Why did you choose Loughborough University?
Of all the places I visited, Loughborough was by far the most welcoming – it was a very easy decision to make.
What attracted you to the University in the first place?
I initially made enquiries about applications through the OpenPlus course with the Open University, though elected to apply to study full time through the SEFS route instead.
What do you enjoy about your course?
I enjoy the amount of hands-on laboratory time, as I find that it really helps with my understanding of the topics discussed in lectures.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The teaching quality is excellent. Some of the older labs are slightly dated, but shiny new labs are on the way!
Do you have a particularly favourite project/module on your course? Why did you enjoy it?
The first year of all chemistry courses at Loughborough is the same, but the second year module – ‘Drugs: The Physiological and Biochemical Basis of Their Effects’ – is notable as the first module specific to Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry. This was a really interesting module, which reaffirmed my decision to study the MPC course made many years earlier!
What kind of support have you had in the department and from the University?
The University has offered lots of support, both in terms of generous financial packages and student support services such as the Careers & Employability Centre, whose advice has been invaluable throughout my time here.
What are some of the exciting/different things you can do on your course?
I particularly enjoyed the radiochemistry module and associated labs, which are different to those offered at most universities as you get experience handling radioactive material.
Have you completed a placement whilst at University?
No placement year, but I completed a short studentship in the department working on cyanoacrylate fuming of latent fingerprints last summer.
What do you hope to do when you graduate, and how will your Loughborough degree support this?
My aspiration is to be involved in research, though I am not yet certain of the exact field. Loughborough is a well-respected university and I hope that a high degree classification will stand me in good stead for PhD applications!
What would you say to someone considering your course?
If the subject interests you, go for it!
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
There really are so many opportunities to get involved with stuff at Loughborough University, with societies catering to every whim, a very active RAG section and award-winning Action section at Loughborough Students’ Union. I am an active member (and former chairman of) LSU Hiking Club, which has been a very rewarding experience.
What do you enjoy the most about being a Loughborough University student?
I enjoy the general atmosphere around campus. It’s a vibrant place and there’s always stuff going on.
Has Loughborough inspired you?
I have been inspired by friends and colleagues in this department and in others.