Why did you choose Loughborough University?
Loughborough University was one of the few to offer a course in artificial intelligence, so my interest in this field led me here. Additionally, I can commute home from Loughborough quickly and inexpensively.
What attracted you to the University in the first place?
The UCAS open day impressed and attracted me to the University. On the day, I got to see current projects and as an AI student, the AIBO dogs impressed me mostly. I loved the campus tour and seeing all of the sport pitches – especially the cricket pitches – which attracted me even more.
What do you enjoy about your course?
I love the teaching methods and the one-to-one sessions with lecturers, where I can get answers to any queries regarding the modules. I also like the practical sessions as they help me to learn new skills. I prefer coursework to exams as I love programming and work well under pressure.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The labs are interesting and more interactive than lectures. Lectures are very interesting and usually fun to attend; I can also book sessions to help me understand any topics that I couldn’t during the lecture.
Do you have a particularly favourite project/module on your course? Why did you enjoy it?
I like the project I’m currently working on – it is the collaboration of 3 devices to perform tasks. These devices are Myo armband, Oculus Rift and Nao robots. I enjoy this project because it is challenging and brings out the best in me. My favourite module was Object Oriented Programming in first year as it taught two of my favourite programming languages.
What kind of support have you had in the department and from the University?
In my department, my supervisor has been very supportive of my project progression and has motivated me to perform better. The Careers Network has been great in helping me with my placement applications and securement.
What are some of the exciting/different things you can do on your course?
Projects are always exciting on my course. We also get the opportunity to participate in competitions such as the Thales Adruino, which I’m currently enrolled on.
Have you completed a placement whilst at University?
I did a placement at British Gas, based in Leicester. The placement improved my programming skills in various languages including C, C# and Python and I worked on Microsoft Access Databases, SQL, VB.Net and HTML. I also improved my soft skills such as team working, problem solving, oral skills, writing, and presentation skills.
What do you hope to do when you graduate, and how will your Loughborough degree support this?
When I graduate, I hope to secure a graduate scheme position at a big IT company working in the Artificial Intelligence sector. My backup plan is to do a Masters in Computer and Systems Engineering.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
If you love sports this is the best university to study at, but it also doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t choose Loughborough if you don’t like sports. The amount of help available at Loughborough University is tremendous.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
I’m not the type of person who enjoys going on night outs or to clubs, but the extensive range of societies at Loughborough provide a social atmosphere for everyone. As I don’t go out, I joined the Hindu Society where I met other likeminded people. Other than that, I love badminton so I attend My Lifestyle badminton sessions to meet new people with similar interests.
What do you enjoy the most about being a Loughborough University student?
I like the number of societies and activities that I can take part in. I also like the support that is provided at the university, varying from library workshops, careers support, disability support and opportunities like programme representing and peer mentoring to improve skills and confidence.
Has Loughborough inspired you?
Loughborough University has inspired me in many ways. The Career’s Network has given me confidence in finding a job; the extra-curricular activities (such as committees, programme representing and volunteering) have improved my communication and networking skills. Finally, my lecturers have motivated me to focus on my ambitions. Collectively, these have inspired and developed me so much over the past four years.