Elsevier supports mathematics at Oxford with £1 million donation

Global information analytics business Elsevier is donating £1 million to Oxford Mathematics, in support of fellowships, research meetings and workshops.

Oxford Mathematics is widely recognised as one of the foremost centres for the subject globally; its strength and reputation has never been greater. Now, thanks to Elsevier’s generosity, five outstanding early career researchers will be supported by internationally competitive three-year fellowships. Fellows will hold the prestigious title of Hooke or Titchmarsh Fellow; Hooke and Titchmarsh are distinguished figures in the diverse history of Oxford and global mathematics.

During their time at Oxford, fellows will undertake research, develop their experience of teaching in a university environment, and work alongside academics at the forefront of the most profound advances in mathematics. By the end of their fellowships, post-holders will be independent researchers of international standing.

‘We are extremely grateful to Elsevier for this important support for Oxford Mathematics,’ says Professor Martin Bridson, Head of the Mathematical Institute. ‘Postdoctoral fellowships provide vital opportunities to researchers embarking on academic careers. Thanks to this new collaboration, five outstanding early career mathematicians will be supported as they join the institute and pursue some of the most exciting questions in mathematics.’

Finding funding in the current higher education landscape can be extremely challenging for early career researchers. Without support, many individuals struggle to establish an academic career following the end of their doctoral studies. The Mathematical Institute’s Hooke and Titchmarsh Fellowship programme, expanded by virtue of this gift, addresses this need.

Elsevier’s donation will also support a series of high-profile research meetings and workshops at the Mathematical Institute. Spread over the course of five years, the meetings will bring researchers from other UK and international institutions to Oxford in order to engage on topics ranging from data science to fundamental problems in geometry and number theory.

Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford says: ‘I am delighted that Elsevier has chosen to work with the University’s Mathematical Institute to support our outstanding early career researchers. This initiative will not only benefit researchers here in Oxford but also the international mathematical research community. We are deeply grateful to Elsevier for their generosity.’

Ron Mobed, Elsevier Chief Executive Officer says: ‘The University of Oxford’s commitment to excellence in research, development of young and emerging talent and creating new ways of academic collaboration are very much aligned with Elsevier’s mission. It represents the future of how science should be applied to have a transformative impact on society. Research in mathematics specifically is vital to the exploration of new technologies, innovation, data science and analytics – areas in which we are investing ourselves to make research information more useful.’

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