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Mathematics research strategy

The Department’s research is organized in four research groups: Applied and Numerical Analysis, Financial Mathematics and Operational Research, Statistics and Data Science and  Mathematical Physics and Applied Mathematics. There are overlaps between research activities across these groups, and there are links with research activities in other disciplines within the university, especially in computer science, economics, engineering and health sciences.

The Department’s research strategy is organized around three core principles.

  • Mathematics is seen both as a research field in its own right and as a key enabler for interdisciplinary research. Accordingly, research in each group will consist of two overlapping strands: curiosity-driven disciplinary research and interdisciplinary research possibly involving industry and academic partners from other disciplines, driven by specific end-user needs and major societal challenges. The relative share of disciplinary research and interdisciplinary or industrial research will vary across research groups; however, both these strands will underpin excellence in the quality of research outputs, in research-led disciplinary teaching, and in research impact associated with discipline-specific expertise.  
  • The Department will maintain a vibrant research environment for faculty, research students, early career researchers and academic visitors. To this end, it will continue its research seminar programme throughout the year and will also host research student symposia, with presentations from its own doctoral students. It will continue to host prestigious conferences and workshops, such as the triennial conference on Mathematics of Finite Elements and its Applications (MAFELAP) and the annual Random Matrix Theory workshop (held in alternate years at Brunel and Bielefeld University, Germany). It will further expand its sphere of international influence and its reputation through externally funded research visits of overseas academics and research workshops, as well as mini-symposia at established conferences, on topics consistent with the Department’s current and future research interests. 
  • The Department will offer attractive, broad-based training to its doctoral students. It will deliver highly trained PhD graduates who contribute to UK’s research base and enhance Brunel’s reputation for excellent research, both in the UK and in overseas institutions.