Year of Study: 3rd
Course: Civil Engineering
Why did you choose Loughborough University?
After researching Civil Engineering courses at several universities, I realised that Loughborough was one of very few to have a framework combined of teamwork and practical study. Simply, Civil Engineering at Loughborough really prepares you for work in the real world. This course doesn’t just give you the numbers and equations needed to get a degree; it shapes you into a well-rounded and employable graduate.
What attracted you to the University in the first place?
My older sister also studied Civil Engineering at Loughborough, which gave me an opportunity to visit the university and meet some of the lecturers. I felt like I could really thrive here and reach my true potential, so from that day I knew there was nowhere else I’d rather study.
What do you enjoy about your course?
My course is incredibly practical, hands-on and integrated. Each year we’re put into groups and teams to work in, which is a great way to meet people and make new friends. A lot of the work is practical and involves lab experiments, which greatly improves my understanding of modules makes a welcome change to lecture theatres!
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
There is so much cutting-edge research being carried out in the department by some incredible engineers – even better, these engineers are also our lecturers. Our labs are some of the best I’ve ever seen and cater for every aspect of our degree, so you can always practice the theory learnt in lectures. This is great for learning, as linking theory with practical application engrains information.
Do you have a particularly favourite project/module on your course? Why did you enjoy it?
In my second year I completed a module called Structural Design. It was particularly enjoyable because it simulated the style of working for a real firm. We were tasked to work in a team to design a simple steel structure. The module was tough but very eye-opening in terms of industry-style teamwork.
What kind of support have you had in the department and from the University?
The department offers so much support. Everyone is assigned a personal tutor – a lecturer within the department – who is always available to talk to. Whether for academic or personal issues, they offer the ears you need.
What are some of the exciting/different things you can do on your course?
Civil Engineering is such a diverse course and there are a whole host of different disciplines covered. Throughout the years I’ve been on numerous excursions around the UK, getting involved in exciting tasks and really solidifying the knowledge taught in lecture theatres.
What do you hope to do when you graduate, and how will your Loughborough degree support this?
I am constantly bombarded with emails from my department containing various employment opportunities where companies have requested Loughborough students. I’m not fully decided on what to do after I graduate, but it is great to know that employers are seeking people like me. My degree will open so many doors and opportunities, which will be essential after I graduate.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
Don’t think, just do it! I guarantee that if you decide to study here, you will walk away in three years with no regrets. I can’t imagine living or studying anywhere else. You won’t find another university that offers such a wide, diverse and practical Civil Engineering course as you will at Loughborough.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
There is so much to get involved with besides your course, whether sport or joining a society. There is something for everyone – I’m involved with a choral society called Sing! I really enjoy being able to relax, have fun and not think about my course; it’s a great way to meet like-minded people from around the University.
What do you enjoy the most about being a Loughborough University student?
I love telling people that I study at Loughborough. I am a student ambassador for the university and I give tours of campus to prospective students. The main reason I got involved was so I could talk about being a student here and see the reactions on people’s faces when they realise how incredible Loughborough University is.
Has Loughborough inspired you?
Loughborough has definitely inspired me in lots of different ways. I have really grown as a person here and I truly believe I’m on my way to becoming the man I want to be – I don’t think that would have been possible if it weren’t for Loughborough.