Lucina Sims – Mathematics BSc (Hons) almnua (Class of 2020)
“I chose Mathematics at Newman because I wanted to gain a deeper understanding in Maths after completing it at A-Level, it was a subject that completely grabbed my interest. I wanted to choose a course that would have lead me to build my future career and land my dream job. Newman University has a great course in Mathematics and I liked the modules. The location was great for me as it was away from my home town which lead me to moving out. The size of the university was fantastic because it led me to fulfil leadership roles as well as making great friends.
The course was relatively new when I joined the institution, however it exceeded my expectations as the course material was really thought provoking. I was first worried about all the work although it all paid off. The lecturers were really kind and knowledgeable throughout my time at Newman. They always supported me and were available to talk at any point about Mathematics. Newman has supported me throughout my time at university. One way that Newman supported me was through the Academic Support Advisers, they helped me apply for mitigation circumstances when I needed it.
The work experience placement module really helped my future career because I went for an investment firm. In this I learnt about the real world applications of mathematics first hand, as opposed to learning about it in only theory. After completing the work experience placement, the company offered my return for a paid internship the following summer. This then helped me go on to secure a data analyst role at a music royalty auditor firm.
During my time at Newman, I got involved in many extracurricular activities. In my first year, I became the treasurer of the singing society as well as the academic representative for the class. In this time, I also picked up badminton and joined the sports team. I then went on to become the Vice-Chair of the Music and Drama Society, and later the Societies Officer for the Newman’s Student’s Union. It was really rewarding and a great stress reliever. I also took part in multiple courses that the university’s students’ union offered, such as; Safeguarding, British Sign Language and Suicide Prevention and Awareness Training. These were great starter courses giving me valuable skills for the future.
Since leaving the institution in June 2020, I have completed multiple online courses in software engineering and a virtual experience program in such companies as; JP Morgan Chase & Co. and KPMG. My course has prepared me for loads of different aspects in my career including the use of coding languages that we learnt in one of the first year’s modules. In August 2020, I started as a data consultant for Melos Publishing and am still there now.”