Welcome to the School of Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics and Statistics underpin almost every aspect of today’s society. Whether it is technology, business, science, social science or education, mathematics and statistics are used. Our School has an international reputation for excellence in research and in teaching, so come and join us.

A philosopher, a mathematician and a student...

5 January 2015 A philosopher, a mathematician and a student walk into a bar. A drinking game and a complicated mathematics study into cause and effect, may seem worlds apart. (read article)

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MathSoc at UC

MathSoc is a free to join student-run club at the University of Canterbury. We run social and academic events for students who are interested in Mathematics and Statistics and provide support for students taking MATH/STAT courses.

2015 handbook

2015 School of Mathematics and Statistics Handbook

View the handbook (PDF, 523 KB)

Research spotlight: Modelling Resource Pulses

Members of MARG (Alex James and Mike Plank) with scientists from Landcare have been working on modelling mast seeding in NZ forests. They suggested a new method for predicting high seedfall events based on change in summer temperature, rather than absolute summer temperature (Ecol Letters, 2013). This is being used to justify extensive pest control “The Battle For Our Birds”.

2015 honours

2015 Honours Courses and Projects Handbook

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‘I feel the real use of my degree is the critical thinking ability that I learned...’

Catherine Cumpstone Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and Statistics
Statistical Analyst, Statistics New Zealand, Christchurch
(read profile)


Miguel Moyers-Gonzalez (University of Canterbury)
Sabbatical review - what I did last summer

Friday, 6 March 2015, 4:10pm, Room 031, Erskine Building

Iosif Petrakis (Mathematisches Institut der Universität München)
The Zero Sets of a Bishop Space

Thursday, 12 March 2015, 3:00pm, Room 446, Erskine Building

Magnus Bordewich (Durham University)
Fast and Slow Mixing in the Ferromagnetic Potts Model

Thursday, 19 March 2015, 3:00pm, Room 446, Erskine Building

Seminar archive


Te Pūnaha Matatini launched Te Pūnaha Matatini

Three researchers from the School of Mathematics and Statistics are celebrating the recent launch of the new Centre of Research Excellence, Te Pūnaha Matatini. Dr Alex James, Dr Jeanette McLeod and Dr Mike Plank are principle investigators of the CORE, with Dr James as Deputy Director. Te Pūnaha Matatini brings experts together from around NZ with the aim of developing methods and tools to interpret complex datasets about the environment, economy and society to provide insights for business, government sectors and the community. Watch this space for opportunities to get involved, PhD scholarships, events, etc.

Honours timetable for semester 1 is available

January / February newsletter (PDF, 2.2 MB)

Newsletter archive

UC Mathematics and Statistics Scholarship

To recognise and support high-achieving 200-, 300- and 400-level students who are majoring in Mathematics or Statistics at the University of Canterbury. Application deadline is 31 March 2015.

The Bruce Cronin Bay Trust Scholarship

To support postgraduate study at masters or doctoral level. Application deadline is 16 March 2015.

Health and safety briefing for undergraduate students (Powerpoint, 3 MB)

Lecturer in Applied Mathematics Position

Continuing (tenured), and full-time. Applications close 16 March, 2015.

2015 School of Mathematics and Statistics Handbook (PDF, 523 KB)

Also see the 2015 Honours Courses and Projects Handbook (PDF, 720 KB)

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