Why did you choose Loughborough University?
A top class, unparalleled education: who wouldn't opt in?
Well…other than being ranked top 10 in the UK, being voted for best student experience five years in a row and having strong links to industry. The University offers unrivalled support for students whether academically or through the vast range of extra-curricular activities on offer.
The main attraction to my course was initially the modules offered throughout the course, which were very appealing and interesting compared to other universities. The departments continued efforts to produce well rounded engineers and the industries demand for Loughborough students made it very attractive.
What do you enjoy about your course?
The course offers exciting projects and hands on work that allows me to merge the theory with the practical side and view the real life response of my work. I also enjoy the fact that the course regularly focuses on producing an engineer that is ready to take on and tackle real world problems in a smart, systematic and efficient manner.
The part C group project where we have to create a Semi-Autonomous Chemical Bomb Disposal System using two robots has been one of my favourite projects. A tri-track and DaNI, the robots are provided with basic functionality and we must upgrade and programme them to complete the mission in full within a given budget of 400 Pounds. I really enjoyed this project as it represents a real world project where a problem is given to a group of engineers to solve and must therefore plan and execute it within a set timeframe and budget.
Apart from building robots I would say being on a committee is one of the more different things you can do on the course. I am currently the programme representative for the school, and the great thing about it is my ability to influence the department positively. This was achieved by presenting fellow students opinions, concerns and contribute to making these changes.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The lecturers are leading experts in their field and many of them conduct their research at the University giving the students first hand contact with their latest developments and findings.
The labs are all well-equipped and are always supervised by at least two professors who provide on the spot assistance but are rarely needed since a lab document is always provided and contains all the necessary information required to complete the lab in full. LEARN, the online Module page is regularly updated with lecture notes and extra information around the subject for every module and is very useful during revision periods
I really cherish the close relationship I have established with the lecturers allowing me to easily get in contact with them and receive almost instant feedback to my queries.
Have you had any support from the University?
Each student in the department is referred to a tutor who will provide any assistance needed throughout the degree period. I have found my tutor to be very welcoming and helpful even out of office hours.
Math’s is the base of any engineering discipline and the University’s Math’s Learning Support Centre offers comprehensive one-to-one mathematics support for engineering students. I have found it to be of great benefit especially during exams.
Have you done any relevant work experience?
I have decided to do summer placements over my four years rather than taking a full year out. The main reason behind my choice was to get the maximum experience in the shortest possible time, along with obtaining my degree.
I have learnt a lot from summer placements, it has shown me how university provides you with the building blocks and you have to make something out of it. Industry is different to university, it provides you with an insight into what really goes on behind the scenes and possibly help you find a path, which you enjoy and would pursue in the near future. I therefore strongly advise any engineering student to get out there and experience it.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
I am looking in the direction of attaining a graduate position at one of the major defence or energy companies in the UK to get high-end experience for a few years. Then hopefully start up my own business after that!
My Loughborough degree is the key to many doors of the industry as a result of its continued close links with many firms. The University’s continued push for high-end graduates keeps it in the lead.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
If you have chosen to go for Electronic and Electrical Engineering, I urge you not to think twice. It is the best choice I have made and I have never looked back since. The Loughborough campus has its own unique experience that will truly amaze you.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
It’s not all about the course, Loughborough is an extremely sociable place and you will make many friends across campus, and the various societies on offer will surely keep you entertained while you’re here
Furthermore, I have been regularly involved with the Students’ Union from being the Programme Representative for my department to being the chair of the TEDxLoughborough Society. All of this involvement builds a highly regarded CV, a long list of key skills and widens your network.
What do you love most about being a student here?
What I love most about Loughborough is its close-knit community, the endless amount of activities, events and motivation to try new things and gain the best student experience in the UK. At Loughborough you find this unusual bond between your academic and social life that really attracts you, being able to balance both will certainly produce the best outcome.
Has Loughborough inspired you?
I believe it has, in many ways. The students I have met over the years who come from different backgrounds and cultures have each inspired me in a different way.
My Fast Transient Sensors lecturer Dr. Bucur Novac is truly an inspiring individual, a modern day engineer who has provided me with great academic knowledge as well as key skills for when I move on to the real world of engineering. I thank him for that.
Finally, my work with TEDxLoughborough, the Students’ Union and the inspiring people I have met along the way have left me inspired to be the best, do great things and never stop giving.