The desire of our teaching staff to break new ground is what makes studying at the Department of Mathematics in Bristol such a tremendous learning experience for under- and post-graduates.
Explore the research themes of the three groups:
What is there to discover in mathematics?
One important route to discovery is to study problems of real-world situations, such as in applied mathematics, or in statistics which provides tools to deal with uncertainty and probability. But there are still plenty of unsolved mathematical problems in the abstract field of pure mathematics too.
All academic staff within the Department of Mathematics are actively involved in research. Bristol is recognised as an international centre of excellence in mathematics research — witness, for example, the UK government's Research Assessment Excercise in 2008. We continue to invest heavily in research resources.
Our department maintains several interdisciplinary research laboratories. In fact, we have a purpose-built laboratory for the experimental study of applied mathematics. We are also involved with the new Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information, a project led by Prof. Noah Linden.
Quietest labs in the world
The University is in the early stages of building a new £10m Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information. By minimising noise from vibration, the new labs will enable researchers to make exact observations and measurements in the nanoscale.
The priorities of the Department's research efforts are:
- execution of internationally recognised world-class mathematical and statistical research resulting in key publications and presentations;
- research training of graduate students who show the highest potential;
- research development and career progression of postdoctoral research workers;
- interaction with external groups both within academia and beyond;
- commercialising opportunities combining research and enterprise
Members of the Department collaborate with colleagues from a variety of disciplines at Bristol, including physics, social sciences, biology and medicine, as well as with external organisations, such as Hewlett Packard, QinetiQ, Unilever, Barclays Bank, the Government Communications Headquarters and National Air Traffic Services.