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Queen’s Anniversary Prize for mathematical and statistical research

queens_prizes.jpgWarwick has been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for higher and further education at a ceremony today at Buckingham Palace by HRH Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.

The Queen’s Anniversary Prize is in recognition of Warwick becoming a mathematical sciences research and impact powerhouse in the University’s first 50 years. Commenting on the Prize Stuart Croft said:

Mathematics and statistics have been at the centre of University of Warwick research since our foundation. We are honoured to receive the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of our staff and students’ dedication and success in establishing Warwick’s global reputation for excellence.”

Warwick’s Department of Statistics is now the largest in the UK, supported by substantial public and private sector research funding, whilst the Warwick Mathematics Institute was in 2012 awarded the first Regius Professorship in Mathematics in the UK in over three hundred years. The University is also one of five university partners in the Alan Turing Institute— the UK’s national institute for data science.

Head of the University of Warwick’s Mathematics Institute Professor Colin Sparrow said:

Research mathematicians were the very first students to enrol at the University of Warwick and were the start of an institution that is now one of the world’s top 100 Universities with one of the top 20 Mathematics departments. In addition to being awarded a Regius Professorship in 2012 and a 2014 Fields Medal awarded to Professor Martin Hairer, the Queen’s Anniversary Prize is a most welcome recognition of our achievements to date”.

Head of the Department of Statistics Professor Mark Steel said:

On behalf of the Department of Statistics, I am delighted with the Queen's Anniversary Prize, which is a truly wonderful recognition of all the hard work we and our colleagues in Mathematics have done over the years. Our Department has tripled in size over the last 12 years, which, combined with the world-leading quality of our research, has given us the opportunity to be involved in many exciting initiatives, such as the newly formed Alan Turing Institute. A lot of our work is directly or indirectly linked with applications in biology, medicine, economics, finance etc. and we are very keen to continue to break new ground in delivering research with a substantial impact on society and to train the next generations of forward-thinking statisticians."

Applied mathematical and statistical research (MSR), with allied disciplines, informs the structure of most if not all areas of national and international life and prosperity, underpinning innumerable aspects of human endeavour in the contemporary world. The MSR work of the University’s departments of maths and statistics has gained a world-wide reputation for intellectual distinction, excellence and impact, in turn playing a major cross-disciplinary role in its research centres in allied fields including complexity science, computer and data science, analytical science, life and medical sciences and systems biology.
MSR addresses major global challenges in energy, food security, sustainable cities and innovative manufacturing and over the fifty years of the University’s existence and its development of these disciplines a wide range of beneficial impact has been achieved, much of which tends by its nature to be hidden from general view.

Hear from our student representatives

Being at the Palace and seeing our Head of Department and Vice-Chancellor accept the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Mathematical and Statistical research made me feel incredibly proud to be a current PhD student in Mathematics. Knowing that the Mathematics and Statistics department is one of the strongest in the world and having this celebrated at Buckingham Palace was an incredible honor.

Vandita Patel

The experience was incredible and highlighted how the work carried out by the Statistics and Mathematics departments at Warwick is being recognised at such a high level both here in the UK and abroad. This recognition is of particular importance to undergraduate students, especially those on integrated Masters degrees such as my own because it can encourage more students to continue their research as it can be seen to be highly regarded and to benefit society as a whole. Furthermore, with the URSS scheme and LMS bursary scheme, it is becoming easier for undergraduate students to pursue research outside of their degree but still within the areas of Statistics and Mathematics.

Daniel Wilson-Nunn

Being a student representative from the Department of Statistics at the ceremony of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize at Buckingham Palace was a great honour for me. I am glad and proud that our University, and the Mathematics and Statistics Departments in particular, continue leading relevant research and getting recognition from it.

Karla Monterrubio Gómez