The LSGNT is made up of about 40 mathematicians in three London Universities, with interests in different aspects of number theory, geometry and topology. We already work together in many ways, which include research collaborations and joint seminars and working groups. Travel between the three universities is straightforward by public transport or bicycle.
The training that we will offer as the LSGNT will differ from a traditional UK PhD in pure mathematics in a number of respects, and will be closer to the US graduate school model (though you will not have to do anything like as much teaching as a typical US graduate TA). In the first year, we shall offer a broad mathematical training, with an emphasis on topics in geometry and number theory. We shall also establish an ethos of working and learning together in a friendly and supportive environment. Towards the end of the first year, you will have to agree on projects and supervisors and enrol at the College of your first supervisor. The collaborative spirit established in the first year will be maintained by a number of mechanisms including cross-College supervision teams, junior seminars and other working groups, and other activities such as a new LSGNT colloquium, an annual retreat and an annual conference.
We expect to recruit students with a wide variety of mathematical backgrounds: some will already have clear ideas about a research project and the necessary knowledge to start right away, while others will not yet have decided where their interests lie. The first-year training will be flexible enough to accommodate and support everyone in the transition from undergraduate to research-level mathematics.
The LSGNT will complement and build on a lively research environment which includes
Our research groups are well connected with other top research groups throughout the world and our position in a capital city means that transport to the rest of the UK and the world is very efficient. We have taken advantage of this to establish the following Paris/London and Brussels/London seminars:
Highly trained pure mathematicians are needed to sustain the discipline (staying in academia) but also make important contributions to the wider economy. Our School has formal support from industrial partners: the aim of this is to broaden our students' outlook and also to persuade employers of the contributions our graduates could make in their sector.
Our current partners are (in alphabetical order):
The Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research is offering a fully funded studentship this year on terms similar to those funded by EPSRC. This studentship includes an external component consisting of 6 months work at the Heilbronn Institute in London, to be taken by mutual agreement. Some of the work of the Heilbronn Institute is confidential and the student will need to obtain a security clearance, for which UK citizenship is required.
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