In response to industry need, the latest CDT – Statistical Applied Mathematics at Bath ‘SAMBa’ - will create the next generation of interdisciplinary mathematicians. Research at the interface of applied mathematics, statistics and probability, will lead to graduates with world-leading analytical skills, helping large organisations with mathematical problem-solving across different sectors.

Students will be trained as interdisciplinary mathematicians who see no barriers between mathematical modelling, stochastics and modern statistics, and have excellent problem-solving and computational skills for careers in academia and industry. The emerging field ‘Big Data analytics’ will play an important role in their training.

SAMBa students will benefit from over 35 PhD supervisors, in addition to 20 potential co-supervisors from across the University in fields such as Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Biology & Biochemistry and Pharmacy & Pharmacology.

The bid for the Centre was led by Professor Andreas Kyprianou, Professor Paul Milewski and Professor Simon Wood from the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Commenting on the funding announcement, Professor Andreas Kyprianou said: “The latest funding announcement by the EPSRC will help us to train future mathematicians here at Bath who will be leaders in the field.”

Professor Milewski commented: “This funding will bring a step change in research excellence in mathematical sciences at the University of Bath as well as bringing a completely new mindset into the training of the next generation of mathematicians.”

Professors Kyprianou and Milewski will co-direct the training centre and look forward to working broadly across campus. They added: “We are grateful for the enormous support we have received in submitting our proposal from colleagues across the University, in particular Susie Douglas in RDSO.”

22 new CDTs were announced by the EPSRC on Friday, of which three were in mathematics.

It was also announced today that the University would benefit from additional EPSRC funding for a CDT covering Condensed Matter Physics. This CDT is led by the University of Bristol.

The investment complements pre-existing EPSRC CDTs at the University in Sustainable Chemical Technologies and Digital Entertainment, as well as three other CDTs in which the University is now partnered with other Universities.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Professor Jane Millar said: “The latest announcement from the Chancellor and the EPSRC is fantastic news in helping to ensure we meet industry demand and develop the next generation of scientists and engineers.

“The new CDT in Statistical Applied Mathematics at the University of Bath will bring together the different disciplines in mathematical sciences to equip researchers with the real-world analytical skills which will be essential in the future. We are also delighted to partner with the University of Bristol in an additional CDT for Condensed Matter Physics.”

Professor David Delpy, Chief Executive of the EPSRC added: “The CDT model has proved highly popular with universities and industry and these new Centres will mean that the UK is even better placed to maintain the vital supply of trained scientists and engineers.”