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Message to students from the Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics (13th January 2021)

Dear Students,

Further to the Principal’s email to you last Friday, in which he informed you of the Scottish Government’s expectations around the start of Semester 2, I am contacting you to clarify the arrangements for the delivery of teaching by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Semester 2: Due to current Scottish Government guidance and regulations all Mathematics and Statistics teaching activities in Semester 2 will be conducted online until the start of March. I can reiterate that the department is planning to continue with the online delivery of all lecture material for all of Semester 2. As always, we anticipate needing to be flexible as and when further guidance is issued, and we will continue to monitor guidance in the coming weeks and update you on any changes as soon as possible. Please make sure that you have read and understood the new laws and restrictions which are now in force in Scotland which you can find at 

Carers: If you have caring responsibilities that are impacted, for example by the closure of schools and other respite facilities, please can you contact your Year Coordinator to discuss this and then register your circumstances using the Personal Circumstances facility in PEGASUS. 

University Library: The Library will continue to be open Monday to Friday, from 9 am – 5pm, and will be closed at weekends. Browsing of bookshelves is not permitted at this time. 

Digital Inclusion: Please also remember the two schemes which the University has set up to support digital inclusionThe Digital Inclusion Laptop Loan Scheme, and the Digital Inclusion Small Grant

The Digital Inclusion Laptop Loan Scheme is open to students who meet the residence conditions outlined by the SFC, which in summary, is for those students who meet the residence requirements for SAAS living cost support. You should also meet one of the following personal criteria:

  • are care experienced (either undergraduate or postgraduate); or
  • are in receipt of a University STAR Scholarship; or
  • receive SAAS support that includes an enhanced student loan (for Independent Students) or a Young Students’ Bursary. 

If you do not meet the personal criteria but feel that you have an exceptional need for an equipment loan, then you should apply. Further details can be found at:

The Digital Inclusion Small Grant provides a small grant to students experiencing hardship or financial challenges in purchasing appropriate equipment to access online learning. It is open to RUK undergraduate students and Home and RUK postgraduate students. It is funded with monies from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) and is a partner scheme to the Digital Inclusion Laptop Loan Scheme. The fund is open to students who have "Home" or "RUK" fees status. Further details can be found at: 

As always, please continue to take care, stay at home, and stay safe.

Best wishes,


Professor John Mackenzie, Head of Department of Mathematics and Statistics  

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Strathclyde lies at the heart of the University's aim to develop useful learning.

All our degrees, at undergraduate and postgraduate level, develop mathematicians and statisticians that are able to use their skills effectively in whatever profession they chose. As well as our core degrees in mathematics and statistics we have many joint degrees with other Departments around the University - from business studies such as accounting, finance and economics, to areas of science such as physics, computer science and data analytics.

The Department is made up of around 40 academic staff, a number of teaching assistants and about 50 research postgraduates.

  • Our research emphasises how mathematics and statistics can be applied in the real world
  • Our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees develop mathematicians and statisticians who are able to translate their skills into any career they choose
  • Strong links to business, industry and government

Our department is ranked 11th in the UK for Mathematics & Statistics in the Complete University Guide Subject League Table for 2020. 

Here are just a few reviews from our recent students:

“(The course) equipped me with analytical, problem solving, and data analysis skills using R programming language, Microsoft Excel and working on real-life projects, to position myself with the right skill set needed on the day-to-day basis of my job.” Maryam, 2017 graduate... Read full review

"Studying at the university itself has been a fantastic experience. Everyone in the department's been incredibly friendly and approachable and I feel that I have been well supported with my studies here." Rosalyn, 2018 graduate... Read full review

As well as an array of undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities, you can also choose to pursue a research career with us.  Find out more about our areas of research.

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Our location

The Department of Mathematics & Statistics are located in Levels 8, 9 and 10 of the Livingstone Tower, situated on the corner of Richmond Street and North Portland Street.

Visitors should use the main Richmond Street entrance and report to the Department Main Office on the 9th floor.