Research in Mathematics and Statistics
Research in Mathematics and Statistics is a core part of our mission and we foster a vibrant collaborative research culture encompassing academic staff, postdoctoral researchers and full- and part- time research students.
We maintain an active programme of seminars and research days, including the annual Winter Combinatorics Meeting, Open Statistical Physics and the annual Open University Statistics Conference, which attract national and international participation.
Our researchers attract significant grants from funders such as EPSRC, MRC, the BBSRC, the EU and the Leverhulme Trust. We make significant contributions to the public awareness and understanding of science, in particular through collaborations with the BBC. Recent examples include The Story of Maths, The Code, and Radio 4’s acclaimed statistics magazine programme More or Less.
We also make an active contribution to learned societies such as the London Mathematical Society, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Statistical Society, the British Society for the History of Mathematics and the Council for the Mathematical Sciences. Among our members we have two Whitehead Prize winners, a Bradford Hill medallist and a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.
General enquiries: Please contact the Director of Research, Dr Robert Brignall.
For information on opportunities for full- and part-time PhD study see our Research Degrees page.
For information about Research across the whole Mathematics, Computing and Technology Faculty see the MCT Research Hub website.
Research themes in the Department
Our Research covers the following themes. Members of the Department may have research interests that span more than one theme, and PhD research projects may also address a number of themes.