Why did you choose Loughborough University?
I have always had an interest in maths and physics and did well at them at A-Level. I have also always had an interest in technology and science. So I thought that Electronic Engineering would be interesting and that I would be good at it. I then realised how desirable this degree is to future employers and that it has excellent job prospects and applied straight away.
I chose to come here on an open day because I liked the look of the campus and knew that the department was consistently in the top 10 in the country. During the open day I fell in love with the campus and decided that Loughborough is where I wanted to be.
What do you enjoy about your course?
By far the best thing about my course is that we actually apply the knowledge that we learn. Most other courses involve writing essays about subjects that you never get to put into practice. I love that in my course everything I am currently working on is either a piece of software or a robot, and that there will be a usable final product at the end of it. We get to work with various types of robots that we get to program and add bits on to make do different things. Also the department has just bought a 3D Printer that we can use to add parts to the robots and I’ve found this very interesting.
My favourite module on my course is currently the group project. We are working on a system of two robots to act as a toxic waste disposal system. They have to follow a path on their own and then carefully pick up a small waste container. It is very fun to work on and also very challenging.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The teaching quality in this department is outstanding, the lectures are paced perfectly and the lecturers don’t go too fast or too slowly. There is always a free PC in this department as we have so many of them so that is good. Also in the second year you get to work with big electrical machines in the labs that work with hundreds or thousands of volts. Most other universities only work with simulations of these machines.
Have you had any support from the University?
Firstly you get great academic support and can go and ask any member of staff a question about their module. Secondly you get fantastic support from the University, for example I sit my exams in the department rather than the main exam hall for medical reasons.
Have you done a professional placement?
I am planning on doing a placement next year and I have some interviews to attend in January. There are some very exciting companies that you can work for including defence, encryption and electronic warfare. There are also plenty of opportunities to work abroad for some or all of the placement.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
I hope to get an electronic engineering design job using FPGAs. My degree will support this by providing all of the knowledge necessary to do the job at all.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
I really recommend that you do this course at Loughborough, the job prospects are amazing and the course is very interesting and challenging. Plus you get to work with some really cool technology in the later years.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
There is a good social atmosphere and there are an insane amount of clubs to join from gliding to SCUBA diving. You also don’t have to join in the party culture if, like me, it’s not your thing!
I really enjoy the freedom that the University gives you and love the relaxing environment in the various places to work on campus. Loughborough’s connections are good too as it is quick and cheap to get to both Leicester and Nottingham if you need to go to a bigger city. The best thing about Loughborough though is simply how friendly and helpful everyone here is.
Has Loughborough inspired you?
Loughborough has inspired me to be ambitious with my goals as they give you the skills and confidence to go for what you want. They have enabled me to apply for jobs at some very cutting edge companies (including several Formula One teams).