Why did you choose Loughborough University?
After A-levels I did the art foundation course at Loughborough, which I really enjoyed. I loved working with textiles and I knew the textiles degree course at Loughborough was particularly strong. I was blown away by the standard of work when I visited the textiles degree show. After a year of living in Loughborough at the Holt, I felt really at home.
What attracted you to the University in the first place?
The facilities at Loughborough are great, the campus is really modern and everyone was really friendly at the School of the Arts open day.
What do you enjoy about your course?
I love how the course is so practical. The tutors know exactly what will be required of us in industry and teach us accordingly, helping us to prepare for life after Loughborough. It has been great to specialise in print and have my own studio space in second and third year. The screen printing facilities are excellent.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The textiles tutors at Loughborough are excellent. They get to know our work and us as individuals. The tutors always make time for us and we are encouraged to ask questions and discuss our work. We have contact time with our tutors every week and this takes the form of individual or group tutorials. All textiles students work in the studio every day and help each other.
What are some of the exciting/different things you can do on your course?
We have the opportunity to specialise in print, weave or multimedia textiles and get to try all three before deciding. The facilities and tuition for each are great and all specialisms secure placements in industry.
Have you completed a placement whilst at University?
I worked at H&M in Stockholm and Dunelm in Leicestershire. In both placements I worked as a print design assistant. My year in industry was a great experience and I went back to design for H&M over the summer – I have since signed a contract to work for them after I graduate. It feels great to have secured a job before third year and it was really exciting to see my designs in-store. I would never have achieved this without the help of my tutors and the support Loughborough has given me.
What do you hope to do when you graduate, and how will your Loughborough degree support this?
After I graduate I will go and work at H&M in Sweden for a few years. This will give me some experience in the textiles industry, which is great. After that, I’d love to experience working in a print studio.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
I strongly believe Loughborough is the best place to study textiles in the UK. The course is fantastic and I would implore anyone who loves textiles to study it at Loughborough.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
This year I decided to try something new and join the Sno Society. I have never been skiing before but the subsidised lessons offered by Sno are a great way to learn. I am looking forward to going on the ski trip and meeting new people – even in your final year it’s not too late to join a society.
The social atmosphere at Loughborough is incredible. I will always look back on Fresher’s as the best week of my life. I love going to nights at the Union with friends and living in halls in first year was great fun. I will absolutely cherish the memories I have of my time at Loughborough and will be extremely sad to graduate next year.
What do you enjoy the most about being a Loughborough University student?
Although I live with friends in town, it’s great to be able to walk to campus and have all the resources I need in one place. Everything is within walking distance in Loughborough, which I think is quite unique.
Has Loughborough inspired you?
The year I spent in industry was completely invaluable. The support of the textiles staff over the years has filled me with a new confidence in myself. Every tutorial I take part in is an inspiration – coming to Loughborough is the best decision I have ever made.