Volunteer with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)

African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) organizes a one-year Masters programme intended to prepare African graduates with mathematically-based degrees for employment and higher postgraduate study. It attracts some of the best students from across the African continent. The Royal Statistical Society has supported AIMS for several years by seeking volunteers who are prepared to teach an intensive three-week course in a statistical area. Non-RSS Fellows are considered by AIMS but are not eligible for RSS financial support. AIMS Centres are located in Cameroon, Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa.

Typically, the programmes consist of 9 foundation mathematical science courses (delivered from August to October), 11 special topic courses (delivered from November to mid-April), and a research-based essay (from mid-April to mid-June). Past lecturers have found the teaching and interaction a most fulfilling and unique experience which is greatly appreciated by the students and Centre staff. Details of preparing a course suggestion and what to expect in giving a course may be obtained by contacting Professor Tony Lawrance (A.J.Lawrance@warwick.ac.uk), lead of the RSS-AIMS Support Group. Additionally, there may be separate opportunities to propose and supervise research-based essays, either in person as a visiting tutor or remotely.