Joseph Omar, a Mathematics BSc(Hons) student, did a 12-month placement with IBM as a Business Operations Analyst. Here he talks about the experience and about his time at the University of Brighton.
Thanks to my placement, I feel more ready for the real world now… You develop a lot as a person when you first start university and there’s a similar developmental leap when you go on placement. You’re suddenly in a business environment at a corporate company surrounded by professionals. It’s a gamechanger and I feel a lot more ready to go into the real world now.
I chose to study Mathematics with Economics BSc(Hons) as I found throughout school that I was good at mathematics. The economics came about after I took it as an A-Level, based on a recommendation by one of my GCSE teachers, and found I was able to understand the basic concepts easily. Because of this it seemed natural for me to continuing doing this at University. I was also very aware that doing this degree would open up a wide range of doors for future careers.
I chose Mathematics with Economics BSc(Hons) at Brighton for its focus on teaching practical applications such as programming skills and the option to do a placement year. I felt that the university and my course focus on providing students with education as well making them employable by creating opportunities to develop their interpersonal skills and gain practice through various opportunities.
Liam Willet, a Mathematics with Economics BSc(Hons) student, did a 12-month placement with IBM as a Public Sector Operations Analyst. We asked him about the experience and about his time at the University of Brighton.
The University of Brighton Academies Trust in partnership with the University of Brighton is offering paid internships in four Sussex secondary schools for 4-weeks this summer. This opportunity could help you gain valuable experience teaching maths or physics if you are considering teaching as a career.
As an intern you will be paid £300 a week and you can apply for this opportunity if you are in the penultimate year of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) subject undergraduate degree.
Activities may include working with experienced teachers on planning, shadowing and lesson observations; helping plan and deliver lessons; running projects and master classes for pupils and providing small group support for pupils.
The internship offers:
• Hands on experience in a school for 4-weeks from mid-June to mid-July 2018
• The opportunity to earn while you learn. You will be paid £300 a week
• Full support from a dedicated mentor and support from subject teacher in your school
• The chance to experience mathematics or physics teaching before you commit to it as a career.
“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.
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.
Jake Kiernan and Nicholas Stylianou
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.
Rochelle tells us more about his course and his year spent at Albion in the Community, Brighton and Hove Albion
I really enjoy being in Brighton. Brighton is a different culture, it’s much more relaxed and as a student it’s great. The support structure on the maths course is so nice, there is an open door policy which means I can go to my tutors and they are always willing to help.
I did my placement at Albion in the Community, Brighton and Hove Albion. I love the diverse nature of the job and the fact that I’m not just sitting behind a desk inputting numbers. Working with coaching groups on the programmes organised by this charity has solidified my direction after graduation – I would like to use my knowledge of maths to help people: as a teacher or in a more analytical role.