Why did you choose Loughborough University?
I chose Chemical Engineering because it is a combination of the subjects I enjoyed at A-level (Maths and Sciences) and a Chemical Engineering degree gives graduates a wide range of rewarding career paths to follow.
I visited the University on one of their summer open days and it really appealed to me. I liked the campus and the friendliness of the staff and students. Loughborough is one of the few universities that offer a placement year integrated into their degree. This means you get support whilst applying to placements and a dedicated Industrial Tutor throughout your year out.
What do you enjoy about your course?
The application of theory learned in lectures to real-world problems. A lot of our coursework is set as a group challenge and I think this is a valuable experience. When we enter industry we will be expected to work both independently and in teams. This element of group work also means you get to know your year group really well which is an added bonus.
Some of the exciting things on our course include the “Professional Development Project”, which gives students the chance to undertake an independent research project at Loughborough, universities around the world or in industry. This is a great opportunity to broaden your horizons and see the world whilst working towards your degree.
Have you had any support from the University?
As a dyslexic student I have received a huge amount of support from Student Services. They were exceptionally knowledgeable and approachable. Their support has helped me to reach my potential.
Have you done a placement?
Last summer I won a UK wide competition run by the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine, which is a centre based at Loughborough University.
Through this I was awarded a fully funded internship at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Boston, USA. I spent the summer undertaking an independent research project and attending classes taught by some of the world’s leading stem cell scientists. This was an amazing opportunity which cemented my intention of pursuing a PhD post-graduation.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
I plan to pursue a PhD focusing on Stem Cell manufacturing. The research experiences I have received as part of my degree and my summer placement have put me in a prime position to achieve this goal.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU) is the best in the country. There are a huge range of clubs and societies to join whatever your interests. Loughborough is known for its famous athletes, but the best thing about sport at Loughborough is that you can join in at any level. I join the Wado Ryu Karate club as a beginner in my first year and became part of the committee in the following years. As part of this I have represented LSU at national competitions and even organised our own tournament – something I would have never thought possible. As well as meeting some of my best friends at the club, being part the committee helped developed essential “soft” skills, like time management and organisation, which will enhance my employability.