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Mathematics BSc(Hons): What our students say

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Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.

Claire Gibson

Name: Claire Gibson
Course: Mathematical Sciences BSc

"I graduated from Kingston University in 2014 with a first in Mathematical Sciences. I studied statistics, mathematical models and computing in my course, all of which has defiantly helped my success at getting my dream job.

I had a brilliant time studying the course. The course is interesting and has a variety of different aspects of mathematics to study so you will find your favourites. Along with this the lecturers made all the difference. They make the lectures as fun (as much as they can be) and are always so supportive (unlike many universities my friends went to).

I am currently working for Quick Release (QR_) who are a small managed service provider. They send their employees to a number of different automotive companies; I am currently based in Super Car Manufacturer doing Variant Configuration in SAP. This entails pulling all information from the different areas of business such as marketing, design, sales and engineering, and fitting it all together to make the product model. With this model we make the ordering process automatic from the web configurator to the production line.

This has brought together lots of elements of my course. For example programming modules make me stand out in implementing the configuration of SAP, as even with it being a relatively simple language many people find it hard to understand the concept.

My statistics modules have helped me with analysing the data I have, to produce the final product model. The analytical skills, attention to detail and ability to follow a theory really comes into play here (especially as I have little knowledge about cars and have to understand, to an extent, the concepts they use to code, design and engineer the parts).

As you see, although I do not use much pure mathematics day-to-day, I use the different concepts and skills learnt from the variety of my modules. For me this job has the perfect balance of data, programming and looking at pretty cars.

My key bit of advice for anyone studying at Kingston would be to listen to and follow what the lecturers say; they are there to help and they really care about you."

 

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