Student successes in the School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics

Our graduates

Since graduating many of our students have embarked on successful careers and study. Here are just a few examples of what they are up to.

samuel richards

Samuel Richards, Mission Operations Specialist, NASA, SOFIA Mission

BSc (Hons) Astrophysics

I would not be where I am without the opportunities that opened up whilst studying at the University of Hertfordshire. From extracurricular projects, to connections with other world-ranking universities, I can but thank the University for their guidance and support which kick-started my career.

Daniel Johnson, BSc Physics

Daniel Johnson, Frank Hirth PLC

BSc (Hons) Physics

As part of my studies at the University of Hertfordshire, I opted to take a placement year at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory where I had to learn new skills on the job, working to precision, providing excellent customer service and liaising with other members of a multidisciplinary team. Most of the research at the laboratory was geared up towards laser-driven nuclear fusion, and I was able to work on one of the lasers: the Vulcan.

I have just graduated with first class honours in BSc Physics from the University of Hertfordshire and got accepted onto a graduate scheme with Frank Hirth PLC, a UK/US tax advisory firm in London. I keep the science ticking over in the background and plan on returning to it from a career perspective at some point in the future.

Roberto Tella

Roberto Tella, Financial Analyst, Rolls-Royce Plc.

BSc (Hons) Financial Mathematics

I am currently working at Rolls-Royce Plc. as a Financial Analyst. The main requirements of my job are to produce financial analysis, forecasting and reports. I have also been given the opportunity to start studying towards a Management Accounting Professional Qualification.

During my studies I developed skills in applying financial theory and mathematical logic which I have been able to implement in my work. My next post at Rolls-Royce will be in Treasury where the skills I learnt at University of Hertfordshire in financial markets and instruments will feature heavily.

During my studies I was also given the opportunity to go on a placement year which I spent at Rolls-Royce, which in turn got me my graduate job.

Harriet Parsons

Dr Harriet Parsons, Support Astronomer, Joint Astronomy Centre, Hawaii

PhD Astrophysics

I am currently working as a Support Astronomer at the James Clark Maxwell Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii for the Joint Astronomy Centre. During my studies I spent a placement year during my BSc in the Netherlands doing research which inspired me to continue on to do my PhD.

This resulted in opportunities to go on three observing trips out to Hawaii. I fell in love with the place, the telescope and the idea of being a support astronomer. The University of Hertfordshire encouraged and supported me throughout to get my dream job.

Niall Sapsford

Niall Sapsford, Associate Consultant, Calypso Technology

BSc (Hons) Financial Mathematics

My work involves consulting financial institutions on market best practice for financial applications. My studies in financial mathematics relates to my job by allowing me to use the skills I learnt in mathematics for validation of models for financial products. My placement year at Calypso Technology enhanced my university experience and led me on to my current career path.

Victoria Raman

Victoria Raman, Curriculum Data Administrator, University of Hertfordshire

BSc (Hons) Mathematics

The current project I have been working on is with the new timetabling system for the next academic year. This requires lots of data management and IT skills particularly in excel. This uses the skills I honed during my studies at the University.

Sean Hampson

Sean Hampson, eSourcing Analyst, Bravo Solutions

BSc (Hons) Physics

After graduating I secured a position with Bravo Solutions as an eSourcing Analyst. This involves sourcing a procurement solution for clients, then maintaining, training and supporting them through the procurement and supply chain lifecycle.

This work involves a huge amount of IT skill, presentation skills, client-facing skills, and understanding complex principles which are all abilities I was able to develop during my course at the University of Hertfordshire.