Networking with BT Group

“We have a great track record of successful collaboration with SAMBa, as we share a common aim – applying the latest thinking in mathematics and statistics to solve real-world problems. We especially value how SAMBa brings together students and academics from a diverse range of backgrounds.”

Carol Fletcher,
Head of Academic and Research Partnerships at BT


BT Group is the UK’s leading telecommunications and network provider with a track record of investment in University research over decades, and involving leading institutions in the UK and around the world. Initial links with Bath were via short-term placements for students on our Master’s course but it was clear that there were many more opportunities for BT and Bath  to collaborate on bigger research projects. 

During 2014, SAMBa academics and postgraduates worked with BT’s Research & Innovation team to develop potential topics that could lead to collaborative research. BT participated in ITT1 in January 2015, presenting a range of challenges and working alongside SAMBa postgraduates and staff to formulate and refine the research questions. 

Building on the work at ITT1, BT and the University of Bath co-funded a PhD project exploring distributed optimisation of LTE systems which was jointly supervised by academic experts in probability and dynamical systems, and a researcher from BT. In 2016, an EPSRC CASE PhD was awarded to BT, and University researchers in applied mathematics and electrical engineering to continue research from the ITT in optimising the location of wireless routers.

Following the successful completion of these projects, and a funded research internship for a PhD student, BT returned to participate in ITT11 in January 2020, bringing a new range of challenges. This led to a further successful EPSRC CASE award for a PhD to explore the intelligent selection and recycling of features in data analysis problems, jointly supervised by academics from probability and statistics along with BT researchers. This CASE award was cemented by the hosting of another research internship by BT for an existing SAMBa student, which enabled the concepts for the PhD project to be explored and tested further. 

During ITT11, BT were exposed to the research that was being explored by one of the probability academics in the department and recognised its potential future impact to their business. As a result, BT wrote a letter of support for a research grant proposal to EPSRC offering time of BT staff, and access to software. This grant was ultimately funded, building the breadth of the collaboration with BT even further.  

In 2020, BT also supported a Women in Mathematics PhD scholarship, encouraging SAMBa’s mission to promote diversity and inclusion in the Mathematical Sciences. 

FindAPhD : BT / SAMBa Women in Mathematics Scholarship at University of Bath



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