Our research division consists of an outstanding, impactful department, with 86% of our research recognised as World Leading or Internationally Excellent in the most recent (2014) Research Excellence Framework assessment.
We occupy a distinctive position in the mathematical sciences community in terms of variety of applications of core mathematics research to other sciences, such as:
- applied and medical statistics
- biology, medicine, neuroscience and pharmacology
- data assimilation and modelling of Earth observations
- dynamics and numerical modelling of atmosphere and ocean
- polymer science
- social networks and the digital economy.
The importance of our work on the Mathematics of Weather and Climate was recognised by the award of our EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Mathematics of Planet Earth. This is a joint initiative with Imperial College that provides PhD training in the mathematical and computational techniques needed to understand, predict and quantify risk and uncertainty for extreme weather and climate change.
We also incorporate Europe’s largest academic group in data assimilation. The Data Assimilation group’s research ties together not only the main themes in meteorology (weather, climate and earth observation) but reaches across into mathematics, statistics and beyond (e.g. current interactions with the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics).
Other groups with a particular focus on interdisciplinary activity include our Statistics, Applied Statistics, Mathematical Biology, Complex Fluids and Theoretical Polymer Physics groups, and our Centre for Mathematics of Human Behaviour.
Our interdisciplinary activities are strongly underpinned by fundamental research in core mathematics. This includes research in areas such as algebraic and analytic number theory, applied and computational complex analysis, nonlinear partial differential equations, numerical analysis and computational modelling, operator theory, spectral theory, stochastic analysis and theoretical probability.
Our future goals include building and broadening our core mathematics research further, to provide the underpinning research environment and capability to support our interdisciplinary research, which provides a source for exciting new problems, and associated research impact.