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Department of Applied Mathematics

Welcome to the Department

Conducting rigorous research and nurturing talent

Students are at the heart of our enterprising Department, which is why our undergraduate programmes were ranked within the top 5 Mathematics courses nationally (The Guardian’s University League Tables, 2019).

The Department of Applied Mathematics is also dedicated to producing research that has real-world application. As part of this work, researchers from the Department collaborate with a range of organisations and institutions, including the University of Valencia, Whiston NHS Trust and Public Health England. 

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Our research and impact

The Department of Applied Mathematics has three research specialisms - machine learning, mathematical biology and data science

Although our areas of expertise are diverse, ensuring our research has real-world application is a fundamental priority for all our work.

For example, in the latest research assessment (Research Excellence Framework 2014) we submitted to the Unit of Assessment 11, Computer Science and Informatics. 80% of our research impact within this unit was rated as being at international level.

Our commitment to producing high-impact research can be seen from our brain tumour research. As a result of this work, clinicians in Barcelona are using mathematics to see how quickly tumours have developed and how fast they might grow. Mathematics is also being used to indicate survival rates once the tumour has been removed. This work was funded by a Marie Cure Fellowship, the European Network of Excellence and was developed in collaborating with the Christie Hospital and Clatterbridge Hospital.

Researchers from the Department of Applied Mathematics have also been working with members from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences. Working in collaboration, the researchers from these two areas examined performance analysis and performance intelligence in football games and in player rating models.

This work has had numerous benefits. It has been used, for example, to stratify players in terms of their non-contact injury risk. This helps inform coaches about what adjustments should be made to a player’s training regimen. The research has also provided better quantitative analysis of playing style. This information has then been used to improve tactical planning.

To enhance our research, the Department of Applied Mathematics works with local, regional and national industries through consultancy and knowledge transfer partnerships. Recently the Department has collaborated with the University of Valencia, Whiston NHS Trust and Public Health England.

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