Why did you choose Loughborough University?
Loughborough University is renowned for their fantastic links to industry, as well as having a department for my subject that is dedicated to world-leading research. I was motivated to choose Loughborough knowing that I would have the chance to work on cutting-edge material.
I really wanted to go to a campus-based University to feel like I’m in a student-based environment, as well as be near enough to larger cities. Loughborough University has a fantastic campus, providing a friendly bubble-type atmosphere to really focus on my education.
The University also has a wonderful reputation, which I knew would benefit me when considering future job prospects. I was attracted to my department due to it being small, intimate and friendly, knowing that the lecturers would be able to provide a high level of support and guidance when necessary, while also knowing that my voice would be heard if I had any issues.
What do you enjoy about your course?
I enjoy the variety that my course provides, from doing both Physics and Maths and also being able to do modules from other departments, thereby allowing me to really tailor my course to suit my interests. On my course, there is lots of support to really push the boundaries as a student Physicist; in my case I have had the chance to write part of a research paper which will hopefully be published in the European Journal of Physics.
My favourite project so far was to create a model about fishing competition in a Mathematical Modelling module. I enjoyed this project due to the nature of applying Maths in a more applied and physical way, so basically merging the two halves of my degree. It was incredibly satisfied seeing the model come to life and produce true analysis for the task.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The teaching quality provided by the lecturers is of a high standard, with the department covering a vast variety of key research interests, even though it is small. The lecturers all have an open door policy, providing a high level of support for whenever I have problems, even if they are not teaching the module I am particularly struggling with.
Have you had any support from the University?
The Physics department and the University provide excellent support, such as the Maths Learning Support Centre, which has benefited my study throughout all four years of my time here. The University also provides a lot of help with regards to career opportunities and improving my prospects, which has allowed me to really develop my job application skills.
Have you done any work experience relevant to your degree?
I have done three summer internships (one at a defence engineering firm called Selex Galileo, one at Barclays and one at RBS) and I have learnt an immense amount, from what the work environment is really like, to what I hope to do in the future. The main benefit of internships is gaining a chance to really see what the industry is like and what you can offer it, as well as begin to form an idea on how to get to the career that you want to move into.
What will you do when you graduate?
I will be working in Technology at The Royal Bank of Scotland. My degree has provided me with programming knowledge which I will be able to apply to the job, as well as good problem solving and logistical skills.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
If someone were to consider studying Physics and Maths at Loughborough, I would tell them to really figure out what their key interests are and see if they can tailor their degree to fit that. I would also tell them to utilise the resources here at Loughborough, from the Careers Advice, to the lecturers, to the Student Support Services and make sure to get the best out of their time here.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
The best thing about being a Loughborough student is the diversity and availability of things to do here. All of the departments offer so many modules, but there are so many chances to do something new, such as joining new clubs or partaking in charity events.
There is a massive range of clubs available to suit all interests, and as it’s Loughborough, it’s a great chance to really try out a vast variety of sports. Personally I use Holywell Gym a lot, which is a fantastic resource for someone like me who does not have a lot of Gym experience, with trainers helping to completely personalise my workouts to be most effective. I also am part of the Salsa society, having decided to try something completely new, which has been a great experience!
Has Loughborough inspired you?
Loughborough University has inspired me to try so many new and exciting things – one of the things that I took part in was an Action project to volunteer as a tutor in a local school, which was very rewarding. I am definitely considering volunteering as a teacher again and would be excited to have the chance to work and support young children again.