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The Faculty of Mathematics is open to engaging in collaborations with industrial partners.  More information is available in the Collaboration Overview web page.

Please contact the Knowledge Transfer Facilitator, Dr Stephanie North: email or phone 01223 760414.

More information about the Cambridge Mathematics Placements Scheme  can be found using the link.


University of Cambridge EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Analysis

Call for First Year PhD Student External Mini Projects

The University of Cambridge EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Analysis invites proposals for first year External Mini-Projects from business, industry and University of Cambridge Departments.

Opening Date: 28 August 2018

Closing Date: 19 October 2018

Introduction to the University of Cambridge EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Analysis (CCA)

The CCA is located at the University of Cambridge Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS) and follows the EPSRC's cohort-based PhD training model, admitting 10-15 students per year.  The course is a four-year PhD in Mathematics, in an area of analysis or its applications. The scope includes:  image analysis, partial differential equations, geometric analysis, probability, computational analysis, approximation theory, compressed sensing, inverse problems, high-dimensional, non-parametric statistics and mathematics of information.

First Year Projects

A unique first year structured programme offers students wide-ranging training in analysis, emphasising teamwork.  This includes the opportunity to work on two short research projects (about 4 weeks work each) before embarking on their main research project:

  • An internal project under the direction of the first year supervisor in the Faculty of Mathematics
  • An external project that is provided by a user of mathematics - either another department of the University, or a partner from business/industry. This project is carried out within the CMS.

Benefits for Partner Organisations

Mathematics can often provide new approaches/perspectives to resolving problems. Hence, external projects offer the opportunity to engage the skills of talented mathematicians to tackle challenging research questions across a diverse range of fields.  This is also an ideal way to become involved in the CCA, to develop relationships with the academics and students and to engage with the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.   

Funding not required

No funding is required as the external project is an integral part of the training.   Partner organisations will be required to cover incidental costs if needed, for example student travel, but otherwise the projects are intended to be collegial in nature.

Project Guidelines and Requirements

The project should challenge first year PhD mathematics students who have a four year mathematics degree or a three year degree plus a Master’s degree in mathematics. 

  • A project description is required using the submission template, which includes the background, problem, aims, expectations and key literature references.  Some previous examples are available. 
  • All project proposals will be subject to approval by the CCA Directors.
  • The students have an external supervisor from the partner organisation (usually the person who writes/submits the project) and a Mathematics Faculty co-supervisor.

Project Selection, Timescale and Reporting

  • The students select a project of their choice from a compilation of project descriptions. 
  • You will be informed by early December whether your project has been chosen and the student will contact you.  If your project is not selected, you may request it to be included in the Cambridge Mathematics Placement programme (contact for more information).
  • The external project work is undertaken during the latter half of the Michaelmas term through to the Lent term (late-November 2018 to mid-March 2019).  During this period, the overall amount of time spent on the project is about 4 weeks.
  • On completion, the students write a report of around 10 pages which will be assessed by the academic supervisors. There will be a presentation event where students will give a 20 minute talk on their project to their fellow first year students and academics.  The external supervisors are invited to attend.  
  • We would appreciate feedback on the outcome and any impact resulting from the project.

Terms and Conditions

  • Due to the communal nature of the CDT and the sharing of results per the above, it is advised that sponsors strongly consider the nature of the research environment when providing background information for research which may be of a confidential or sensitive nature. The University is unable to provide extensive measures to protect sensitive information.
  • Projects are to be considered academic in nature and any inventions or other intellectual property generated by a given project will be wholly owned by the student. External partners shall be given the results of a project for internal research purposes only, and the acquisition of any other intellectual property rights by a sponsor shall be at the discretion of the student.
  • Students may be allowed to attend a sponsor’s place of work for purposes of the project, but the University will not allow students to undertake personal exposure to commercial liability while working on the projects.
  • Submission of proposals for projects indicates the sponsor’s consent to the standard project terms and conditions, as attached hereto.

Project Submission Process

Please send proposals using the template no later than the closing date of 19 October 2018 to Dr Stephanie North, Knowledge Transfer Facilitator, and Tessa Blackman, CCA Group Secretary,  

Any enquiries can be addressed to Stephanie North.