Lorna-Anne Reeve, BSc (Hons) Mathematics, 2015
What are you doing now?
Currently I am employed as a Business Analyst at Bombardier Transportation – I am based at the Derby site but travel around support depots across the country. My day-to-day duties include material forecasting, process management, coaching and training, and process reviews and development, along with IT support for the software used.
I work within a small team of six with complementary skills, to deliver optimum service to the fleets - we work closely together and it’s like we are a family when away from home. Being part of a large organisation, I get to meet many different people from different departments around the world.
What were the main reasons that you took that course?
I was a working mum studying with the Open University, which was proving very hard. So I went to a few open days at local universities to find out about becoming a full-time mature student. I had lots of concerns, being older than most students, about missing blocks of education; as it was a few years since I had left school and I hoped the Mathematics degree would kick-start a new career direction for me. After talking to one of the lecturers at Derby about my concerns and the course, I was not worried. I signed up in September 2011 and, looking back, it is in the top five best things I have ever done.
How did the lecturers inspire you?
The passion they had for Mathematics showed in their teaching; they were very knowledgeable about the mathematical theories, some of which I still use in my current role.
The lecturers didn’t just inspire me but they cared too, and when my time at university became stressful they were all very helpful and understanding. I felt like a person with them, and not just a number – they were willing to offer me extra help when I could not grasp a topic, showing at times that they had the patience of saints!
What are your future plans?
I am just starting to settle into being a single working mum, so I’m happy to support my growing children and keep improving my working knowledge. In a few years I may return to study. I know that the degree I gained has given me a foundation to build a career on and to be a role model to my children and those I support through the STEM Ambassador Scheme.
What would you say to anyone else coming to this university to study?
I have no hesitation in recommending the University of Derby, and would encourage anyone to go to the Open Days - speak to the lecturers, ask every question you can think of. I’m certain that you will get the best support and teaching from the Mathematics Department at Derby.
Who are you still in touch with from the University of Derby?
I am in touch with the lecturers at the University – I have occasionally popped by for the odd coffee. I also still meet up with some of my fellow students for tea and cake or the occasional drink after work.