Why did you choose Loughborough University?
Loughborough has been voted UK’s Best Student Experience for five consecutive years in the Times Higher Education league table and this attracted me to study in Loughborough. The University also offers a placement year to students on my course and only a few universities in the UK offer this.
What do you enjoy about your course?
I enjoy learning about different areas of psychology every year. There is a mix of modules on biological, developmental, social psychology as well as experimental design and analysis. This allows me to find out which field of psychology I am most particularly interested in.
I like all of the modules on my course; however, I particularly enjoyed doing Psychology of Workplace Health in my final year because I found this module very practical as we learned the application of psychological theory in the real-life world. The lectures are also very interactive and engaging.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
Most modules have seminars and tutorials which allow students to gain more understanding of the topics as well as provide a platform for us to ask questions about the lecture content. Lecturers are also very passionate about their subjects and make the discussion in class more engaging.
Have you had any support from the University?
Each student gets allocated a personal tutor in the first year and we have regular meetings every semester. Students can also contact their personal tutor for all sorts of issues. There is also Student Advice and Support Service available on campus which is very helpful.
Have you done a professional placement?
I did my placement last year at the research department in AQA, an exam board in the UK. It was a wonderful experience and I have developed many different skills during the placement. Being on placement has given me an invaluable opportunity to prepare myself for stepping into the world of work after graduating.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
I would like to be an educational psychologist in the future, which requires a doctorate in educational psychology. I am planning to do a PGCE or go on a SCITT programme after I graduate, which will allow me to gain school experience in order to get onto the doctorate course for educational psychology. I gained many transferable skills on my placement last year and this has set me apart from other graduates.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
Do not hesitate to apply for Loughborough University! The placement year is a great experience and this will definitely set you apart from other students when you graduate. Loughborough offers loads of advice and support as well and you will feel supported throughout your studies in Loughborough.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
The Loughborough campus is brilliant and there is always something happening on campus, such as fairs and big matches. There are also loads of opportunities to volunteer in Action and Rag, which has made my Loughborough experience enjoyable. There is a strong sense of belonging at Loughborough, to the hall or the University itself or both and this offers a unique university experience to every student.
There is also a wide selection of clubs and societies you can join at Loughborough and there will likely be one or two societies that you are interested in. I am part of in the Hot Air Ballooning Society and I really enjoy meeting new people in the society and have lots of fun being on a hot air balloon.
Has Loughborough inspired you?
Being on a placement highlighted which area of Psychology I am interested in and inspired me to obtain the skills and experience required for teaching. It has also motivated me to do the best I can in my degree.