Why did you choose Loughborough University?
I was drawn to getting a degree from Loughborough as when I was looking at universities, my course at Loughborough was somewhere in the top 10 across all the league tables. It also has a very high graduate employment rate and strong links with industry, so I knew I could get a good placement.
Also the incredible sports facilities were a big factor as I was keen to get better at triathlon. The Students’ Union has won numerous awards so I thought the University would have a good social side too.
What do you enjoy about your course?
I really enjoy the mix of theory and applied learning – the lab sessions help reinforce what you’ve learnt in the lecture theatre whilst using some industry standard equipment right from day one.
I’ve really enjoyed the 2nd year design module as I worked as part of a group to design, prototype and present to industry experts a new application for steel wire. The module developed my understanding of materials in the wider design and how business processes could be used to market an idea.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The staff are very approachable which is ideal when you need some help with your work, and the facilities like the MLSC ensure that you can get the necessary help to progress through your course.
Have you had any support from the University?
The support I’ve had from the University has been fantastic – the Maths Learning Support Centre alone is great for maths help and the staff at the Careers and Employability Centre have been indispensable whilst I’ve been applying for my placement. My personal tutor has helped me get used to university life by signposting me to the relevant service, member of staff etc. when necessary too.
Have you done a professional placement?
I’m planning on doing an industrial placement next year. I’m looking forward to seeing how materials engineering fits into the wider manufacturing process as well as applying the skills and theory I’ve learnt over the past few years. It’ll also be a good opportunity to experience a role that I could be doing professionally in a few years’ time and live in another part of the UK.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
When I gradate I’m hoping to pursue a professional role in a career strongly related to material engineering. I feel my degree and the experiences will prepare me so that I can fulfil this ambition.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
Do it. It’ll be a decision you’ll never regret as you’ll be too busy studying a great course and meeting new friends all at one of the UK’s best universities.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
The social atmosphere is pretty good considering Loughborough is just a small town. The Students’ Union offers a wide variety of comedy and open mic nights as well as standard club nights whilst JC’s shows live sport every day which is a great alternative to a night out. The Union also works hard to theme the nights too so they don’t get too repetitive. The clubs in the town are adequate, and what the town sometimes lacks in clubs it compensates with pubs and bars. If you want a big night you’re only a short train ride from Nottingham or Leicester too.
I’ve joined the triathlon club which has been a lot of fun and there have been a variety of socials including paintballing, nights out and simple things like trips to the cinema or cafés. I’m also a societies chair, and me and my committee work hard to organise socials that will appeal to all of our members.