UEA mathematicians have a proven track record of working with outside organisations. The School is keen to explore new opportunities for research, consultancy, and other collaborations.

Expertise in the School of Mathematics

Fluid Mechanics and Fluid–Structure Interaction

Including liquid splashes and jets, impacts of water waves on structures, slamming of ships, and liquid-cargo impacts inside containers, ice dynamics, ocean and atmosphere modelling.

Aerodynamics and Acoustics

Including receptivity and boundary layer transition, ground effect, ultrasound scattering in colloids

Biological Modelling

Including applications to blood flow; tissue engineering, digestion, biomolecular aggregates, and medical devices. For further information, see Research in Mathematical Biology.

Industrial Modelling

Expertise in modelling a wide variety of industrial problems, producing mathematical descriptions that can then be used in simulations or solved directly to provide insight or predictions as to how the system will behave.

Mathematical Methods and Techniques

Employing a variety of advanced mathematical techniques, which can be applied to help solve other problems. These techniques include analytical function theory, asymptotic analysis, boundary integral methods, dynamical systems methods, numerical methods, spectral analysis.

Further details of research and expertise can be found on the research pages.

Opportunities for working with the School of Mathematics

CIMR Seminars

An easy way to 'test the water' and see if there is interest and suitable expertise in a particular problem would be to give an informal talk at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Mathematical Research. The aim of these talks is to foster potential future collaborations, possibly involving one or more of the options below. For more details see the CIMR seminars page.

Study Groups

In 2012, the School of Mathematics at UEA hosted the 85th European Study Group with Industry. At the meeting, a group of mathematicians from around the world gathered to work intensively on problems brought by outside companies. The companies paid to bring the problem, and in return benefit from discussions with academics during the week and a formal report produced afterwards. More details about the meeting at UEA and future study groups can be obtained from the 85th European Study Group with Industry page.

MMath and MSc Projects

If a small well-defined problem you have might benefit from some work by a fourth-year undergraduate or masters student, it might form a suitable basis for an MMath or MSc project. In return for sponsorship from the company, a student will spend 1/3 of the their year working on an agreed project, under the direction of an academic adviser from the School of Mathematics. For more information, see UEA Student Projects and MMath project information.

Student Internships

For larger and/or more complex problems an internship may be more appropriate. With support from an academic partner in the School of Mathematics, a graduate student can spend 3–6 months working full time at your company.

Industrial CASE PhD Studentships

For larger projects that would benefit from a longer period of work, companies can help define a PhD project in collaboration with an academic supervisor from the School of Mathematics. Funding comes jointly from the company and an academic source. For further details, see UEA Studentships.


Companies can take advantage of the expertise of UEA researchers by employing them to act as consultants. For further details and case studies, see UEA Consultancy & Advice.

Sponsored Research

Faculty members can be commissioned to carry out specific research on behalf of a company. For further details, see UEA Sponsored Research.

Further information and contact details

For more information, or to discuss possibilities for working with UEA mathematicians, please see the UEA Business, Enterprise & Commercialisation pages, or contact Dr Vittoria Danino the UEA Business Manager for Mathematics. If you are interested in working with UEA Mathematicians, the School would be more than happy to arrange a meeting to discuss the possibilities.