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Testimonials from The Gulf

What better way to find out about life at Loughborough than to hear it from our current students and alumni:

Current student testimonial: Salman Hesham Kameshki

What course are you studying?

Architectural Engineering and Design Management. I am currently a first year student. 

Why did you choose to study at Loughborough?

I choose to come to Loughborough because I believe it provides the best student support and learning experience any student can have. It is made up of a good team of academics, lecturers, and students. Loughborough University provides the perfect learning environment. It is located in a nice small town, where everything i need is available to me, and I am surrounded by many cities in case i choose to go out for a change over the weekend. 

Why did you choose your course?

I have always found that I have a passion for buildings, understanding how they work, what they are made of, and how they function. This course provides that for me, it provides a variety of modules that will help put me on the path to the career I want.

How have you found the teaching on your course?

So far i am happy with the teaching on my course. I have a personal tutor that I see when I need any kind of guidance, that helps support me if and when needed. Lecturers take the time to explain and answer any question asked by the students. They also provide us with lecture notes that help us with our revision for coursework or exams. I enjoy that on some modules we have the ability to view the lecture at any time at home, as it is recorded using the re-view system that the university has.

What sort of help and support did you receive to help you adjust to living and studying in the UK?

Initially i needed support with finding accommodation, the university guaranteed me accommodation and helped give me the room that i wanted in the hall of residence that i wanted. I also received support from members of the international office in terms of advice on how to adjust to the weather changes, food availability and other stuff. “IT” services provided me with a lot of support in terms of connecting to the university network, and accessing my university account from off site locations. 

How have you found your student experience? What have you got involved in outside of your studies?

So far the student experience at Loughborough has been great! I’ve taken part in quite a few activities away from my degree such as meet and greets at different events. I’ve attended some international events that have allowed me to meet other international students from different countries like Germany, Brazil, and Norway. I’ve taken part in some societies as well, and am also part of the Arab society. 

What do you hope to do when you graduate? How do you think your Loughborough Experience will help with this?

When I graduate I would like to continue on and complete my masters and i hope to do that at Loughborough uni as well. The university experience here at Loughborough has helped make me a more independent individual, self disciplined, organized, and prepared for work. 

What do you enjoy most about your time at Loughborough?

There is so much to love about Loughborough i can’t really specifying one thing. I would say I enjoy the variety of activities that i can be part of here, such as the societies at the student’s union, or playing a friendly game of football with my flatmates. There’s always something to do here at Loughborough, and i always find something to do. Loughborough fair is the highlight of my time so far, i had an amazing time there. 

To anyone considering applying to Loughborough University, what would you say?

Loughborough would be the ideal learning environment for your education. You would also have all the support you need from all the members of staff and lecturers. The students union will always be there to make sure you are happy with your time here at Loughborough. if i was to choose my university again, Loughborough will always be my number one choice :)

Alumni Testimonial: Muhammad Salaar Waqar

What course did you study?

BSc (Hons) Management Sciences

Year of Graduation


What are you doing now?

I am an analyst on the Graduate Programme for Barclays Corporate Banking

How did you get there and how did Loughborough University help you?

One of the great things about the Business School programmes is the mandatory Industrial Placement year. The entire process is a great experience, right from making a proper CV for the first time, to applying for jobs, to interviews right till the end of your placement year.

The help and support received from the university is immense, including CV/Interview workshops, employer presentations (from the best in the business), one-to-one mentoring, mock assessment days, specialised job boards and many others, although you still retain the responsibility of finding a job.

With a focus on working in finance, I found myself with a job offer from Barclays in the Corporate Banking division for my placement year working within the Risk function and was lucky enough to get a permanent offer towards the end of the year. Having had a very enjoyable year, there was no hesitation for me in accepting the offer and I have subsequently joined the Graduate Programme following my graduation in July 2014.

What do you hope to do in the future?

I am sudying for a professional Finance qualification (CFA) and hope to achieve the chartership over the next couple of years. My degree programme was of immense help in setting a solid foundation to prepare for the qualification.

Whilst my current focus is concluding the Graduate Programme and achieving the Professional Qualification, ultimately, I am striving towards becoming a global leader in the finance industry and making a positive difference to one of the most central industries that surrounds us

What if anything would you have done differently during your time at Loughborough University to help you prepare better for your career/life upon graduation?

Make more use of the amazing resources at Loughborough; whether that’s the massive library, digital resources, the 100s of societies, the careers centre, one of the best student unions in the country, etc. You will just not have access to this kind of stuff when you leave university!

What advice would you give now to a student studying your subject at university now?

University is the stepping stone to adult independent life. You will be expected to take the initiative, approach lecturers, self-study and of course, multi-tasking is necessary.

Don’t be afraid of asking questions

Be even less afraid of putting yourself forward for any extra initiatives, responsibilites.

Alumni testimonial: Faisal Alshawa

What course did you study?

MSc. Sport Science

What year did you graduate?


What are you doing now?

Currently, I am working in the Aspetar Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Hospital in Doha, Qatar. Being part of the National Sports Medicine Program within the hospital, I provide nutrition services for the U23 Qatar National Football Team, otherwise considered as the ‘Olympic’ football team.

How did you get there?

Aspetar Hospital has always been an aspiration of mine and so I tried as hard as I can to get my foot in the door and be involved. Through applying online, I was fortunate enough to get picked for the next round of interviews. One thing led to the other and now I am here and really enjoying the work thus far.

What is your background?

Prior to attending Loughborough University to attain a Master’s in Sports Science, I completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Ever since I entered the field of Sports Science, Loughborough University has always stood out for having one of the most prestigious and renowned Sports Science programs in the UK, not to mention the great sport facilities and teams it has. With that being said, I always knew Loughborough University would be my first choice to attend.

Where are you going?

My bigger goal in life is to be able to work for a Football club in Europe or the UK and so I am doing the best I can to reach this goal. Through my work experience in Aspetar, as well as learning from my colleagues who have vast expereince in Sports Nutrition, I one day hope to achieve my dream of working for a top football club.

What if anything would you have done differently during your time at Loughborough University to help you prepare better for your career/life upon graduation?

During my time at Loughborough, I gained some work experience at a nearby football club called Quorn FC. As this was a semi-professional club, I only attended training a couple of times a week – leaving me with 5 days of no work experience. Looking back, I would have gotten myself involved at another club or even a sports team at Loughborough University in order to gain further experience dealing with athletes in a sporting environment.

What advice would you give now to a student studying your subject at university now?

My number one advice entails getting as much work experience as you possibly can parallel to your studies. Education is a great way to develop yourself, but the ability to apply what you know is a whole other ball game. As a student, it may be difficult to find a paid job or internship, so expect to work for free, which is what I did during my time at Loughborough University. And most importantly, set goals for yourself and do whatever it takes to achieve those goals. Follow your passion and dreams and never give up.

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