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UoA 10 Mathematical Sciences

Our research focuses on advancing fundamental mathematical knowledge, facilitating the application of mathematical sciences in other disciplines, and providing societal benefit through engagement with industry, charities, and the public sector.

98% of our overall submission is ranked world-leading or internationally excellent. In addition, 96% of our research outputs are considered world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance, and rigour.

We foster an inclusive, diverse and collaborative research community. Reflective of this, we submitted 100% of our eligible staff to this Unit of Assessment.

Our results

Quality level 4 star % 3 star % 2 star % 1 star %Unclassified %
Overall 28.0702.00.00.0
Outputs 23.473.

Our research environment

Since REF 2014, the School has expanded by more than 50%, growing new international connections, expanding our portfolio of funders and stakeholders, and graduating PhDs into careers which reinforce our academic and industrial links.

We moved into our new purpose-built building – Abacws – shared with the School of Computer Science and Informatics. The £39 million facility is allowing us to expand joint research in areas including discrete mathematics, combinatorics, optimisation and applied probability, which will also enhance collaboration with the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Focusing on critical mass, international reach, collaboration and a strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, other major achievements since REF 2014 include:

  • sustaining a fundamental ethos of academic freedom and pursuit of research for pure interest, which supported appointments from across the world and led to prestigious international prizes for 5 colleagues
  • a vibrant and substantial programme of world-leading visitors and speakers, including five Fields Medalists and almost 40 winners of international prizes
  • societal benefits with significant international reach, including growing mathematical communities in Africa, increased business effectiveness with Crimtan plc, and improved clinical services for the NHS

We saw a growth in our research income since REF 2014, with large increases in European Union (EU) grant awards and Welsh Government awards.

Discover our research

Discover how our research groups demonstrate the impact of mathematical sciences on everyday life.


Saving lives with maths

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Research at the School of Mathematics

Our research extends across analysis and differential equations, applied mathematics, mathematical physics, operational research and statistics.

Impact at the School of Mathematics

Our research demonstrates the impact mathematical sciences has on everyday life.