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The UK needs a national academy for mathematical science


Unified voice would bring benefits for education, industry and policy, say David Abrahams and colleagues

The mathematical sciences are central to many of the most pressing challenges of our time, from assessing, modelling and mitigating variants of Covid-19, through to evidence-based decision-making in the drive to net-zero carbon emissions, as well as understanding and managing artificial intelligence.

They are key components of education and industry, and are highly successful—if somewhat underfunded—pillars of teaching and research in UK universities. A 2010 report found they contributed more than £200 billion annually to the UK economy and underpinned 2.8 million jobs. About 10 million children are studying mathematics in UK schools, and many will pursue mathematical sciences in later academic and vocational programmes.

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