Why did you choose Loughborough University?
Originally I was looking to study a degree in Accountancy and Finance. However, in our increasingly digital world, I decided it made sense to study a degree combining business with computing skills and the ITMB degree was the perfect fit. I liked that it offers a 50:50 balance of business and computer science modules and has a strong emphasis on developing interpersonal skills. The department also has fantastic connections with industry.
What attracted you to the University in the first place?
I’m a big advocate for sports, having played basketball and rugby competitively in high school. I was looking for a university that provided the perfect balance of strong academic reputation and renowned sporting excellence - choosing Loughborough was a no brainer.
I visited Loughborough before term started which was really beneficial. I got to meet the lecturers, see the facilities and get an overall feel for the campus. The Department of Computer Science was really friendly and I really enjoyed the look of their modules. The lecturers were very approachable and engaging so I immediately felt comfortable and eager to study a course in the Department of Computer Science.
What do you enjoy about your course?
All the modules are really interesting and are very applicable to real life. The modules you study in ITMB have been designed by leading employers, which immediately puts you at an advantage when applying for jobs. Throughout the degree you gain experience of giving presentations in front of visiting firms, allowing you to practice and develop the skills needed for corporate life.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The teaching quality at Loughborough is fantastic. The lecturers are very enthusiastic about the subjects they are teaching and always engage with the students. In big seminars or tutorials, current PhD students are also on hand to assist the lecturers. This gives more opportunity to ask questions about the module content and it also offers another perspective on what it’s like to work in academia.
Do you have a particularly favourite project/module on your course? Why did you enjoy it?
I have a few favourites. From the Business School, the accounting modules were definitely my favourite since they were challenging conceptually but extremely interesting and applicable to real life. From the Department of Computer Science, my favourite module was Computer Systems. We take computers for granted nowadays expecting the machines to do everything we command and so it was really interesting to dissect the computer and learn all the different functionalities they provide.
What kind of support have you had in the department and from the University?
The lecturers are available in their offices usually so it’s easy to swing by and schedule a meeting if you are having academic or personal troubles. The teaching assistants are always around the Department so they are easy to approach and are very helpful. If you’re not on campus, lecturers are very responsive to emails and the material found on our Learning portal is also easy to follow and informative.
What are some of the exciting/different things you can do on your course?
A unique aspect of our course is the extent to which the connections with industry influence the modules. In first year, we had ‘Guru Lectures’ in which guest speakers would come in and explain their company and what area they specifically work in. It provided great insight into industry and helped us prepare our applications for placement year. Second year is more industry related, as part of the assessment involves giving presentations to external firms. It really does help you prepare for the world of work!
Have you completed a placement whilst at University?
I’m currently applying for placements and am hoping for an opportunity to work in the Financial Services sector. I’m excited about securing a placement since I have friends who are currently completing theirs – the feedback has always been positive, saying it’s one of the best experiences you get from university.
What do you hope to do when you graduate, and how will your Loughborough degree support this?
Ideally, I would like to go into the Financial Services sector working in consulting, assurance or banking. My degree provides a great balance of business and computing knowledge therefore I feel I have an advantage when applying for industry. Loughborough also has great connections with industry and it is constantly rising in the university rankings, so I feel comfortable when finding a job having studied at a reputable institution.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
You’ve definitely picked the right course. All subjectivity aside it is really employable. A lot of employers nowadays are looking for candidates with technical skills, so having a combination of these and knowledge of business is ideal for employers. It is a challenging course but as students you have to enjoy yourself and have a good work and social life balance as well.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
Loughborough definitely has a ‘work hard, play hard’ atmosphere. During the day you see a lot of students at lectures or in the library yet in the evenings they are out enjoying themselves, so there’s a really good balance here. If you’re not big on going out there are so many societies, sporting clubs and associations you can join to meet loads of new people. I’m part of the Loughborough Basketball Club and aside from playing basketball we also go out together a lot and have numerous socials. I also coach IMS Basketball which is great fun and a good way to meet people or to just have some fun with friends.
What do you enjoy the most about being a Loughborough University student?
The best part of being a Loughborough student is the sense of pride that runs through the University. Despite the size of the University and the huge diversity of backgrounds, the students are all proud to be representing Loughborough. Lots of students wear Loughborough apparel around campus and come along to watch sports games - it really feels like a family, everyone is so friendly.
Has Loughborough inspired you?
Loughborough has taught me that to succeed in life is not only about doing well academically. The people I’ve met here are so well rounded in terms of doing well at university, socially and athletically. This is something I’ll take away from university and into the world of work for sure.