Developing professional skills

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Why not raise your professional game?

Here’s some great news: doing a St Andrews Maths & Stats degree will provide you with the skills to be an excellent mathematician/statistician, including a number of skills that have a much wider application than just for your academic studies. These transferable skills are what can make a real difference to landing the job that you want, be it in or out of academia, and being successful in the workplace.

You probably already display a number of excellent professional behaviours too. Do you remember signing the Sponsio Academica when you matriculated at the University in September? It includes a list of professional behaviours that the University values and includes things such as integrity, politeness, punctuality and tolerance; all things that can help make you distinct from your competition when it comes to forging successful careers.

CAPOD loves to help students develop their professional skills and behaviours whilst they’re still at University (in fact, CAPOD can help you develop your academic and IT skills too). One thing you can do right now to help you get a head start in developing professional skills to complement your academic ones is to take part in the Professional Skills Curriculum (PSC).

Each year hundreds of students engage with the PSC. It’s a development programme for all students that aims to help you build the skills you’ll need post-graduation. There are over 30 skills topics on offer, everything from leadership to teamwork, assertiveness to negotiation, and time management to great communication (after all, you don’t want to be the workmate who’s irrational and goes on and on!) You can dip in and out of the programme as you please, and in a way that suits your learning style. The topics are delivered through a mixture of evening and lunchtime lectures, online workshops and practical skill sessions. The mathematicians who have taken part in the PSC before have really valued their experience.

You can find out more about the PSC, this year’s timetable, and even how you can turn your attendance into an award on your degree transcript here , or if you want to learn a bit more about what else CAPOD can do for you, visit here.

Thanks for reading!

Best of luck for the rest of the week!

Monique & Catriona Wilson (CAPOD)

 

Student membership at the Royal Statistical Society (RSS)

Hi everyone,

We received this recently from the RSS and thought you might be interested. The following is edited for brevity 🙂

We have changed the structure of our student membership offering, so that it is free and open to all students (including part-timers). It also offers online benefits only and as such is called e-Student membership. Students can apply online and it should only take a matter of minutes to apply, so they no longer need to fill out a paper applications signed by the programme directors. Hopefully this will also increase uptake as there are no requirements to apply, apart from an interest in statistics, and no subscription payment. Please do promote this opportunity to as many of your students as you can if possible, including those not on accredited courses. Please point them in the direction of www.rss.org.uk/join for the time being where they can read more about membership and sign up.

While we will no longer be offering printed copies of Significance as part of this free membership, we do also want to continue offering this to those in the final year of the accredited courses, as we always have done. If these students could apply online in the normal way, they will find instructions on how to be set up to receive this additional benefit during the process (they basically just need to contact my colleague Joanna – j.ratajczak@rss.org.uk – with some proof that they are on an eligible course). If any students who are not on accredited courses would like to receive Significance as a hard copy, it is worth pointing them in the direction of the Wiley website, where they can subscribe directly for a reduced rate as students.

 

Thanks for reading!

Best,

Monique

Message from SUMS (Week 3)

Hey everyone!

I hope this email finds you well and, not struck down with the freshers’ flu currently ravaging St Andrews. Our events for the next couple of weeks are:

Christmas Meal Tickets

We’re super keen this year and have already planned the legendary Student-Staff SUMS Christmas meal. It is £25 for 3 courses at the Doll’s House on Thursday 26th November. We’re selling tickets in the main maths corridor this Wednesday 2-5pm. We only have a limited number of spaces, so if you want to join us you’ll need to be quick! The menu can be found here.

SUMSday League Football

SUMS vs. Cupar Town

Last Sunday saw the SUMS football team playing in their inaugural Sunday League match against Cupar Town. After a shaky start the players found their feet, playing a very solid match throughout with a marked improvement in the second half. Result: SUMS 3 – 5 CUPAR TOWN

This Sunday (4/10) we need a volunteer to referee our match. (No further commitment required). Please email Surabhi on sd207 if you are interested in refereeing or playing for SUMS FC.

 
EGM and Student-Staff Pot Luck

On Monday of Week 4 (5/10) we’re holding our EGM in order to elect a First Year Rep and Postgraduate Rep to our committee, held in the Observatory at 8pm. In classic SUMS style, we’re challenging the entire School (Staff and Students) to show off their maths-related-cooking-skills, in the combined EGM and Pot Luck. Maths related drinks are also encouraged (BYOB)!

 

You must be a paid member to vote and run for a position. If you have any questions about the EGM procedures or positions, please email Hannah on hlm4.

 

 

Lunchtime Lecture by Professor Rivin: Mathematics of Billiards

Next Thursday (8/10) Professor Rivin will be giving a talk on the Mathematics of Billiards in Maths Lecture Theatre C at 1pm. Feel free to bring your lunch along!

 

Abstract: Mathematical billiards are somewhat different from the pub kind, and some would say much more interesting. I will describe some topics of current interest.

 

Have a great week!
SUMS Committee

A message from SUMS for Week 2

Hi All,
Hope week 1 was kind. Thanks to everyone who came to the Pub Golf last week, welcome to the lizard life!
See below for events this week…

Lecture Series – “Orbital Mechanics in Real Time”
Our very first lecture is a collaboration between Maths, Physics and Astrophysics. Presented by Mr. Carey; he will discuss the task of bringing two spacecraft together (i.e. into matching orbits – “orbital rendezvous”) in a controlled, safe fashion.
See the link below for more details.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1907604682797885/

Social – BBQ
This Thursday, 20A Queens Gardens – 7.30pm.
Link below to event.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1490328991267857/

Membership
Thanks to everyone that has already paid! If not, would you mind bringing along £3 to the BBQ.

Sunday League Football
Still looking to get a football team together. We have had a lot of interest and just need to finalise the team with a few more referees and a goalkeeper. Email SD207 if interested.

Fresher & Postgrad Rep
This year we have 2 open places on the committee for a Freshers rep and a Postgrad rep. These positions will help us have better representation across years and hopefully another opportunity to get more people involved. Email sums@st-Andrews.ac.uk if you are interested. EGM details coming at a later date.

Good luck for week 2!

Much love, SUMS.

A message from the School president

Hi there!

I hope you’re all settling down here in St Andrews, and an especially warm welcome to all first-years, direct entry second-years and exchange students!

To start with, I’ll briefy introduce myself. My name is Raghav, and I am President of the School of Maths and Stats. As School President, it is my job to represent you to the Department and the University. As one of your points of contact for advice and support, I will take any concerns you may have to higher channels. I’m looking forward to working with you all throughout the upcoming year!

As some of you might know, each of the 21 School Presidents at the University is ably supported by a team of Class Representatives. This team meets twice per semester as part of the SSCC (Staff-Student Consultative Committee), and works with staff members to address issues in the School. Class Reps serve as focal points within different divisions of the School.

There are 13 different Class Reps positions available:

  • First Year Fast Track Rep
  • First Year Rep
  • Direct Entry Rep
  • Second Year Rep
  • Applied Maths, Level 3000/4000 Representative
  • Pure Maths, Level 3000/4000 Representative
  • Statistics, Level 3000/4000 Representative
  • Applied Maths, Level 4000/5000 Representative
  • Pure Maths, Level 4000/5000 Representative
  • Statistics, Level 4000/5000 Representative
  • MSc Rep (PGT)
  • PhD Rep (PGR)
  • SSCC Secretary

Nominations for Class Rep are now open, and are open until 5pm on Friday the 18th of September. There are currently several positions with no nominations received yet. I highly encourage you to run! It is an excellent opportunity to gain leadership and communication experience, and to work with senior members of staff. Another perk of this position is that it is very well-recognised by employers and looks excellent on a CV. You can nominate yourself through this link:

http://www.yourunion.net/voice/academicreps/classrepresentatives/

You will receive regular emails from me containing updates and plans throughout the year, but that’s all for now. Feel free to get in touch with me anytime over email or stop me in the halls, even just to grab coffee. I’m more than happy to chat!

Raghav Mehra
School President, Maths & Stats

Upcoming SUMS events

Welcome to week 1!

Here is a message from SUMS (all views contained within are opinions and views from the SUMS group :-).

Hi All,
Welcome to University! Hope you have all survived freshers week, whether it is your first or fourth, it never gets any less brutal.
Many things to say, so will keep it as straight to the point as possible…

Pub Golf
This Thursday, Whey Pat – 8pm.
Link below to event.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1490328991267857/

Membership
Thanks to everyone that has already paid! If not, would you mind bringing along £3 to the pub golf.

Sunday League Football
Our publicity rep, Surabhi, is keen on creating a football for Sunday League for both students and staff. If you are interested then drop her an email on sd207 ASAP so we can get the ball rolling…pun intended.

Lecture Series
Our very first lecture is a collaboration between Maths, Physics and Astrophysics. Presented by Mr. Carey; he will discuss the task of bringing two spacecraft together (i.e. into matching orbits – “orbital rendezvous”) in a controlled, safe fashion.
See the link below for more details.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1907604682797885/

Rubix Cube Challenge
At the Freshers Fayre we had a challenge that whoever managed to solve a Rubix cube in the quickest time would get free membership for the year. Several impressive times were recorded, but at only 34.70s, Noah Joubert won the challenge! Congrats mate, you should receive an email today!

Freshers Fayre Problem
You also may have noticed a problem we had on the table at the Freshers Fayre: What is fastest way to prove that 2^{1/3} is irrational?
Answer:
Let 2^{1/3}=p/q (p,q coprime integers) then 2 q^3=p^3, or q^3+q^3=p^3, which is contradiction by Fermat’s Last Theorem.

Fresher & Postgrad Rep
This year we have 2 open places on the committee for a Freshers rep and a Postgrad rep. These positions will help us have better representation across years and hopefully another opportunity to get more people involved. Email sums@st-Andrews.ac.uk if you are interested. EGM details coming at a later date.

Good luck for week 1, and welcome to the life of 9ams..
Much love, SUMS.

c/o Hannah Mercer

Welcome to the School of Mathematics and Statistics in 2016!

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to all new and returning students and to let you know about the advising procedure and the events during orientation week in our School.

For those coming for the first time this year, you will have an opportunity to meet staff over coffee and cake. We will also be holding three information sessions during orientation week to help you understand the advising process and to give you some details about our 1000 level and 2000 level programmes.

For the returning students, we will be holding an information session for those of you either taking level 2000 modules, entering junior honours or in your last year (the latter of which will focus on the honours project element).

A very important part of next week is the advising process and as part of this you need to sign up for a session with your advisor via MMS and then meet with your advisor as organised. If for some reason you need to change your agreed time you must let us know as soon as possible to arrange another. Apart from the fact that it’s a valuable session, it is a legal requirement that we meet with all students.

Questions you might have

  1. When can I see an advisor?

Individual advisors will have a slightly different range of slots, so students should go straight to their own advisor to see what is on offer. However, advising for new entrants will largely occur on Tuesday while advising for second year students will typically occur on Wednesday. Advising for honours will predominantly occur on Tuesday or Wednesday, although some may offer time slots on the Monday depending on their availability.

 

  1. When can I sign up for advising?

The sign up process via MMS will only be live from Friday the 2nd September. If for some reason you must change your time after the system is closed you will need to email your advisor to organise the change.

  1. How do I sign up for advising?

You need to log into MMS and choose a slot in the Advising section which should be visible to you when you log in. Full instructions about how to use the system can be found online in the same section.

More information

More details about orientation week with dates, times and locations (including another link to MMS) can be found here:

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/maths/current/ug/orientationweek/

We are very much looking forward to you joining us this year and if you have any questions feel free to email your advisor, the advising co-ordinator (Dr. Richard Scott) or myself directly (Dr Monique Mackenzie).

With very warm wishes,

Monique

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Dr. Monique L. Mackenzie,

Director of Teaching,

Senior Lecturer in Statistics, School of Mathematics and Statistics

University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland : No SC013532

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