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RA5a: Structure,environment and staffing policy

Pure Mathematics is one part of the School of Mathematics at UEA. This School forms part of the high quality UEA Science Group which includes Applied Mathematics (RAE '96 Grade 4), Biology (Grade 5), Chemistry (Grade 3a), Information Systems (Grade 4) and Environmental Sciences (Grade 5*).

Since the award of a 5 rating in the last assessment, Pure Mathematics at UEA has continued to flourish and we have further improved our excellent research environment. We have more than doubled the number of PhDs that have been awarded and almost quadrupled the research grant income. Fourteen PhDs in Pure Mathematics were completed during the period of the assessment and thirteen (taught) MScs were awarded. Most of the Masters students went on to do PhDs. All full-time PhD students completed their degrees within 4 years. There have been four research fellows visiting for at least one year and many others for shorter periods. Over 90 papers have been published in the review period. We provide annual series of graduate lecture courses on advanced topics and weekly research seminars. There have also been informal seminar series on various topics, including model theory, arithmetic, dynamical systems and algebra.

We were delighted to welcome Dr Dzamonja (from the University of Wisconsin) into the School in 1998, taking the total number of permanent staff to seven. Our three main areas of research are now, loosely, Set Theory/Model Theory (Dzamonja, Evans), Algebra/Group Theory (Camina, Siemons, Zalesski) and Arithmetic/Dynamical Systems (Everest, Ward). The first group is the only one in the UK to include internationally recognised researchers in both Set Theory and Model Theory. The second group continues to be recognised as an international research centre. The third group is at the forefront of exciting international developments between number theory and dynamical systems. The groups work cohesively together; to illustrate this synergy we point to seven joint papers and one joint book which have been published over the review period. Four more joint papers have been accepted for publication and work on another joint book has begun. Each group organises a regular working seminar in which graduate students participate and give lectures. There is a regular programme of visiting speakers attended by all Pure Mathematicians and their research students, and occasional colloquia for all researchers in the School.

Staffing Policy

The School takes very seriously its obligation to new and younger members of the faculty. This is especially important in the early years, when staff are given reduced teaching loads. This policy has been very successful and we have a good age profile. The career progression of all faculty is monitored on a yearly basis. There is a research allowance system to encourage research output by adjusting the balance between teaching and research loads. One important feature in the University and the School is that we fully fund regular study leave for research active faculty at the rate of one semester after six semesters worked. The School has also developed a system for promoting innovation in research, funded by overheads from grants.

Professor Zalesski will retire during the next four years and, when he does, he will be replaced by a young pure mathematician. We anticipate that any new/replacement appointments will build on or be adjacent to our existing strengths, rather than starting completely new research directions.

Computing Support

The School provides ample computing facilities with full time IT management. Specific software packages for Pure Mathematics are MAGMA, GAP, REDUCE, MACSYMA and PARI. MAPLE is available to the University as a whole. As well as the University Library collection there is an extensive collection of research monographs (comprising over 3000 books) within the School, which is available to all academic staff and postgraduate students. MathSciNet is available across the campus as is JStor and Science Direct.

Users of this website should note that the information is not intended to be a complete record of all research centres in the UK

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Last updated 17 October 2003

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