Why did you choose Loughborough University?
I knew I wanted to go into engineering but couldn’t quite decide on one particular thread. Systems engineering gave me options and variety to pick and choose areas that I was particularly interested in and tailor my studies.
What attracted you to the University in the first place?
Loughborough has the only dedicated systems course in the country, which I was really excited about. I found the staff very enthusiastic and approachable when I came for an Open Day. Many of the lecturers have worked in industry and have a lot of experience.
What do you enjoy about your course?
There is a variety of modules to choose from throughout the course. Systems engineering is a very broad subject and you are able to take modules from many of the other schools – the Design School, Aeronautical Engineering, Civil and Building Engineering, languages etc.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The lecturers are not only experts in their field but are also very engaging and lecture extremely well. Although the systems engineering building isn’t as flashy as some of the other engineering schools, the labs within them still have all the equipment you could need. There is also 24-hour access to a number of computer labs which is great – especially when it comes to exams and coursework deadlines. A brand new STEM lab is currently being built, too, so the new facilities will be even better.
Do you have a particularly favourite project/module on your course? Why did you enjoy it?
I have enjoyed a lot of modules throughout my course. Particular favourites are Aircraft Design, Human Factors in Systems Design and my final year project, as you get to really focus of something you’re interested in. I also enjoyed taking some optional French modules as sometimes it’s nice to have a change from equations and theories!
What kind of support have you had in the department and from the University?
My personal tutor has been great. In your first year you are split into small groups and assigned a tutor who meets with you regularly, sometimes it can be to go over a particular theory or equation you’re struggling with, other times just to have a chat and check in with you. They stay with you throughout your degree at Loughborough and I’ve always found I can go to them for advice.
What are some of the exciting/different things you can do on your course?
There are always opportunities to attend trips or talks by people in industry. Within the course you get plenty of hands-on experience with equipment such as wind tunnels and high voltage apparatus, which is pretty cool.
Have you completed a placement whilst at University?
I worked over the summer for the EDT (Engineering Development Trust) which works with schools to encourage more children to think about a possible career within science, technology and engineering. It was really interesting to see how school students – particularly girls – perceive engineering as a career choice, and how during workshops and activities these feelings can change.
What do you hope to do when you graduate, and how will your Loughborough degree support this?
I still haven’t quite decided what I want to do when I graduate. At the moment I’m thinking about engineering consultancy, however ask me next week and it will probably be something different! The good thing about a systems engineering degree is that it is so versatile and you have so many options, whether that be consultancy, project management, software, design, banking and finance. There are so many possibilities.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
Come and have a look around and see for yourself. Anyone who’s already here will say it’s great but you need to see for yourself. There are plenty of Open Days throughout the year where you can get a real sense of what it’s like and meet some of the lecturers who will be teaching you, as well as current students. Ask them all lots of questions, we are really honest!
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
The atmosphere at Loughborough is amazing, especially with the friendly rivalry between the halls – the Sing Off during Fresher’s Week is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before! There are also loads of sports clubs and societies to join and if there’s nothing you fancy you can start one up yourself. There are lots of ‘have a go’ nights as well where you can try sports/activities out before joining the club.
What do you enjoy the most about being a Loughborough University student?
I love that Loughborough is a campus university it really makes the atmosphere great. The fact that Loughborough is such a small place means that students make up a great proportion of its people, so it is very student friendly. There’s always loads going on both on campus and in town and we have one of the best Students’ Unions.