Why did you choose Loughborough University?
Loughborough offers a great opportunity to be involved in sports and societies, and has such an amazing campus. I heard many great things from employers about why Loughborough graduates are such an attractive choice, and this was backed up with the great statistics – like our employability rate. The extremely good student reviews of previous students were also a big pulling factor.
What attracted you to the University in the first place?
The Open Day at Loughborough was a brilliant opportunity to meet with current students. They were all extremely enthusiastic and sounded like they loved being here – which really made me want to leave school and come here right away. It felt like a big community, watching all the students bump into people they knew. I love the green campus, which has everything I could possibly need. My department building has a really central location and the computer labs have state-of-the-art equipment. Every time I get back to Loughborough it feels like I am home again.
What do you enjoy about your course?
The first year of my course was really hands-on and I had the opportunity to learn lots of new skills and relevant content. Even after one year here, I have plenty of experience and knowledge under my belt and this has enabled me to secure multiple internships. I like the fact that the methods of assessment are really varied. In addition to exams, the coursework allows me to practice programming and apply our newly learned knowledge to real-world scenarios.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
Our lecturers are extremely friendly. They are always willing to respond to any questions over email or to arrange an informal meeting in person if needed. The lab sessions are incredibly useful as we can talk to the lecturer about any issues and also get advice and help from current PhD students. It is nice to be able to work in a group with friends and solve problems together – a skill which is highly sought after in the professional world, too.
Do you have a particularly favourite project/module on your course? Why did you enjoy it?
My favourite module has been Server-side Programming – a tough choice because I have loved every aspect of my course! In this module, we learnt about PHP in addition to the other web technologies – such as jQuery and JSON. It was a great opportunity to see how websites implement their complex functionality and to practice the skills learnt from our other modules. In the coursework, we had freedom to creatively develop a website which could compare the Olympic countries from information in a database. I loved that I could choose how to go about the task, and that the project gave me great experience in web-development for my CV and summer internships.
What kind of support have you had in the department and from the University?
My lecturers have been great in supporting me with my studies. If I ever need to go over the content of a lecture in more detail, I can ask to organise a meeting with the relevant lecturer and this has been really useful. In addition to this, the Careers Network has been incredibly supportive with the process of getting an industrial placement. Firstly, they gave me advice on where to start looking, and how to demonstrate my skills. I then booked appointments with the careers consultants to go over my CV and cover letters, and was even able to book practice interviews with them. The staff are all extremely friendly and helpful.
Have you completed a placement whilst at University?
I plan on getting a placement in technology during my third year. I hope to gain valuable experience in professional work and build lasting relationships with the people I meet. I also hope that completing a placement will make my final year project more interesting, and give me valuable knowledge that will support me achieving my degree.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
Definitely come to the Open Days if you have the option to. You’ll find out exactly what the course content is like and you’ll get a feel for the University and Department. Attending Open Days was the deciding factor when I was choosing universities.
The course here is fantastic – whether you have previous experience in programming and computing or if, like me, you have done no real programming before. Everything you learn is relevant to the real world, and I am sure that all the skills I have gained will really make me stand out in job applications. I was really glad that even in first year I had the opportunity to learn several different programming languages, and that in final year I will be able to choose from such a wide variety of modules.
There is plenty to get involved in, you will meet incredible people, and you’ll have an amazing time here.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
The social atmosphere at Loughborough is incredible – it offers something for everyone. The Student Union is great for nights out and socialising in the day. They can even support you on your next entrepreneurial adventure! There are opportunities to join hundreds of societies and this is a great way to meet people with similar interests to you. Personally, I am a member of the Investment Society, which has provided me with a great opportunity to learn about investing in stocks and is a great addition to my CV. I am also a member of the Salsa Society – because it’s always great to let your hair down on a Monday night!
Has Loughborough inspired you?
Loughborough has definitely inspired me to be more outgoing and confident. Since starting here, I’ve been involved with the Open Days and liaising with the Careers Network to support students seeking career advice. There are so many opportunities to get involved and I feel it has really inspired me to be proactive and helped me to meet so many new people. In addition, the department has definitely motivated me to excel in my studies, particularly through initiatives such as employer sponsorship prizes.