About

The School of Mathematics has more than doubled in size over the last decade. Our staff and students come from all over the world and this diversity of talent fosters an outward-looking school that connects with mathematics worldwide. 

In 2019, we will move into the historic Fry Building, reconfigured with new world-class teaching, study and collaboration spaces for students and staff. 

We have invested heavily in our teaching programme, with additional tutorial support through Maths Cafés; a new ‘Quiet Room' for students to work individually or in groups; running ‘top teachers’ lists; supporting student society Matrix; and listening to and acting on student feedback. 

Our undergraduates have access to the country’s leading mathematicians, including Fellows of the Royal Society, who teach some of our first-year courses, tutorials and projects. 

All our academic staff are active in research, and we are one of the strongest mathematics schools in Europe in terms of research, as well as one of the top 5 mathematics departments in the UK (REF 2014). Our research is divided into three groups: Applied MathematicsPure Mathematics, and Probability, Analysis and Dynamics. 

We work with colleagues across philosophy and social sciences to physics, biology and medicine and collaborate with industry through both short and long-term research consultancies. Recent examples include Hewlett Packard, QinetiQ, Unilever, Barclays Bank, National Air Traffic Services. 

There are also strong links between the school and the Heilbronn Institute. These provide many opportunities for our students’, including work experience, internships and research projects. Bristol alumni go on to thrive in a wide range of industries, including financial services, IT, engineering, education, the civil service and many more.

Faculty of Science

The School of Mathematics is one of the three largest schools in the Faculty of Science. We are currently located next to the ornamental gardens of the historic Royal Fort House.

Mathematicians are central to addressing some of the most pressing societal issues, from climate change to healthcare. The purity, rigour and beauty of mathematical proof epitomises intellectual pursuit. At Bristol, world-leading research across all branches of the mathematical sciences feeds directly into our teaching.

Professor Jonathan Robbins

The city of Bristol

The University is right at the heart of the city of Bristol, with its vibrant harbourside, fantastic music scene, green spaces and buzzing centre.

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