Tom Shearer

I particularly enjoy the independence I have in my work and the opportunity to attend national and international conferences. I am also very happy with the support provided by my supervisors.

 

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

I decided to carry on studying mathematics purely because I enjoyed it so much as an undergraduate and applied mathematics appealed to me because I was interested in my research having a ‘real world’ application. I decided to stay in Manchester because I was very happy with my experience here as an undergraduate.

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

My first impressions of the University were that the majority of my lecturers were very good and entertaining. However, at the time the mathematics department was still based in prefabs, so I wasn’t overly impressed by my surroundings, this has been much improved since the department has moved into the Alan Turing Building.

What are you most enjoying about your course?

I particularly enjoy the independence I have in my work and the opportunity to attend national and international conferences. I am also very happy with the support provided by my supervisors.

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

I have developed the ability to think and work independently and my presentation skills have improved especially through attending several conferences over the course of my PhD.

How do you think you are benefitting from studying at Manchester?

I have benefitted from the experience of my supervisors and from the exposure they have given me to the mathematics community. The Alan Turing Building is a great asset to the department too.

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

I would recommend studying a PhD in applied mathematics at the University of Manchester to anyone who enjoyed an undergraduate mathematics degree and wants to undertake further studies.

You will produce original research and will have the opportunity to present your work at conferences. The layout of the Alan Turing Building encourages social interaction and I think the Applied Mathematics group at Manchester is very fun to work with.

The working hours are flexible and you can work when you want provided you put in enough time. Overall, my experience of studying a PhD has been extremely positive.

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