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Alumni Destinations

We do everything we can to support our students during their studies, so that they can go into rewarding careers.

92% of our leaver are in work and/or study 15 months after the end of their course (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18; First Degree responders from Mathematics). We caught up with some to see where their degrees had taken them.


Elliot Pearn

"Having decided that I wanted to do a placement year, I carried out research into all possible avenues. The Pharmaceutical Industry and more specifically a CRO was what excited me the most. The process of the clinical trials was something that I found interesting and I knew that working for a CRO would provide variety in my work. After then completing my placement I knew that this was definitely the industry for me, so I wanted to get back in as quickly as possible."


Madeleine Parish

"I currently work in London for a financial data provider. My first class Mathematics degree from Reading gave me freedom to apply to wherever I wanted and eventually led to me accepting my first choice job.

Reading actually introduced me to this company, as I first heard about it through a Maths career event. The Careers centre then helped me to improve my application and guided me through the interview process, even giving me a mock interview when I didn't know what to expect.

I'm really enjoying my time in London; it's an amazing city with so many possibilities. I'm looking to progress within the financial sector and hope to specialise in risk analysis in the future.

My job is so much more than I ever expected it to be. Every two weeks I catch up with my manager and she takes note of my areas of interest. I'm currently in my final stages of training and will be responsible for my own clients by April. Mathematics at Reading help me build on my existing problem solving skills and create new analytic skills which have undoubtedly helped me progress in my current role.

I'm very grateful to everyone at Reading. Without their help, support and confidence in me I wouldn't be where I am today."


Bethany Dearlove (BSc Mathematics and Statistics; MSc Biometry)

"After graduating, I started a PhD researching the evolution and transmission of infectious diseases including hepatitis C, campylobacter and norovirus. My focus lies in developing methods that use DNA data to investigate how infection propagates - both at a global level (for example, how one particular strain can dominate and cause a worldwide epidemic) and also more finely between patients in and between hospital wards. Most importantly, my work aims to demonstrate how whole genome sequencing can inform better intervention strategies and improve public health response in the future.

During my time at Reading, I was inspired by the range of courses on offer. This was particularly important as someone with a keen interest in biology as well as maths at A-level, as I was unsure where I wanted my degree take me and was subsequently able to build both theoretical and practical experience in a number of areas. Notably, it was at Reading that I was introduced to, and became passionate about, the applications of statistical genetics - a field I had no idea I could go into whilst at school. I was also inspired by courses in public health and epidemiology, and began wondering how genetics might be combined with these - directly leading to where I am today."


Alice Winduss

"When starting the role in the Planning & Strategy Office [at the University of Reading] it was a great benefit having already experienced a professional working environment. During my placement, I learned many skills that transferred to my current role. I was tasked with running clinical trials for pharmaceutical companies whilst working in the Operation Finance team. This gave me confidence and strength when starting my career. It also added impetus and organisation to my third year; a placement gives context to your study."

 Amanda Kaminski (BSc Mathematics and Statistics)

"Since leaving university I have been working for Television Research Partnership in Taunton; the organisation specialises in providing TV, Radio and New Media research for a large number of clients including the BBC. My job involves analysing and interpreting numerical data from a variety of sources for the BBC as well as managing a team of two. My main expertise is in the Radio/Music sector where I regularly provide training and advice to others in the company. Recently I've been involved in getting data for the BBC's Annual Report which gets published every year.

'One of my biggest jobs is providing in-depth reports on the performances of the BBC's summer music festivals including Glastonbury and the BBC Proms. Part of this involves choosing comments from the audience - quite entertaining as I get to read what people really think of the coverage! I am also the company's expert in Statistics and advise others within our company on the application and use of statistics as well as organising training courses for them. Through my job I regularly visit the BBC headquarters in London for meetings; whilst there I've been lucky enough to see rehearsals for Strictly Come Dancing, watched Pointless being filmed and been shown around the Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network studios."


 Sarah Williamson (MMath Mathematics)

"Initially after graduating from my degree I worked at as a Modeller for Network Rail, where I got to test changes in the timetable and infrastructure and have input into some of the important schemes being developed for the future.

After a couple of years I changed my career direction back towards mathematics. I now work for the Ministry of Defence as a Scientist where I get to directly use and apply the mathematics learned in my degree, particularly in the areas of numerical modelling and fluid dynamics. This solid grounding has also enabled me to work on projects in all kinds of related fields such as chemistry, physics and biology.

As well as thoroughly enjoying my work, I am working towards Chartered Mathematician status, which we provide me with external recognition of my work."


Sophie Wren (BSc Mathematics)

"I graduated from Reading in 2012, and in my final year of the BSc course applied to study for a PGCE. I am now close to finishing this course and am eager to start my job as a teacher of maths at a school in Hertfordshire.

'I have always wanted to be a teacher, but studying Mathematics at university cemented my choice to apply for a PGCE in the subject. Studying at Reading allowed to me to further my enjoyment and understanding of mathematics, both of which I am now able to share with the students I teach.

I was able to choose most of the modules in my final year and this allowed me to focus on the areas of maths I took greatest interest in and would also be keen to teach. Whilst at Reading I took advantage of the extra opportunities to gain experience of working in a school, an essential for any initial teaching training course.

Going straight into Master's level education after graduating allowed me to remain focussed and ready for the hard work that a PGCE brings. I am now considering continuing to study for Master's in education while working as a teacher."

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