Ben Saxby

Behind the scenes, maths is the vital solution to many industrial problems.


How did you decide on your degree choice? What appealed about Manchester?

Behind the scenes, maths is the vital solution to many industrial problems. I originally chose to study at Manchester because of its reputation for world-leading research in computational science, including the development of the world’s first stored programme computer in 1948. I chose to stay in Manchester to study for my PhD because of the high quality of teaching and support I received while I was here.

What were your first impressions of the University and the city?

I found the University to be welcoming and, although I was initially daunted by the size of the city, I have grown to like it.

What are you most enjoying about your course?

I am enjoying the freedom to concentrate on problems that I find interesting. I can choose the path my research takes while having access to the advice and expertise of a capable supervisor.

What skills and attributes do you think you have gained from your course and co-curricular activities so far?

I think I have learnt to analyse information from several different sources, and also improved my time management and organisation skills. My time with the University canoe club has also improved my teamwork and communication.

What advice would you give to students considering applying for the same course that you took?

I would urge students to take the opportunity to study their subject in the detail that a PhD permits. Try to learn as much as you can from the people around you, and write stuff up as you go along! Also make the most of the flexibility that being a student allows.

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