Mission, Vision and Objectives

Our vision and objectives have been informed and shaped by the feedback received during our Spring/Summer 2023 Consultation.

Mission

AcadMathSci’s Mission is to:

Benefit society through the power of the mathematical sciences


Our vision and objectives have been developed by the Executive Committee, informed and shaped by the feedback received during our Spring/Summer 2023 Consultation.

More information about the Consultation can be find here.  Alternatively, follow the links in the side panel to download: the full Consultation Document or an Executive Summary of that document; a detailed report that presents the responses to the Consultation, anonymised and ordered by theme, or a shorter document that summarises that feedback; and the Executive Committee’s Response to the Consultation Feedback.


Vision

The Academy for the Mathematical Sciences will be an authoritative and persuasive voice for the whole of the mathematical sciences. We will work with learned societies, other organisations, and people in the community who develop, teach, research, communicate, and use mathematics and the mathematical sciences.

The Academy’s focus will include teaching and education, academic research pushing the frontiers of what is known, and the implementation of mathematics in practice in industry, commerce, government and elsewhere. We will support the advancement of the field by bringing together those in the community, and by acting to nurture the people pipeline, increase societal engagement and improve the recognition of the power, value and beauty of mathematical science.

Our ambition is that our field delivers on its full potential to improve lives, help people, strengthen society, enhance economic productivity, and benefit and enrich our world.


Objectives

Increased number of mathematical scientists – through evidence-based interventions at key points of the people pipeline. This will drive knowledge transfer and the supply of highly trained mathematical scientists to industry, teaching, and the public sector, as well as strengthen the UK’s world-leading position in foundational research.

Improved diversity in the mathematical sciences workforce. Targeted interventions to address the lack of diversity in gender, ethnic, and socio-economic background – broadening the talent pool in UK mathematical sciences, increasing the number of women, increasing equality of economic opportunity, and moving the demographics of the mathematical sciences workforce closer to those they teach and empower.

Better public policy – by giving policymakers and government straightforward access to deep expertise from the full UK mathematical sciences community, in areas that range from AI, statistical modelling, and data science, to curriculum design, to national resilience.

Support for maths education – through policy development and advocacy around curriculum transformation, resourcing, CPD for teachers, and an inclusive, evidence-based approach to future maths skills. 

Improved economic growth, innovation, and prosperity – by enabling businesses to draw on the power of data and the mathematical sciences; targeted programs to unlock the economic benefits of mathematical R&D; and showing how greater numeracy and data literacy can increase productivity and creativity in all sectors of the economy.

Public advocacy around mathematics and data science. We will campaign to raise numeracy and data fluency across the population, in collaboration with other actors in the space, moving the national debate from fear to understanding. We will campaign for more research funding for the mathematical sciences, through persuasive advocacy and building out the evidence base.