Brad Mason

Sociology BSc

Why did you choose to study at Loughborough University?

Having previously studied my first year at a different university, Loughborough University allowed me to move away from home, gain independence and study a subject that I am really interested in.

What's your favourite thing about Loughborough?

My favourite thing about Loughborough has to be the opportunities to get in involved in many different things. For me I was involved in mainly sporting events and competition with my housemates and coursemates, however, I was also involved in working for the University as a Student Ambassador as well as working for the Loughborough Students Union for three years.

Why did you decide to study your course?

I decided to do my course first due to how interesting the course sounded. It allowed for cross-departmental study which allowed me to keep up my Spanish language skills by having credit-bearing modules through the Language Centre. A big appeal for choosing this course was the opportunity to do a placement year. Loughborough has great employability and, through the Careers network, I received a couple of different offers from companies to join them for a placement year. I am now joining that company as a HR Generalist in September 2019.

What do you enjoy the most about your course?

As previously mentioned, the variety of modules study is great here and they are all really interesting. It is also quite a small team of staff within social sciences, which creates a really nice student/lecturer-friendly relationship. The staff are extremely helpful and very knowledgeable in the topic they are teaching as many are researchers as well as lecturers. Social and Policy Studies also have socials and subject-area teams. I participated in the subject-area 6-a-side team and met many friends from different year groups.

What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?

The staff are very friendly and helpful as long as you put the effort in yourself. Lectures are more like seminars, interacting with students, creating debates, and discussions. The library has great resources meaning you don’t have to spend your student loan on books!

Did you have a particular favourite module/project on your course? If so, what?

Personally, I really enjoyed the research method modules. From first year all the way through to final year, I have been learning about different research methods and conducting research that is interesting to me. I specifically enjoyed Ethnographic research which is what I used for my dissertation.

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

I have had great support from the Social Sciences placement team and the Careers Network whilst looking for my placement. My dissertation supervisor allowed me to work to the best of my ability through his support and guidance.

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

I have been offered a role which I will start in September 2019 as a HR Generalist at the company where I did my placement. My degree has taught me about important issues regarding race and gender within the workplace.

If you could give one piece of advice to someone thinking about coming to Loughborough, what would it be?

There is so much to get involved in beyond studying. There are activities for everyone to get involved in.