Why did you choose Loughborough University?
I’ve always had a passion for business and technology and I knew I wanted to go somewhere where I’d get the opportunity to explore it. Loughborough looked like it had the facilities, the opportunities and the support needed to do this.
The course itself was a 50-50 split of business and computing – something that I couldn’t seem to find in many other places. It was also backed by The Tech Partnership – an organisation that works with top employers to develop a degree scheme relevant to the workplace.
What attracted you to the University in the first place?
I loved that fact that it was a campus university and everything was close by (something that’s been really handy throughout my degree). When I arrived at the open day I remember being amazed at the sheer size of it all. Everybody I met was extremely helpful and honest and I really felt at ease around the campus.
I’m a firm believer that there are three major components to anyone’s time at university: the social, the degree and the extra-curricular. Having already chosen a degree that I knew I would love, I used my time at the open day to check out the university and what else it had to offer. With over 106 societies and the best student experience for six years running, I knew I’d found the right place.
What do you enjoy about your course?
I love that my course is a straight split between business and computing. This has given me a breadth of knowledge that can be applied to a huge number of areas in the future. As well as this, it contains a healthy mix of both theory and practical work, meaning it’s not just sitting in lectures all day.
Now that I’ve got to the final year of my degree, the option to choose modules based on my own interests is fantastic.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The quality of teaching at Loughborough is absolutely fantastic. From lame computer science jokes having the entire lecture theatre in stitches, I’ve seen it all over the past three years.
I’ve also found that lecturers are very willing to help out wherever they can – even if it means they’re staying and helping you after office hours.
Do you have a particularly favourite project/module on your course? Why did you enjoy it?
My all-time favourites at the moment are ‘Entrepreneurship and Innovation’ and ‘Advanced Web Design’.
‘Entrepreneurship and Innovation’ is one of the modules I got to pick myself in final year. As I’m really passionate about social entrepreneurship, it doesn’t feel like I’m working for this at all. On top of that the lecturer is fantastic and engaging, which definitely helps.
‘Advanced Web Design’ is another favourite of mine this semester. The module is 100% coursework and I got the opportunity to use my coursework as the basis for real, paid client work. Sweet!
What kind of support have you had in the department and from the University?
Throughout my entire degree the computer science staff have been extremely supportive and helpful in everything that I’ve done (special shout-outs to Ray Dawson, Daniel Reidenbach and Russell Lock.) Whether it has been dedicating extra time to helping the class revise for exams, or putting in a good reference for me when I applied to be the Chair of the Computer Science Department, the support has been incredible.
What are some of the exciting/different things you can do on your course?
As our course is backed by The Tech Partnership, we get to do some real interesting things during our time at Loughborough. For example, every year all the ITMB students get the opportunity to travel down to two ITMB events to compete against other universities in business competitions. Every year I’ve been at Loughborough we’ve won something – but hey, who’s counting!
As well as this, we’ve got some pretty cool tech too. Just a couple of weeks ago, I found myself playing around with a programmable, full-size robot that we’d taught to dance to Gangnam style. There was a chance to experience the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset for a day, too.
Have you completed a placement whilst at University?
I’ve just come back from a year out as a Technology Consultant at KPMG in London. For anyone that’s unsure of getting a placement, just do it! Having worked for a year and secured a job before I’ve even finished my final year, it’s safe to say that I’m in a great position for when I graduate. The job developed my attitude towards work and made me a much more rounded individual – definitely recommended.
What do you hope to do when you graduate, and how will your Loughborough degree support this?
I’ve got my graduate offer from KPMG to be a Technology Consultant, and am really looking forward to going back and picking up where I left off.
My degree has definitely supported me in getting the job, and giving me the baseline knowledge and skills that I needed to progress quickly.
As well as this, my time at Loughborough has really developed my passion for social enterprise, and so I’ll always be looking for new ways to involve it in my career in the future.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
I don’t think I can say anything more than: “Just do it, you won’t regret it”.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
I think the social life in Loughborough is absolutely fantastic. Between the Union, the town and the two major cities that are less than 20 minutes away, you’ll never struggle when it comes to night life.
As well as this, there are well over 100 societies – covering everything from Ale to Quidditch. Personally, I got involved with Enactus (entrepreneurial society) in my first year. 3 years later and I’ve held 3 different committee positions – Project Leader, Technical Director, and President. It’s been an absolutely incredible journey.
What do you enjoy the most about being a Loughborough University student?
The people. I’ve met some of the most incredible passionate, hilarious, and downright crazy people at Loughborough – some of which I’m proud to call my best friends.
Has Loughborough inspired you?
Through my time on the society Enactus (and a little bit through some of the modules I’m sitting) I’ve developed an incredible passion for social enterprise – that is, creating businesses that use profit to help others.
I’ve had the opportunity to present in front of more than 700 people, I’ve held conferences, given keynote speeches, travelled the world, and won awards. All because of the Loughborough Experience.
It’s this same experience has taken me from a nervous fresher, to an individual that’s ready to step out of the confines of education and make a mark on the world. I guess that they really do ‘Inspire Winners’.