Student experience

Here in the School of Mathematics we take your student experience very seriously. We want you to succeed in your studies and enjoy your time at university. There are many channels of support available to help you make the most of your time with us.


You will be taught in a number of different ways, including small group working which is a vital part of your experience with us. For the first two years of your degree, you will meet with your personal tutor on a weekly basis as part of a small group of tutees to discuss the mathematical concepts you have been learning about in lectures and classes that week.

Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are facilitated by students who have experience with the module or topic you want support with. The PASS Leaders facilitate learning in an informal and friendly way which will help improve your understanding of a topic through collaborative learning.

The Maths Support Centre in the library provides drop-in support that you can access whenever you experience difficulty with a topic, at a time that suits you.

See our course pages for more information on teaching on our programmes.


We take the wellbeing of all of our students very seriously, and strongly encourage to you speak to us at the earliest opportunity if at any time you need support.

Our dedicated Wellbeing Officer for the School of Mathematics offers regular drop-in sessions throughout the week during term time allowing you to visit without making an appointment at a time which is convenient to you.

The University Student Support team offers support with physical and mental health issues, academic work difficulties, personal wellbeing and learning support. This service also offers drop-in sessions and runs workshops which you can access covering topics such as managing exam stress and relaxation.


We are a friendly and welcoming community and there are many opportunities for our students and staff members in the School to get to know one another. We hold termly parties where you can socialise over food and drink, as well as attend regular ‘musing’ events where staff and students catch up over coffee and doughnuts. These are opportunities to chat informally with staff and other students, whether about maths or anything else!


We have several popular study areas in and around the School of Mathematics where you can work with friends or individually, and there are numerous spaces across the University for you to meet, study and socialise if you want a change of scenery.

You will benefit from recent campus developments designed to enhance your student experience, including our state-of-the-art library, a dedicated student hub, our impressive sports centre which houses Birmingham's only 50 m swimming pool, and our Green Heart space in the centre of campus.

Watch our drone tour to view our beautiful campus and find out more about visiting in person.

University of Birmingham drone campus tour

Hear from our students

"One of the best things about the University of Birmingham is its beautiful campus. It’s great to study surrounded by impressive buildings and lots of green space – the construction of a new ‘green heart’ at the centre of campus makes it a great place to work and revise. We’re also the only university in the country to have its own train station on campus, from which you can get to the city centre in a matter of minutes."

Matthew Henley, Maths Student

"The Maths department at Birmingham has such a strong community feel and everybody is made to feel like part of it, including students and lecturers. As a leading Russell Group university, Birmingham is at the forefront of the latest research and all of the lecturers are truly passionate about their research and inspiring the next generation of mathematicians."

Beth Stokes, Maths Student

"Being a student in the School of Mathematics opens up loads of opportunities for you. There is an extremely social environment, with plenty of opportunities to get involved in activities and make great friends. I spend most of my time on campus in the MLC (Maths Learning Centre) where I am almost always guaranteed to know someone else in there."

Sam Davies, Maths Student