There's a great sense of community within the department and the Alan Turing building is definitely one of the best buildings on campus with access to brilliant facilities.
How did you decide on your degree choice? What appealed about Manchester?
The University appealed to me because of the lively campus and I liked that fact that it was integrated with the rest of the city. I also already knew Manchester and I loved the city - there's so much to do, the shopping is really good and the night life here is great.
What were your first impressions of the University and the city?
Upon first visiting campus, I immediately fell in love with the University. I love the fact that most buildings lie on Oxford Road - the busiest and liveliest road in Manchester. I like that after lectures I can wander into a coffee shop, restaurant or bar or even have a curry on the Curry Mile. The people here seemed very friendly and staff members were willing to help. The range of societies offered also amazed me - there's so many to choose from, every interest is catered for.
What are you most enjoying about your course?
One of the main things I have enjoyed about studying maths at Manchester is the people I have met and the friends I have made. There's a great sense of community within the department and the Alan Turing Building is definitely one of the best buildings on campus with access to brilliant facilities.
The course material is also interesting and lectures are engaging - I like that in third year I have been able to focus on the specific areas of maths I enjoy.
What skills and attributes do you think you have gained from your course and co-curricular activities so far?
I am on the University's competitive swimming team which has provided me with some amazing experiences and I've gained some great skills from it too. Fitting in training sessions around my work schedule has taught me how to balance my study and social activities. Training sessions are challenging, fun and a great way to keep fit.
The social side of being a part of the swimming team is amazing, with numerous nights out and events to go to. Competing for the University has also been a great experience - it's kept me motivated and also enabled me to watch some great athletes compete including Olympians, Rebecca Adlington and Michael Jamison!
How do you think you are benefitting from studying at Manchester?
Studying at Manchester has definitely allowed me to develop as a person in a positive way. I have gained valuable knowledge and skills throughout my degree which will carry forward into the world of work. I have also matured as a person and met people from a range of different backgrounds
What advice would you give to students considering applying for the same course that you took?
I would definitely recommend the Mathematics course offered at Manchester to others, due to its challenging, interesting and diverse nature. The lecturers in the department are clearly passionate about the subject which makes lectures interesting and engaging, and all staff members are unbelievably approachable and willing to help. I have made some great friends here and I honestly can't imagine having studied anything else.