Benjamin Tilley

I enjoy studying mathematical logic and the theory behind computation and complexity. These two topics have really encouraged my brain to work in a more practical and sophisticated way, mathematically and more generally.

 

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

I was uncertain about what I was going to do with my life and I wanted to do something worthwhile and productive while I figured it out. I had visited Manchester a few times during my undergraduates studies and I had made a few friends in the city. I found it an interesting and welcoming place and while it is a big city, you quickly get your bearings.

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

My first impressions were that it seemed like a fun and friendly place, both the city and the University. Everyone I spoke to on campus was so effective in helping me find my feet that I almost can not remember now how lost I probably felt when I first arrived.

What are you most enjoying about your course?

I enjoy studying mathematical logic and the theory behind computation and complexity. These two topics have really encouraged my brain to work in a more practical and sophisticated way, mathematically and more generally. The computational topics especially brought pure maths into a more applicable frame work for me and gave me a glimpse of the wider berth of subjects that I can apply my style of thinking to.

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

Coming back to university has improved my organisational skills no end. I have also found time in the evening to improve my French by taking classes with the Francophone society.

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

The broad range of topics that I've studied this year compared to the more restrictive syllabus of my undergraduate course, has made me a better mathematician and a better thinker overall.

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

Independent studying is encouraged and there are terrific libraries and quiet rooms in which to perform this, but support is readily given and the desire is clearly to animate your passion for mathematics, not crush it under a pile of text books. I've made some great friends and continued to grow as a person thanks to my time here.

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