Research Centres and Networks

We have two Research Centres and participate in a number of formal research networks.  We also have strategic links, locally, nationally and internationally.

STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

The STOR-i (Statistics and Operational Research) Centre for Doctoral Training is a pioneering doctoral training centre with a ground-breaking approach to statistics and operational research. It aims to develop a new generation of researcher capable of making a real impact in both academic and industrial fields.

STOR-i is backed by a £4.3million award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and benefits from considerable, committed support from leading industry partners including BT, Shell, Unilever and the Met Office.

Medical and Pharmaceutical Statistics Research Unit

The Medical and Pharmaceutical Statistics (MPS) Research Unit develops and evaluates novel statistical methods of study design and data analysis for use in the pharmaceutical and medical research community. We work with partners in heath care, the public sector and pharmaceutical industry.

MPS offer a number of services, including advice on design and analysis of clinical trials, development of novel methods for clinical and pre-clinical studies and Professional Development Courses.

Research Network in Statistics for Big Data

We collaborate with the Universities of Warwick, Oxford and Bristol through the i-like research programme. This programme is funded by the EPSRC, and focusses on how to develop new statistical methods for fitting complex models in big data applications. It hosts an annual workshop, and funds five postdoctoral research assistants who are working on a range of collaborative research projects.

Quantum groups, operators and non-commutative probability (QOP) Research Network

The Quantum groups, operators and non-commutative probability (QOP) Research Network is a collaboration between Lancaster University, Leeds University and IMPAN Warsaw, funded by the London Mathematical Society and the Warsaw Centre of Mathematics and Computer Science.

The Network holds three meetings a year and provides a forum for collaboration between researchers in various fields of functional analysis including Banach spaces and operators and non-commutative probability.

Functor Categories for Groups (FCG)

Functor Categories for Groups is a joint research group, funded by the London Mathematical Society. Its partners are Lancaster, National University of Ireland, Galway, and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Modern advances in group theory utilise categories to study properties for finite and infinite groups alike. Results obtained using categories such as fusion systems have allowed significant progress in the local-global study of finite groups, while Mackey functors and Bredon cohomology have been a major feature of the functorial study of groups, leading to major advances also in neighbouring areas such as algebraic topology, representation theory and K-theory in particular.

These functorial techniques, mainly developed for finite groups to date, have emerged in the study of infinite groups, and more recently in the study of profinite groups. This Research Group aims to bring together researchers representing the various subjects touched by functor categories for groups in order to incentivise future advances and stimulate new collaborations in the UK and Ireland.

Algebra and Representation Theory in the North (ARTIN)

Algebra and Representation Theory in the North (ARTIN) is a research network encompassing the universities of Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Lancaster, Leicester, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and York. ARTIN is funded by the London Mathematical Society and the Glasgow Mathematical Journal Trust.

ARTIN typically meets four times a year at one of the network's member institutions, with one meeting a year dedicated to providing an opportunity for early-career researchers (PhD students and postdoctoral researchers) to present their work.

North British Functional Analysis Seminar (NBFAS)

The following universities are regular participants in the North British Functional Analysis Seminar: Aberdeen, Queen's University Belfast, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, Lancaster, Leeds, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Nottingham, Oxford, Sheffield, York.

The seminar normally meets three times per year, holding a one- or two-day meeting in one of its member institutions at which distinguished mathematicians, usually from overseas, are invited to lecture.

Other strategic links

Internally to Lancaster we have active links with the operational research group based in the Department of Management Science - including co-running of the STOR-i doctoral training centre - and the CHICAS group from the Medical School.

Further afield, we have strategic links with Science for Innovation in Norway and the Naval Postgraduate School, University of Washington and Northwestern University in the US as well as a range of collaborators from other scientific disciplines and from industry.