Why did you choose Loughborough University?
My main aim, like most when coming to university is to get a good degree so I can find a good job. The course at Loughborough attracted me because the employment statistics for graduates are very high and the companies that employ electronic engineers from Loughborough are those that I dream of working for.
I liked the idea of a campus university where everything is within walking distance and the town is just as close – I thought this would help make my time at University more enjoyable and it certainly has.
What do you enjoy about your course?
The course is dynamic and offers a wide range of module topics which has allowed me to tailor my degree as I desire. The content covers new and established technologies which I found the most enjoyable because they are relevant to industry and modern life. The department is a friendly place, lecturers and staff are approachable and the course is very well structured.
The group projects were challenging and good fun. We were set realistic objectives, such as colour detection, wireless remote control and stability control, using some given tech like robots, a raspberry pi and a budget to spend on components and PCB production.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The teaching quality is superb, each lecturer has their own approach but all provide a complementary mix of theory and practical, lecturing and tutorials. Some modules include a practical coursework to develop skills such as programming, whereas others include a practical to further develop the theory taught in lectures, all of which are hands on and use a whole range of equipment.
Have you had any support from the University?
The department is first class at supporting students with the non-engineering skills essential for job seeking, they host a placement fair specifically for us, provide lectures on CV writing, forward emails from prospective employers, and encourage you to apply for jobs and attend interviews.
As a mature student and financially independent, the University has always promoted the financial support available, which has helped put my mind at ease knowing help is at hand should I ever need it.
Have you done a professional placement?
I have had two summer placements since studying at Loughborough and both were advertised within the department. Each placement was for a different company working in a different engineering sector which allowed me to experience two job roles and get a grasp of what type of engineering I want to do when I graduate. Further to this it was a fantastic experience to apply some skills learnt on my course and pick up plenty more. The best bit about the placements, other than the money, was the confidence it has given me by proving that the time spent studying is paying off and a career in engineering is no longer a distant dream.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
I plan to sit on a beach for a couple of weeks and maybe compete in a gliding competition or two before I start my graduate job in August thanks to my degree my Loughborough!
What would you say to someone considering your course?
You won’t regret it.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
There is always something to do, on and off campus and in and out of town, and there is always something going on that I want to be a part of. The huge range of clubs available allow you to go climbing, surfing, flying, dancing, parachuting, skiing and so much more. I joined the gliding club a couple years ago and along with a huge amount of fun and good times I am now a solo pilot with 80hrs and 220 flights to my name hoping to enter my first cross country competition in the upcoming summer. I also regularly meet up with friends to play football and squash using the campus sports facilities.