Why did you choose Loughborough University?
I chose Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University because of its high reputation in Engineering and its strong links with industry. The department is one of the top Chemical Engineering departments in the country and had one of the largest Chemical Engineering departments I have ever visited. I also liked the relaxed atmosphere of the University and it had a very good student satisfaction.
What do you enjoy about your course?
Chemical Engineering is a very versatile and broad subject that covers many areas ranging from core modules such as Fluid Mechanics and Mass Transfer to Process Economics and Plant Engineering. The good relationship with industries has allowed the department to organize activities with employers like BP and GSK to engage with students. The course also offers you the opportunity to develop highly relevant skills such as team working, analytical, oral and written communication skills. Safety Loss Prevention & Environmental Control was my best module because it was a very practical module which was very relatable to real life situations.
I also like that my course offers some flexibility in what route you like to take whether you prefer to take an undergraduate Bachelor’s (BEng) or Master’s (MEng) including an optional industrial placement. Also, in the 1st and 2nd year you are provided with an option to choose between a language or a Chemical Engineering module to really enhance your studies.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The teaching quality is very good. The lecturers do care about the students understanding of the subject and they are very knowledgeable about the subject they teach. We also do practical work outside lectures which aids better understanding on what is taught. For example, lab experiments done in my 1st and 2nd year helped develop my understanding for certain modules as well as learn new things that I wouldn’t have learnt ordinarily at lectures.
Have you had any support from the University?
There are all kinds of support from the department ranging from getting academic support or advice from your academic tutor or other lecturers to pastoral care from the staff at the student reception in the department.
There is also Mathematics Learning Support Centre on campus which provides additional mathematics support which I find particular useful for engineers. As well, the University has a Careers and Employability Centre which provides a lot of tools and support to improve your employability e.g. advice on building you CV and the Employability Award. The centre also organises careers fairs and employer drop-in sessions which allows students to engage which employers directly.
Have you done a placement?
The University provided a bursary for a summer research project, which I took up in the summer after my second year. I really enjoyed it, improving my skills and learning so many new things related to the research. I also gained a good insight into research.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
I plan to apply for a Masters. My Loughborough degree has given me the basic knowledge and training to embark on my future journey.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
The social atmosphere is amazing and there is always a place for everyone, if you are willing to try. There are many activities to do in and around the University. The Students’ Union for one has more than a hundred societies that you can join and also offers the opportunity for you to start your own society. In addition, the Union also runs Rag to raise money for charity and organise many volunteering projects which students can participate in. There are also other departments at the University that offer student led activities an example being the CEDE (Centre for Engineering and Design Education).
I have been part of some societies and a student led activity. I believe these experiences have increased my network of people, broadened my horizons and improved me personally. I love that Loughborough University is a one campus University and many places in the town are within working distance. I also love that the University offers many opportunities to better yourself and that it has a genuine interest in its students.
Has Loughborough inspired you?
The whole experience at Loughborough University has been a learning curve for me. I have been exposed to many new things which I think I would have never done. This has made me more self-aware and more confident as an individual.