20 June 2016: Blathnaid Sheridan & Cormac Breen receive Access and Civic Engagement Staff Awards

Dr Blathnaid Sheridan, a lecturer in the School of Mathematical Sciences, and Dr Cormac Breen, coordinator of the Mathematics Learning Support Centre, were recently awarded DIT Access and Civic Engagement Staff Awards for their contributions to Access and Civic Engagement.

Blathnaid works closely with our full-time undergraduate students throughout their Work Placements.  During their Work Placements our students work a variety of employment sectors, experiencing employment in that sector, using their mathematical knowledge and further developing their employability skills. The award recognised this work in association with Students Learning With Communities.

The Mathematics Learning Support Centre provides free, non-judgemental support in mathematics to all undergraduate students in DIT assisting students with dedicated, trained tutors to gain confidence, develop their ability in mathematics and achieve their potential. The centre therefore works closely with the DIT Access & Civic Engagement Office and Disability Service and the award recognises the work of the centre with Access students.

Blathnaid Sheridan receiving a DIT Access and Civic Engagement Staff Award from the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton

20 June 2016: Student Ambassadors for 2016/2017 named

The Student Ambassadors for the College of Sciences & Health for the academic year 2016/2017 have been named. The School of Mathematical Sciences is represented by Mona Ekky, an undergraduate student on the programme DT205 BSc (Hons) Mathematical Sciences, and by Kiril Nikulin, an undergraduate student on the programme DT220 BSc (Hons) Industrial Mathematics.

The role of the Student Ambassadors is to answer practical questions, assist and meet with prospective new students and visitors to the College of Sciences & Health who are interested its undergraduate programmes. They participate in events such as Induction, SciFest and Open Days throughout the academic year and provide tours of the Kevin Street and its facilities to give an impression of what it is like to study on the campus. The Ambassadors are from a diverse range of backgrounds and courses and therefore can share their first-hand experience of student life at DIT.

7 Apr 2016: Dr Nicola Pace to give UCD Algebra & Number Theory seminar

On Monday 11 April, Dr Nicola Pace of the School of Mathematical Sciences, DIT, will be giving the UCD Algebra and Number Theory Seminar. He will be speaking about Permutation decoding of linear error-correcting codes.

Linear error-correcting codes with large automorphism groups are of interest from different points of view. Geometrically, they correspond to sets of points in a projective space with many symmetries. From a coding theory point of view, a large automorphism group can reduce the number of computations needed for encoding and decoding. In 1964, MacWilliams developed a method, called permutation decoding, that is feasible when a sufficiently large automorphism group ensures the existence of a set of automorphisms, called a PD-set, with specific properties. In his talk, Dr Pace will consider linear codes with a prescribed automorphism group and use these examples to illustrate computational approaches to some problems.

7 Apr 2016: New Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Statistics programme to be offered

The School of Mathematical Sciences is to launch a new programme DT9002 Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Mathematics.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Statistics has been successfully validated and will be offered to students from September 2016. It is a part-time postgraduate programme offered in the evenings over one academic year, allowing students to study flexibly and balance study with their lives. The focus of the programme is to provide professionals with the highly specialised statistical skills required across a wide variety of sectors, such as, the insurance, banking, health care, enterprise software, internet technology, manufacturing and the public sector. Statistics is fundamental to identifying customer, consumer and population trends, to modelling and predicting likely future behaviour and to extracting important quantitative information from data sets. The programme will produce graduates who are skilled practitioners in the area of applied statistical modelling. Students will gain experience of using current software and gain a solid grounding in the concepts underpinning statistics analysis. Graduates will possess enhanced problem solving and decision making skills and will build and strengthen their analytical capabilities.

More information will shortly appear under the School's Continuing Professional Development programme portfolio or more information can be found by contacting Dr Fiona Murray, Programme Coordinator,(+353) 1 402 4827, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

7 Apr 2016: MLSC hosts transition year students

On the March 3 2016, as part of the College of Science and Health’s Transition Year week, the School of Mathematical Sciences and the Mathematics Learning Support Centre hosted eight Transition Year students from several Dublin schools including Firhouse Community College and Sancta Maria College in Rathfarnham. The students took part in mathematical demonstrations and games designed to raise interest in and awareness of mathematics and its applications. Activities undertaken included building the Platonic Solids, encoding messages using binary numbers and solving mathematical puzzles.

Transition year students working in the Mathematics Learning Support Centre