Why did you choose Loughborough University?
I chose Loughborough because of the outstanding reputation of my degree area. I was blown away by the facilities and study support when I attended the Open Day. I liked the feel of a campus with world-class status. I was drawn in by the atmosphere and character of the University and it motivated me to work as hard as I could to ensure I attended such a prestigious institution.
The fact that Loughborough University places high in regards to sport made the department attractive. I was aware that lots of leading sport research was and is carried out at Loughborough University by academic staff that would be teaching my modules. This meant I would be receiving instruction by experts in the sports field and this was highly appealing to me.
What do you enjoy about your course?
I enjoy the freedom and diversity of my course as it offers a range of modules so you can tailor your study to what you enjoy and what you want to pursue a career in.
I really enjoyed the teaching and coaching modules on my course. This is because they combine practical work with learning to give you hands on experience about how to lead a teaching group. Additionally, when you write your essays you can imagine carrying out your behaviours which makes it much more enjoyable and easier to write. In some modules you are taught in world-class training facilities such as the Gymnastics Centre and High Performance Athletics Centre. It isn’t unusual to see some GB athletes training while you are being taught!
During the physiology labs you can also gain insight into how your own body works, by volunteering to be the test subject, your lab partners can conduct research on you so you can find out your lung volume or how much cholesterol you have in your blood.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The teaching quality is second to none. The lecturers have all done research in their particular field and are highly knowledgeable about their subject area; if there is a particular topic you’re struggling with they are adaptable and can use different ways to explain it to you. There is no question that they cannot answer; they always go above and beyond in their role.
Have you had any support from the University?
I have had support within my department while writing my dissertation. My dissertation supervisor has been incredibly helpful and her knowledge is invaluable. Having a great support network especially in final year is vital as workload grows and the course inevitably becomes more difficult. It is reassuring having someone who is patient and gives up their time to help you succeed.
I have also attended the Library Study Support sessions that I have found incredibly useful. These are workshops that help with skills needed at university from referencing to structuring essays. They are very helpful as they fast track you into learning skills that would have taken a huge amount of time to self-teach.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
I hope to gain a Master’s in public health when I graduate. I feel that my degree at Loughborough has supported this as it has given me the opportunity to explore lots of different areas and find something that I am passionate about and good at. It has also given me a variety of skills such as independent research and time management, which will be vital to the success of my postgraduate course.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
Go for it! You’ll have a fantastic time; you’ll be surrounded by first class teaching and an excellent support network. Not forgetting the exceptional AU clubs and societies you can get involved in, so no matter what your interests are, Loughborough has a great deal to offer!
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
The ‘Loughborough Experience’ is phenomenal! There is so much to get involved in. I have been a member of the Dance Club for 3 years and I love it! We are like one huge family and I have made so many great friends whom I have shared amazing experiences with! I have been on committee for the club for 2 years and I have learnt some invaluable skills that I will be able to carry with me for the rest of my life!
I enjoy being part of a huge family, everyone is friendly and you always have something in common with someone that you meet. I enjoy being involved with the AU and competing and training with my club.
Has Loughborough inspired you?
I believe that Loughborough University has inspired me to work to the best of my ability through providing excellent teaching and academic support. I also believe that it has challenged me to think and work in new ways and this in turn has given me a sense of achievement and personal satisfaction when I have overcome these challenges, making me more confident in my abilities.