Final year mathematics and statistics student awarded an NIHR pre-doctoral fellowship

Our final year student Joanna Hutchings, BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics, has been awarded a prestigious three-year National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) pre-doctoral fellowship.

In the summer between her second and third year, Joanna secured a placement with the Multiple Sclerosis and Health Measurement Research Team at the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, where she experienced the important role that medical statistics has in improving health outcomes. She did her individual  project module in her final year to investigate to what extent patient characteristics and clinical variables influence how multiple sclerosis progresses.

The NIHR pre-doctoral fellowship will support her to carry out an MSc in Statistics, as well as conduct research on advancing methods for patient-reported outcome measures in clinical trials.

EXALAT – Lattice Field Theory at the Exascale

Anyone involved in High Performance Computing (HPC) always wants much access to ever bigger computers, so that more realistic calculations can be run. The current goal of the HPC immunity is to build exascale computers.

Next week there is virtual meeting to review the needs of the lattice field theory community in the UK in the era of Exascale computing. One of the organizers of the meeting is Antonio Rago from CMS. Vincent Drach is presenting one the review talks at the meeting. Prof Deborah Greaves, the head of our school is also presenting a talk.


Research software engineer to work on a Particle Physics simulation code.

CMS has an open position for a research software engineer to work on a Particle Physics simulation code. The position is specifically for software development and no Physics knowledge is required, while an interest in coding is clearly a plus.

Below is the link to the advert, note that it has a rather close deadline for the application:https://hrservices.plymouth.ac.uk/tlive_webrecruitment/wrd/run/ETREC107GF.open?VACANCY_ID=545075GxbG&WVID=1602750fTZ&LANG=USA

R0 and Herd Immunity

Dr Anton Ilderton, from the Centre of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Plymouth, has produced a podcast on modelling infectious diseases using ordinary differential equations. He uses the mathematics taught on the first two years of our degrees to discuss this important and topical subject.

Virtual outreach session

Although the social distancing rules brought into combat COVID-19
make the business of the University difficult. It is still possible
to continue with some activities — using of course technology.

For example, Dr. Martin Lavelle just gave a school outreach talk
on dimensional analysis to a local school’s student physics society
via a video conference system. Martin found it
odd not to be able see faces (they tell you if people are following and
interested) and to get questions via chat. However, it possible
to run the session by sharing slides and using a whiteboard with a pen
Overall it was fun.

PRACE Project Access.

Dr Rago in collaboration with Colleagues from Switzerland and Denmark have been granted awarded access to the German supercomputer SuperMUC-NG, with an award of 60,00 M core hours.
The team will investigate a novel approach to the study of scattering amplitudes, a class of quantities of fundamental importance in nuclear, hadron, and elementary particle physics.

The award is from PRACE, which (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) is the PanEuropean organisation created to enable high-impact scientific discovery, engineering research and development across all disciplines.