Support during your studies
The University Library
The University’s central learning resource is the Pilkington Library. The library aims to provide a complete range of services to support and enhance student learning, including:
- 8,000m2 of space with around 700,000 volumes, DVDs and CDs
- over 100 databases and 20,000 electronic journals
- over 1,000 study spaces, wireless networking and 140 PCs
- staffed enquiry points and an email enquiry service
- courses in study skills and information handling
- online reading lists
- 24/7 opening during revision and exam periods
- self-service units for borrowing/returning library books
The Library has over 80 staff and we provide a complete information and enquiry service and teach you how to make the best possible use of the wide range of resources available.
There are lots of individual study areas and also a flexible study space with PCs, tables, chairs and whiteboards where students are able to work in groups, use laptops/mobile phones and have cold food and drinks.
The University is investing £4M to transform the Library in 2013. There will be the addition of another floor providing state-of-the-art learning spaces, along with significant enhancements to the current resources.
The University provides a wide range of IT services for students, including software tools, online learning and teaching facilities, Internet and email access – all of which are accessible off campus.
IT Services offer guidance and training for our services as well as IT skills from word processing for essay writing to creating graphs and harts. Online training materials are also available, so you can learn at your own pace.
Our facilities include open-access computer suites across campus which:
- are usually open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- contain workstations for e-mail and web-based services
- support a range of software including the Microsoft Office and Adobe Premium suites
- have state-of-the-art applications, and learning/teaching software
Specialist IT facilities within the schools and departments also provide the latest hardware and software used in industry, for application in disciplines such as design and engineering.
Our wireless network is compatible with many universities around the world, and is complemented by our high capacity network, providing access from over 10,000 locations on campus, including study bedrooms in all University halls of residence.
The Hall Network Service, known as HallNet, also provides students who have their own computers access to the University network and the Internet.
Careers and Employability Centre
The Careers and Employability Centre (CEC) provides a wide range of services for all postgraduates. Our resources, tailored to help you to expand your skills and prepare for your next careers-related move, include:
- advisers with experience in working with postgraduates, offering a range of workshops on topics such as career planning and management, writing effective CVs and preparing for a variety of interviews in both academia and in the public and commercial sectors
- bespoke employer events for postgraduate students
- individual career consultations
- ready access to quick advice appointments
- a dedicated website for postgraduates
- a vacancy database with thousands of vacancies targeted at Loughborough students and graduates
- annual recruitment fairs, which are among the largest in the UK
- an extensive programme of employer presentations in both the autumn and spring terms
- access to the CEC’s alumni career contacts database
Our graduates are very highly regarded by employers, and the High Fliers’ ‘Graduate Market in 2013’ annual review listed us as the 13th most targeted university by employers.
Further details on where our graduates are employed can be found on our website.
Mathematics Learning Support Centre
The Centre is open to anyone who feels they might benefit from additional help with mathematics and statistics.
The Centre offers quiet, relaxed study spaces which offer non-critical help and support – from experienced mathematics and statistics lecturers – to students who are struggling, as well as those who simply want to improve their mathematical knowledge and skills.
- two superb resource centres with private/group study areas
- mathematics drop-in sessions – available four hours a day
- statistics drop-in sessions/free advisory service
- extensive paper/computer-based resources
- Eureka Centre for Mathematical Confidence