Why did you choose Loughborough University?
I wanted to study something challenging at a well-recognised university, but also be somewhere that offers a variety of extracurricular activities. Loughborough is rated highly for both computer science and maths and I believe that combining both will give me great career prospects.
I'd seen that Loughborough had consistently won the award for the best student experience, which I believe is very important. I was also impressed by all of the different activities available for students, as well as the campus being one of the biggest single site campuses, which adds to the whole university experience. The department is also based in a very attractive building, with very helpful and encouraging staff.
What do you enjoy about your course?
I enjoy how much my course challenges me. The balance between maths and computer science is good, split exactly so I have an equal amount of modules from each side, meaning I can get the best of both worlds! The content is fun and very interactive, and encourages you to be thorough and precise with your work.
My course involves lots of the different labs. It's exciting to learn how to write code in various different programming languages. So far I've been taught to code in Python, Java, Haskell, C++ and Prolog, all which can be used to complete different tasks.
My favourite modules so far from my course have been Logic and Functional Programming in first year, because the lecturer made it fun and easy to follow, and the content is something that formed the foundation for a lot of other modules. Another module I have particularly enjoyed is Analysis 1, because although the content was challenging, the lecturer Lara Alcock made it very intuitive to follow and pick up along the way, as well as providing a lot of useful study and revision tips.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The teaching quality from both the computer science side and the maths side is excellent. The lecturers provide sufficient lecture notes, either printed for us or easy to copy and follow from the board or projector. The tutorials for maths are extremely useful in gaining a better understanding of what we are covering in the lectures, and the labs for computer science allow us to put to practice what we have been taught, enabling the lecturer or PhD students to give us guidance when we are lost.
Have you had any support from the University?
My personal tutor has provided a lot of support, especially when it comes to discussing exam results and how to move forward in the more challenging modules. The staff in the department respond quickly to questions via email, and are always willing to meet with you in their office for more one-on-one guidance. The University has always been supportive when it comes to illnesses and personal issues during the semester, particularly during exams and when coursework is due, allowing you to submit an impaired performance claim if your troubles have a negative effect on your work.
Have you done a professional placement?
During the first year of my course, I did a spring internship, which has led to me being offered a summer internship after my second year. From my spring internship, I was able to get an insight into the type of career path I would like to go down, and hopefully from my summer internship will help develop my skills for future employment.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
I hope to get a job in an investment bank within the technology division or quants. Loughborough has allowed me to combine two very useful paths (computer science and maths), and this has greatly expanded my skill set, making me a lot more employable.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
It's definitely a challenging course, but there are so many resources available to aid you during your studies, and there are people to talk to when you don't understand. The Computer Science department make you feel very involved, with regular updates on what's happening in the department, and the Mathematics department have great lecturers that are willing to take time to explain some of the hard theories we have to understand!
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
Everyone is really friendly and encourage you to participate in the different clubs the University has on offer. The Societies Fair that takes place at the beginning of the year is a great way to see what societies and clubs are available, with the committees offering taster sessions and great ways to get involved. Being part of the Afro-Caribbean Society (LSU ACS) has been a great way to interact with people from a similar culture, and there are different activities such as trips, film nights and social events.
Being at Loughborough is such a great environment to be in, you feel so comfortable walking around the town or campus and everyone is there to help. All the staff are lovely, from the receptionists in the different departments to the staff that work in the shops spread out on campus, everyone stops to have a chat and make you feel comfortable.
Has Loughborough inspired you?
Loughborough has definitely inspired me career-wise, especially by providing various career events that have helped me to develop my networking skills and gain information from potential employers. It has also helped me feel more comfortable in participating in the different sports they have on offer, and maintaining a good level of fitness whilst having fun at the same time.