School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics

Louise

BSc Mathematics - Graduated 2007

Current role - Treasurer and Investor Reporting Manager at Northern Powergrid

Why did you choose to study your course at Newcastle University?

Newcastle University had an excellent reputation for Mathematics at the time I was applying for University and when I visited for an open day I got a great feeling for the University and the City.

What did you like the most about your course? 

I appreciated that there was a great range of modules to study from throughout the three year course, I preferred applied mathematics and I was able to focus my studies in this area. The ratio of lectures to seminars (generally 2 to 1) was ideal and the level of interaction with lecturers, both on an ad-hoc basis and pre-arranged was excellent.

How would you describe the city of Newcastle upon Tyne?

Newcastle upon Tyne is a great city to live in, both as a student and after graduating. I moved to the city to start University in 2004 and have never left - and now can't imagine living anywhere else! The beauty of the city is that you have everything on your doorstep, particularly as a student, almost all that you need is within walking distance - accommodation, lectures, shops, bars, restaurants, sporting events, museums, art galleries, etc.
You are also just a stone's throw away from the beautiful Northumberland coastline and the beach at Tynemouth and Whitley Bay is just 25 mins away on the metro from the centre of the city.
There is a great vibrancy to the city and the friendliness of the Geordies cannot be beaten elsewhere in the UK.

What do you think about the clubs and societies that you could join? If you were a member of one, what sort of activities did it involve?

The main activity I was involved in at University was the Mathematics Netball team - the Denominators! It was a fun, social activity to take part in once or twice a week. There were endless clubs and societies you could join, it really is just a case of narrowing it down to what your interests are.

Where did you live? Was it easy to find somewhere?

I lived in Richardson Road for my first year which was a fantastic location, right in the city centre and a great village atmosphere.
In my second and third years I lived in a student house with 5-7 others in Jesmond, which was ideally located for the bars of Osborne Road and still within walking distance to the main University buildings or just a few stops on the metro.
It was very easy to find somewhere to live, there is lots of student accommodation in a range of areas in Newcastle upon Tyne, most people tend to secure their accommodation for the next year well in advance, e.g. January for the following September.

Where do you work now and what does your role involve?

I am the Treasurer and Investor Reporting Manager for Northern Powergrid, the distribution network operator in northern England. I oversee all external financial reporting, dealing with fixed income investors and with reporting to shareholders. I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in their external audit department, specialising in large, private sector corporates from 2007 to 2011.

How do you feel your course or other activities you were involved in at Newcastle contributed to you achieving your career goals?

The high quality degree obtain from Newcastle University has stood my in great stead throughout my career to date.

What support did you have from the Careers Service during your time at Newcastle?

The Careers Service put on 'milk-round' days and a variety of events where you could find out more about future career options, which was invaluable.