Mark Wills


I fully recommend studying Chemistry at Loughborough, I couldn’t imagine studying anywhere else.

Why did you choose Loughborough University?

The academic staff were the most enthusiastic and welcoming of any I’d met on other courses at other universities. They made me feel like I’d relax into university life and settle well into studying chemistry at a higher level. The campus “bubble” also attracted me as a comfortable close-knit place to be. The option to complete a placement year was something few universities were supporting but was an idea I really wanted to consider.

What attracted you to Loughborough in the first place?

The performance of the course in the university league tables was rising and gaining a positive reputation. Looking ahead to graduate life, I believe I will have an advantage having studied at Loughborough.

What do you enjoy about your course?

I enjoy the versatility of the course; each module is designed to help you understand topics in the best possible way. Having not studied maths at A-level, I was nervous that I’d find it extremely challenging and be left behind, but I was supported well in my first year so I could reach that higher level of understanding and felt very catered for.

What do you think about the teaching quality and facilities?

The new STEMLab chemistry labs contain so much new equipment that I feel I am working on modern equipment in a modern environment, and it is setting me up for working in the real world.

Do you have a particular favourite project/module on your course?

Organic chemistry became my favourite subject area. After really disliking it at A-level, I was surprised how my interests grew as I settled into the course.

What are some of the exciting/different things you can do on your course?

It’s not only about studying and learning chemistry, there is loads to get involved with. Chemsoc organise socials and sports events all year round, integrating students from all years and staff members who all have a great time.

What do you think about the social life on campus?

The plethora of activities to get involved in is endless. There is a society for everyone (not everybody is sporty, either.) If there isn’t, there are bound to be others with similar interests and you have the opportunity to start something new.

What would you say to someone considering studying chemistry at Loughborough?

I fully recommend studying Chemistry at Loughborough, I couldn’t imagine studying anywhere else.