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#1 Mathematics department in the Russell Group (National Student Survey 2017)

World-class research: Quantum cryptography at the Quantum Communications Hub

Emphasis on small group teaching: comprehensive tutorial and seminar system to support students

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World-class research: mathematical biologists assemble viruses using group theory

Enthusiastic staff with broad, interdisciplinary research interests

Department of Mathematics


Welcome to the Department of Mathematics at the University of York.

We are a community of mathematicians from all over the world, engaged in world-class research and committed to excellence in teaching with a special emphasis on small groups and a friendly atmosphere. If you would like to find out more about our activities, take a look around our website or get in touch via

Professor Niall MacKay
Head of Department

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Our values

We support the principles laid out in the London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme, and aim to create an inclusive, mutually supportive community which enables everyone to do their best possible work and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect regardless of individual characteristics such as age, gender, disability, religion or ethnicity. 

We hold the Bronze Award of the Athena SWAN programme for women in science. Eight of our academic staff are women, along with about 40% of our students. 

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Combating viruses: Code breakers turn code writers

Posted on Wednesday 1 November 2017

Researchers who successfully cracked a code that governs infections by a major group of viruses have gone a step further, creating their own artificial code.

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Posted on Friday 27 October 2017

A mathematics paper is the most downloaded item deposited by the University of York in the White Rose Research Online depository.

People of PI: Math maven Kasia Rejzner

Posted on Thursday 5 October 2017

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