Why did you choose Loughborough University?
I chose my degree at Loughborough as I completed my foundation course at the University. It was while studying for this that I got the opportunity to see what the Textile degree programme had to offer, and I was provided with the chance to trial the textile facilities and see what the students at the time were doing. I was inspired to continue my study at Loughborough with the encouragement of my foundation tutors.
I knew Loughborough had a great reputation for textiles. I had often visited the degree show in the summer and had seen Loughborough students work at New Designers in London. The standard of work was amazing, very inspiring and innovative and I wanted to be a part of the Loughborough Textile course. I was also attracted to the University because of the amazing woven textile facilities, a specialism I thought I would want to pursue.
Alongside the course, I heard from past students that Loughborough was a great place to study; friendly, fun and with lots of things to get involved in.
What do you enjoy about your course?
I enjoy the practical side of my course. I am specialising in woven textiles and love that I am learning a new skill which is not offered at many other universities. I get to experiment with new techniques and materials, pursuing new ideas, while being continually inspired by my tutors and fellow students. I love the atmosphere in the studio and being surrounded by other creative people.
In particular, I really enjoyed my first practical module of my second year of study. I had just specialised in woven textiles and was excited to learn the process of weaving. I particularly liked this module as I was doing something completely new; I was continually learning and gaining new skills. The teaching throughout this module was also very good.
What can you do on your course that’s a bit different?
You get the chance to enter lots of competitions while studying at Loughborough which is really exciting. By entering these competitions you get an insight into industry and you gain the opinion of others outside of the University. You also get the chance to attend events and win prizes.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The teaching quality is great. The tutors are extremely knowledgeable, with great expertise in their field and of the industry. They are always on hand for advice, help and guidance. The technical hubs within the School of the Arts are also really good, with teachers who are highly skilled in their specialism. Woven textiles, for example, have a technician who guides you through and helps with any technical difficulties you may experience when weaving.
Have you had any support from the University?
I feel I have been supported and inspired through my study with frequent tutorials. You build a good relationship with your tutors throughout your study and they help you follow ideas through, inspire you and pushing you to achieve your best.
I also feel there is a good network in place at the University if you were ever to experience any problems or have any troubles.
Have you done a professional placement?
I completed a professional placement where I undertook internships at Marks and Spencer, Margo Selby, Wallace Sewell, Melin Tregwynt and Longina Phillips in Australia.
It was an extremely enjoyable year. I gained a much better understanding of the textile industry; my placements were in very varied fields from woven textiles, to print studios and time spent fabric sourcing. It helped me discover what kinds of jobs are available and what kind of career I would like to venture into. It has also provided me with greater direction in my practical work on return to University.
It was a great chance to travel, experience new things, meet new people and grow in confidence. The professional placement year Loughborough offers is one of the best things about the course.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
I would like to go into a job as a buyer after graduation. My Loughborough degree has provided me with the right skill set to enter into such a career by structuring the course to include written modules alongside the practical. The University is also very good at promoting extra-curricular activities and professional placement years which makes us very attractive employees.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
I feel extremely proud to be studying Textiles at Loughborough; it’s a great course to be a part of with amazing facilities, tutors and fellow students. It’s hard work, but a really enjoyable four years. You won’t regret choosing to study at Loughborough.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
Loughborough is a great University if you enjoy socialising; there is so much to get involved in as a student here. The sports clubs are amazing and the Students’ Union are great at promoting societies and events. During my first year at Loughborough I got involved in Action, a group that promotes student volunteering in the community. I loved this; I got to take part in some really fun varied projects and made some great friends.
I really enjoy my course but the friends I’ve made are the best thing about being a Loughborough University student. With Loughborough being a campus University the atmosphere is great, there is a lot to do and get involved in, you’ll never be bored even though you’re in a small town.
Has Loughborough inspired you?
During my professional placement year it was amazing to hear from so many of my employers how well regarded Loughborough students are. I found this very inspiring, that Loughborough continually produce talented students that employers want as part of their team.