Dr Layal Hakim

Lecturer in Mathematics (E&S)


Telephone: 01392 725764

Extension: (Streatham) 5764

Layal was born in 1989 in London, England. She attended Brunel University in September 2007, and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree with Honors in Mathematics in July 2010. In October 2010, she started a PhD, funded by the EPSRC, in the same department under the supervision of Professor Sergey Mikhailov. Her thesis was titled  'Numerical Analysis of a Cohesive Zone Model Approach for Time and History Dependent Materials’. In this project, a non-linear history-dependent cohesive zone model of crack growth in linear elastic and viscoelastic materials was studied. Layal completed her PhD in April 2014 and joined the Department of Computing at Imperial College London as a research associate in July 2014. She was a member of the MOSS project, which was funded by the Technology Strategy Board, and lead by Professor John Darlington. The main aim of this project was to obtain a way of processing and archiving binary large objects, using control abstractions presented as higher-order functions, by making wide use of functional programming languages. In October 2015, Layal joined the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College as a research associate in the Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics section where she continued researching in the field of fracture mechanics. Alongside her research, Layal used to lecture and mentor undergraduate students in the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Computing. In September 2017, she joined the Department of Mathematics at the University of Exeter.

Research Interests: Integral equations, numerical methods, solid mechanics, fracture mechanics, time and history dependent crack growth, viscoelasticity. 

Academic Year 2019-2020:

  • Module leader and lecturer: Mathematical Methods MTH1002, and Integral Equations MTH3042
  • Lecturer: Real Analysis MTH2001 (Term 1);
  • Tutorials: Mathematical Structures MTH1001, Mathematical Methods MTH1002, Analysis MTH2001, Vector Calculus and Applications MTH2004.
  • Office hours: Term 1 - Mondays 11:30-12:30 Harrison 107, Tuesdays 12:30-13:30 Hope Hall G.05. If you would like to arrange a meeting at other times, please email l.hakim@exeter.ac.uk.
  • The Exeter Specturm Programme project lead. Please see blog for more details.



Exeter Education Incubator: Fellow since July 2018

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Associate Member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

London Mathematical Society: Ordinary Member (2014-2018)