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  • Inspiring stories from our community


Our staff and students have great stories to tell.

Whether you are just beginning your studies or are an experienced researcher, we will help you to find the topics you really care about and start to make stories of your own.


Marcus Denton came to the University of Reading through Clearing to study BSc Mathematics with a Placement Year.

Connor Vidal-Cocker (BSc Mathematics) is now in his final year of studies, with a job already lined up after graduation.

Connor was awarded the Mathematics, Economics and Finance Undergraduate of the Year at the TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year awards in 2017, a prestigious national award. As a prize for winning the award, Connor completed a 10 week work placement in Gazprom's marketing and trading team, including spending one week at the company's Singapore branch.

Sally Cockayne has 'thoroughly enjoyed' her university experience in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and has just returned from an enriching year placement at GlaxoSmithKline.  


Alice Winduss attained a role in the University of Reading's Planning & Strategy Office after completing her BSc Mathematics degree.

Sam Middlicott has found the opportunities that accompany studying Maths at Reading to be far more wide-ranging that he had ever imagined.

Adam Pullinger, Analysis (HM Revenue & Customs)

"Doing a year placement is the best decision I've made so far, it's given me a goal to aim for when completing my degree."

Anisa Jeetoo, Biostatistical Programming (Amgen)

"The training I have had so far has been fantastic and wouldn't have been possible if I wasn't on placement."

Gwenllian Perry, Data Analysis (Thames Water)

"My experience here on placement has made me stronger, and I have definitely adapted to ways of dealing with issues I never dealt with before."

Jawan Thapa, Statistical Programming (Amgen)

"Doing a placement gives you an opportunity to see how the things that have been taught at the university correlate with a real work life."

Joshua Froome, Research Analysis (Department of Work and Pensions)

"The experience I have gained from working here will greatly enhance my chances of being able to work in this role once I finish university."

Sean Miles, Statistics (Abbott Diabetes Care)

"A placement year will get you ready for the working world, as well as providing you with more rounded knowledge of your course with real-world applications."

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