Why did you choose Loughborough University?
Loughborough University has an established reputation as one of the top engineering universities in the UK. Due to my personal interest in electronics and the increased demand for electrical engineers in today’s climate, I decided that it was a superb choice.
What attracted you to the University in the first place?
Loughborough, and particularly the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, produces high calibre graduates and so employment prospects after graduating are very, very good. On the Open Day, the Department had a distinct ‘family feel’, and was very relaxed. I really got a feel for what it would be like to study here, and decided that Loughborough was the best choice for me.
What do you enjoy about your course?
I am a very practical person, and so I really took to the project modules. Given the standard of hardware available, the only boundary to what you can create is your imagination. Working with industry standard equipment facilitates a better quality learning experience for Loughborough undergraduates. There is also a huge breadth of modules, so choosing modules to suit your interests is really easy.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The teaching quality is second to none, especially throughout the mathematics modules studied in the first and second year. Maths was quite a daunting prospect for me, but through dedicated learning support (MLSC) and weekly tutorials outside of lectures, I was guided step-by-step through the module. Each student is assigned a personal tutor and this offers further support. In terms of the facilities, it’s a privilege to have use of the various labs, such as the machines lab, and the anechoic chamber.
Do you have a particularly favourite project/module on your course? Why did you enjoy it?
The Part C group project, for MEng students allows you to develop problem solving skills along with learning organisational and teamwork skills. The project is challenging but very enjoyable, and very satisfying when it all comes together at the end. There is also free pizza provided on the presentation day, the no.1 way to an engineer’s heart!
What kind of support have you had in the department and from the University?
The Department provides support such as the MLSC, where academics and lecturers help you solve problems. But support stretches to group tutorials, and you can obviously ask to meet with lecturers on a one-to-one basis, they are usually very accommodating with all students regardless of program or degree. The Department also circulates CVs during 2nd and 3rd year, to various companies to really boost the prospect of you obtaining a placement. The university supports you in wider aspects, such as the careers service, and accommodation centre.
What are some of the exciting/different things you can do on your course?
You can work with various pieces of industry standard hardware and software, and some of these you are given access to for free. These really solidify your knowledge of the subject in a way that lectures can only go so far in doing. You can work with wind turbines obtaining real time data logging, you can make antennas that are wearable or that can be stitched into clothing. One of the most fun parts of the course is the robot Olympiad, where you build robots and compete against your peers, it gets quite competitive!
What do you hope to do when you graduate, and how will your Loughborough degree support this?
I hope to get a job in the automotive sector – the fact that Loughborough is so highly regarded in this field will definitely enhance my prospects. Loughborough is currently one of only three universities in the country to have access to the BMW/Mini/Rolls Royce Graduate Scheme. In addition, the fact that Loughborough is located in the East Midlands puts you within easy reach of numerous renowned automotive companies like JLR and Triumph Motorcycles.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
I would advise to consider how much money Loughborough University is investing in new facilities such as the multi-million-pound STEM laboratories, and the new state of the art lecture rooms in the former Ford College. This demonstrates the Department’s commitment to both maintaining the excellent standard of its facilities and also the performance of its undergraduates.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
You can literally join anything you like, no matter what your interests. The range of AU sports teams is huge – there is even Ultimate Frisbee! Personally I am playing on the University’s Baseball team, but don’t worry if you’re not sporty, you can join societies such as LSU Dance, Spanish, motoring, you name it!
What do you enjoy the most about being a Loughborough University student?
During my time at Loughborough I have had the chance to meet and socialise with new people from a wealth of different cultures. University of course requires periods of intensive study, it is also an opportunity to develop life experience. You become a more rounded person and develop lifelong friends. Loughborough is perfect for this, due to the close knit campus. Usually I don’t pay too much notice to statistics but you can see why Loughborough places consistently at the top of student satisfaction surveys!
Has Loughborough inspired you?
Yes, I am now more confident that I can achieve whatever I apply my mind. Hard work leads to achievement! I have also been a Department and University student guide for three years which is extremely satisfying when prospective students and their parents shake your hand and tell you how informative and welcoming you’ve been.