Rosemary Opandoh

Rosemary Opandoh

Why did you decide to study for an MSc in Mathematics and Computer Science?

I relish the challenge of problem solving that mathematics offers and wanted to educate myself more about math and relate it to real life situations. I therefore chose this program, which is in the QAA benchmark groups for Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research and Computer Science, because of its multidisciplinary nature and the range of opportunities associated with it.

Why did you choose the University of Leeds?

The University of Leeds is an internationally recognised institution and a member of the Russell Group, with a single campus located near the centre of the city. The School of Mathematics is also ranked among the UK’s top 10 for research power, impact and quality. Furthermore, I wanted to study modules that are tailored to my interests across multiple disciplines and the University offered me that opportunity.

What are you enjoying most about your course?

I really enjoy my course because of the range of skills it offers the opportunity to develop, most especially critical thinking skills. I have the opportunity to study statistics and DNA, actuarial science, computer science (scheduling, image analysis, algorithms) and a host of modules that stretch my thinking and analytical skills. I’ve enjoyed every bit of it thanks to the excellent facilities and support from both academic and non-academic staff. Moreover, the lecturers are happy to answer any questions related to the course and arrange for a meeting if needed.

How have you found the quality of the teaching?

I have had the chance to be taught by world renowned researchers who are experts in their own fields. The tutors are so passionate about the modules and relate them to real life, allowing students to appreciate the beauty of mathematics. The availability of workshops, seminars, and constructive feedback on coursework facilitates learning and understanding of the modules.

What are your ambitions for the future?

With my numeracy background and skills in research, innovation, analysis, planning, leadership and creativity, which are being acquired through teaching and learning, I would contribute greatly to the financial and energy sectors and any other sector that would require my expertise. Companies need employees that can analyse data, model future growth and calculate economic impacts, and my knowledge and proficiency in these areas will increase my career prospects. I also hope to inform younger people, especially girls, about the usefulness of mathematics.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds is the UK’s best student’s city and has a massive student population. ( There are lots of shops which offer student discount and a range of restaurants, beauty salons, gyms and shopping centres. It is very easy to move around as there are accessible trains, coaches and buses to get you to your destination. Also, the First Bus Group offers £1 single bus fares on all of the main student routes, as well as Term and Monthly student tickets, for even bigger savings. There is never a dull moment as there is something for everyone, be it religious or the abundant natural beauty that surrounds the city.

What would you say to anyone considering this course?

Preparation and determination are key to success. There is a range of support available and if you have a positive attitude towards your study your aim will be achievable. The program is truly beneficial because it cuts across a range of disciplines and equips one with critical thinking and analytical skills. It also offers a host of opportunities for further research, increases one’s career prospects and adds value to your profile.

How did you find the facilities here compared to where you previously studied?

The university has over 1900 computers (with some operating 24 hours!) and 4 well-resourced libraries with very friendly staff. Staff provide specialist support and ensure students have access to any information they need. The libraries have a variety of study environments, from silent individual study to group areas with over 3900 study spaces across campus.

The award winning and vibrant student union has lots of clubs and societies and is very multicultural. The union provides lots of support, for example to help you find a job through career advice, hosting workshops or offering an avenue to develop entrepreneurial skills, and has a counselling service.

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

The ability to exactly state what a problem is, including assumptions made, if necessary breaking it down into sub-problems, and presenting the solution clearly is a key skill that I have gained so far in studying this multidisciplinary program. Also, through my membership of Mind Matters I have also learnt to be friendlier and developed a positive outlook on life.