Amina Tran, BSc Creative Computing and Mathematics

Amina Tran

Studied: BSc Creative Computing and Mathematics

Graduated: 2016

Current Employer: The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

What does your role involve?

I am a statistician working within Royal Marsden’s Clinical Trials unit where I help to design and analyse cancer clinical trials. Results from the analyses typically dictate whether the medical interventions/treatments of focus are safe, effective and practical to give to cancer patients. It is important that I communicate results effectively to the trial team and report them in such a way that they are straightforward to understand. My role requires collaboration with various professionals, including clinicians, trial managers, and database programmers.

What influenced your decision to study the course?

At the time of applying, I wasn’t sure which career I wanted to pursue so I was attracted to Keele since it offers dual honours courses - this dual aspect was ideal for me since it enabled the simultaneous study of two subjects, with mathematics and computing both being logically demanding and a great complement to one another. I also knew Keele had a great reputation for student satisfaction so it was an obvious choice to study the course there.

What skills and/or experience did you gain?

I enjoyed a lot of the work during the course which included coding games in C++, designing and creating websites, using Blender to replicate a whole scene from a film of my choice, and in particular creating a virtual pond ecosystem using Unity’s game engine as part of my dissertation. I also learned how to mathematically model infectious outbreaks, and was introduced to medical statistics which became my focus going forward as a career!

What was the highlight of the course?

With the course being challenging at times, I was thankful to be taught by staff who were both passionate about the subjects and were supportive. Whether it involved clearing up my confusion about any material I had found difficult or having a nice chat about life in general, they always made time for students, and this definitely made the whole learning experience a more enjoyable one.

What did you do after graduating from Keele?

After graduating in 2016, I undertook a medical statistics internship based at Keele University within their primary and health care research department. A few months later, I started working as a statistician for a medical devices company in Oxfordshire, and in 2018, I began an MSc in Medical Statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Upon graduating from the Masters, I started my current job based at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

How did the course prepare you for your next job?

The course was varied in terms of its assessment methods and modules that were offered. My current role as a statistician requires programming skills, so it was hugely beneficial to learn a variety of programming languages during the course at Keele. The course also involved a lot of group work, reports and presentations which helped to develop my writing and communication skills.

Were you involved in any club and societies at Keele?

I was involved with Keele University’s Computing Innovation society where I helped out at events such as a 24-hour gaming event and the end of year Masquerade Ball. I also acted as a student representative for my course where I attended meetings with staff to discuss issues or proposals of modules/courses.