Why did you choose Loughborough University?
I was attracted to the diverse fields of study of Loughborough’s lecturers. Modules are based on tutor research meaning you are taught new findings by an expert in the field, which is invaluable.
What attracted you to the University in the first place?
With Loughborough’s history I knew I was going to be around competitive people that want to do well in their studies. The ethos of Loughborough is something I really wanted to be involved in.
What do you enjoy about your course?
No exams! I find that a 100% coursework degree allows me to work to the best of my abilities.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
As tutors base the modules around their research they are always passionate about what they are teaching – even at 9am on a Monday morning! You know you are getting quality information that is up-to-date and tutors are always happy to explain something if you’re struggling.
Do you have a particularly favourite project/module on your course? Why did you enjoy it?
Last year I really enjoyed An Introduction to Poetry. I found it interesting to progress week by week through different eras, styles and techniques, which allowed me to appreciate the fluidity of poetry as a mode. The mix of lectures, seminars and group work made learning quite diverse, allowing me to build my understanding of the course content.
What kind of support have you had in the department and from the University?
The department is so understanding and supportive. Tutors are always happy for you to come and see them if you are having difficulties, whether academic or pastoral. There is an understanding that life isn’t always smooth, which is really appreciated by students. You aren’t thrown in at the deep end; you have a personal tutor, a peer mentor and academic guidance classes to help you adjust to university so you are never on your own.
What are some of the exciting/different things you can do on your course?
As a single honours student I get the privilege of being able to choose from lots of different modules, including ones from Drama and American Studies. Assessment through coursework also allows me to try different things like writing an essay, reworking a text or giving a presentation. English as a subject is so varied; I can end up looking at Shakespeare, Chomsky and Zadie Smith all in one week.
What do you hope to do when you graduate, and how will your Loughborough degree support this?
When I graduate I want to be a secondary school teacher. Loughborough is really involved with your career path from day one and have advisors from the department who are there to support you. I also had advice from the careers department who put me onto the Employability Award – this will appear on my degree certificate and will look really good to potential employers. Advice from Careers has also helped me when selecting my modules, so I really get the most out of my degree.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
Loughborough English Department is brilliant be a part of. Tutors love what they do and really want you to leave here with the best degree possible. The assessment method is also such a bonus! I feel quite smug when it comes to exams because I don’t have any, which is a massive weight off my shoulders.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
Last year I was a programme rep for my course, which gave me chance to express the views of students and get to know people better, whilst also taking part in the Your Education Award. This year I am programme president for the department, which has already been an amazing experience. Becoming part of the rep system is a great opportunity to have a voice in your department, as well as developing new skills and being part of a fabulous team. Outside the department there are hundreds of opportunities including music tuition, charity work and societies, so get stuck in!
What do you enjoy the most about being a Loughborough University student?
Loughborough University really cares about its students. The atmosphere is great because everyone is enjoying themselves and getting the most from their time here, whether academically or extra-curricular. You never feel like a number because there are so many support networks in place – people genuinely want you to do the best you can.
Has Loughborough inspired you?
Loughborough has taught me to grab every opportunity and not be afraid to try something new. I never knew I would be any good at phonetic analysis until I tried it, the same with poetry. I have a lot on my plate with all the roles I volunteer for but I am never bored and I know I won’t regret it. There is always someone there to support me, so I don’t shy away from things anymore.