"I was encouraged to study maths because I was the subject I found most enjoyable at A Level, and I was keen to learn more and see how far it could take me. I really liked my visit to the university on an Open Day, where I saw the whole campus and spent time in the maths department. The course is flexible with lots of optional modules which suits me because going into university I did not know what sort of Mathematics I would like most.
The lecturers are really friendly and are more than willing to stop and chat. They are knowledgeable and enthusiastic explaining concepts well, making lectures enjoyable. My personal tutor is friendly and has been there for me with careers advice. Office hours for each lecturer are a great chance to pop in with any specific module questions.
There is a lot of support in the first year to help people transitioning into university studies. I went to a few drop-in classes with the Teaching Officer to repeat some of the core material at a slower pace. This helped me to gain confidence in how I was tackling the problems class questions, and speaking with friends on the course was really helpful. Personally I found the step up to university was much easier than expected, though the material covered is much more interesting than at A Level.
I use the undergraduate work room with friends to study during the day and often go to the computer room to use the specialist programmes for my dissertation.
It’s great on campus bumping into friends, and there is lots of space to meet up and chat. I found life in halls of residence a really social environment where there are lots of organised events and entertainment. Most of all now I enjoy socialising in my sports club, trampolining and housemates.
I have been involved in the Trampoline club from my first year at Nottingham and am President of the club in my final year. We have three sessions a week which are held on campus with coaches and we often take weekends away at competitions together. It’s a really fun activity and I’ve made great friends within the club.
Enjoy it! Do get involved in anything that takes your interest from sport to politics. Socialise with as many people on the Maths course as you can because it’s fun studying together and supporting each other whenever the work load gets a bit harder.
I would like to move into actuarial work, which will use my statistical knowledge within the insurance or pensions industries. It will take many more years to professionally qualify, though I receive one exam exemption by studying Maths here. I am looking forward to having an internship in the actuarial pensions department at Ernst and Young this summer."