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Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics

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Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics
University of Cambridge
Centre for Mathematical Sciences
Wilberforce Road

Tel: (01223) (3)37999

Web site:


Welcome to the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics

DPMMS is one of the two mathematics departments in Cambridge, the other being the Department of Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics (DAMTP). Together with the Betty and Gordon Moore Library and the Isaac Newton Institute, the two departments make up the Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS).  This guide is to assist with induction to DPMMS giving some key basic information. 

DPMMS and DAMTP have their own Heads of Department, finance and administration personnel teams to assist with the day to day needs of the departments.  The Statistical Laboratory has a Director and is also supported by the DPMMS administration team who are located on the first floor of Pavilion C.  All members of the admin team are available and able to offer help and assistance at any time – please feel free to drop by.

Head of Department

Professor James Norris

Director of Statistical Laboratory

Professor Richard Samworth

Finance and Grants Administration

Edina Tandari 

Finance and Grants Administrator 

Angela Smith (

ERC Grants Administrator

Rafia Durrani

(Arti Sheth Thorne  currently on materinity leave)


Departmental Administrator

Vivien Gruar

PA to Head & Director

Julia Blackwell (

Administration  Assistant  

Charlotte Thompson Mitchell (


The Faculty of Mathematics operates a shared administration service for some of the operations of the Faculty.  The four categories and a brief description of their functions follows:

IT – Head of IT,  Frank Lee

For all computer related queries, including software and hardware, the IT department run a helpdesk.  Please direct all enquiries to  

For setting up new accounts or wifi tickets, please contact the Administrative Staff in your Pavilion in the first instance.


Graduate Office – Head of Graduate Office, Alice Wood and Director of Graduate Education of Dr Tom Fisher

Alice’s office (C0.14)  is located on the ground floor of Pavilion C and is the first point of call for all Graduate Student related matters, including visiting PhD students.


HR – Head of HR Office, Julie Bazin

Julie’s  office (B1.31) is located on the first floor of Pavilion B.

HR  can assist with enquiries regarding, visas, contracts of employment, letters of introduction for purposes of opening bank accounts, recruitment, staff welfare and peer review.


Undergraduate Office  – Head of Undergraduate Office, Kati Sexton

Kati’s office (B1.28) is located on the first floor of Pavilion B and is the first point of call for all Undergraduate Student related matters. The Office also organises the lecture list and is responsible for the administration of the Faculty’s  examinations.



Computing and IT: Please see the Faculty's IT webpage for assistance.

Financial matters and claiming expenses    Please visit the Finance Office for help with all aspects of grant applications and submission, including X5s, liaising with sponsors, Principal Investigators and the Research Operations Office to achieve deadlines.  The Finance & Grants Administrator oversees all the active grants within the Department providing analysis and reconciliation.  Angela Smith receives and processes expense forms and both are a useful source of information on all things financial.   Angela is in the department on Wednesday and Thursdays only.

Expense Forms can be downloaded from this link, competed and handed in to the Finance Office

Hard copies of these forms can be found on the bench outside the Finance Office. Please note, expenses must be claimed within a reasonable time, currency should not be converted and original receipts must be provided.  Reimbursement for staff and overseas visitors is paid directly to bank accounts but currently, visitors with UK bank accounts will receive a UK cheque.

Inviting Seminar speakers: Please see guidelines on what the Department’s Seminar budget is able to cover.

Travel Insurance:   Travel insurance is available through the University’s Group Business Travel Insurance Policy for employees and graduate students travelling away from the UK to carry out University activities. University activities would include overseas trips to attend University-related meetings and conferences or to carry out fieldwork and research.

The University cannot provide insurance for travel for personal reasons such as visits to see family, friends or for holidays and the traveller should make other arrangements to ensure that they have adequate insurance to cover personal travel.

The University’s policy does not provide travellers with annual insurance cover, only individual trips are insured. When you return to the UK for whatever reason the insurance cover automatically ceases, a separate insurance application must be made for your next journey from the UK.  You must register for insurance before you travel and supply a risk assessment to the Departmental Administrator otherwise you will not be covered

General information for day to day activities   Listed below are some basics.

Departmental Tea:  Each Tuesday of full term we have tea and cakes in the common room of Pavilion C.  Tea, coffee and cake is provided and is ready around 10.45am. All are most welcome but please bring your own mug.

Employee Self-Service (ESS)  Employee Self-service lets you:

  • Supply and update HESA personal data
  • Add or amend your address, phone numbers and email addresses
  • Add or amend emergency contact details
  • View and download online payslips (from June 2008 onwards)
  • View P60 (from the tax year 2009/10 onwards)
  • View your sickness record

Sickness:  All employees should use the (CHRIS/62) form to report all sickness absences to their departmental administrator or head of institution. After seven calendar days' absence, you need a medical certificate from a doctor. Information on the University's Sickness Absence Policy is available on the Human Resources Division website.

Post: Incoming post is put in the pigeonholes opposite the main reception desk. For any post related queries including special deliveries please contact DPMMS admin staff. The internal postal system (UMS) is  collected and delivered from Reception daily at around 11.00 am. University Teaching Officers and staff have a personal pigeon hole all other mail will be placed in the A-Z boxes in the DPMMS or Stats Lab section.

Telephones:  Use 9 for an outside line. With the exception of UTO’s offices phones are defaulted to make local and internal calls only.  Julia Blackwell is the Telephone Liaison Officer and can help if you need passwords reset for messages boxes or any other information or assistance.

Stationery: A small selection is kept in Rooms C1.17, D1.16 and E0.23. If you cannot find what you want, or supplies are running low please contact

Photocopying: Copiers (with scanning facilities) can be found in the equipment rooms C1.17 and  D1.16 and in  E0.23 with multifunctioning printers/scanners/copiers placed around the Pavilions. If you encounter any malfunctions with the photocopiers please contact

Seminars:  Details of the Department’s seminars are listed on the front page of the DPMMS Website and screens in the Central Core list up to date information of seminars being held around the site. 

Academic Visitors:  Do give as much notice of impending visitors as possible.    If you have visitors (seminar speakers, collaborators etc) please speak to DPMMS Admin Staff who will be able to advise on accommodation, office space, IT, library facilities  and  access to the building. We are  unable to provide offices for visiting PhD students and interns but can provide IT accounts and access cards.


Health and Safety and Emergencies:  Mick Young is the Site Safety Officer ( room, D0.03, extension 66820).  Any problems with the building should be reported to him immediately.   First Aiders can be summoned via CMS Reception (65000). CMS Site safety policy found be found here


  • University EMERGENCY number (currently 101);
  • University security number (currently 31818);


Building Maintenance: If you have any building maintenance problems, please report these to the facilities staff


Useful links

Local Library Series

The University Accommodation Service

Society for Newcomers and Visiting Scholars