Undergraduate study

“The teaching is excellent. It is reassuring to know that the people teaching you are often in the top of their research fields.”

Chris Lane

Year of Study: Final
Qualification(s): BSc (Hons)
Course: Geography and Sports Science

Why did you choose Loughborough University?

The two subjects [Geography and Sport Science] areas have always been my favourite throughout school so I wanted to choose a course that I knew I would enjoy. When I went on the Loughborough University open day everything about it made me excited and it felt like the place I really wanted to go to. The facilities and, in particular, the sporting opportunities was something that stood out for me. In addition being a campus university gave it a sense of homeliness with everything being close together. Fundamentally it is a highly rated reputable institution that made me really want to study there.

What do you enjoy about your course?

I enjoy the diversity of the modules and the flexibility to be able to tailor what you study around what you enjoy. I like the joint honours in that I always have something different to study. The range of teaching methods and assessment is something that keeps the course varied and exciting throughout the three years I have been studying at Loughborough. I particularly enjoy the Globalisation and Globalised Urbanisation modules. They feel extremely relevant particularly in what is happening within our economy and makes it clearer to see the processes that shape our cities and the economy.

Being a Geography student gives you the opportunity to go on field trips to places such as Paris, New York, Crete or Switzerland. I went on the Paris fieldtrip in my second year and had such a fantastic time and it made the coursework much easier to relate to after being immersed in the place that you are writing about.

The range of assessments also helps to develop skills that I wasn’t aware of but will really help in the future. Presentations, posters and practicals make it more refreshing than writing essay and exams for everything.

What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?

The teaching is excellent. It is reassuring to know that the people teaching you are often in the top of their fields. The amount of times I have read articles and realised they have lectured me is a telling sign that we are getting the best, research-led teaching possible.

Have you had any support from the University?

Having a personal tutor makes it really accessible to get help where needed. In addition there is so much student support available that often most people are unaware of. There is also help available from the Careers and Employability Centre and Student Support, from help writing CVs and applying for jobs to support with looking through housing contracts when moving into accommodation. There is always somewhere or someone that can help.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

I am looking to get on a graduate scheme within a business and aim to become a future manager. I think a Loughborough degree is more than just the course you study. The opportunity to get involved in many extra-curricular activities makes for a more rounded individual that is crucial in such a competitive world for jobs. Hopefully this will stand me in good stead for the positions I apply for.

What would you say to someone considering your course?

There is no other university that first of all offers this course let alone offers the quality that Loughborough will. It’s an enjoyable course with the opportunity to involve yourself with so much more than just the course.

How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?

It’s unbeatable for its involvement opportunities. Loughborough offers everything for anyone, which makes it easy to enjoy your time here and find people with similar interests and generally have a great time. I am involved in both my department as a Programme Rep to make genuine changes from what the students feel need to be changed and in Sports and fundraising events.

The diversity of everything it has to offer is great. It is impossible to be bored and not enjoy your time here. I have loved to be able to enjoy my course, play rugby and take part in fantastic charity events such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and crossing a section of the Arctic by dogsled.

Has Loughborough inspired you?

Every challenge and opportunity has inspired me to make the most of everything and to embrace future challenges. Everything I have been involved with at Loughborough has helped me develop as an individual and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time. If I could go back three years and do it all again there is no doubt I would be applying to Loughborough University.