Qualification(s): BSc (Hons)
Course: Criminology and Social Policy
Why did you choose Loughborough University?
I chose Loughborough because of the broad range of possibilities the University offers. Although a lot of people often view Loughborough as a sporting University, it offers a lot more than that, which makes the whole university experience a lot more enjoyable.
The Social Sciences department offered everything that was useful for the degree, for example they have an extremely organised and effective careers team tailored for social sciences, they offer constant support for your course and perhaps most importantly, the degree seemed extremely interesting.
What do you enjoy about your course?
I enjoy choosing the modules that I study, especially in my 2nd and 3rd year. There are a variety of modules to choose from and a range of different assessment techniques which all make the course more enjoyable. The choice enables you to select a module that you find interesting or one that you have never studied before.
My favourite module has been Crime and Deviance in Sport – I thoroughly enjoyed this module because it was extremely relevant to today’s society. Not only did we discuss issues that are frequently in the media, but also focused on lesser known issues.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The teaching quality is extremely high, and is consistent throughout all the modules. The lecturers strive to deliver the best content and provide endless support. The modules are extremely enjoyable as they give you an opportunity to engage and get involved with the discussion, allowing you to present your ideas and thoughts.
Have you had any support from the University?
The main form of support I received was from my allocated personal tutor. He provided me with a lot of useful help predominantly for coursework, but also helped with my general university experience. I also received a lot of support from the Careers and Employability Centre, who provided a lot of advice with possible career routes.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
I plan to get on a graduate scheme and hope that my degree from Loughborough will support this application.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
Loughborough provides numerous opportunities for you to develop yourself as a person and to get involved. It is the ideal place for the rounded university experience. Loughborough students are very fortunate enough to have top class teaching and sports facilities, as well as being able to choose from hundreds of different societies/clubs. All of these opportunities allow you to meet new people and develop new skills, which are paramount for employment.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
The social atmosphere at Loughborough is phenomenal. The Students’ Union is a special place and all you have to do is pop in during the day just to see how many people utilise it. There are so many activities that you can join, and I have been fortunate enough to play Volleyball and American Football for the University, as well as being the Treasurer of the Criminology Society. I have also been engaged in the Intra-Mural-Sports which has been very enjoyable and still has the competitive edge to it.
What do you enjoy most about being a student here?
I enjoy the range of opportunities provided to every student. Regardless of age, ethnicity, race, gender or religion there are opportunities for everyone and I would urge every prospective student to come to Loughborough and get involved. It is a unique and worthwhile experience.
Has Loughborough inspired you?
I have been inspired through working with Victim Support. I found out about it from a lecture we had on it, and now there is a special Loughborough University division. It has been tremendously rewarding and has inspired me to do other forms of charity work as well.