Faye Williamson

Course: BSc Mathematics

A wealth of activities

After studying A-Levels in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology, Faye Williamson decided to study a BSc in Mathematics at Lancaster. She cites the community atmosphere on campus, as well as the outstanding reputation of the Department, as her main reasons for studying here. “The campus had a really friendly and inviting atmosphere with lots going on, and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics has a great reputation,” she says.

Faye has been heavily involved in extra-curricular activities during her time here, undertaking an internship, work experience and voluntary work helping other students. “I completed a summer internship at the University in Statistics and Operational Research (STOR) to gauge whether postgraduate study would be right for me,” she says. “I have also been a third year course representative collaborating between staff and students to address any problems that students may have; a computing laboratory demonstrator in my final year to assist first year maths undergraduates with one of their computing modules; a support worker for Clear Links, which involves note taking for dyslexic or disabled students at Lancaster University; and every weekend, I work part-time as a receptionist at a local ophthalmic practice.”

Advice and opportunities

Faye advises prospective students hoping to study Mathematics at Lancaster to take full advantage of the extensive range of support that Lancaster has on offer, as well as taking advantage of the wide range of internships and work experience opportunities available. “My advice would be: if you ever have a problem – whether maths-related or not – do not be afraid to ask the lecturers and tutors for help, because they are all very approachable and friendly,” she says. “Also, I would advise that students get involved in any internship opportunities available over summer because they really help give you an idea of what you want to do next and where your interests lie. The continual support and encouragement provided by the Departmental staff was the best thing about studying at Lancaster.”

Looking towards the future, Faye wishes to undertake further research within one of the prestigious doctoral training centres based at Lancaster. “I would like to complete a four-year PhD programme in Statistics and Operational Research (STOR) here at Lancaster University; the first year resulting in the award of a Masters of Research (MRes), followed by a three year period of study leading to a PhD,” she says.