The course takes a lot of hard work and dedication, but it is done in a magical place, with very interesting people and a lot of thrilling opportunities.
How did you decide on your degree choice? What appealed about Manchester?
Out of all the areas of mathematics I had studied during my graduate engineer programme in Croatia, I have always found linear algebra to be the most elegant and engaging one. I immensely enjoyed poring over various matrix factorizations and identifying patterns which, once noted, turn a previously lengthy and tiring proof, for example, into a beautifully neat one–liner.
I found that I really want to contribute discoveries of my own to these topics and, since I also greatly enjoy teaching, deciding to pursue a career in academia which combines these two things was an easy choice to make.
The Numerical Analysis group in Manchester has a long tradition of excellence and conducting high profile research, with links to industry, and there is always something exciting going on - a seminar, a group meeting, a conference or a workshop on cutting edge developments or simply a talk about who is doing what over the morning coffee. And best of all is the exceptional working environment with enthusiastic people willing to help you and support you at every step, making you feel welcome and appreciated from day one.
I am a big Harry Potter fan. With that in mind, I like to think that doing a PhD at the University of Manchester under the supervision of Prof. Nick Higham is, for me, the closest I can get to being at Hogwarts - the course takes a lot of hard work and dedication, but it is done in a magical place, with very interesting people and a lot of thrilling opportunities.