Why did you choose Loughborough University?
When visiting Loughborough the atmosphere felt relaxed and very welcoming. I’ve known lots of people to go to and enjoy being at Loughborough and the Materials Department consistently comes in the top five on the Guardian league tables. There is also a high staff to student ratio, meaning the lecturers know your name and are easy to talk to.
What do you enjoy about your course?
I pretty much enjoy everything (but I find most things interesting, so it’s not hard to enjoy them). In particular, I enjoy the broad spectrum of materials and design related modules that are offered, I feel I will have a good grounding to apply that knowledge in the industry.
There’s a trip to Tata steel or Jaguar Land Rover in the first year, which was cool to see materials in action (as it were). Being able to go to lectures presented by people in industry through the East Midlands Materials Society helped a lot with finding out about companies for placements. The School also hosts its own graduate and placement fair on every year, with different companies specifically looking for materials students.
In my third year there has been a sustainability module that has really interested me and made me aware of the impact that anything I do in future work can have. I would not have changed this module for anything, and my vendetta against crisp packets now definitely has just cause.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
You can tell that all the lecturers put time and effort into the planning and delivery of the modules, and that the labs have been well thought out to let students investigate the properties of materials.
Have you had any support from the University?
The department give you an individual tutor from day one. They have always been able to help if things have gone wrong, and can point you in the right direction for most things. There are also year tutors, mentors and lecturers to talk to, which is fantastic and they are understanding especially if you need to miss a lecture due to an interview.
Have you done a professional placement?
I took a placement last year and worked in Cost Engineering at Rolls-Royce Plc. It was a fantastic experience, so much so that I have a summer placement with them this year in the Materials Engineering department.
Doing a placement year allowed me to find out what I want to do within industry when I graduate and gave me a perspective on what my course can help me achieve. The department and University helped so much in securing this, from sending out placement opportunities, to providing assessment centre workshops and interview practice.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
I am currently torn between looking at graduate schemes and doing a PhD. The knowledge I have learnt and the projects where I have been able to apply that knowledge will definitely help with either of those pathways.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
It’s a good course and it’ll put you in a good place for going into industry.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
I am part of several societies (couldn’t really choose just one!) and I think it’s brilliant that there is so much opportunity to get involved, find something you enjoy doing (outside of university work) and feel at home at Loughborough. Everyone finds something they’re interested in and it’s great that you can run with it here. I enjoy everything at the moment, the course, the societies and the place.