Michael Mather

Manchester is a world renowned University that isn’t afraid to invest in mathematics. It had been highly recommended by past students, who became the teachers who inspired me.

 

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

From an early age mathematics was my favourite subject, and the more challenging it was the more I liked it, so doing a degree in maths seemed like a natural fit. Manchester is a world renowned university that isn’t afraid to invest in mathematics. It had been highly recommended by past students, who became the teachers who inspired me.

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

The scale of the University is almost overwhelming at first, and navigating between the two campuses and individual buildings does take some getting used to. However the buildings, mathematics in particular, are modern and provide a good learning environment.

What are you most enjoying about your course?

One of the best aspects of studying maths at Manchester is the chance to work alongside like-minded students, working together to solve problems in the course.

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

During my time at Manchester my mathematical skills have improved as well as my ability to organise and consolidate my revision and learning. Working as a PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) leader and now coordinator has taught me how to communicate complex ideas, and work as part of a team to achieve objectives.

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

The wide variety of modules on offer at Manchester gave me the chance to learn about the branches of mathematics that I enjoy most, and every module is taught by someone who is an expert in their field. The resources that the School of Mathematics make available to students are consistently helpful, with different varieties of study spaces, computer clusters and the student support system.

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

The course itself is challenging, though that is the point. The hours are lenient, provided you plan ahead and stay on top of the work, and there are always social events to go to when you have a free evening!

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