Funding to provide state-of-the-art mathematical training



Academics are celebrating after receiving around £6m for a new state-of-the-art centre for mathematics.

The Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences partnership of Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh, was awarded around £6m by The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The new centre will train PhDs in state-of-the-art mathematical and computational models and will be known as UKRI/EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Mathematical Modelling, Analysis and Computation ("MAC-MIGS").

Students in the programme will receive advanced four year training in mathematical modelling, analysis, computational methods, techniques of data analysis as well as entrepreneurship training and responsible research and innovation.  

Commenting on the joint funding award, Professor Beatrice Pelloni, Head of School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt said: “We're delighted to receive this significant funding which will only enhance our teaching and learning. 

“Mathematical models lie at the heart of the scientific and technological advances that are shaping our world; they are key to the design of new industrial products, for decision making in business and government and for advancing scientific theories.

“MAC-MIGS will train experts who can develop and analyse mathematical models, translate them into efficient computer codes and communicate the solutions with industry and government.

“We're already in the process of recruiting students for 2019 entry and around 15 PhD studentships will be available in each year until 2024.  

“Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, since the demand for places is expected to be very high!”  

The co-directors of the CDT are Benedict Leimkuhler, University of Edinburgh and Dugald Duncan from Heriot-Watt University.