Matthew Vine

Matthew Vine

Why did you decide to study at the University of Leeds?

I opted for Leeds because it offered a unique university experience where everything was clumped together in one campus, but still just about inside the thriving city centre. It was also clear that Leeds was on the rise in terms of reputation, and that remains true to this day.

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University and why?

That would easily be the meticulous organisation of the maths department. It all runs like clockwork, supplying you with a balanced work schedule which will leave you intellectually stimulated but by no means overwhelmed.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed so far?

This summer I’ll undergo a research project under the supervision of academic staff which concerns clustering in projective spaces. This is an example of directional statistics, a discipline which describes the orientation of objects in space as opposed to the numerical data encountered in foundational statistics.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

In Leeds you’ll be treated to the warmth and cheerful demeanour of the northern people, not to mention a huge student population spanning several universities.

What are your ambitions for the future?

Teaching in some form, be it at A-level or even university level, definitely takes my fancy. Failing that, I’d settle for anything that incorporates actual maths, whilst simultaneously providing genuine benefits to society in some way.

What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?

Partaking in the Peer Assisted Learning scheme will put me in good stead as it’s drastically improved my ability to speak and present in front of a group. You’d be hard-pressed to find a career for which this skill bears no significance.

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

Don’t worry that studying maths will restrict your career options. There are a wealth of employers which directly use the material you encounter, but even those that don’t will jump at the chance to hire a maths graduate based on the adept logical problem-solving skills which equip them. By the end of the degree you’ll no doubt be highly sought after and well on your way to making a name for yourself.