Gareth Lanagan

Gareth graduated from Aber in Mathematics. BSc 2004. MSc 2006 PhD 2011

What do you remember most about your time at Aber?

Aber was a beautiful place which struck the best balance between hard work and playing hard. The support received from staff gave it a family feel. There was someone on hand to help. I don't believe I would have received the pastoral or academic support at any other institution. Also the sporting experiences were unbelievable and we always punched above our weight!

What are you doing now career-wise and how has your Aberystwyth Degree helped?

I manage A level Provision across two sites at Coleg Meirion Dwyfor. I moved to this role after having been a maths teacher. The degree gave me a grounding in all facets of mathematics while giving me the social skills to work with people. In my new role, working under pressure and problem solving are two things I have taken from my time at Aberystwyth.

What advice would you have for a student doing your course now?

Make the most of each opportunity. Get to know the staff and pick their brains. You are working with the finest mathematicians in the land. Strike the balance too. Go and join a club. The cricket side gave me great memories not least playing cricket in Barbados!