All academic staff within the School of Mathematics are actively involved in research. The desire of our teaching staff to break new ground is what makes studying here such a tremendous learning experience for undergraduates and postgraduates alike.

Research priorities

The priorities of the school's research efforts are:

  • execution of internationally recognised world-class mathematical and statistical research resulting in key publications and presentations;
  • research training of graduate students who show the highest potential;
  • research development and career progression of postdoctoral research workers;
  • interaction with external groups both within academia and beyond;
  • commercialising opportunities combining research and enterprise.


Members of the school collaborate with colleagues from a variety of disciplines at Bristol, including physics, social sciences, biology and medicine, as well as with external organisations, such as Hewlett Packard, QinetiQ, Unilever, Barclays Bank, the Government Communications Headquarters and National Air Traffic Services.

Did you know?

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 has ranked Bristol among the UK’s top research universities. Bristol Mathematics has confirmed its position in the elite handful of UK mathematics departments, together with Cambridge, Imperial, Oxford, Warwick. Our impact submission ranks second among all Russell Group departments.

Heilbronn Institute

The Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research brings together high-calibre mathematicians from various disciplines to conduct theoretical research into key areas of mathematics.

Centre for Behavioural Biology

The Centre for Behavioural Biology is an interdisciplinary venture between Biological Sciences, Mathematics and Veterinary Sciences, providing excellent research facilities for the study of pure and applied animal behaviour and its mathematical modelling.