Zoe Browning

Current student

Course
Menu User Experience Design MA
Study area
Design

User Experience Design was an industry that I wanted to explore further. For me, I wanted to feel well-equipped with the specific skills to make an excellent UX designer before considering a job in the field.

What were you doing before you joined Loughborough?

I studied BA (Hons) Industrial Design and Technology also at Loughborough University for four years. I have been at Loughborough for a very long time!

What do you enjoy the most about your programme

The sheer variability of modules and their industry connections. I have completed modules with Sainsbury’s and O2 to smaller social innovation projects with the local Loughborough community. I also enjoy the diversity of student backgrounds before studying MA User Experience Design. We have students that have experience in design, psychology, and that have come from employment. This provides fresh perspectives and, I believe, teaches me to learn to work well in cross-disciplinary groups, something widely implemented in industry.

Describe what it is like to be a postgraduate, and how this differs from undergraduate studies?

I feel as though I have closer connection to industry than ever before. The majority of my modules have had some level of industry engagement. This allows me to not only develop client-based interaction skills but also provide opportunities to create links with companies that could lead to potential future employment.

Describe a day in the life of a postgraduate student?

Typically, I would engage in seminar-style lectures, which creates a great hands-on learning experience. Next, in my own time, would arrange group meetings for creative sessions depending on the stage of the design process, we were at. This may include meeting with clients, interviewing and co-designing with target users or analysing data collected from earlier research. Either way, as a UX postgraduate designer, you are always guaranteed to use post-it notes in your day!

How do you like to spend your time away from your studies?

I have utilised my Master’s year by participating into the famous hall life at Loughborough, by competing in IMS sports events and taking a leadership role as the RAG (charity work) and Stash (designing hall clothing) rep of John Phillips Hall. This was special as we won Hall Committee of the year, the first time ever that a postgraduate hall has won in Loughborough’s history!

Why did you decide to study?

Although it was offered as a module in my undergraduate, User Experience Design was an industry that I wanted to explore further. For me, I wanted to feel well-equipped with the specific skills to make an excellent UX designer before considering a job in the field.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I would like to be established as a UX Designer/ Researcher in an in-house design team or design consultancy. I am very keen to utilise my product design skills learnt in undergraduate and combine them with the UX skills I have learnt this year.

If you could give one piece of advice to a future student, what would it be?

It’s important to have a good work life balance particularly as a postgraduate! Get involved with as many areas within the university as you can, so you can say that you got the whole Loughborough Student Experience! A year of study goes fast!