School of Mathematics


The School of Mathematics are committed to making positive change in areas surrounding climate and sustainability. We are aiming to do this via our world-leading research and our engagement with industry, as well as through our curriculum to inspire the next generation of mathematicians. We are also committed to conducting our own research and teaching as sustainably as possible.

The climate emergency is probably the greatest threat that humanity faces. The School of Mathematics is acting to address its own environmental sustainability, reducing the carbon in the energy we use for heating, for food we eat, and the travel we take. Because we are mathematical scientists we are doing this led by the data and the numbers, and based on this we advocate for improvement within the University and beyond.

The mathematical sciences have a role to play in tackling climate change, and we support researchers who work in partnership with many others on issues around energy and biodiversity. And we try to raise awareness of how our discipline can help to make a difference by including courses, projects and topics that discuss that address issues on the climate and environmental sustainability. None of this is really enough yet, but we are going to keep pushing to get more and more people engaged and to hold ourselves to account.

Professor Iain GordonHead of School of Mathematics

Our Researchers

Many of our academic staff are directly involved with sustainability research, in areas like energy, biodiversity and food supply.

School Strategy

The School of Mathematics is developing a strategy in order to have a coordinated School-wide approach to resolving sustainability issues.

Impact in Society

Through our research we are impacting society and our national sustainability goals.

Our Curriculum

We are striving to embed sustainability within our curriculum, via dedicated taught courses, student research projects, and employability challenges.