Research highlights

Inside the School of Maths

We empower staff and postgraduate researchers to fulfil their research and impact potential across the mathematical sciences by providing a creative and supportive research environment. In 2014, our School was ranked in the top ten in the UK for research quality in the Research Excellence Framework (REF). Since then, we have grown substantially, and:

  • Have received research funding totalling £18.8M, including 29 prestigious fellowships.
  • Led 5 EU-funded Innovative Training Networks.
  • Co-led an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Fluid Dynamics. We also contributed to three other CDTs and a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).
  • Welcomed many international visitors and held a number of high profile conferences through our Research Visitors Centre.
  • Organised a COSTNET event Women in Networks in Leeds, co-organised a workshop Women in Noncommutative Algebra and Representation Theory (WINART2), and co-organised the 2nd Workshop on Mathematics for Social Activism on the use of mathematics and data to drive social progress, held in Leeds.
  • Increased the proportion of female speakers at our seminars and research meetings from 16.3% to 29.7%, exceeding London Mathematical Society data on the proportion of academic mathematicians (18%) and our own target of 25%.
  • Co-organised a total of 127 research meetings, in Leeds and across the world, and given 713 invited talks worldwide.
  • Played a key role in the establishment of the interdisciplinary Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics, which has over 200 members from 12 Schools across the University.
  • Developed our interdisciplinary research through active involvement with the Alan Turing Institute, the Bragg Centre for Materials Research, the Leeds Institute of Data Analytics and the Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics, as well as several schools across the University and beyond.
  • Organised the 162nd European Study Group for Industry, held virtually for the first time, a platform for businesses to work alongside mathematicians and data scientists on real-world problems of direct relevance.
  • Increased the number of open access full text deposits of research papers on the White Rose Repository from 149 to 1601, with 175,855 downloads.