Why did you choose Loughborough University?
At the moment, Loughborough is one of the best places to study textiles with experienced and highly motivated tutors. The University is very innovative and open minded and there are a lot of facilities on campus where I can learn and practice. It is also a big campus with a good friendly atmosphere. Because of this, I didn’t have to worry about finding a place to live in and I have my room with enough space for everything in it.
What do you enjoy about your course?
I enjoy the content that I study on my course and how well communicated it is. Everything is well organised and I can get any help I need.
My favourite modules have been Materials, Processes and Conceptual Application, and Professional and Business Practice, which I have been studying these past few months. For these modules, I went out of my comfort zone, practising design and learning new techniques such as hand and digital printing, wood and plastic manipulation. I also found the business lectures have really helped me to navigate and be more conscious about my future career.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The facilities are of a very high standard and staff are very encouraging. I have never heard “No” for my projects from staff, just “We can make it work”, which is really motivating when starting a new project. Every time I visit any of the labs, be it the print, 3D design (plastic, wood) or visual labs, I feel comfortable in the space.
Have you had any support from the University?
Every member of staff is ready to help and they are very friendly. I am not as experienced working with computer software like Illustrator, which is needed for some projects, but I had enough help from staff that this wasn’t a problem during my projects. In areas such as the plastic lab, I was given plenty of support for my projects, having different materials explained and how the equipment works, as well as general advice on how to improve my project.
As a mature student, how have you found your experience?
I’ve really enjoyed my time here as a mature student. Getting used to the lifestyle and coursework hasn’t been easy, but with the help I’ve received I have been able to fit in comfortably and Loughborough has become a second home for me. I feel welcome here.
They provide things that make life easier here, such as providing a car park, which means when my family come to visit we don’t need to worry about parking, time and money. As well, I love to jog and can go jogging at any time, even during late hours. It feels really safe.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
Just do it. It is not easy at the beginning I can tell you for sure, but whatever you study you will find your way around. There is a lot of help and support everywhere so you won’t be alone.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
It is very easy to get involved here as a mature student. I have letters from the halls I am living in as well at the University about opportunities to get involved. It is a busy life here and I have already met and made some great friends.
It’s great being a student here at Loughborough. Every day when I walk into my studio I feel happy and part of something big. I like seeing students around me and being part of a student community, and especially as a mature student you don’t feel your age here. To be honest, I don’t even see myself as a mature student. I feel just like a student, which is great. Age doesn’t matter here.
Has Loughborough inspired you?
Yes, of course! It has helped me to push my artistic/designer boundaries. I tried things that are out of my comfort zone, and have learnt and experienced a lot (for example I would never thought that I would go and create something with plastic). I’ve also met new people and made new friends.