Alex Davis

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

The University of Leeds seemed to have it all when I visited it on an open day – a vibrant city atmosphere, dedicated and knowledgeable staff, state of the art facilities and students who seemed really friendly and competent. Combine this all with great employability and student satisfaction statistics and it was an obvious choice.

Why did you choose this particular course?

For many years I enjoyed maths at school so knew I wanted to study a mathematical degree, but I also wanted to get a wider understanding of business and finance, rather than a purely maths degree. Actuarial Mathematics is perfect for me because I can develop my maths skills, but also learn more business-related topics like accounting, and economics. On top of that I will hopefully get exemptions from exams to qualify as an actuary, which should mean I can hit the ground running when I graduate.

What have been the best aspects of studying your course, and why?

I really enjoy the variety. In a day I can be working in a group for a presentation we’re making, then attending lectures on high level mathematical concepts, then go to an economics seminar where we discuss real world events and their effects. This means I’ve never gotten bored of studying!

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed on your course?

One highlight of my first year was working in a group to deliver a presentation on using differential equations to model the spread of disease. This was a very new area to us and researching the information and getting feedback on our presentation was very rewarding. This year I’ve learned to build a great CV and covering letter in one of my modules, with lots of help from people in the careers centre which has really helped me to plan my future effectively.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

So much! There’s something new going on every day, the market in the city is absolutely amazing and because Leeds has tens of thousands of students you’re never more than five minutes away from a bar or pub that caters towards students.

What are your ambitions for the future?

When I graduate I hope to get a graduate role as a trainee actuary, where I can take the exemptions and knowledge I have gained through my degree and build on it, in a job that seems fast-moving and varied.

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

Besides giving me a broad knowledge of maths and wider financial concepts, I have also really developed the way I research information, and present it in a way similar to the way I would in a graduate role.

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

I would advise them to try and enjoy every minute of their time here, because the course is varied and really enjoyable, and being a student in Leeds  is a brilliant opportunity to grow and develop as a person.