Computer Science

Undergraduate study

Andrew Houghton

"The department has links with lots of very successful companies like IBM, Microsoft and many others. This has been very beneficial when applying for placements"

Andrew Houghton

Year of Study



BSc (Hons)


Why did you choose this course?

The main reason I chose to do Computing and Management at Loughborough is because its Computer Science department is one of the best in the country and the facilities you have are second to none. I believe that Loughborough will give you the best learning environment to achieve your goals and objectives.

What attracted you to Loughborough University?

Firstly, for the university, what drew me in was the reputation Loughborough has as being a top ten university in the country. The department has links with lots of very successful companies like IBM, Microsoft and many others. This has been very beneficial when applying for placements.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

The mixture of doing business and computing modules, no day is the same. In the morning you could be doing programming and in the afternoon you could be doing accounting, it’s very engaging.

What do you think of the teaching?

Modules and lectures are always incredibly well structured and organised. You always know what each lecture is going to be on, so you can prepare in advance. All of the lecturers in the Computer Science department are friendly and incredibly easy to talk to. Some of the modules have a mix of lectures and seminars which is great as you get to understand the content even more, which gives you the best opportunity to succeed in the module

What has been your favourite module?

My favourite module I have done has to be computer systems in the second semester of year 1. This was because the lecturer, Daniel Reidenbach, was so enthusiastic about the module which made me so engaged. This module had a mixture of lectures and seminars. The seminars were incredibly helpful because you had to answer exam style questions on the content from the weeks’ lectures. I thoroughly enjoyed every lecture I had with Daniel.

What support have you had from the department?

The support from the department has been apparent since day one. All of the lecturers are so approachable so if you have any problems they are always willing to help. You also are given a personal tutor which is good as you have meetings once a term to go through progress and again to give you the opportunity to ask questions about your degree.

The university gives you support in your education by appointing department presidents. This allows you to have someone you can talk to about any issues you have with your course and this person can address it to the higher people in the department and make the changes you want.

Describe a typical day on your course

In the morning, normally at around ten o’clock you have your first lecture. Around lunchtime you normally have a break where you go around campus or socialise with your course-mates. We normally go into the Edward Herbert Building and have a nice burger from the restaurant. After the break then there is normally a practical lecture where you are in one of the state-of-the-art labs. The day then finishes around four o’clock in the afternoon which is not bad at all.

Do you plan to do a professional placement?

I have just recently obtained a year placement with Renault Finance digitalising all of their HR practices in Watford. I am incredibly excited to be doing this next year, as this is giving me a good grounding for my last year in both computing and business. What I believe I will be getting out of this, is the opportunity to experience what it is like in working of a big company like Renault and for me to use my new technological skills in the workplace.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

I will hopefully do well in my placement and obtain a graduate role in the company I am working for. My Loughborough degree will allow me to access lots of opportunities. The university has a reputation of being very favourable with lots of big companies. Loughborough students have a very good track record of obtaining full time roles after their degree, so having a degree from Loughborough really gives you that competitive advantage.

What would you say to someone considering studying your course?

Do not hesitate, this course is a really worthwhile degree to do, the skills you will obtain by doing this course will be very attractive to potential employers.

What do you think of the social atmosphere on campus?

The opportunities you have at Loughborough are so vast. I play competitive badminton for the universities’ development squad and am also the HR Manager of Enactus Loughborough, which is an entrepreneurial society on campus.

The university has so many different clubs and societies to suit everyone’s tastes. The social nights are also amazing; the students’ union has so many good nights out like Stupid Tuesday, Hey Ewe on a Wednesday and the flag-ship FND (Friday-Night-Disco). I have found the experience unbelievable and I have literally had the best two years of my life.

What do you enjoy most about being a student here?

Knowing every day is not going to be the same, Loughborough gives you the opportunity to create your own experience.

What do you find inspiring about Loughborough University?

I would say the amount of sporting heroes that I see around campus. I have met Paula Radcliffe, Robbie Grabarz, Lisa Dobriskey, Ellie Simmonds, Ian Bell and Mark Ramprakash in this short space of time which has been amazing and inspiring.