Try out teaching on a paid summer internship. Apply by 13 May.

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.

To find out more and apply by 13 May visit: www.brightonacademiestrust.org.uk/internship

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.

Flying high on BA’s graduate scheme

Maths with Business graduate Daniel Jack has successfully gained a place on the British Airways graduate scheme as a graduate analyst.

Daniel chatted to our alumni team and explained how the skills and experience he gained on the course have helped him in his role, and how the support he received at Brighton helped in making decisions about his career.

Current job, employer and length of time with employer:
I’m a graduate analyst at British Airways and have been here for four months. I’m currently working in a digital team to try and understand how our customers use the website and looking for the best areas to spend money in order to improve the customers experience and hopefully increase revenue.

What were your careers aspirations while studying?
At the start of my degree I had no idea what I wanted to do and had purely chosen to study based on the fact that I enjoyed maths. Half-way through my second year I realised I had a passion for my statistics modules, and decided I wanted to do work somewhere I could use these skills. After attending the “Maths Futures” Conference where a couple of past graduates had spoken and made me aware of jobs that existed, I planned on applying for roles in insurance with hopes of becoming an actuary. However, once I started looking for graduate jobs in my final year I came across an advert for the graduate Analyst job at British Airways and once I’d seen it, I knew that’s where I wanted to be.

Did you have any fears about entering the workplace after graduation and how you would use the skills you’d developed whilst studying?

I was terrified before I started at BA as I’d never worked in a corporate office environment before and I didn’t know what to expect. Luckily BA has a wide range of graduate schemes on offer and were able to put me in touch with the 50 other graduates joining at the same time so we could get to know each other before hand. This definitely helped to calm my nerves on day one.

As I moved into the job role after my induction I was worried that everything I’d learnt at university would be forgotten over the long summer break, but we were eased in gently with plenty of training sessions: such as using software and engaging with stakeholders. Whilst I’d learnt some of the software skills during my degree, the training really helped to get me back up to scratch, and with each graduate in my team having different skills we were able to help each other get to the same level.

How has your degree helped you get to where you are now?

My degree gave me the hard skills which were crucial to the job, ranging from an understanding of statistics, to the use of software such as SAS.
On top of this my degree has given me a foundation on which I could base all of my learning since I’ve been at BA. Throughout my degree I was encouraged to become independent by taking some of my learning into my own hands, and with a range of assessments and exams I had to learn to manage my own time. These skills are expected of us at BA so that we can manage our own workload to meet deadlines and teach ourselves new things to enhance our skill set.

Did you access any careers-related support at the University of Brighton, if so how?

Whilst at Brighton I made sure I attended the careers fair each year as it gave me an idea of the jobs on offer after university and the people there were able to give advice on applications and an insight into what the company is looking for. I also visited the careers service for support with my CV. Whilst My CV was rather good before I went, the staff there were able to give advice on tailoring my CV to individual employers and job roles, making sure I highlighted my main skills to stand out from the crowd.

What advice do you have for current students as they prepare to enter the workplace?

My advice is simple: stick with what you enjoy and be yourself. There’s nothing worse than trying to do something which you don’t enjoy doing.

What are your career aspirations for the future?

Whilst I still have another placement to go, I really hope to come back to digital analytics after the graduate scheme to work on more advanced things, as digital evolves throughout the business and industry.

The Operational Research Graduate Programme at British Airways, which Daniel successfully applied to,  is open for applications until Tuesday 31st January, 2017.

It’s not just reading dusty textbooks!

The Mathematics courses at Brighton University are a little different to normal Mathematics degrees. It’s not as theory-heavy, which means that we get a lot more time to look at the real life applications of the topics we cover so you’ll fit into the working world straight out of uni much easier.

Even some of the courseworks reflect this hands-on approach to Mathematics; in the second year module Application Statistics 2, a few groups of student conducted the experimental design coursework using paper helicopters. The aim was to determine what aspects of the helicopter granted longer flight time (but come on, who doesn’t want to make paper helicopters for their coursework?!). More information on paper helicopters can be found here.

This is just one example of what makes the Mathematics course here so much more fun compared to other universities. So, apply soon to get your place here!

Open Day at Moulsecoomb

In case you missed our open day on Saturday 18 June, here’s a quick summary of what went on.

Future freshers and their families attended the university open day at the Moulsecoomb campus. Helping to ensure that the event ran smoothly, more than 150 student ambassadors worked at support desks, cafés and restaurants and as tour guides.

The Mathematics department set up their support desk in the Watts labs, where a group of enthusiastic maths students were ready to answer any questions that next years mathematicians might have.
Maths students on the open day

“The Mathematics department has set up their support desk in the Watts labs, where a group of enthusiastic maths students were ready to answer any questions that next years mathematicians might have. “

All in all, the event was a great success as lots of people came along and found out more about studying maths at Brighton. And our cheery students and staff created a lively atmosphere for everyone.

For anyone not able to make it to the open day, I would recommend booking on to one in the future as the students who have attended in the past have described them as insightful and encouraging.