Welcome to the Department of Mathematics

"Mathematics by the Sea" has been practised at Aberystwyth since the University first opened. In fact, Aberystwyth was the first University to teach Mathematics in Wales. Teachin‌g methods have certainly changed since the first Professor of Mathematics, Horatio Nelson Grimley, welcomed students in 1872, yet our aim is still to provide the highest quality education in a friendly and supportive environment.

Our mathematics courses are accredited by the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), and the curriculum enables students to take joint courses with other departments in the university and to specialise in areas such as mathematical physics. Within Wales, the Department has a leading role in the provision of mathematics in higher education through the medium of Welsh. In the 2017 NSS results, the department of Mathematics have scored:

  • 94% student satisfaction for teaching
  • 93% student satisfaction for academic support 
  • 94% student satisfaction for learning resources

Our staff expertise in research covers a broad range of mathematics, including operator algebras, solid and fluid mechanics, and quantum mechanics. A great deal of research activity is interdisciplinary, involving collaborators in physics, computer science and engineering and partners in industry. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, all of our research was judged as 2* (internationally recognised) and above, with one in eight of our outputs world leading.

The Department of Mathematics is housed in one of the most distinctive and architecturally-renowned buildings on campus, overlooking the town and sea-front. Lecture theatres, computing facilities, study areas and the library are located close together. Continuing investment in teaching and research ensures that we continue to provide a stimulating learning environment for a growing body of students from all over the world.

Aberystwyth University has been 'Two Ticks - Positive About Disabled People' accredited since 2003, and achieved an Athena Swan Bronze Award in 2014. The Mathematics Department is a Supporter of the London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme to embed equal opportunities for women within our working practices.

* The story of the first ninety years of the department is described in the book by C.R. Fletcher, Mathematics by the Sea, University of Wales, Aberystwyth (2002)