News and events

10 Jan 2018

Graduate Grace returns to Loughborough - and is amazed by our new STEMLab facilities!

When Loughborough graduate Grace Curtis-Holsgrove came back to the UK to visit family and give a presentation to pupils at her old school, we invited her to rejoin us on campus and take a look around the University's newly opened STEMLab.

STEMLab, which opened in 2017, is a £17 million investment in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, and part of a wider £25 million investment in the West Park of our campus which includes the adjacent student learning and teaching hub. Of particular interest to Grace were the new chemistry laboratories.

Shown around by one of her Loughborough classmates (now a lab technician at the University), Grace (who graduated in 2015) was amazed at the transformation of Loughborough campus. "I felt a twinge of jealously," she told us. "I'd just missed out on starting my journey in the best possible way."

You can watch what happened when Grace saw STEMLab for the first time in the YouTube video below:

In the video, Grace says: "Thanks to STEMLab, a new generation of world-class science graduates is among us, and I can't wait to work with them."

Following her own graduation, Grace went to work for Shell Global Solutions as a Flow Assurance Engineer, so she can testify to the exciting and rewarding opportunities that exist for Loughborough chemistry graduates.

To read more about Grace's story, click here.

And to take your own virtual tour of STEMLab, watch our new "Look Inside STEMLab" video: