Student Profiles

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BSc Students: all years
  MMath students
  Overseas students

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BSc Mathematics

Tom Millgate, BSc Mathematics 2nd year
“Lectures are my favourite aspect of the course – not only are they a great way to learn but you also catch up with friends.

There are a number of things to support us – the most effective I think is that each course has reps who attend a council meeting where any problems can be aired. So if you have a problem you can take it to your course rep’ who can approach the department’s academic member on the council. I’m a rep so I know that any problems do get sorted out very quickly.

“I really enjoy life at Leicester – there’s many things to do – football and rugby matches to watch as well as the cinema complex close by to campus. There’s loads of pubs with different atmospheres – depending on your mood and what you like.”

Gemma Bakunowicz, BSc Mathematics 2nd year
“I feel I am doing better now in Maths at university than I was at A Level and that is because of the support of the department.

The surgeries are especially helpful – this is when a PhD student comes along to help you with any problems and these take place two or three times a week. It’s a really effective way of learning.

“I really like it here – I’ve just moved back into halls with a group of friends at Freeman’s Common which is very close to the campus so it’s ideal.”

Elizabeth Morris, BSc Mathematics, 2nd year
“Out of all the other universities I chose on my UCAS form, Leicester had the best teaching reputation. When I came to visit Leicester at the Open Day everybody was so friendly and nice and it was the best Open Day that I’d been to. I felt comfortable here and I love the campus.”  

“Everyone feels very supported by the department – by the lecturers themselves, personal tutors, the supervisions and the peer support system in your first year. These are really useful because the second and third year mentors have been there before – I couldn’t have got through my first year without them.

“It’s really fabulous here – the social life is excellent. I have a great group of friends and there are loads of things to do. The shopping in town is great and my house mates (there’s eight of us altogether) are fantastic.

“I want to go travelling with friends once I have graduated – all around the world but especially Italy.”

Louise Urwin, BSc Mathematics, 3rd year

“When I visited I liked the Mathematics Department here better than any other universities’ maths departments. I liked the choice of modules and the lecturers are really friendly.

“I’m applying to do a PGCE in secondary teaching at Leicester. The peer support system that I took part in, in my second and third year, really inspired me to help others which is why I’ve decided to teach.”

MMath Mathematics

Avreet Salh, MMath Mathematics, 3rd year
“In the first year you certainly receive a lot of support – particularly peer support – and there are supervisions and surgeries. We’ve got each other to turn to for help as well as the lecturers.

“There are lots of modules in the second and third years to choose from. It means you can shape your own learning. I really enjoy the small class sizes – it means you become really good friends with other students on the course.

“The great thing about Leicester is that it has everything but isn’t too big. There is always someone you know that you bump into – and everyone is really close on the course and hangs out together.”

Adam McNaney, MMath Mathematics, 4th year

“At Leicester there’s a good range of interesting modules. It is intimate and friendly - the lecturers are very approachable and I feel the courses are written with a real appreciation for the more interesting mathematics results. Another good thing is that there are several courses which are designed to teach you about giving presentations, writing reports and surveying - all of which make you more rounded and employable.

“I really have to apply myself and the learning curve is really good. I enjoy most of my modules and even the ones that I've enjoyed less have provided me with something positive.

“When I graduate I want to do a PhD in pure maths – probably algebra. The Department has motivated me to do this – they showed me how good maths can be, so I'd like to do some more!”

“Help is available in Peer Support Sessions which are given by second and third year students to first years. The idea is that as well as providing academic help, the second and third years can also relate to the first years having been in a similar boat themselves.

"There is a good social life at the halls of residence, most halls organise lots of events for their occupants and they also have great facilities.

Atticus Hall-Mcnair, MMath Mathematics, 4th year

"Studying Maths at the University of Leicester was a fantastic experience, for so many reasons. The course content was interesting and varied, and as I progressed through the degree I was able to really focus down on subjects that interested me, whilst still having a broad and insightful knowledge of other topics. Of course this knowledge cannot be learned without fantastic lecturing and support staff, all of whom are some of the most friendly and helpful people you will ever meet – they are always there to help, advise, and talk to you, whether it be a question on a module choice, a tricky homework, or (later on!) career advice. The department is small and close-knit, and by the end of my four years I really felt like an important and valued member of the department, along with my peers, and beside the staff. I will remember all of them fondly, and am excited about my future path they have enabled me to embark upon.

Overseas Students

Dharti Bhikha, BSc Mathematics, 3rd year

“As an overseas student from the African continent, it was a tough decision for myself as well as my family to study here from so far, however I was deeply impressed with the University’s website and the International students orientation week which touched on all aspects of issues that arise as a result of being an overseas student.

I feel the support and useful information provided by the Mathematics Department has helped me settle down very quickly into the culture and system here.

 “The course is becoming more and more practical which I like. We’re using computers and I think this kind of learning will prepare me well for a job. The logical skills that the Mathematics course teaches are very important. The presentations that we give have taught me a great deal - after all it’s hard to present quite complicated ideas in an easy way.”

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