The School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences
The School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences (SMPCS) is home to three leading Departments within the University of Reading – Mathematics and Statistics, Meteorology, and Computer Science.
This coming together of three disciplines makes us one of the largest and most successful clusters of mathematical and computational sciences departments in the UK. We are home to more than 300 staff: including over 90 core academic staff and over 100 research staff; and more than 1000 students across our undergraduate, master's and PhD programmes.
We are well known as a globally-important centre for research in weather and climate, and have world-leading research strengths across all of our disciplines. We have annual research income in excess of £12 million and active partnerships with organisations such as the Met Office, ECMWF, Imperial College and the NERC national centres for Atmospheric Science and Earth Observation.
Teaching and learning
We are proud of our record in teaching and learning across our undergraduate, master's and PhD programmes, delivering challenging, rewarding, relevant and attractive programmes of study in a supportive environment. We have a clear focus on student achievement and employability, we embrace new modes of delivery and seek to provide the best approaches to enhancing our students' experiences. This is underpinned by a firm commitment to valuing, supporting and developing all staff engaged in teaching and learning.
Wellbeing, equality and diversity
In all of this, across our research and teaching activity, we strive to cultivate an open, interactive and friendly working environment. We are delighted to have been recognised with an Athena SWAN Silver award for our commitment to proactive gender-neutral employment practice, and ensure we have strong support for those with disabilities and flexible working arrangements throughout our departments.
School Executive board
Head of School: Professor Ben Cosh
School Director of Teaching and Learning: Dr Karen Ayres
School Executive Administration Manager: Dawn Turner
Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics: Dr Stephen Langdon
Head of the Department of Meteorology (Academic Staff): Professor Suzanne Gray
Head of the Department of Meteorology (External Affairs): Professor Richard Allan
Head of the Department of Meteorology (Finance and Support Staff): Professor Bob Plant
Head of the Department of Computer Science: Dr Giuseppe Di Fatta