Why did you choose Loughborough University?
Loughborough has a very high engineering reputation with some of the world’s leading material engineering research being carried out here and known for its materials department within the sector. My course also includes design, and the Loughborough Design School is as equally successful and in both departments, academic staff have extensive knowledge of their subject areas as well as industry experience, helping you progress as an engineer.
The degree course is accredited and highly occupational, something that is becoming increasingly more important for future employment. The course enables me to access a wide range of industries without being restricted to a particular area of engineering. The course structure covers both materials engineering and design, showing you how to apply the technical knowledge you learn.
What do you enjoy about your course?
I really enjoy the wide variety of modules and topics that are covered and the freedom of topics you can choose in your final year project and dissertation. You are able to be involved in numerous projects and competitions both individually and in a group throughout the course. These enable you to express your knowledge and opinions within the subject topics. The scope of laboratories sees you use a wide variety of technical equipment such as scanning electron microscopes, transmission electron microscopes, polymer characteristics equipment, 3D printers and computer aided design software (CAD).
My second year project allowed me to select a product to redesign and develop. I selected a bicycle helmet and the process drew upon all the modules I had studied previously to analyse and redesign the helmet, supporting decisions with appropriate technical knowledge.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The teaching quality is excellent throughout the modules I have studied. All the lecturers have extensive knowledge of their topic area. The laboratories provide an excellent way of showing the practical applications of the science you learn, show how materials function under certain conditions and the methods used to investigate them.
Have you had any support from the University?
Lecturers are all open to questions and queries regarding topics and more than happy to help you. Your personal tutor is also an invaluable point of contact regardless of the situation and will always help you find the best solution to a problem. The University also helps with broader subjects such as maths support as well as financial/living/social guidance if required.
Have you done a professional placement?
I did a placement year working at BMW, specifically the MINI plant in Swindon. The year showed me how vast the automotive industry is globally and how BMW operates to ensure the quality of its vehicles is continually developed.
I became a part of the successful production cycle of the new MINI Cooper and Clubman models, working within a large UK based laboratory network in supporting the successful production of the BMW MINI range.
The year enabled me to develop the skills I had learnt during my time at University and apply them directly. It also demonstrated how the decisions you make impact the company and how you are responsible for the work you undertake. I was able to develop my ability to work independently and contribute to important projects that I can see being driven on the UK’s roads.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
Gain a job working in the automotive or a similar engineering sector. The Design with Materials Engineering course shows capabilities in a wide range of topics and disciplines, with materials being a vital component of almost all aspects of modern day living. The degree demonstrates my technical understanding and ability to apply knowledge, an asset to any relevant company.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
The course name does not restrict you to those specific fields. Plus we use engineering materials; polymers, metals and ceramics (it’s not textiles!). It is a very diverse course and enables you to go into numerous sectors after University.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
There are a wide range of activities, sporting and not, who welcome any new members and allow you try new activities you may never have tried like Jiu Jitsu or Rock-It-Ball.
Departments are also becoming more involved in extracurricular activities that expand your social links and being part of a campus university ensures everything is within close proximity, making studying and socialising even easier.
Has Loughborough inspired you?
It has inspired me to become professionally involved in engineering and pursue employment within the industry and use my degree in a job, rather than just a poster of academic achievement.