Politics and International Studies

Undergraduate study

Richard Dangerfield

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

Why did you choose Loughborough University?

Choosing Loughborough University presented me with the opportunity to combine my interest in history with my passion for sport. Knowing I would be able to study towards a versatile degree in a top 10 UK university whilst also pursuing my sporting ambitions in the country’s foremost facilities made Loughborough a very straightforward choice indeed.

 

Moreover, Loughborough and its student experience came highly recommended, so I knew I would thoroughly enjoy myself, both inside and outside the classroom.

What do you enjoy about your course?

The broad approach of the first year afforded the opportunity to explore unfamiliar units of study, such as that of the Atlantic world, as well as to develop essential academic skills. I particularly enjoyed the ‘Modern Europe’ course because it helped to contextualise my previous studies and was greatly inspiring in demonstrating the influence of history in today’s world.

 

Each module is accompanied by fortnightly seminars which are complementary to lectures and are very useful in consolidating and furthering knowledge derived therefrom. The small groups in which seminars take place provide considerable scope to engage with historical sources and debate, and are predominantly student-led.

What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities provided by the University?

The department’s lecturers are renowned academics in their respective fields and never fail to deliver their courses with stimulating verve, as such. Interaction is always encouraged, and the range of available resources – including many online journal subscriptions, library texts and IT facilities – allows me to engage with my education to the fullest.

What kind of support have you had in the department and from the University?

I have made use of meetings with my academic advisor in which we discussed coursework feedback, as well as how I might best use the university’s careers network. I have also maintained frequent contact with my assigned peer mentor, who has been extremely helpful in sharing their experience on matters such as the transition to university and exam preparation.

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

Whilst I am not entirely sure of my graduate route, I believe that my degree would be well suited to a job in the civil service. Of course, the skills of critical analysis, logical organisation, and effective communication which an education in history develops are valued highly across a broad range of careers. A degree from Loughborough University and the outstanding graduate prospects that commands will stand me in good stead for the future, wherever that may be.