Message to our continuing students from the Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics (26th August 2020)
We understand that this is a challenging time for you due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). Inevitably, we have had to make some changes to ensure that we can continue to keep you and our staff safe through the pandemic. We want to reassure you that we are doing all we can to ensure that you receive the best possible academic and student experience this autumn. We are looking forward to welcoming you back, and I know that staff from across the University continue to work hard to ensure that you receive the excellent quality of learning experience you expect from the University of Strathclyde. To help you prepare, the University has refreshed our Campus Life web pages, which brings together useful information about teaching and learning, student support, campus facilities and university accommodation.
The safety, health and wellbeing of our students and staff are at the heart of all of our decision making. We will continue to act in accordance with advice and guidance from the UK and Scottish Governments, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, our NHS and the World Health Organisation. Should that result in any changes to how we deliver any aspects of your studies, we will ensure that this is communicated to you as soon as possible.
Current regulations on social distancing mean that our opportunities for on-campus activities are severely restricted. Much of our engagement with you will be through zoom meetings - zoom.us/ This free video conferencing service can be downloaded on your phone, ipad, tablet or computer. If you have not already done so, please can you download the application in advance of the start of the new session.
Teaching in the new semester will start on 21st September 2020. In semester one, all lecture material for classes taught by Mathematics & Statistics staff will be delivered online via MyPlace. This will involve the use of a range of different teaching activities to keep the material fresh and engaging. Module content will be available to you at specific times and you will be guided on how to engage with the material to ensure that you keep up. We will also provide ways for you to engage with other students and staff via zoom. Lecture material will be supplemented with drop in zoom sessions and zoom tutorials which are an ideal opportunity to meet your peers, engage in real-time academic discussion with your lecturers and tutors, and explore topics from your lectures in greater detail.
As always you will have a team of staff within the department to offer you support. Your first point of contact is your PDA, who is supported by a number of administrative staff and year coordinators. There is no need to contact them now as you will receive a lot more information from the University and Department over the coming weeks which will answer many of your questions.
The University is currently developing a virtual desktop application which will give you access to much of the software usually available in on-campus computer labs. There is also a range of software you can download from the University to support your studies at www.strath.ac.uk/professionalservices/it/use/softwareandhardware/.
In addition, you’ll also have access to our on-campus library, and bookable spaces where you can study.
Links to useful support services:
Student Experience & Enhancement Services: www.strath.ac.uk/sees/
Disability & Wellbeing Service: www.strath.ac.uk/professionalservices/disabilityandwellbeing/
Equality and Diversity: www.strath.ac.uk/equalitydiversity/
I will be back in touch with more details nearer to the start of new academic session. We look forward to welcoming you back and I hope that you enjoy these last few weeks before you resume your studies.
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.
News and Events, bringing mathematics to life...
Find out about interesting projects we are currently participating in as well as news and events from the department: