If external support can be found, staff can take a sabbatical, typically for a year, at another institution, so that can concentrate on their research. Dr. Antonio Rago from CMS is visiting CERN for the year 20172018 to work on research full time. He is working in the theory division of CERN.
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Difference algebra has been studied in analogy to differential algebra. However, concepts such as characteristic sets for differential systems have not been developed in the same generality for difference systems yet. In particular, methods such as the RosenfeldGröbner algorithm, regular chains and Thomas decomposition for differential systems are not available for difference systems. Among the
many applications of difference algebra is, e.g., the consistency analysis of finite difference schemes for partial differential equations.
This talk presents results of trying to transfer the concept of differential Thomas decomposition to systems of nonlinear difference equations and develop a symbolic package for systems of nonlinear difference equations. It reports on joint work with Vladimir Gerdt
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Two Theoretical Physics Lecturers have just returned from China after sharing their research with a number of highprofile organisations. Dr Ben King gave lectures on strong field physics at the National University of Defence Technology (NUDT) summer school in Changsha, and was also invited to collaborate with researchers at the China Aerodynamics Research and Development Centre (CARDC), where he spent one month working on quantum electrodynamics in intense fields. Meanwhile, Dr Tom Heinzl went to Shanghai to present his research and sit on the committee of an International Review Meeting thanks to sponsorship from the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (SIOM) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The meeting’s purpose was to discuss and review the scientific opportunities for the ‘Station of Extreme Light’ (SEL) at the Shanghai Coherent Light Facility (SCLF), and explore the conceptual design and technical approach towards a 100petawatt laser.
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Also, the summer is a good time to start to plan for the next year’s teaching. Tomorrow the staff in the school, from Computing, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering will meet together for a day long meeting at Plymouth University’s Marine Station.
As well as updates on planning from the School Executive, the meeting will include talks and workshops on: making the most out of lectures lasting two hours, and how to use skype and webinars in teaching.
As well as the cool river front location, the food is normally pretty good.
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Their timetable for the week is:
Monday 3^{rd} July 

9:30 
Arrive, Introductions, Health and Safety Briefing 
Jenny Sharp 
9:45 – 10:30 
Introductory Collaborative Group Activity and introducing tasks to be done throughout the week. 
Jenny Sharp 
12:30 – 13:30 
Lunch 

14:00 – 14:30 
Careers in Mathematics 
Matthew Craven 
16:00 
Finish 

Tuesday 4^{th} July 

9:30 
arrive 

12:30 – 13:30 
Lunch 

16:00 
Finish 

Wednesday 5^{th} July 

9:30 
Arrive, go to Babbage for FMSP conference 

All day 
FMSP Conference 
Margaret Harding 
16:00 
Finish 

Thursday 6^{th} July 

9:30 
arrive 

10:00 – 11:00 
Codebreaking 
David McMullan 
12:00 – 12:30 
Statistics Research 
Julian Stander 
12:30 – 13:30 
Lunch 

14:00 – 15:00 
Symmetry in Geometry 
Daniel Robertz 
15:00 – 16:00 
History of Mathematics 
Phil Dyke 
16:00 
Finish 

Friday 7^{th} July 

9:30 
arrive 

10:00 
Year 12 presentation to year 10 students 

12:30 – 13:30 
Lunch 

15:00 – 15:30 
Feedback and finish 
Jenny Sharp

As well as presentations, the visiting students will work on:
Word Trail Puzzles: create some new word trail puzzles, other students to trial them and offer feedback.
· Campus Maths Trails: create math trails (Primary and Secondary) around the Campus. Other students to trial them and offer feedback.
· Feedback Analysis: analyse and prepare a report on the feedback data for the year 5, 7, 8 and 9 masterclasses.
· Maths Activities: Trial new Maths Activity Boxes, then prepare final resources
· Code Wheels: Make 150 code wheels
· Teaching Material: Find new questions for topics in MATH051 book. Wordy, application examples – with full solutions – could make podcast of solution?
Year 12:
· Presentation: Prepare and present an interactive session for the year 10 students “Why study A level Mathematics?”
· Teaching Material: Prepare (in Word) an outline of topics in MATH052 based on lecturer’s notes.
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For example, this year there is a conference called “Digital Plymouth” which brings together people working in various aspects of digital technology. Dr Craig McNeile from CMS is presenting a talk with the title:
The students were those who attended the year 9 Ri masterclasses in the spring here at Plymouth, at Truro and at Exeter. There were also students who did not attend the masterclasses but had been invited via UKMT as having done particularly well in the Maths Challenge. They are split into small groups and do a number of activities during the day.
Matthew Craven, Yinghui Wei and Julian Sanders ran one hour sessions for the visiting students. Sessions were also run by Keith Gadd, Kerry Burnham from Exeter Maths School, Sam Durbin from the Royal Institution and Margaret Harding from the Further Maths Support Programme.
At the end of the day, there were two plenary lectures by Jeff Ralph from the Royal Statistical Society and Sam Durban – Royal Institution of Great Britain.
Jeff Ralph is the RSS William Guy Lecturer for 20172018. Dr Jeff Ralph is a senior methodologist at the Office for National Statistics (ONS).His talk was ’Society and Teenagers: How statistics reveal the changes in young people’s lives through the last century‘, which explores the way analysis of our daily lives provides insights into how society has changed, and is changing for young people. This includes the role that official statistics play in understanding what we buy, how we are educated and how long we live.
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Anton’s lectures will be based on the following papers:
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