School of Mathematics & Physics

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    Lion Terrace, Lion Gate Building

    PO1 3HF Portsmouth

    United Kingdom

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The School of Mathematics and Physics challenges the way we think about and use numbers. We're driven to solve technological, environmental and societal problems through our research and teaching.

From pure, applied and industrial mathematics to quantum theory and particle physics, our school has many research pathways.

Our school produces excellent research with practical applications, and annual increases in research outputs. We're a leader among young universities — 61% of our mathematics and 89% of our physics research outputs were rated as internationally excellent in REF 2014, placing us as the joint best performing new university in the country.

Our research impact is varied – we've improved how hospitals allocate beds and medical equipment, and enhanced climate resilience in cities. On a lighter note, we've deciphered what, mathematically-speaking, makes the perfect cup of coffee and invented a new way to pour the perfect Guinness.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Industrial mathematics
  • Applied mathematics, nonliner and complex systems
  • Quantum information and sensing technologies

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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  • Became Chartered Member (CMILT)

    Wall, Graham (Recipient), 14 Nov 2014

    Prize: National/international honour

  • Best Paper Award

    Esmeli, Ramazan (Recipient), Bader-El-Den, Mohamed (Recipient), Abdullahi, Hassana (Recipient) & Henderson, David (Recipient), 27 Oct 2021

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Best PhD student paper prize

    Haque, Mainul (Recipient), 1 Apr 2008

    Prize: National/international honour