Working at Loughborough University as researcher you are constantly pushed to pursuit the highest levels possible. It is a stimulating environment as you are surrounded by researchers who deal with many different aspects of engineering research, which are openly willing to help and offer their insight.
Dealing with student projects is the part that offers more in terms of learning process. It is common to deal with a variety of different projects, which involve different types of industry (aerospace, biomechanics, rubbers and... even food).
The management works great, is based on human relation and dialogue. The key to deal with the administration in Loughborough is by talking to people face to face.
You will have to expect a lot of travelling, conferences are a fundamental part of the job and you will be pushed to attend many during the year.
The hardest part of the job is obviously the problem solving process during research. You will be pushed to the highest achievable, which means stepping out of comfort zone. Most of the technical issues you will have to deal with are unique and nobody besides you ever faced them. This require a lot of spirit and intelligence.
The most enjoyable is definitely the travelling, I personally liked to spend all the spring/summer time of the year going to conferences, it allowed me to visit different countries and make contacts all over the world.