Department of Mathematical Sciences

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Non-academic researchers often have a very different and valuable perspective on research problems, shaped by the need to deliver products or services. Involvement of non-academic partners on PhD projects is therefore a key feature of SAMBa. By involving these partners, we ensure that all of our doctoral students have experience of working with stakeholders outside academia and the research challenges that they are experiencing.

We have a number of very strong links with academic institutions internationally, which ensure that we remain at the cutting-edge of research and that our students and academic staff are able to engage with high quality research in Statistical Applied Mathematics around the world.

There are a number of ways that you can get involved as a partner in SAMBa. There is more information below and you can contact us through

How to get involved

Research collaboration

CDT studentships are funded by EPSRC or the University of Bath and, as such, are expected to focus on fundamental areas of research within the remit of SAMBa. We believe in working with non-academic partners to identify these problems and shape them into projects for the students.

There is no upper limit to the number of projects that a non-academic partner may participate in, but we expect them to contribute to research and associated cost of projects in which they are involved.

Collaborative activities

There are a number of ways you can get involved with SAMBa. Please email for more information on any of the activities below.

These are week-long events bringing together the SAMBa student cohort, academics, industry and other stakeholders. ITTs will enable fundamental mathematical problems to be identified and the routes to solving these problems to be explored. The time commitment from personnel is significant – a week-long ITT plus meetings before and after – but the reward should be great with exceptionally trained and talented students working on problems that will have a direct effect on your business. We hope that PhD projects that are jointly-funded from SAMBa and industry or other partners will result from ITTs. However, ITTs will give every student an awareness of industry and business needs and how they could address them through mathematics research.

  • Student placements

We hope that all students will undertake a 3-month placement during their research. This may be to international or UK academic partners or to a partner company. Through hosting a student you will be able to work closely with them on relevant problems to your organisation, whilst developing strong links with the Department of Maths and the University of Bath.

  • Informal interactions

Maths at Bath has a long and fruitful history of working with industry. We welcome approaches from new and established partners with suggestions of how we could work with you, or to arrange visiting the department and perhaps to attend or speak at one of our departmental seminars.

Intellectual property

Based on previous experience, we do not expect IP issues to be a significant barrier to industrial participation in SAMBa. The University has wide experience in collaboration with industry and can be very flexible with respect to Intellectual Property arrangements and ownership.

SAMBa PhD students make presentations both internally and to larger audiences and are encouraged to present their work at conferences. If it is important that certain aspects of a project remain confidential, this should be agreed before the start of the project.

Industry partners

amgen Airbus logo astra-zeneca
bt cytel dnv-gl
edf environment-agency-logo GKN Aerospace
Met Office logo npl-logo quintessa
roche-logo  RUH  Schlumberger
 syngenta  takeda  wood-logo

University partners

 LSGNT networks Universidad de Chile
UNAM  uni-asuncion  



We are working with SAMBa students and academics on designing new statistical tools for energy management such as probabilistic load forecasting and spatio-temporal correction. We really like the SAMBa mood, the interaction between people with very different backgrounds, and intense brainstorming!
Dr Yannig Goude, Project Manager for Statistics of Energy Forecasting, EDF

The students at SAMBa were engaging and motivated, above all interested in solving real world problems with their skills. As a result of SAMBa we have taken huge strides forward in a new technique in the assessment of arthritis related to psoriasis and the effect of treatment.
Dr Will Tillett, Consultant rheumatologist, Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases 

The Department of Chemical Engineering was one of the partners in ITT 6. My colleague Matthew Lennox and I presented the SAMBa students with a challenge to come up with a more intelligent way to screen a vast amount of porous solids for specific adsorption applications. First of all, it was very stimulating to work with a group of students who approached the problem in a very different way from how we as engineers think about it, and they were just amazing. They came up with an approach that involved assigning a barcode to each material and analysing these further. A literature search revealed a manuscript that had just been published in Nature Communications with a very similar approach which at first was disappointing. However, it turned out that the approach the SAMBa students came up with should be more flexible when looking at a variety of applications and we are currently pursuing these ideas further in a reading group project and with large data sets.
Professor Tina Duren, Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Bath