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Victoria Paulding

The opportunity to study Maths in Oxford is an incredible privilege, one that is added to through being an undergraduate at Christ Church. Within the Maths Department the lecturing is literally world class, with many of the lecturers leading experts in their fields. Then there is the support, insight and guidance that you receive from the tutors at Christ Church which is fantastic; they are always there if you need help. The first two years of the course sets an in depth foundation on which subsequent specialist options can be explored. From second year onwards there are a wide range of options to choose from so topics of personal interest can be focussed on.

The work is demanding but that’s to be expected and if you are prepared to give of your best then the university and Christ Church are unstinting in their support. Being surrounded by such an amazing history and heritage helps to constantly remind one that this is the best place in the world in which to study and learn.

Outside of Maths, there are so many extracurricular activities that you can get involved in virtually anything that you can think of; from music to politics, from sport to debating and then, of course, there is the Oxford Union. During my first year I was involved in Christ Church’s Home Learning Scheme, through which students tutor children from the local community in their own homes. I play trumpet in the University Wind Orchestra, am Treasurer of the University Brass Band and sing in a choir and well as being involved in a Christian organisation both in Oxford and nationally. Oxford, and in particular Christ Church, has so much to offer in terms of extracurricular activities that there is something for everybody. It is important to make time to do something else apart from study!

My experience at Christ Church so far has been fantastic. I have learnt so much in my time here – and not just academically.

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