Opening up career opportunities

Studying maths at university can open up a whole range of career opportunities. We caught up with University of Brighton Mathematics BSc(Hons) graduate Kayleigh, who tells us about her job in the City as an Indices, Commodities and Treasuries Trading Risk Manager at CMC Markets.

“CMC Markets is a Spreadbet and CFD trading platform, clients can trade these products with us. My job is to manage the client flow and hedge the flow in the underlying markets to manage the level of risk the company allows and to make the company money, essentially. This involves a lot of analysis of clients trading and how the products perform over the day/month/quart/year to develop strategies to make money.

Studying maths had an influence on my current role in the sense that I wouldn’t have got this role had I not studied maths. My analytical skills and problem solving really put me ahead of others in getting this role. I did do a Finance course at University but I didn’t ever expect this is what I would end up doing. I actually did a placement at CMC Markets between my 2nd and 3rd year at university. I was offered a job while I was on placement which meant that I could spend my 3rd year not worrying about looking for a job. It was a different role to my current one; I was promoted earlier this year.

I’ve used the skills that I learned at university. You don’t appreciate just how many skills you’re developing while you’re at university as it’s all secondary to the actual material. It becomes very obvious when you’re in the work place.”

Kayleigh’s advice to anyone thinking of studying maths at Brighton?

“Keep an open mind, if you study maths you don’t have to be a teacher or an accountant (which is what everyone assumes you have to do). I really fully believe that you can do literally whatever job you want with a maths degree because of the skill set you have/develop.”

Come and visit us this winter

It might be cold outside but don’t let that stop you visiting us this winter!

If you’re considering starting an undergraduate course here in 2018, why not sign up to one of our campus tours taking place during December and January and find out more about what it’s like study at Brighton?

The tours will give you the chance to explore the campus where your course of interest is based, view our facilities and talk to our staff and students.

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Placement fair – Thursday 30 November

Are you thinking of doing a placement year in 2018/19? Come along to the computing, engineering and maths placement fair on Thursday 30 November from 12-3pm in Cockcroft Hall.

You will have the chance to meet employers from Rolls Royce, IBM, Nestle, General Electric, Marks & Spencer and many more, to find out about the placement opportunities on offer.

Why do a placement?

A placement year will provide you with solid, valuable experience for your CV that employers are looking for, plus opportunities to:

  • Network with and learn from highly experienced individuals
  • Work on live projects
  • Have the chance to use new cutting-edge technologies and equipment
  • Improve your subject specific skills and knowledge
  • Discover graduate roles for the future.

My placement at British Airways

Molly Billyeald
BSc (Hons) Mathematics

“I have learned and built on so many skills during my time here, like forecasting, spreadsheet modelling, problem structuring, and text analytics, to name just a few. A few of the main softwares we use are Excel, SAS, and Tableau. Tableau is an example of software that I wouldn’t otherwise have had the chance to use, as it’s fairly new, and will only become more widely used by businesses, so I already have a head start on this! I have worked on a variety of projects, all very different, and all giving the opportunity to use different skills. I have also been able to take part in some fun things outside of work as well, like volunteering for the Red Nose Day Telethon, Tough Mudder, and volunteering to help maintain the Willow Tree Centre, an outdoor centre used by youth groups like Scouts and Guides, all thanks to my placement. Not only will this placement give me a head start after I graduate, but it has also helped me build on hard and soft skills I don’t always have the opportunity of practicing at university. I’ve really enjoyed my time at BA, and they offer a graduate scheme as well, so I’m hoping to come back after I’ve graduated too!”

Picturing problems

From assembling Ikea furniture to complex computing, using intuitive shapes and diagrams can open up new opportunities for communicating and solving problems.

If you enjoy puzzles come and find out how diagrammatic reasoning can improve your problem solving and see if you can crack some fiendish challenges at the Gardner Tower, Attenborough Centre, University of Sussex, from 11.30 – 12.30 on Thursday 7 September.

The British Science Festival 2017 begins on September 5 and runs through till September 9.

Book your tickets: https://www.britishsciencefestival.or…

Clearing 2017

Good luck to everyone receiving A-Level results tomorrow!

If your exams have gone differently from the way you expected, or you have had a change of heart about the course you want to do then Clearing can be a great way to start that journey.

Our Clearing hotline will be open on Thursday from 7am
Call us on 01273 644000

Full advice about Clearing can be found on the University of Brighton website:

Get to know us better and visit us at a Clearing information day.
You’ll meet academics from your subject, take a tour of your campus and facilities and get advice about student finance, university life and accommodation.
Find out more about Clearing information days.


Congratulations to all our students graduating today!


Celebrating success

We celebrated some fantastic successes today with our award-winning maths students.

Head of School, John Taylor, introduced the School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics awards ceremony by leading a round of applause and congratulating all our winners.

Congratulations to Kathryn Beckett, Mathematics with Finance BSc(Hons) and Joshua Latter, Mathematics with Finance BSc(Hons), who were awarded prizes from our accrediting body, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. The awards were for final year students who have achieved the two highest overall performances in their Mathematical and Statistics modules.

As a department we have strong link with SAS, and Jake Kiernan and Nicholas Stylianou were the recipients of an SAS prizes for best use of SAS statistical software by mathematical students – undergraduate and postgraduate.

Beth Carter received the Frederick Chaffer Project Prize for the best mathematical sciences level 6 project and Bill Wallace received the Frederick Chaffer Prize for the student who achieves the highest overall marks in a mathematical sciences degree.

Owen Watkins was the recipient of the Denise Ware prize for the best professional placement conducted by a mathematical sciences student.

As a division we also awarded a number of prizes for academic achievements which went to Kathryn Beckett, Barney Brock, Connor Freeman, Zak Newton, and Lavanya Sivakumaran

The celebrations for our graduating students continued into the afternoon with our school graduation ceremony at the Brighton Centre.

Congratulations and well done everyone!

A warm welcome at our open day

Sunshine, blue skies, our brilliant ambassadors and friendly staff welcomed visitors to our campus open day on Saturday 17 June.

Open days are a great way to find out about the local area and campus where you will be studying. You’ll also be able to hear more about your chosen subject and talk to our staff and current students.

If you are thinking about beginning your studies in 2018 and missed this one, find out more about upcoming events on our website.

Now that data is ubiquitous, how do we make it useful?

We are proud to welcome back one of our distinguished alumni and honorary graduate, Professor Mandy Chessell, for the final Distinguished Lecture series of the year on Tuesday 6 June, 5-6pm in Huxley 300.

As digital technology sweeps through every aspect of our lives, data has become ubiquitous. The problem is that much of this data is useless because it no longer has enough context with it for people, processes and analytics to understand what it means.

This is an amazing opportunity to hear Professor Chessell examine current data management practices and tools and explain why data loses its context. She proposes an alternative and open approach that will expand our ability to use data to its full extent. She also looks at the issue of providing appropriate protection and governance to valuable intellectual property and sensitive data.

Professor Chessell CBE FREng CEng FBCS is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor, member of the IBM Academy of Technology and Fellow of the Royal Academy. Read her profile.

Find out more and book your place at the lecture here.