Why did you choose Loughborough University?
I chose a Chemistry degree because I enjoyed the subject at school and wanted to study it further. Loughborough was recommended to me by a teacher – after visiting I saw for myself how great the facilities were and I knew this was where I wanted to study.
What attracted you to the University in the first place?
Initially, I came to look at Loughborough knowing that it was well-positioned in league tables and had a great reputation. After visiting on an open day, I saw how wonderful the campus looked and the great facilities that are available. The Students’ Union is brilliant, the town centre is not far away and there are great transport links, too. My first impression of the department was friendly and supportive, whilst the courses offered sounded inspiring.
What do you enjoy about your course?
I most enjoy the labs, which are broken down into the four main areas of chemistry (organic, inorganic, physical and analytical). After learning about something in a lecture, you can then practice it in a lab and see the chemistry in action. You get the opportunity to use chemicals and equipment you may never have heard of before, which is really interesting.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The quality of teaching is fantastic; the lectures are really interesting and are supported by seminars and lab classes. If you are stuck on something the lecturers are brilliant at helping with any queries – they are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their subject.
Do you have a particularly favourite project/module on your course? Why did you enjoy it?
Organic modules are my favourite – I enjoy these as you get the chance to make a complex compound by building it up. My research project in final year allows me to do more of this. It’s also interesting to see how various everyday items are made, such as pharmaceuticals.
What kind of support have you had in the department and from the University?
You are supported by lecturers in terms of help with study. The Careers and Employability Centre is also great for help with CVs, placements and graduate jobs. You can also get help and support from the Students’ Union if you have any issues.
What are some of the exciting/different things you can do on your course?
You are able to use very high-tech equipment and reactions, which provides great experience and builds a strong set of skills. My research project is also very exciting as it is allows me to investigate something new and be at the forefront of chemistry.
What do you hope to do when you graduate, and how will your Loughborough degree support this?
I’m currently looking at graduate schemes and jobs. I have taken advice from the careers service about what options I have and I am also considering a PhD. My degree is an interesting mix of chemistry and biochemistry, which gives me more options when looking for jobs.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
Loughborough is a great place to study and the course offers much flexibility so that you can do what enjoy. The social life is brilliant with so many societies and sports clubs available to join. You will not have a moment to spare as you will be busy having such a good time!
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
The atmosphere is very friendly and welcoming. I am part of Loughborough Students Tae Kwon Do – prior to university, I had not done this before and so I started as a complete beginner. When I joined the club, everyone was so generous and happy to help – you will make lots of friends here and there are always socials to get involved in.
What do you enjoy the most about being a Loughborough University student?
What I enjoy most is the atmosphere around me. Whether it is in the department, around campus, or in clubs and societies, everyone is laid back, happy and friendly. You can have a hard day of work and then go out with friends at the end of the day to relax. You get an overall excellent experience!
Has Loughborough inspired you?
My experiences at Loughborough have inspired me to pursue a career in the field of Chemistry. I have also been inspired to try activities and sports that I was new to before university – I’ve had a great time and will leave with many fond memories of my time here.