Engineering Experience

Who are Loughborough University?

Loughborough is one of the largest engineering universities in the UK offering courses from its foundation in 1909. With fantastic facilities, strong links to industry and the best student experience spanning the last 10 years, we are thrilled to be running our engineering residential, Engineering Experience, aimed at helping Year 11 students experience what Loughborough University and an engineering career have to offer.

What is Engineering Experience?

Engineering Experience is a two day residential where successful applicants will stay on the Loughborough University campus in halls of residence and can choose three practical workshops and two industry talks. Each session will be run by our academics or an expert in industry and applicants are encouraged to pick subjects that they may not have considered before.

The event will include:

  • Workshops delivered by our academics, researchers and expert alumni in industry 
  • Content to help you explore different types of engineering and the careers they provide
  • Content to help you explore the different courses on offer at one of the largest engineering universities in the UK 
  • One night in student halls of residence and meals 
  • Sessions with current students for any questions about student life and living at Loughborough University.

Who is the event for?

Year 11 students who want to find out more about studying engineering at university.

Why would you want to come?

  • Experience university life
  • Understand the wide range of engineering topics available to you
  • Hear inspiring talks from industry experts
  • Enhance your personal statement and CV
  • Have fun!

Key details

Date: TBC July 2023
Cost: £60* (limited free places available - please see below for details)
Location: Loughborough University East Midlands campus

What does your £60 cover?

This covers everything in the lists above, as well as:

Accommodation – Students will stay in one of our halls of residence and be supervised by our School and Colleges Liaison staff. All bedrooms will be single occupancy, single bed and ensuite rooms. More information will be provided at Step 2: Book below.

Food (Four meals) - Lunch and dinner on the first day, breakfast and lunch on the second day. Students are welcome to bring money for extra snacks - please note that all outlets on campus are cashless.

Evening activities – After dinner, free time, activities, tours and talks will be provided.

Subject overviews

Chemical Engineering 

Chemical Engineers are at the forefront of important scientific and technological developments that are all about turning raw materials into everyday products. The food and drink we consume, the energy we use, and the medicines we take, all depend on technical know-how and ingenuity of chemical engineers. Our graduates oversee the safe manufacture of these products, all whilst managing resources and protecting the environment. Chemical engineers are also driving a sustainable revolution, researching and innovating in areas such as green energy.  

Materials Engineering 

Materials Engineering underpins global industry and stands at the center of many technological breakthroughs in recent history. It examines how things are made and how they can be improved. From materials working in harmony with the human body, such as implants and replacement joints, to the development of greener and more sustainable materials for energy, materials as a subject touches on all aspects of our lives, making it one of the most important and rewarding sectors of engineering.  


Bioengineering bridges the gap between engineering and medicine for the enhancement of human health. It is the application of engineering to biological and healthcare challenges. The field is rapidly developing, and bioengineers work in a wide variety of sectors globally, developing products and creating technology to help people achieve a better quality of life and break barriers in medical and sporting achievements. 

Civil Engineering 

Civil engineers create and connect the world around us while tackling some of the greatest challenges in contemporary society. They use new digital practices and sustainable solutions in order to transform our buildings and infrastructure worldwide, from bridges and railways to skyscrapers and sports stadia. 

Architectural Engineering 

Combining the creativity of architecture with the rigour of engineering, architectural engineers play a key role in the production of a sustainable built environment. They oversee the whole building process, from concept to construction, combining architecture, environmental design and structural engineering to deliver iconic, resilient and sustainable buildings. 

Urban Planning 

Cities around the world are threatened by climate change, rising sea levels, population growth and economic change. Urban planners have the ability to shape our world by changing how our cities are planned and developed to tackle these economic, social and environmental challenges, making our cities more sustainable, healthy and safe. 

Mechanical Engineering 

Mechanical engineering applies the principles of physics and engineering science to the analysis, design, development and maintenance of mechanical systems, defining how and why they work. Covering an extensive range of disciplines from dynamics and control, to stress analysis and thermodynamics, mechanical engineers are at the heart of a broad spectrum of global industrial sectors, ranging from heart stents to bullet trains. 

Manufacturing and Product Design Engineering 

Manufacturing and Product Design Engineering are two disciplines responsible for turning raw materials into new products, and then developing functional products to the correct specification, in the right quantity, as efficiently as possible, anywhere in the world. Through researching and developing new manufacturing processes, machines and equipment, product design engineers and manufacturing engineers turn ideas into reality. They are fundamental to global market success and require not only aesthetics and customer appeal, but also fitness for purpose, correct functionality and superior quality at a competitive price.  

Electrical Engineering

A modern integrated electrical circuit may contain several billion miniaturised transistors in a few square centimetres and is capable of doing the most extraordinary things. So, whether it’s mobile phones and computing, household gadgets, healthcare equipment, automotive and aerospace technology, renewables and transport infrastructure, defence or utility provision, Electronic and Electrical Engineering is integral to and embedded in the smooth functioning of our everyday lives and it is impossible to imagine a world without it.   

*New* Sports Technology

 Find out what part engineering plays in sport and how combing the two can lead to some incredible results and human feats. 

How to apply - ABC

Step 1: Apply

Applications open: 3rd January 2023

Applications close: 26th February 2023

What are we looking for?

We would like to know why you want to explore the variety of engineering fields.
What would you gain from coming and why would this opportunity be useful for you?

Step 2: Book

Soon after applications close, by 3 March 2023, we will contact you to update you on the success of your application.

If you are successful, you will be provided with further details and invited to book onto the event by entering your details, providing payment and making your five choices from our subject options.

Successful applicants will also be contacted directly about their eligibility for one of the free spaces* we have available.

Step 3: Come

Arrive on campus and see what Loughborough University and engineering have to offer.

We look forward to seeing you!

*Limited free places

A limited number of free places will be covered by the University and allocated to students based on a review of the application made in Step 1: Apply, with particular attention paid to the supporting personal statement.

We will consider every application received during this process, so it is beneficial to include any information that may be relevant to our decision making. 

*Upon verification, consideration for free places will be given to: 

  • Students in care**
  • Young carers 
  • Students with a disability 
  • Students in receipt of Free School Meals 
  • Students from a Low Participation Neighbourhood (LPN) - (as denoted by their postcode using the POLAR4 system).


*Please note that even if one of the above considerations applies to you, this can not guarantee your free place. If you are offered a free place on Engineering Experience, we will notify you directly. 

**Students from a care background may also be eligible for our travel bursary that covers the cost of transport to and from our campus for the event.

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