The University of Hertfordshire is bolstering its mathematics provision with the appointment of five new teaching and research posts.
These appointments form part of the University’s strategy to meet industry’s need for a skilled workforce; as maths graduates are increasingly needed to analyse and manage data, support the development of Artificial Intelligence technologies and work within the wider disciplines of computing and economics. Recent figures from the Council for Mathematics identified that two million people work in jobs where maths qualifications are essential and this figure is growing rapidly.
The new appointments will help to further mathematical research at the University of Hertfordshire, bringing expertise in string theory, quantum integrability and actuarial mathematics to the University. The academics will also teach on the University’s undergraduate mathematics degree courses which are accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and include the BSc in Mathematics, the BSc in Financial Mathematics and a BA / BSc Mathematics Joint Honours.
Mark Thompson, Dean of the School of Physics Astronomy and Mathematics at the University of Hertfordshire, said: “I am delighted to welcome our new Mathematicians to the School. Their appointments considerably strengthen our research in the fields of mathematical physics and actuarial mathematics, allowing the School to develop new modules and research projects for our undergraduates in these areas. It is particularly exciting to strengthen our fundamental research at the interface of mathematics and physics, which will enable the University of Hertfordshire to help interpret recent results from the Large Hadron Collider.”
The University’s enhancement to its mathematics teaching and research provision demonstrates its commitment to ensuring students get the best possible support. Initiatives such as the Maths Support service, where maths students are employed to give dedicated peer support, also ensure that students succeed in their studies and beyond.
On a wider level the University is also helping to increase diversity in the mathematics profession; 68% of the University’s Mathematical Sciences students are BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) and 39% are female students, both figures are well above the national average.