Loughborough University London celebrates first graduation ceremony

Loughborough University London celebrated its first ever graduation ceremony on Thursday 15 December, honouring the achievements of more than 200 students.

The graduation ceremony was presided over by Loughborough University’s Pro Chancellor Lord Sebastian Coe. It was an opportunity to celebrate and honour Loughborough University London’s first cohort of students, many of whom have already secured employment in their chosen careers.

One such student is Sid Kohli from India, who graduated with an MSc in Sport Business and Innovation.

Sid has already started working as a Junior Creative Producer for BT Sport, which is based in the same building as Loughborough University London.

Speaking about his time at the London campus he said: “When looking for a university I wanted somewhere with a strong sporting pedigree, an excellent reputation and a focus on employability. Loughborough University London ticked all the boxes, and more.

“My time here has been incredible, and ultimately has led to me securing my dream job at BT Sport.”

Speaking after the graduation ceremony, Professor Robert Allison, Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University, said: “This is a wonderful day for Loughborough University London, marking the culmination of months of hard work for our students. They also have the honour of knowing that they were our first graduates, paving the way for many more to follow in their footsteps.”

Professor Mike Caine, Dean of Loughborough University London added: “This has been a historic day for our campus and for Loughborough University as a whole. Our first cohort of London students have made history by being the first to graduate on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. There has been an incredible buzz on a campus, as our graduates and colleagues share in celebration and reflect on what has been achieved over the last year.”

An honorary degree was also awarded to Dr Paul Brickell, Executive Director for Regeneration and Community Partnerships, London Legacy Development Corporation, at the ceremony. He was made an Honorary Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the advancement of East London via delivery of the 2012 Olympic Games legacy plan.

View the press release on the Loughborough University website for further information and resources.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. 

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and named University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. 

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. 

The University has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which recognises institutions that deliver consistently outstanding teaching that is of the highest quality found in the UK. 

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking. 

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.