"I fell in love with magic squares during my Maths degree here at USW and was fortunate enough to be able to move straight onto a PhD.
"I hope my research can further mathematical understanding and set up a framework for others to explore this topic in the area known as recreational mathematics. Ideally I would like to be able to continue my research on magic squares and publish papers once I have completed my thesis, even if it is just as a hobby.
"I have changed a lot since I started at USW as an undergraduate. I never thought that I would be able to do a PhD. It was only in my third year whilst undertaking a research project that I realised how much I enjoyed that area of Maths and I wanted to pursue it. I've had such a range of experiences from just helping out at Open Days to lecturing an entire module, and have grown up personally and professionally."