University Liaison Grants Scheme
The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) is keen to increase engagement of university students with the activities of the IMA. As part of this initiative a programme of small grants has been developed to give university student mathematical societies some funding for activities to enhance their programme.
Grants of up to £400 can be used to support:
- mathematical activities (such as putting on talks of mathematical interest, printing a mathematical newsletter or travelling as a group to IMA general interest conferences or places of mathematical interest);
- careers activities;
- promotional activities (printing t-shirts, hoodies, pens, etc. including the IMA logo); or,
- networking activities, quizzes etc.
Some general notes
Speaker travel expenses are acceptable but not fees – we expect mathematical speakers to give their time to you as their contribution to your profession.
IMA University Liaison Officer presentations – my travel expenses as well as my time are covered by the IMA and don’t impact on your grant funds.
Modest food costs to encourage attendance and venue costs (eg. if you have to cover late opening costs for lecture hall use after hours or internal university room charges) can be met.
Logo Clothing costs – don’t designate more than half of the grant to this and if for sports kits, then think about the gender balance of the distribution of resources: is it a mixed team?
The IMA accepts that some of its grant may be used indirectly for events such as Balls. No more than £100 of the IMA grant should be assigned to these activities in any one year.
To qualify for the full £400, we do require that you supply the name of a full time academic staff member. If this is not possible, the grant is limited to £200.
How to Apply and how it works
Fill out form below and e-mail to Erica.email@example.com if you have scanned a signed copy . If you prefer, however, you can post signed hardcopy to Erica Tyson, University Liaison Officer, IMA, Catherine Richards House, 16 Nelson St, Southend on Sea, Essex SS1 1EF.
We have a steering committee that oversees the grant awards.
Once approved, we will raise a purchase order which we e-mail to you.
Your treasurer can use that to get your university to invoice us.
We pay over the money to your account by electronic (BACS) transfer. Please note that this must be a university, Student Union or MathsSoc account.
We ask for a report at the end of the academic year in which the grant was awarded.* If you want to write up your activities with a bit more qualitative detail than the steering committee needs and have them published in Mathematics Today the IMA magazine we are really happy to feature them with a picture if you wish.
* if you applied very late in the academic year for the money for the following year we can log that in the summary report to the steering group.
We also ask for the opportunity for the University Liaison Officer to present to your members. We have a general careers talk or a technical talk on CFD in aerospace if you have had the careers one recently.