Year 10 taster days

There are two Year 10 taster days running on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th December.

The aim of the days are to encourage the students to consider mathematics at A level, which, while vital for a maths degree, is also useful for students to have for all STEM disciplines.

There are about 500 students and 50 teachers from 25 schools across Devon and Cornwall signed up over the two days. The days are organized by Dr Jenny Sharp.     Further information about mathematical activities for school students, which are run through out the year,  can be found here.

Some of the activities at the taster days are:

  • The Creation of Number
  • Boat Building
  • Solving the Josephus Problem
  • How seeing patterns can help you solve some problems
  • Breaking the Cipher
  • Guesstimation
  • Games and Probability
  • Experimental Design

Trip to OR career day in Birmingam

On Tuesday 27 November 2018, the majority of the second year undergraduate students in mathematics at University of Plymouth visited the Operational Research  career open day in Birmingham.   

The career day was organized by the Operational Research Society. Operational research is the area of mathematics, which helps businesses make decisions and how to efficiently organize their work. Hence OR is an important sector, which employs a lot of mathematics graduates.

The events at the open day were:

  • Listen to talks on OR with interesting case studies.
  • Find out how to apply for an OR, analytics, or data science roles.
  • Meet employers and see how areas like artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data could be part of your new job. 
  • Hear graduates’ experiences of working in OR and analytics.

Perspectives on data, information, and mathematics

On Wednesday 7th of November there was a special colloquium on mathematics at the University of Plymouth.

Perspectives on data, information, and mathematics

Speaker: Professor Arieh Iserles (University of Cambridge)

Abstract: The data and information revolution is changing our lives:
the way we socialise, shop, elect our leaders and conduct our
research. Its impact ranges across all different academic
disciplines. Yet, its engine room is mathematics—a set of emerging
methodologies in statistics, computation and pure mathematics. In this
talk I will attempt to explain in a non-technical manner this New
Brave World, demystify phrases like “deep learning”, “imaging”,
“sparse recovery” and “inverse problems”, describing how mathematics
is transforming “Big Data” and how “Big Data” is transforming

Video of lecture: Statistical Problem Solving: the Art and Science of Learning and Teaching from Data

Prof. Christine Franklin School Statistics Ambassador American Statistical Association. * Improve your teaching of statistical problem solving and data literacy * Discover the art and science of learning and teaching from data * Improve ways to teach statistics in AS- and A-level Mathematics * Help teaching quantitative methods in social science subjects * Take away useful teaching resources * A chance of a copy of Statistics: The Art and Science of Learning from Data Royal Statistical Society South West Group University of Plymouth Tuesday 18 September 2018
The video of the lecture is below:

Mini-symposium in medical statistics

The RSS South West Local group held a mini-symposium in medical statistics today at the University of Plymouth.

The first speaker, Dr Gavin Koh, a tropical medicine physician and Global Health Clinical Development Director at GSK, offered an interactive seminar on discussing practical issues in medical statistics when designing a clinical trial.

The second speaker was Samuel Mahoney, a former student of BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Plymouth and is now a SAS programmer at Covance. Samuel talked about his enthusiasm about medical statistics and his recent paper on the association between dietary intake and BMI in early years.

This event was organized by Dr. Yinghui Wei, the secretary of the local group.


Grant award from STFC

Dr. Vincent Drach has been awarded by STFC New Applicant scheme worth £5075.
The title of the project is :
“Signatures of strongly interacting dynamics”
The project aims at providing predictions for observables relevant to the search of New Physics in the context of Composite Dark Matter and Composite Higgs scenario which are looked for by large experiments such that the one of CERN.
The grant will cover research trips until September 2020.

Workshop on dark matter

Workshop ‘ Interdisciplinary approach to QCD-like composite dark matter’, ECT*, Trento, Italy

Vincent Drach was invited to an interdisciplinary workshop on composite dark matter held on 01/09/2018 to the 05/09/2018 in Trento, Italy.

Quote from the website : “ 
Understanding the nature of Dark Matter (DM) is one of the key scientific questions in Particle Physics. Among the different scenarios for DM, one that is particularly interesting and relatively unexplored is the conjecture that DM particles are composite states of a new strongly coupled gauge sector like QCD. This origin could explain the stability of DM, the stringent constraints on its interactions with nuclei, and galactic structure anomalies potentially related to large DM self-interactions. In addition, composite DM candidates appear naturally in models of new physics motivated by the gauge hierarchy problem. A successful understanding of this paradigm requires insight from nuclear physics, strongly coupled quantum field theory, model building, cosmology and astrophysics.

The goal of this workshop is to promote progress in composite DM research through an interdisciplinary approach that brings together experts from these different fields to exchange knowledge and plan future joint efforts.”

Dr. Drach talk was about presenting recent prediction that can be used by experiments at CERN to constraint New Physics beyond the Standard Model.