An introduction to studying Mathematics at University. Including courses, careers and application tips. Featuring Coventry University and Lancaster University.

Event speakers:

Dr Paul Griffiths, Associate Head of School (School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics) at Coventry University

Dr James Groves, Senior Teaching Associate at Lancaster University.

Hosted by
Jon Cheek, Founder and Director,

21st July 2020 at 15:00

Event Summary

This webinar is hosted by Jon Cheek, the Founder and Director of UniTasterDays. Guidance is provided for students to help them make good choices when considering university. The guest speakers for this event are Dr Paul Griffiths, the Associate Head of School (School of computing, Electronics and Mathematics) at Coventry University and Dr James Groves, a Senior Teaching Associate at Lancaster University.

Mathematics at university
Paul starts of by explaining what you can expect when studying maths at university. The different topics you will learn about are pure mathematics, which is solving abstract problems, applied mathematics which is about finding solutions to real world problems and statistics which is analysing data and predicting future outcomes. He touches on the computer programming skills you will develop as well as the ability to present your work. The maths degree pathway will vary from university to university, but the main thing is that the first year of your course will consolidate your previous studies into the course, explains Paul.

Paul also covers the types of modules you will have the opportunity of studying in your second year and explains how this is different to your third year, where modules are largely optional. On a maths degree teaching can vary, from lectures and seminars to lab sessions and workshops. This teaching will enable you to prepare for your assessments in the form of coursework and exams. Paul talks about the advantages to studying a maths degree and touches on graduate prospects for students. Finally, he speaks about the different companies where students have completed placements and why maths graduates are desired by employers.

An introduction to mathematics at university
James explains what a mathematician is and what they do – many maths graduates work for different industries and the government. He shows some questions and problems you will encounter on a maths course at university, how to solve them and what you will be expected to know in each year. There are a variety of reasons why people choose to study mathematics and James looks at these as well as the joint honours courses available.

James speaks about the career opportunities available for graduates, the grade requirements to study the course and the transition from A-Levels to university. He explains why it is important to think carefully before choosing a university and course and the vital factors to consider such as is the course accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Application. He speaks about the benefits of completing work experience and finally talks about how the Scottish system is different for a mathematics degree.

Session summary from Rubaya Zaman, a final year English Literature student at the University of Birmingham.

Event Recorded: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 15:00

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