Politics and International Studies

Undergraduate study

Isabelle Keith

Qualification(s): BA (Hons)
Course: Politics with History 

Why did you choose Loughborough University?

When I first visited my friend almost 3 years ago she took me to the union and showed me the campus and I knew it was where I wanted to be. When I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to pursue Politics or History as a degree, Loughborough was the only university out of my choices that offered a combined course and I knew that was the course I wanted to do.

What do you enjoy about your course? Do you have any examples of inspiring moments on your course?

I like the way the course is set up as roughly 80% politics and 20% history and my favourite thing is that we get to choose a module from outside the discipline, this year I chose to do a criminology module and it is so interesting and compliments my course. I really enjoy how the history lecturers interact with the students and how the lectures and tutorials are interactive. I always want to attend and look forward to each new section.

What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?

I think the teaching quality is amazing, the politics lectures and tutorials allow for debate between the students and give an opportunity to hear new opinions. The lecturers always hold the interest of the students and introduce topics in interesting ways.

What kind of support have you had on your course and from the University?

From within my subject area the support has been fantastic, while I was ill and in hospital I missed a week of tutorials and two deadlines, one deadline I was granted a mitigating circumstance and the other was extended by a week, my lecturer was very helpful and sent me the mitigating circumstances form. I was also emailed the tutorial powerpoint presentation and given a brief overview of what I had missed.

What do you hope to do when you graduate, and how will your Loughborough degree support this?

When I graduate I hope to work in the foreign office or the defence office in Westminster, my politics degree should help me but I am also hoping to do either a year or a semester abroad which should help define me in the pack of graduates hoping for a job. A year or semester abroad could help with language and diplomatic skills that would be helpful in both departments.