Jiao, BSc Actuarial Studies, MRes in Stochastic Processes, PhD Mathematics
Since the completion of my BSc, I developed research interests in probability and became passionate about coming up with solutions to real-world problems with my skill set. The Department of Mathematics at Swansea University is at the forefront of innovation in this field with a strong research culture. Moreover, among research staff within the department, the areas of expertise include core disciplines of probability theories and stochastic processes and interdisciplinary areas of applied statistics and biomathematics. The Department works closely with professional organisations, i.e. London Mathematical Society and Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.
My supervisors provided excellent academic supervision and mentoring during my MRes in Stochastic Processes and my PhD in Mathematics, and members of staff were always available for consultations when required.
The Department of Mathematics also supports training programmes, resources on research skills and professional development including scientific writing, project management and communication skills. Throughout my time in Swansea, I particularly enjoyed cycling or ambling to Mumbles along the beach, and the quick access among campus, beach and town.
I am now holding a statistician post in the Research and Development division in Public Health Wales. I provide advice and leadership on the design and analysis of complex research and evaluation programmes supporting population health. Utilising routinely collected electronic health records and applying mathematical and statistical modelling on big data in health will improve understanding of the impact and effectiveness of public health policies and interventions, and eventually save lives.
James, BSc Mathematics
My name is James Carew, I’m 22 and I graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Mathematics from Swansea University in 2017. Since graduating I’ve returned home to Pembrokeshire and have secured a position as a Business Analysist with Puffin Produce Ltd. Puffin Produce is Wales’ largest supplier of Welsh produce. We supply a wide variety of potatoes and seasonal vegetables to major supermarkets and wholesalers. Alongside my day to day duties I am undertaking further study to become an ACCA Qualified Accountant.
My role is challenging although very rewarding, my superiors and work colleagues are supportive and friendly, making my work life really enjoyable.
I am confident that the skills learned during my time at Swansea studying maths gives me the confidence and capability to work with large amounts of numbers and data, something which my current job role requires.
The academic support I received during my three years of study was excellent. Whilst the course was extremely challenging, requiring large amounts of independent work and study, the guidance and expertise offered by the lecturers both during and outside lectures made the transition from school to university seamless. Maths is certainly full on! Although saying this you’ll suddenly find yourselves working at a much higher level without realising it, this is due to the time and dedication the academic staff invest in your learning.
Sian, BSc Mathematics
Studying maths helped me to improve my logical thinking and solve problems that are key aspects of working as a software developer. As part of my course, I learned to use Maths that gave me an initial program of experience and made me better a skill I didn't know I had.
Your course does not pidegeon hole you in a career. The University is more than just what you have chosen to study, it's also an incredible experience that helps you to gain life skills which can be used in any situation.
Everyone I met was incredibly friendly and they were always willing to help, students and staff alike. I really appreciated having so many beautiful natural areas within walking distance, especially the beach by it to give a peaceful place to relax.
Oliver, MMath Mathematics
My time at Swansea was without question the best four years of my life. I studied mathematics on the four year MMath course which was excellent. The tutors and lecturers are very accessible and are human beings, they talk to you like people. The general atmosphere of the department and university as a whole is very friendly. Support was always available academically, for careers advice, and general student support from both the university and the Students' Union was very good. I now work in a stock broking arm of a pension provider, in the reconciliations department. At university my communication skills, both written and verbal improved significantly and so I have been able to apply these in the workplace.
It goes without saying that mathematics is heavily numerical and analytical and so these skills were also honed, which have been put to good use in my job. I was involved with several society committees whilst at university which has improved my delegation skills as well as my ability to manage expectations of others and of myself, an important skill when working in a team environment. Finally, I also worked part time during my third and fourth year for the Students' Union. This strengthened my time management skills as the course was fairly coursework heavy with lots of deadlines to meet, which has also been a useful skill to go in to the workplace with.
Elizabeth, BSc Mathematics
Elizabeth Carlsen, is the recipient of the ‘Quantum Advisory Prize for the most original contribution to Mathematics’ of £1000 donated by Quantum Advisory, Cardiff, the Actuaries and Employee Benefit Consultants.
Elizabeth, known by her second name Daisy graduated with a first class honours degree, a lifelong dream since she was in primary school.
Daisy’s project is entitled ‘Kustaanheimo-Stiefel Transformation’. This transformation connects together two of the key problems in classical mechanics: the motion of a particle in a gravitational field (known as Keplerian motion) with the motion of a particle on a spring (known as simple harmonic motion). These are both fundamental problems in physics. The Kustaanheimo Stiefel transformation shows us how the two can be viewed as the same problem with the use of some clever geometrical tricks - including adding in extra dimensions to space! In her project Daisy showed how this theory was developed first working on 1 and 2 dimensional versions of the problem before dealing with the complete 3 dimensional problem. She also showed how the transformation fits into the wider theory of canonical transformations in classical mechanics.
Daisy was supervised by Dr Andrew Neate of the Department of Mathematics who states that “Daisy worked really hard on this project and presented her results in a very clear and elegant manner. Her project showed that she had clearly mastered this difficult topic in classical mechanics and understood where it fitted in with the theories of mechanics”.
Daisy said, "I had to pinch myself when I received the letter stating I had won the Quantum Advisory Prize. I was so proud that my work was good enough to deserve recognition."