Faye Williamson’s plans for the future are adding up just nicely.
The 21-year-old from Longton, near Preston, has just landed herself a coveted place on a maths scholarship at Lancaster University.
The former Penwortham Priory Academy pupil is one of only 10 students to gain a place on the STOR-I – Statistics and Operation Research – four-year PHD course.
She has her sights set on becoming a lecturer in maths and puts her love of the subject down to her time at school.
Faye said: “It’s funny as I didn’t really like maths in year seven and eight at school and it was one of my weaker subjects.
“Then in year nine, my teacher was Mrs Butler and she was inspirational.
“She had a real passion for the subject and it got me interested.
“I also found I was quite good at it.
“I had to work hard at other subjects but maths just seemed to come to me naturally.”
Faye left Priory with seven A* and four As and studied maths, further maths, chemistry and biology at Runshaw College, where she left with four A* A-Levels.
She went on to Lancaster University where she got a first class honours degree in maths as well as picking up other awards along the way.
Faye received an award in the first year of her maths degree for the highest mark in her year and was given an award from the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) for an outstanding performance in the final year of her degree.
Faye added:“I wasn’t sure what to do but I had applied to do an internship on STOR-I during my second year holidays at Lancaster and I really enjoyed it.
“Then I applied for the four-year PhD course and never thought I would get it as there are only 10 available every year and a lot of people apply, but I have.
“It’s fully funded which helps so it is like work while learning.
“It has boosted my confidence but it is extremely demanding.”
While at school in Penwortham, Faye was a sports captain and a prefect.