Why did you choose Loughborough University?
I was initially drawn to Loughborough because it has a DTUS (Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme) Squadron; there aren’t many in the country so that narrowed down my options for me. Loughborough is a perfect location as it is in between Leicester and Nottingham, and it’s really easy to get to London. I loved practical electronics whilst doing my A levels, and Loughborough’s department has so many labs and great access to equipment when you want it.
I was torn between here and Newcastle University for my first choice, both had fantastic reputations for their Electronic and Electrical Engineering course. I ended up choosing Loughborough because of the campus. I love that everything is all on one site; it’s a brilliant student environment.
What do you enjoy about your course?
I think the structure of my course is very well organised, I love that you get a couple of years to find the areas that you enjoy and then in your third year you have 75 credits to choose the modules that you are interested in. 30 Credits of that can even be from other departments so this year, alongside my other modules I am studying Spanish.
I’ve really enjoyed most of the course so far, particularly the group projects that are compulsory in second and third year. You are thrown into a “real-life” situation and are encouraged to work in small groups as a team, the groups in third year consist of electrical engineers and systems engineers so we can work on different tasks that suit our abilities.
Also, I am a student representative for my course, this means we are invited to meetings with members of the department and University staff and put forward student feedback and queries or problems. The staff always listen to what we have to say, and action is nearly always taken. This is great and I think student satisfaction is high because of this.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The teaching in the department is exceptional. I find the staff extremely approachable and willing to help. In your first year you are assigned a personal tutor, I have found this very useful and the staff have a genuine interest in your progress. Labs are frequent and interesting; we get an experience of using a variety of equipment from the start of first year onwards.
Have you had any support from the University?
There are members of the department that are approachable for personal issues as well as academic ones, you can either see your personal tutor or any member of staff that you feel comfortable with. The Students’ Union also contains Student Voice, which I have used in my time at Loughborough, and also there is a community warden. I’ve never felt stuck when I’ve needed support here!
Have you done a professional placement?
I am a member of the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme, which means that I am sponsored by the Royal Air Force and am committed to joining on completion of my degree. So I won’t be doing a placement through the department, but I can complete shorter work experiences with the Royal Air Force over the summer break. I did one last summer and found my course very helpful for this as is was communications and electronics based – both are modules available in first and second year.
Although I’m not doing a placement personally, many of my friends are, and I think that our department is brilliant in setting up links with industry. I know that all of my friends have been able to get a placement if they wanted one. And they tend to be with big name companies!
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
I will be going to Initial Officer Training before becoming an Engineering Officer in the Royal Air Force. I will have the advantage of having a good degree relevant to my future career. The opportunity to participate in presentations to members of staff and other students will also help to prepare me.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
Do it! Be prepared to work hard and the bonus of being able to say that you actually enjoy your course. Keep your maths/physics/electronics notes if you have them, they will be useful!
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
The social atmosphere at Loughborough is fantastic, and contributed to me choosing Loughborough. This year I am the Social Secretary for the Salsa Society; we dance regularly at the University, and attend social dances in places such as Nottingham and Birmingham. I love being a member of LSU Salsa and will really miss it when I leave, societies are a great way of learning something new or improving at something you know, and meeting lots of new friends!
I also participated in IMS Rugby, Squash and Kayaking in my first year. IMS (intramural sport) is where the University halls compete against each other; this is brilliant for meeting people in your halls and you don’t need to be particularly good so if you don’t make a University team then you still have the opportunity to participate in sport.
I think the general Loughborough experience is amazing, and I’d never choose a different University over it. It combines amazing academic opportunities with brilliant social ones, as well as the best Students’ Union in the country!
Has Loughborough inspired you?
Loughborough has definitely inspired me, not only through the course but also within the Students’ Union societies; I have developed a passion for Salsa and hope to continue with it forever. I have used the support services at the University and these have helped focus me when it has been needed.