Congratulations to Jeremy Gray who has been awarded the first Otto Neugebauer Prize at the 7 ECM in Berlin. In total, twelve prizes were awarded at the 7 ECM, and you can view detailed information about all of the laureates and...
The University has created 30 PhD Studentships to mark the launch of the Graduate School, with Mathematics and Statistics one of the areas in which applications are encouraged.  Studentships are for three years and cover fees, include a stipend and an annual travel allowance....
Applications for full-time three-year PhD studentships are now invited, for study commencing on 1st October 2016. The closing date is 15th April. Research projects for 2015 cover topics in algebra, analysis and geometry, applied mathematics and theoretical physics, and Bayesian forecasting. Full...
Gareth Williams has been awarded an LMS grant of £462 to travel to Cornell University, USA, to continue his collaboration with Tara Holm. The project aims to compute the equivariant K-theory rings of (certain) toric orbifolds. The visit will take place in January 2016.
The London Mathematical Society is pleased to announce Gwyneth Stallard (Open University) as the 2016 Mary Cartwright Lecturer. The lecture will take place at De Morgan House, 57-58 Russell Square, London, WC1B on Friday 26 February 2016 at 3.30 pm. Gwyneth Stallard will give a lecture on ‘...
Congratulations to Mairi Walker, who won first prize in the Heilbronn Institute Poster Competition on Monday 17 August at the Young Researchers in Mathematics conference 2015. The title of her poster was "Gaussian integer continued fractions"  
Four members of the department have successfully bid for their research groups to take part in a Mathematics Festival which will take place at the London Science Museum in November 2015 as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the London Mathematical Society (LMS) http://www.lms.ac.uk/2015/...
Congratulations to Rosie Cretney, who has been awarded one of the seven prizes at the BMC/BAMC in the Pure Mathematics category for her talk "J.H. Lambert on the mathematics of map-making". Prizes are awarded at the BMC/BAMC for the best student presentations and posters. The full list is...
Congratulation to PhD student Matthew Jacques, who is to be awarded the Association of Open University Graduates Baroness Lee of Asheridge Award for Mathematics, Computing and Technology. This award is presented each year to a research student in mathematics, computing or technology who is a...
What is a crystal? And how do you define order or disorder in a structure? These are the questions addressed in Uwe Grimm's feature article Aperiodic Crystals and Beyond which was published in Acta Crystallographica B in June 2015, accompanied by a scientific commentary Structures...
The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) have announced that they have accredited our honours degrees in Mathematics and Statistics. The new-style degree (Q36) is accredited unconditionally. The old-style degree (B36) is accredited for students who have passed all three of M343, M346 (or the...
Congratulations to June Barrow-Green, who has just been elected to be a corresponding member of the International Academy of the History of Science.  The International Academy of the History of Science was founded in 1928.  Its elected members are internationally leading historians of...
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics invites applications for full-time three-year PhD studentships, commencing 1 October 2015. Studentships cover full-time fees, include a stipend (currently £13,863 per annum), plus £1250 annual travel allowance. Part-time (unfunded) study is also...
Professor Gwyneth Stallard has been awarded an OBE for services to Higher Education; in particular, for the leading role she has played at a national level in advancing women's careers in mathematics. Professor Stallard has been Chair of the London Mathematical Society’s Women in Mathematics...
Congratulations to Bridget Webb, who has been awarded an EPSRC Overseas Travel Grant of approx £50k for her 4-month visit to the University of Queensland, Australia in the first part of next year, together with two shorter visits to Monash University. The project, entitled "Homogeneous...
Professor Frank Critchley is co-organising a £22.5k EPSRC- and LMS-funded event entitled "Computational information geometry for image and signal processing", 21-25 September 2015. The workshop is focussed on the application and development of information geometric methods in the analysis,...
June Barrow-Green has been awarded the first ever Chandler Davis Prize for Expository Excellence by the Mathematical Intelligencer for her essay, "An American Goes to Europe: Three Letters from Oswald Veblen to George Birkhoff in 1913/1914."  The essay appeared in the Mathematical...
We are sorry to report the death of Mike Simpson, the Mathematics Staff Tutor based in London. Mike has worked for the OU for over 42 years. Besides managing a large number of ALs in London, he has been one of our most influential, prolific and successful course authors ever, producing materials...
The Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (MFO) has announced that it will hold a workshop on quasicrystals from 30 November to 6 December 2014. The mini-workshop, entitled "Dynamical versus Diffraction Spectra in the Theory of Quasicrystals" is being organised by Prof Uwe Grimm,...
Gary Male, who is doing a degree in mathematics and statistics, is part of the team that has been selected to represent the Open University in the new series of University Challenge. The new series starts on Monday 14 July and we'll let you know as soon as we know when the OU team is due to appear...
This two-day conference, which has received over £3000 in funding from the LMS, ICHM and BSHM, will be held in the Mercure Parkside Hotel, Milton Keynes, from 11 to 12 September 2014. The aim of the meeting is to celebrate Jeremy Gray’s contribution to the history of mathematics, his forty...
Congratulations to Jozef Siran, Dave Sixsmith and Ben Mestel, who have all been awarded Conference Grants from the London Mathematical Society. Jozef has been awarded £3840 towards the
The Maths and Stats Department is delighted to have been awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze award. Athena SWAN awards recognise and celebrate good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in STEMM in higher education.   For more information see http://www.athenaswan.org.uk...
Paddy Farrington and Heather Whitaker have been awarded a 3-year Methodology grant of £330,000 by the Medical Research Council for the project "Software tools and online resources for the self-controlled case series method and its extensions". This is to provide accessible programs and support...
Building on earlier EPSRC awards, a Fields Institute workshop and an RSS Read Paper, this grant of around £600K will, in particular, cover 40% of Frank's time for 3 years, plus an additional 10% for the first 18 months while two funded postdoctoral researchers are getting up to speed. Academically...
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the Open University is seeking a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics. The successful candidate will have a PhD (or equivalent) and a proven track record of research in an area of applied mathematics or theoretical physics, indicating potential for...
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the Open University is seeking two Postdoctoral Research Associates to work with Professor Frank Critchley, Principal Investigator (PI) on a project funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council entitled "Emerging Geometries for...
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics invites applications for several full-time PhD studentships in Mathematics and Statistics commencing 1 October 2014. A studentship is for three years but extensions are possible. Studentships cover full-time fees and include a stipend (currently £13,726...
Congratulations to Bridget Webb who has been awarded a scheme-2 grant of £1310 from the London Mathematical Society, to finance a lecture tour by Brett Stevens (Carleton University, Canada). Brett will give talks at QMUL, the OU (including the OU’s Winter Combinatorics Meeting) and the...
From Friday 20 December, at 4.30pm on Radio 4, the new series of ‘More or Less’ will be broadcast and the programme will be repeated on Sunday 22 December at 8pm. This is a seven part weekly series presented by Tim Harford looking at the numbers in the news. He explains - and...
Many congratulations to Nickolay Trendafilov for a double funding success: 1. A three-year grant of £173K from the Leverhulme Trust for the project “Sparse factor analysis with application to large data sets”. 2. A grant of £2,500 from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation for...
Congratulations to Heather Whitaker and Paddy Farrington of the Open University Statistics group on their success in becoming partners in a 5-million euro 5-year collaborative EU project, starting on 1st October --- the OU share is worth 82,000 euro. The project, called ADVANCE (Accelerate...
Congratulations to Rosie Cretney and Mairi Walker for a successful bid to the LMS for £3000 to fund Novembertagung 2013, the 24th annual international conference for PhD students and postdocs in History of Mathematics, which they are organising at De Morgan House on 20-22 November.
The new series of 'More or Less' will be broadcast on Friday 3 May 2013, on Radio 4 at 4.30pm. The programme will be repeated on Sunday 5 May 2013 at 8pm. This is a nine part weekly series presented by Tim Harford looking at the numbers in the news.
Paddy Farrington has been awarded the Royal Statistical Society's highly prestigious Bradford Hill Medal for 2013. The Bradford Hill medal was established in memory of Sir Austin Bradford Hill FRS, former president of the Society, and is awarded every three years to a fellow of the Society for...
Hearty congratulations to Professors Gwyneth Stallard and Phil Rippon on their successful bid to the EPSRC, which has granted £227,876 to fund two years work on their project "Baker's conjecture and Eremenko's conjecture: new directions". This project will build on work funded by their previous...
Congratulations to Jeremy Gray on being made a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. 'The Fellows of the American Mathematical Society program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics...
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics invites applications for several full-time PhD studentships in Mathematics and Statistics commencing 1 October 2013. A studentship is for three years but extensions of up to six months are possible. Studentships cover full-time fees and include a...
More or Less, initially with six programmes on BBC Radio 4 is now a permanent part of the schedule with two series annually, one in the summer, one in winter. The programme is produced with the support of staff in Department of Mathematics and Statistics. You can find out more at the
Jeremy Gray gave the Plenary lecture: The soul of the fact: Poincare and proof at the 14th Congress of logic, methodology and philosophy of science at Nancy, France on 25 July 2012.
Congratulations to Gwyneth and Phil for their success in obtaining support from the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences in Edinburgh for a workshop on 'The role of complex analysis in complex dynamics'. The week-long workshop is scheduled for the week commencing 20 May 2013 at the ICMS...
Second edition of a mathematical best-seller Cambridge University Press and The Open University have just published a second edition of a book 'Geometry' by David Brannan, Matthew Esplen and Jeremy Gray of the Mathematics and Statistics Department.Their first edition captured a gap in the...
Robert Brignall has been awarded a £114k grant from EPSRC under their 'First Grant' scheme for a one-year proposal entitled 'Infinite Antichains of Combinatorial Structures.' Some of the most celebrated results in combinatorics of the last 50 years concern the study of well-quasi-ordering of...
The Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science, has announced the appointment of seven new Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holders. The scheme provides up to 5 years' funding after which the award holder continues with a permanent post at the host university. Jointly funded by...
Younger students are continuing to see The Open University (OU) as an alternative to traditional university. Figures announced this week show course reservations for 2011/12 made by new students aged 25 and under increased by 18% compared to last year. Students aged 25 and under now make up...
The Fields Institute in Toronto has accepted the proposal by an international organising committee including Frank Critchley, Statistics Group, for the interdisciplinary workshop 'Graphical models: mathematics, statistics and computer science', with financial support of 9,900 Canadian dollars....
The Open University (OU) has been rated third for student satisfaction, behind Brighton and Sussex Medical School and the University of Cambridge, in the latest National Student Satisfaction survey from HEFCE . The top ten Higher Education Institutions for satisfaction in the survey were:...
To celebrate World Maths Day 2011, the OU on iTunes U has taken a closer look at maths in movies. The Wizard of Oz: "From Fractions to Formulas"; is a light-hearted parody of the Wizard of Oz, in which the traditional characters are replaced by mathematical concepts. Click this link to see the...
Congratulations to David Crowe for the part he played in the BBSRC awarding £1M (over 5 years) to a consortium comprising of UCL, Birkbeck, the OU and the University of Edinburgh.
Congratulations are due to Paul Garthwaite for his part in securing a grant of 3.4 million euros from the European Union for a multi-centre three-year project on climatology, called "Enhancing robustness and model integration for the assessment of global change". The project is led by the Open...
Many congratulations to Paddy Farrington and Paul Garthwaite for a c. £600K grant from the Medical Research Council for the project "Statistical outbreak detection methods for large multiple surveillance systems". Congratualtions also to Doyo Gragn Enki and Angela Noufaily who are named...
The five principles of the Good Practice Award cover issues such as having systems in place to monitor the gender balance of a department so that problem areas can be pinpointed. Open and transparent procedures for appointment, promotion and selection are ecommended, as are fair and equitable...
Prof Chris Budd, Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Bath and Professor of Mathematics at the Royal Institution of Great Britain will give this year's lecture entitled 'Maths in and out of the zoo' on Tuesday 7th December. Abstract We often think of maths as stuff that you do...
Primary Maths Specialist Contract The good news is that the funding for this contract is to continue at least until after the Autumn Spending Review. We have recieved the following message: The Government has confirmed its commitment to school improvement and, within this, the importance of...
The new series of More or Less, the lively, eclectic Radio 4 magazine programme devoted to numbers, started on Friday August 27th) at 1.30pm. The programme, hosted by Tim Harford, is repeated on Sundays at 8pm and is also available as a free podcast downloadable from the BBC. This is the 14th...
The Alan Turing Building, home to the Mathematics, Computing and Technology Faculty (MCT), has been officially opened by the Father of Computer Science's nephew, Sir John Dermot Turing. Alan Turing's code-breaking work at Bletchley Park has been credited with shortening the Second World War by...
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the Open University is hosting a one-day conference Open Statistical Physics on 10 March 2010. The programme features 30 presentations in three parallel sessions, covering a broad range of topics in statistical physics and its applications....
The EPSRC has awarded Professors Gwyneth Stallard and Phil Rippon a grant of £300,000 to fund 50% of their time over the next three years, to focus on a project "Baker's conjecture and Eremenko's conjecture: a unified approach".
The BBC and Open University co-production of 'More or Less' makes a welcome return to BBC Radio 4, un-picking the numbers that are used in our everyday life. . Numbers bombard us at every turn. 'More or Less' is essential listening for anyone who is keen to understand what facts lie behind the...
Jeremy Gray has received the 2009 Albert Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize. This prize is presented every three years by the American Mathematical Society and honours notable exposition on the history of mathematics and that reflects exceptional mathematical scholarship. According to the citation,...
A repeat of the excellent series shown last year which links to TM190 "The Story of Maths". There are 4 episodes and the first is broadcast on Saturday 25 July on BBC Four at 7:30pm.Mathematics is the Empress of the Sciences. Without her, there would be no physics, nor chemistry, nor cosmology....
In 1969 change was in the air. Man stepped on the moon and Britain launched a revolutionary new kind of university - one where the lectures were televised and the students could study at home. It was greeted with scepticism, both by politicians and academics, but went on to become a much loved,...
Prof Jeremy Gray has been awarded the Albert Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize of the American Mathematical Society for his outstanding contributions to the History of Mathematics. The prize "recognizes the value of [Gray's] many historical works, which have not only shed great light on the history of...
The tenth annual Combinatorics meeting will be held at the Open University campus on Wednesday 28 January 2009 All are welcome. The speakers are Peter Cameron (Queen Mary, University of London) Fedor Fomin (University of Bergen, Norway) Timothy Gowers (University of Cambridge) Gareth Jones...
The new series of More or Less, the lively, eclectic Radio 4 magazine programme devoted to numbers, starts on Friday 5th December at the new time of 1.30pm; you can catch the repeat on Sundays at 8.00pm. This is the ninth series of More or Less that The Open University has been involved with....
The Open University has signed an agreement with Abbey, part of the Santander Group, to join Santander Universities. The agreement will set up scholarships for academics and students from higher education institutions in countries within Santander's network to study at the OU and participate in...
The Research Section of the Royal Statistical Society has chosen "Invariant Coordinate Selection", developed with Open University collaboration by Professor Frank Critchley, as the paper to be read at its meeting in London on 17th December 2008, followed by an open discussion. All are welcome. The...
A major success for the MCT Faculty's Linux High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster has been the determination of all 9,530 orientable biembeddings of Steiner triple systems of order 15 (STS(15)s). There are 80 genuinely distinct ("nonisomorphic") STS(15)s. Each consists of 35 triples of...
Mathematics is the king and queen of the sciences. End of argument. Simply put, without mathematics, maths to its friends, there would be no physics, nor chemistry, nor cosmology or astronomy. Any field of study depending on statistics, geometry, or any kind of calculation would simply cease to...
The Open University has been ranked second for overall student satisfaction amongst Higher Education Institutions in the UK in the National Student Survey. Ninety-four per cent of its students said they were satisfied overall, according to results published today (11 September 2008). Almost 7,...
As of Tuesday June 3, leading course materials are available for free download via Open University on iTunes U. More than 300 video and audio files drawn from current courses across the University’s broad curriculum are now available to download for playing on a Mac, PC, iPod or iPhone....
The Lloyd's Register Educational Trust has announced that it is to fund a new Chair in Materials Engineering and Fabrication at The Open University. The award is for £600,000 spread over five years, and will support a programme of research investigating the structural integrity of welded joints,...
Congratulations to Mike Grannell who has been awarded the title Emeritus Professor by the Open University
Congratulations are due to Dominique Fleishmann who passed his PhD Examination recently, subject to corrections and minor modifications. His thesis is entitled: Dynamical Properties of a Family of Entire Functions. His supervisors were Prof Phil Rippon and Dr Gwyneth Stallard
Despite Government assertions that the policy was correct, the BBC reports that MPs who have been scrutinising higher education finances "cannot support the government's cut in funding for people taking second undergraduate degrees in England". The report says that the Commons innovation,...
The "Design of the Century" recently constructed by OU researchers Tony Forbes, Mike Grannell and Terry Griggs has been selected as the 100th Theorem of the Day on the website operated by writer and scientist Robin Whitty The theorem proves that there exists a 2-chromatic Steiner system S(2, 4,...
Come along to the British Museum Sunday 18 May 2008 10.00 – 17.00 and join in a host of free activities and talks including Heritage; Crime; Identity; African Art. If you are thinking of studying with The Open University our advisers will be available throughout the day to provide...
The new series of More or Less, the lively, eclectic Radio 4 magazine programme devoted to numbers, continues until mid-May 2008. This is the eighth series of 'More or Less' with which the The Open University has been involved. 'More or Less' looks at the way numbers are used in politics and...
The Mathematics, Computing and Technology Faculty (MCT) has a number of three-year, full-time funded studentships available to start in October 2008. The studentships are based at the University's Milton Keynes campus. The MCT Faculty includes the Department of Communication and Systems;...
The British Association Mathematical Sciences Section Committee put on an impressive and well-attended programme this year, ensuring that the mathematical sciences were well represented at the BA Festival of Science at York University from 9–15 September 2007. Section President Professor...
New OU funding adds up to more reasons to study maths, computing, science and technology in Scotland. A new financial support initiative from The Open University in Scotland is set to give a significant boost to skills development in the priority areas of maths, computing, science and technology....
The Vice-Chancellor is urging staff, students and alumni to play their part in the University’s public lobbying campaign on the ELQ issue. She says "The Government's decision to withdraw funding from 'ELQ students' will have a detrimental effect on the part-time sector and on part-time...
Dr Andrey Umerski has been awarded an EPSRC grant of £121,782 for a research project entitled "Solving the fundamental limitations for RT spintronics - the role of interfaces in electron spin detection and injection", in collaboration with Professor Mathon (City University) and Professor Bland (...
Professor Robin Wilson will be talking about maths and music, and presenting his choice of music, on 'Private Passions' (a sort-of-upmarket 'Desert Island Discs') on Radio 3 this coming Sunday (9th September 2007) at noon. The composers featured include Bach, Purcell, Haydn, Verdi, Sullivan and...
Robin Wilson has two articles appearing in the Newsletter of the European Mathematical Society June 2007, Issue 64, ISSN 1027-488X (4Mb PDF file) The first article appears on page 8 - Raising Public Awareness in Mathematics: The EMS-RPA Committee and the second article appearing on page 26 -The...
Professor Robin Wilson appeared on Radio 4's Material World programme on 15th March 2007 talking on the Tercentenary of the Mathematician Leonard Euler. Professor Wilson will also be speaking at Gresham College on 9th May 2007 on the same topic. The Material World BBC Radio 4 | Podcast
Congratulations to Cath Wilkins on her OU Teaching Award. As an AL, Cath is involved with teaching MST209, M820 and MSXR209 (and possibly others as well). She is also a consultant writing materials for MS325
New appointments to the Mathematics Department of the Faculty include Dr Ben Mestel , who will be working with Tim Lowe and others in the University to develop techniques for working with Maths expressions using online-environments. This work will eventually feed into the University's new...
Congratulations to Cath Wilkins on her OU Teaching Award. As an AL, Cath is involved with teaching MST209, M820 and MSXR209 (and possibly others as well). She is also a consultant writing materials for MS325.
The University has recently launched 'Open Learn' aimed at providing free and open educational resources for learners and educators around the world. As part of the £5.65 million project, generously supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation the Mathematics and Computing Departments...
Professor Robin Wilson has been appointed President of the Mathematical Sciences Section for the 2007 meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science , to be held at the University of York from 10-14 September.
PhDs have been awarded during 2006 to 8 Mathematics students: Peter Johnston-Wilder, Ivan Pullen, Jonathan James, Andrew Begg, Els De Geest , Paul Garcia, Anthony Forbes and Barbara Allen. We offer them many congratulations on the successul outcome of their Doctoral work.
Congratulations to Tony Forbes, who successfully defended his thesis entitled "Configurations and Colouring Problems in Block Designs" on 10th October 2006. His Supervisors were Professors Mike Grannell and Terry Griggs.
Melvyn Bragg's Radio 4 Programme "In our Time" on 12 January was on the subject of Prime Numbers and featured Professor Robin Wilson, Marcus du Sautoy (who gave the OU Christmas Lecture in December 2005) and Jackie Stedall (a former OU PhD student). A shortened version of this programme will be...
The BBC Radio 4 programme ' In Our Time ' on 25 May 2006 will feature a discussion of 'Maths and Music'. Professor Robin Wilson of the Mathematics Department and Gresham Professor of Geometry, will be joined by Marcus du Sautoy (author of 'The music of the primes') and Ruth Tatlow from Leipzig (...
The guest speaker at the inauguration of the newly formed Mathematics Department was 1998 Fields Medalist Professor Tim Gowers FRS (Cambridge). Professor Gowers spoke on the "Challenges of communicating Advanced Mathematics". The one day event was organised to celebrate the merger of the...
The Department of Statistics has produced its Annual Report for 2005 . Previous annual reports ( 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 , 2000 , 1999 , 1998 , 1997 ) are also available.
Derek Goldrei, Staff Tutor in Region 02, has been appointed as Undergraduate Mathematics Programme Director for a three year term starting on 1st January 2006. Camilla Jordan, Staff Tutor in Region 07, has been appointed as Deputy Director of the Postgraduate Mathematics Programme for a three...
The University has accepted the Faculty’s case for a Readership for Uwe Grimm, Dr. rer. nat. habil., CPhys, FInstP. Dr Grimm obtained his Doctorate in Physics at the University of Bonn (under Prof Vladimir Rittenberg), followed by a Venia legendi for physics and Habilitation at the Chemnitz...
The University has awarded a Chair to Robin Wilson, currently Senior Lecturer in the Pure Mathematics Department. Professor Wilson gained his BA in Mathematics at Oxford in 1965, and his PhD at the University of Philadelphia in 1968 with a thesis entitled "On the large sieve in algebraic number...
Professor Jeff Griffths, one of the Faculty's long standing and hard working level 1 mathematics tutors who is also Head of the School of Mathematics at Cardiff University, has been elected as President of the British Operational Research Society. The Society is the oldest and second largest (...
Last Saturday, Dr Robin Wilson of the Pure Mathematics Department at the Open University presented Professor Ian Stewart for an honorary OU doctorate. The award was given to Professor Stewart in Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Ian Stewart is one of the best-known communicators and popularisers of...
Dr Robin Wilson , Gresham Professor of Geometry , London, delivered a lecture entitled " Yea, why try her raw wet hat? " at the Royal Institution on 18th March. The talk traced the history of the connections between mathematics and music from the Pythagoreans to the present day, and answered...
Dr Rippon has been appointed to a Chair in the Faculty. He gained a BA in Mathematics from Cambridge in 1972, and MSc in Complex Analysis from Imperial College in 1974, and a PhD from IC on ‘Boundary behaviour of subharmonic functions’ in 1977.   (In between he was a VSO teacher in...