Dr. Tom Bury gave our budding Sixth Form and Year 11 mathematicians insight in to what it is like to take Maths with you beyond school. Currently a post-doctoral researcher at McGill University in Montreal, he works in the Physiology Department doing research using Maths and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help understand and predict cardiac arrythmias. Tom studied for a degree and masters in mathematics at Cambrige University and got his PhD in applied mathematics at the University of Waterloo in Canada.
Tom explained what studying Maths at university, both in its pure form and as an applied subject, is really like. Pupils were challenged to some problem-solving and were given invaluable advice on how to prepare to go to university, but also how Maths occurs in every day life (even when it comes to rugby balls!). We are very grateful to Tom for sharing his expertise and knowledge with our pupils, esp. as it meant getting up at 6am Montreal time!