Department of Mathematics

Student perspectives on life in the Department


MSc student Niruthika Kanthan talks about the fantastic support available within the Department.

Claire's perspective

Claire Blackman'The Sussex Bsc Mathematics course is incredible! The lecturers are so enthusiastic about what they're teaching and they are so approachable and very helpful if you have any questions. The course itself covers a whole range of different parts of maths which I absolutely love.

One of the selling points of Sussex has to be the Study Spaces just for Maths and Physics students in the building we share with them. We have a kitchen with free tea and coffee which I just adore. I have made friends with some students in the higher years from working in the study spaces and everyone at Sussex is incredibly friendly and helpful, so you never feel alone.

Brighton is a wonderful City to be studying in. With quick access to the town centre and marina with frequent buses, several student friendly shops and nightlife, you can relax and burn some steam even if all the societies at Sussex Uni aren't enough!

Choosing to study Maths at Sussex has honestly been one of the best choices I have ever made.'

Claire Blackman
Mathematics BSc student

Adam's perspective

Adam Nixon'I am approaching my final year of life at Sussex signalling the end to an adventure that has allowed me to explore both applied and more theoretical sides of mathematics. Lecturers and workshop leaders have always been incredibly  helpful and supportive with a cheerful and understanding manner.

During my degree, I was awarded the honour of becoming a junior research associate.  This involved working on a small paid research project during the summer, a unique experience that allowed me to explore mathematics beyond the confines of my course.  This has helped me gain insight into research in mathematics and dealing with difficulties that arise over the course of a large project.

I love life at Sussex and have been involved in numerous social activities including the canoe club where I have had some memorable times. A particular highlight includes travelling abroad to paddle in alpine rivers. Brighton is a wonderful vibrant city that is an inspiring place to work and study.'

Adam Nixon
Mathematics MMath student

Jordan's perspective

Jordan Keighley'The MMath course is incredibly enjoyable and useful in real life applications. Lecturers are extremely passionate and knowledgeable about their respective areas of expertise. You will cover a huge range of mathematical areas to enable you to go down any path you choose.

The course is a challenge but we have a fantastic and organised support structure, whether the problems you have are educational or administrative, and all the lecturers and support staff are always more than happy to help or put you in touch with someone who can. 

A Sussex student has an incredible lifestyle and many opportunities to be involved in a huge range of societies organised by the Student Union and even the option to create your own. I have recently been elected President of the Mathematics Society. Overall, the Department of Mathematics and the University as a whole will ensure you get an unforgettable experience.'

Jordan Keighley
Mathematics MMath student

Nicole's perspective

Nicole Cheng'Studying Mathematics at Sussex has been fascinating and the lecturers have given us a tremendous amount of help during lectures, offering office hours and help via email. I find the workshops the most useful resource when completing weekly worksheets and the workshop tutors are incredibly helpful and enthusiastic. We get one to one help from PhD students in small classes of around 20 students. During my first year, I also attended regular support sessions with a second and third year student.

The Mathematics department is so friendly and the student study spaces, which are available 24 hours a day, are really useful. Meeting up with other students to talk about maths is fun. There is even free tea and coffee available! Life in the department has been fantastic and I am now also working as a maths tutor in local secondary schools.'

Nicole Cheng
Mathematics BSc student