Louise Walker

Professor of Mathematics

Louise Walker

As well as strong subject knowledge, our graduates have the ability to apply mathematics to real world problems.


How do you make sure courses are up-to-date and relevant?

We review our programme content regularly based on new advances in mathematical research, appointments of new staff and the requirements of employers. Next academic year we are introducing new courses in mathematical modelling and number theory.

What kind of balance do you strike between teaching facts and developing skills?

Most courses have a mixture of theory and application. This enables students to acquire knowledge of important mathematical results and methods, and to develop problem solving and analytical skills.

How does research feed into the syllabus?

Our students are taught by experts. As well as finding out about current areas of mathematical research, students also develop the skills that prepare them for a range of postgraduate programmes.

How do you make sure the course meets the needs of industry and business?

We are in close contact with representatives from many of the companies that employ our graduates. We run a series of talks, workshops and careers fairs to make sure that staff and students are aware of the knowledge required by graduates in industry.

What are the course highlights for you?

As one of the largest departments in the UK, with a staff of exceptional academics, we are able to offer a broad range of high quality undergraduate courses covering pure, applied and financial mathematics, probability and statistics.

What are you doing to improve NSS scores?

We work closely with our student representatives to identify ways to improve our teaching and the student experience. Our excellent student support staff offer advice and guidance to all our undergraduate students. We have excellent facilities and study space within the Alan Turing Building.

Why do graduates from your course stand out in the job market?

As well as strong subject knowledge, our graduates have the ability to apply mathematics to real world problems.

What kind of industry relations do you have? How do students benefit from them?

Through our maths focused careers activities we have developed strong links with graduate employers. We have developed several initiatives such as the student-led employability audit, mock internship interviews and Calculating Careers to help students find out more about careers and employability.

What distinguishes this course from similar ones in other institutions?

The range and quality of course units available to undergraduates means that students may choose to study any area of mathematics they wish to specialise in.

Graduates from The University of Manchester are highly regarded by employers. Our students go into a wide range of sectors where analytical and problem solving skills are important. Many of our undergraduate students go on to study at postgraduate level at Manchester and at other leading universities in the UK and around the world.

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