Why did you choose Loughborough University?
I was fortunate enough to attend an Engineering Headstart course at Loughborough whilst at 6th form and in addition to thoroughly enjoying it I was very impressed with both the engineering and sporting the facilities on the campus, which influenced me in selecting LU as my top choice. I had heard about the impressive awards such as ‘Best Student Experience’, which also played a part in my decision.
Whilst on my Headstart course we were told about the different types of engineering available to study here and Systems appealed to me as an amalgamation of several disciplines encompassing a holistic attitude towards problem solving. Furthermore we were shown the department and the facilities, and opportunities available looked above and beyond what I had seen previously.
What do you enjoy about your course?
I enjoy the variety of content and the ability to select modules in the later stages of the course is a great aspect. Currently I am really enjoying my research into 3D printing for my final project as it is a new and interesting developing technology; additionally I have enjoyed the renewable energies module as it is an area of interest to me.
This year I have also had the chance to take French as a module which I previously studied at school; I always enjoyed languages so this has been a great and different thing available to me, whilst also being very useful should I wish to work aboard as it is a useful life skill.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The teaching staff in and out the department that I have encountered are all very experienced and supportive enabling us to get the most out of them.
Have you had any support from the University?
When I broke my leg in 2nd year playing rugby for the University they were very accommodating in ensuring lecture notes were available online so I was able to keep up.
Have you done a professional placement?
Last year I did a placement at BAE Systems in the Military Air and Information division. This was an invaluable experience giving an insight into a professional engineering company and developing my interpersonal work skills. Whilst also giving me exposure to contacts that may aid me in finding a job once I graduate.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
When I graduate I would like to do a work placement in an engineering company abroad. My modules and placement year will hopefully make this possible through the skills and knowledge acquired.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
If you are interested in engineering then come and have a tour on one of our open days and see for yourself that there really is no better place to study, the facilities and teaching are first class and there is a plethora of opportunities to exploit during your time here.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
Obviously Loughborough is well known for its sport and I play for the Rugby Union team, which has added to my amazing experience here. Additionally I have taken part in multiple sports I wouldn’t have had exposure to elsewhere through the brilliant IMS programme (which is an inter-halls sporting programme).
Aside from the sport there are hundreds of clubs to get involved in, catering for everyone from Formula Student to the RAG events; I would advise any student to get involved in as much as possible as these are opportunities that may not be available to you again.
What do you enjoy most as a Loughborough student?
I couldn’t pin one thing down, it is the whole Loughborough experience that has made my time here so memorable and the variety of things to get involved in. Some highlights would be playing for the rugby team representing Loughborough, and my RAG excursion on escape and evade where I made it to Lille in Northern France and back to the Students’ Union in 48 hours without spending any money, whilst raising over £1000 for charity.