Design School


Aisyah Zaharah

Alumni- Interaction Design MA 2016

"The staff and lecturers are very friendly and helpful. They would always do it with a smile and try to understand the student’s problems and would help to their best capabilities."

Who are you and where are you from?

My name is Tengku Aisyah Zaharah and I am from Malaysia. 

Which course did you study, and what year did you graduate?

I studied MA Interaction Design and I graduated in the 2016. 

What was your undergraduate degree? Which University was it from?

My undergraduate degree was BA (Hons) Interface design from Multimedia University, Cyberjaya, in Malaysia.

Why did you choose Loughborough?

The main reason that I choose Loughborough was due to the recommendation of my Lecturers during my degree course. They were originally students from Loughborough and recommended to pursue my studies in user experience design.

Additionally, I did some research about the University itself and was pleased that it had a great reputation and success that would enhance my capabilities in this field. Even the campus environment was stunning and I had imagined my journey as a student would be spectacular. 

Why did you choose your course?

My first degree was more focused towards Interface design. It was quite similar to my Master’s degree which included industrial design work and a small dose of programming. Due to that, I find myself an all-rounder and a master of none which led to my transition deeper into the field of UX and wanting to learn more about UX. I am determined to utilize my design research skills, prototyping and even visual design.  

What did you enjoy about your course?

My favourite moment during the course would be how different it was learning and engaging the behaviour of the users through different kind of design methods.

Usually, it was just questionnaires and interviews but the course provided different kind of tools to use such as diaries, video shadowing and even timeline buildings with the participants making it more fun and interesting. The insights gain from the experience was more exciting. 

What was your favourite module, and why?

My favourite modules would be Experience design and Usability, Principles and practice. Experience design led me to understand how to engage with the users to solve the problem, whereas Usability was more hands-on in re-evaluating the websites using the eye-tracker. It was a wonderful experience to study both of them. The lecturers were very helpful whenever the students are having problems. They are very patient and they are always available to help. 

What was a typical day for you on your course?

Most of the time, the course would start out the general topic of the day and the lecturers would give a lecture about it. After they have given us the assignment, the course becomes more towards group by group meetings with the lecturers to give insights about the progress about the process.

The best part about this was that it helped most of us to move forward with our individual project with the approval of our lecturers.  There are workshops in certain modules that helped us to understand a method better and most of the time we had group projects which enhanced our critical thinking with each other. 

How would you describe the study environment and support?

The study environment is quite comfortable as the design school provides a lot of computer labs to let students to do their assignments and one of them is open 24/7 which is pretty great to do some last-minute printing.

The staff and lecturers are very friendly and helpful. They would always do it with a smile and try to understand the student’s problems and would help to their best capabilities. 

What are you doing now and what are your plans for the future?

I am currently working as a user experience designer and the techniques that I learned from the university proves to be quite helpful and demanded by the industry. I am aiming to improve in this position and hope to pursue my doctorate in the future.

What did you get up to aside from your degree?

There were a few events which I would attend, hosted by the student union.

What did you enjoy the most about being a student at Loughborough?

What is not to like? I truly enjoyed my journey as a student here. Gaining new friends, understanding their culture and even participating different activities made me realise how amazing it was.The education experience isn’t that far behind when the lecturers are friendly and even provide us with the best and most up-to-date methods.

Even going to the university from the student accommodation was breath-taking. The scenery of the whole journey was cherished in each step. Makes you wonder where you been all of your life. If there was someone who wanted to join the Loughborough bubble, I would be happily recommended it as my lecturers did for me.