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Mathematics: Higher Education

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 72417, tabled on 9 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the amount that the Government has spent on mathematical sciences at higher education institutions in the UK over the last five years; and what comparative assessment he has made between that figure and the G20 average.

Answered on

18 November 2021

The UK is a world leader in Mathematics. British mathematicians publish a large volume of highly regarded work. When compared to international colleagues, British mathematicians have the 5th largest share of publications in the world. When looking at the top 1% of most cited publications, UK mathematicians are responsible for the third largest share.

Between Financial Year 2015-2016 and September 2021, EPSRC committed £259.9m to research grants Mathematical Sciences. This includes commitment from the Additional Funding Programme.

At this current time, EPSRC are unable to make a direct comparison to international averages.