Why did you choose Loughborough University?
What first attracted me to Loughborough was their overall ranking on the university league table. Also, the fact that it was a single-site campus and very close to home increased my desire to be at the University. As well, I chose Loughborough University specifically for my degree, because I liked the modules they offer in final year compared to other universities.
What do you enjoy about your course?
What I enjoy the most about my course is that we have variations in who delivers the module. There’s a main lecturer but sometimes we have guest lecturers who are also experts in their field of research and it’s just nice and refreshing to have a break from who you see every week.
This year, I have been enjoying all my modules so far. Simply because I can relate to the information and I find them applicable to everyday living. If I had to pick one, I would say my Individual Differences module because the main lecturer is very interactive and engaging, rather than talking to you directly for two hours! The fear of being asked a question definitely keeps me awake and forces me to listen and focus.
I think there are some really exciting things you can do on my course, like participate in studies (which I genuinely think is a great privilege) and interact with the sports students. You also have the option to go on a placement year and apply for tomorrow’s leader’s course (which is only exclusive to the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences).
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The teaching quality is generally great. The majority of my modules are delivered by lecturers who are expert in that topic so there’s a lot of passion and genuine interest when they teach. We don’t really get to use labs in first and second year psychology. It’s more for final year, when carrying out research dissertations. However, we are given the opportunity to experience what the labs are like, by being a participant in studies by finalists and postgraduate students. For example, I took part in a sleep study where my sleeping pattern was recorded for two weeks. It was pretty cool to objectively find out about my sleeping patterns.
Have you had any support from the University?
I have had support from many of the professional services on campus e.g. I used the Maths Learning Support Centre to help me with a statistic question a day before my exam! I have also used the Careers and Employability Centre to check over my CV and cover letter. Lastly, I have made use of the Welfare and Diversity section to resolve an issue which was handled very well.
Are you planning on doing a professional placement?
I am not planning to go on a placement year during my degree. I will be taking a year out after my degree for placement. This is because I need my degree certificate to be able to go on the type of “placement” I have got planned. Regardless, I have been getting experiences over summer in line with my degree and career path. With everything that I am currently doing and involved in, I have been getting more insight into human behaviour which is giving me more understanding for my future career as a Psychotherapist.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
When I graduate, I am hoping to travel for two years and work in line with my degree. My degree will support this aspiration because it would have given the basic skills and competencies in understanding human behaviour.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
I would tell them to go for it! There’s so much support available to each student and it’s up to them to make use of that support. For example, each first year Psychology student is given a second year Psychology buddy to help them ease into their course/University life and ask any questions they might not want to ask lecturers.
Personally, I found this scheme really useful especially during exam periods because I was able to ask my buddy how to prioritise my readings for my exams. Most people interested in studying psychology are worried about the amount of maths and science that will be involved but here at Loughborough; it’s nothing to worry about because the lecturers are aware of this fear so they go through it in basic steps to make sure everyone understands. Nevertheless, you can always attend drop in sessions with your lecturer to explain and go through anything you don’t understand.
Attending Loughborough University will be one of the best decisions you will ever make in your life. So don’t miss it.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
What I enjoy about being a LU student is the competitive spirit we all have, getting to wear the LU colours and that deep conviction that you go to a great University.
I think the social atmosphere in Loughborough is great! There’s something for everyone and it’s up to you to get involved. There are so many societies and activities such as fundraising, volunteering and sports, catered to meet the needs of every student that it’s almost impossible not to find a place/group of like-minded people to fit in with. So far, I have been part of the debating society and I really enjoyed it because I like listening to different views. Also, the people there were very intellectual and well spoken. I am also part of a student led fellowship called Radical Youth. I can’t imagine what my University experience would have turned out to be without Radical Youth society. It has given me good friends and fun outside my academics.
Has Loughborough inspired you?
The Student Outreach department really inspires me. I work and volunteer for this department and it’s rewarding to see that Loughborough tries to educate children from lower socio-economic status to aspire for something great after secondary school and sixth form (whether it be university or apprenticeship).