There is a skills shortage both in the UK and globally. A recent report from the US National Academy of Sciences concluded that there is a need to produce graduates who are knowledgeable across a broad range of disciplines, communicate well with researchers in other areas and understand the role of mathematical science in other disciplines and the economy.
Educating the next generation
The IMSS will put over 1,200 mathematical science undergraduates at the heart of its activity, enabling them to interact with world-leading researchers in an intellectually thrilling community, and providing a top quality university experience with modern high-quality teaching facilities. Students will take advanced courses connecting with exciting research developments, such as the rapid expansion of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, both areas for which mathematics provides the fundamental language. Our graduates will receive a broad training in mathematics, statistics and their applications, with experience in programming and computation, and with opportunities to develop their communication skills. Equally, the IMSS research and teaching staff will inspire students from across UCL studying a variety of disciplines.
At postgraduate level, the IMSS will be home to 150 Masters students and over 200 doctoral students. Masters students will have their own study and social areas, while doctoral students, the lifeblood of any university mathematical science institute, will be fully integrated with academic staff, including shared social and common areas.
A population educated to a high level in mathematics and statistics is crucial to the UK economy. According to the 2012 Deloitte report, Measuring the Economic Benefits of Mathematical Science Research in the UK, mathematical sciences research contributes 10% of all jobs in the UK, in sectors including finance, defence, life sciences and medicine, national security and manufacturing.