Why did you choose Loughborough University?
Chemistry has always been one of my favourite subjects, and once I got to A Level, I became certain that it was the subject I wanted to study further at university. I’d say picking a degree you have a keen interest in is particularly important, as it falls to you to motivate yourself to go into university on a daily basis, and succeed.
Primarily I chose Loughborough because of its location, as I had visited several other universities which I wasn’t drawn too, and began looking around local universities with good department ratings. Once I came to Loughborough, I immediately enjoyed the atmosphere of the University and felt particularly welcome.
What do you enjoy about your course?
The amount of time spent in labs is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the course, as it allows you to put into practice what you are learning, and prepares you for industry.
My favourite module so far is the Advanced Analytical Chemistry option, which I chose as I felt it would further my understanding of analytical chemistry and would be important because there are a large number of jobs available in that field. One subject which isn’t covered at many other universities and is particularly enjoyable is Radiochemistry.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
Teaching quality is fantastic and we get a relatively large number of contact hours whether that’s in lectures, laboratories, tutorials or workshops. The tutorials are very helpful, particularly with the mathematical side of some of the modules.
Have you had any support from the University?
The department pairs students up with a lecturer as a tutor at the start of their first year, through regular meetings I feel my tutor has supported me throughout my time at Loughborough and was one of the first to suggest the possibility of transferring onto the undergraduate master’s program!
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
At present, I am unsure as to what I want to do when I graduate, however I am leaning towards an analytical based career, which after several analytical based modules covering everything from techniques, best practice, ethics and laboratory standards, I feel well prepared for what an analytical career would bring.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
Come and have a look around, the Loughborough campus is amazing, and all the staff at open days will be more than willing to answer any questions you may have.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
Socially, Loughborough is amazing! I love the nightlife, there’s always something on for when you don’t have work to do! Outside of the pubs and clubs though, there’s still plenty to get involved in whether its sport or one of the many societies. Personally, I’m a member of the Formula 1 society, as well as being the current vice chair for the Chemistry Society. Chemsoc arrange regular socials and events, allowing students to socialise and get to know students from other years, as well as the lecturers who particularly enjoy our Cricket and BBQ event in the summer!
I can’t say there’s one specific part of being a Loughborough student that I enjoy the most, it’s the overall package being a Loughborough student provides. I’ve loved every minute of it!
Has Loughborough inspired you?
The research the staff here undertake is particularly inspiring, particularly the analytical department’s progress in breath analysis.