Quality of Research
Cardiff School of Mathematics
Research Assessment Exercise (2008)
|Unit of Assessment||Staff submitted (FTE)||By percentage, research activity in the submission judged to reach quality standard|
|Pure Mathematics (F20)||30.45||4||3||2||1||UC|
(Overall quality profile in blocks of 5%)
|University of Oxford||170.996|
|University of Cambridge||167.75|
|University of Bristol||101.8635|
|University of Warwick||100.8|
|University of Edinburgh||91.45|
|University of Manchester||74.25|
|Imperial College London||70.85|
|University of Leeds||60.32|
|Queen Mary, University of London||54.54|
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Research in the Cardiff School of Mathematics extends across several areas, notably Analysis and Differential Equations, Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, Operational Research and Statistics. Each field has its own highly active research group, which collaborates with leading academic researchers throughout the world.
Research is being supported by a number of collaborative and/or interdisciplinary projects. These include:
- Seven research posts funded through the Wales Institute for Mathematical and Computational Sciences (WIMCS) (2006-2010).
- A major Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Portfolio Partnership Grant on Complex Fluids and Complex Flows (2004-2009).
- An EU coordinated network in Noncommutative Geometry (2007-2011).
- A major EPSRC Science and Innovation Award for Operational Research (2008-2013).
One of the growing strengths of the School is its research into fluid mechanics, computational rheology, and materials modelling. These investigations rely upon novel developments in applied analysis, numerical analysis, and the theory of inverse problems. Collaborations have been forged with Schools across the University with interests in the modelling of fluids and other materials.
A spiralling coordinate system.
The Operational Research group has developed models to explain the spread of infectious diseases, in particular AIDS, and also models for solving problems involving traffic flows. In particular, the Channel Tunnel, the Rapid Transport System at Gatwick Airport, and the Severn Bridge have all provided practical applications of research into queuing theory in recent years. A key growth area over the next few years will be the mathematical underpinning of emerging techniques in operational research.
Exciting and ground breaking initiatives are also being undertaken in Mathematics Physics, in Analysis, and in Optimization.
The School of Mathematics offers a lively postgraduate environment, with a large community of postgraduate researchers working in all its specialist areas. In addition to the substantial funds it attracts from the Research Councils and European Union, the School receives significant awards from the Leverhulme Trust, the Ministry of Defence, the Wellcome Trust, GlaxoSmithKline, and Proctor and Gamble.