PhD student in Spain

Physics and mathematics are truly international enterprises. The majority of the staff at the centre for mathematical sciences collaborate with other researchers around the world. Often this involves working with graduate students. Sometimes a researcher at CMS in Plymouth will also formally supervise a PhD student at another University.

Recently Angel Gonzalez Prieto was awarded a PhD at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. One of his supervisors was Dr. Marina Logares from the CMS at the University of Plymouth.

The title of the thesis was: Topological Quantum Field Theories for Character Varieties.

Applicant day

Choosing the correct degree is an important choice for a prospective student, because the decision will affect not just the three years they study at a University, but also their future career. The University of Plymouth offer many opportunities for students to visit the campus in Plymouth. Today is an applicant day, which are invite-only events for University of Plymouth offer holders. The experience is subject specific and tailored to give you the chance to explore your chosen course and the University in much more detail.

The schedule events for applicants to the centre of mathematical sciences includes a subject talk, and a sample lecture. There is plenty of time available for prospective students to talk to staff and our current students.

Paper on Higgs Bundles

The conclusion of Eugene Wigner’s paper: The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the natural sciences.

The miracle of the appropriateness of the language of
mathematics for the formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift which we neither understand nor deserve. We should be grateful for it and hope that it will remain valid in future research and that it will extend, for better or for worse, to our pleasure, even though perhaps also to our bafflement, to wide branches of learning.

There has been a long history of applying (particularly geometrical) mathematical techniques to study physics. In this program, Marina Logares has just published a paper: Symplectic Geometry of a Moduli Space of Framed Higgs Bundles

Senior fellowship of the HEA

In the UK the body that provides teaching qualifications is the Higher Education Authority. It is normal for a new lecturer to study for a year to obtain the Fellowship of the HEA. The next level of Fellowship is senior Fellow of the HEA. We are pleased to announce that Dr John Eales, Associate Head (Teaching and Learning) in the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics at the University of Plymouth has been awarded Senior Fellow of the HEA.

There is additional information here and here.