Department of Mathematical Sciences
University of Bath
Bath, BA2 7AY
Phone: +44 (0) 1225 386978
Office: 6W 1.12
Email: e DOT a DOT spence AT bath DOT ac DOT uk
Photo by Nic Delves Broughton
I am a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Bath. My research lies
interface between semiclassical analysis and numerical analysis of partial differential equations (PDEs), and I am interested in problems involving the scattering of acoustic and electromagnetic waves.
From October 2017 to September 2023, I will hold an EPSRC Early-Career Fellowship. The title of my project is "At the interface between semiclassical analysis and numerical analysis of wave propagation problems" and it is supported by EPSRC grant
Since March 2020, I have been a Professor of Mathematics at Bath. From December 2017 to March 2020 I was a Reader, and from April 2014 to December 2017 I was a Lecturer.
In July 2022, I was awarded a
Whitehead Prize from the London Mathematical Society.
In February 2020, I received the John Todd Award from the Oberwolfach Foundation and the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (link to photos).
From April 2011 to March 2014, I held an EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellowship. The title of my project was ''New Methods and Analysis for Wave Propagation Problems'' and it was supported by EPSRC grant EP/1025995/1.
From April 2009 to March 2011, I was a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant on the project
Boundary Integral Equation Methods for High Frequency Scattering Problems,
This was a joint project involving the University of Bath and the University of Reading on the development of robust methods for high-frequency wave scattering problems. The project was supported by EPSRC grants
EP/F06795X/1 and EP/F067798/1.
From October 2005 to March 2009, I was a PhD student in
University of Cambridge, supervised by
Thanasis Fokas. The title of my thesis was "Boundary Value Problems for Linear Elliptic PDEs". This research is part of a wider body of work on transform methods for linear and certain non-linear
PDEs; a website giving an overview of this work is here.
From October 2001 to June 2005, I studied mathematics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge (BSc 2001 to 2004, Part III 2004 to 2005).
Bath Maths Links:
Over the years I have given several talks at "Away Days" for PhD students, mostly in Bath, but occasionally elsewhere.
The slides of these talks are below. I've put them up here mainly for the benefit of those who were in the talks, however I hope others may find them interesting/useful too.
To anyone interested in giving better talks, I recommend this podcast (I attended a workshop in 2011 run by the creator of the podcast and got a tremendous amount from it).
Advice on choosing your PhD supervisor: In February 2019, I wrote (with input from other members of the department) this advice on choosing your PhD supervisor, specifically aimed at first-year students in the Centre for Doctoral Training SAMBa.
Instructions for how to get to Bath University