Department of Mathematics

Student perspectives

See what some of our postgraduate students say about studying at Sussex:

Rosie's perspective

PG student Rosanna Barnard'After completing my four-year MMath undergraduate degree here, I wanted to continue at Sussex and was lucky enough to gain a funded PhD studentship position. I am currently working as a postgraduate researcher within the Department of Mathematics, working in the Mathematics Applied to Biology research group. My research focuses on the modelling and analysing of dynamic networks.

Now, I am in my 6th year at Sussex, and have experienced many aspects of Sussex University life. I love the surroundings; there are beautiful walks to be had across the campus and next door in Stanmer Park, and lots of places to sit and relax when the weather is fine. Every week during term-time, the University holds a food market selling fresh fruits and vegetables and lots of other treats, and there are Students’ Union stores and coffee shops dotted around campus. We are also very close to Brighton which has lots going on all year round.

The ‘feel’ of the department I am working in is also of great importance to me. The Department of Mathematics shares a building with the Department of Physics & Astronomy, which makes for a bustling atmosphere where everyone is very friendly. Most staff adhere to an open-door policy, making it easy to discuss any idea or question you might have. There are plenty of events held within the School of Mathematical & Physical Sciences, such as weekly seminars, public lectures and charity bake sales, and there is even a kitchen with free tea & coffee provided for students during term time!

I would also recommend the courses offered to postgraduate researchers by the Doctoral School through the Researcher Development Programme. These have been invaluable in allowing me to develop crucial skills required for my research, have helped improve my confidence, and forge new links with other researchers from across the University.'

Rosanna Barnard
Mathematics MMath graduate 2014 and currently studying for a PhD at Sussex University

Joe's perspective

'I was very lucky to be offered a PhD place at Sussex with a lecturer whose area of research aligns closely with my personal interests. My research focusses on modelling tumours, using a couple of different finite element method techniques. The tumours are specifically large tumours, that have been unable to grow blood vessels, and so are "fingering" out in search of nutrients. I enjoy that get to split my time between programming, and doing analysis. 

The maths department is warm and welcoming, with a community feel amongst many of my fellow PhD students. The quality of the research is high, leading to many fascinating research projects. Sussex university is situated in the beautiful south downs, just a short bus ride (or cycle!) from the centre of Brighton. This makes it an ideal place to study in peace, before heading into Brighton to get your dose of culture.

My PhD has come with many opportunities for personal development, be it via the academic skills workshops offered by the library, or in sports clubs and the gym. I am in my first year, but am already planning to attend a couple of conferences!'

Joe Eyles
Mathematics MMath graduate 2013 and currently studying for a PhD at Sussex University