize: Katie Orbell.
• #### Site launched!

June 14, 2021
We launched the site. Excited? So are we!

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