Loughborough University London supports research for Greenwich Smart City programme

Loughborough University London is a partner in the A Silicon Valley for Greenwich, a project that will contribute to the Smart City programme for Greenwich, launched last year.

The programme sets out how the Council proposes to implement ‘smarter’ approaches to the challenges it faces delivering services in the Borough and in creating new opportunities.

The research, which is being led by Ravensbourne and also involves the University of Greenwich, will focus on the preventative healthcare agenda for young people. The project will link healthcare professionals and digital providers with community networks and ensure that the needs and views of young people are addressed.

The experiences and views of the young people will be recorded through digital narratives. This will have a direct benefit to the young people who will be able to develop skills, build confidence and relationships, better understand personal needs and build trust with health care providers.

Loughborough University London will specifically lead the development, implementation and evaluation of the collaborative service design approaches throughout the project. These approaches will be used to engage the project partners and support the co-creation of the new services.

Dr Ksenija Kuzmina comments:

"The focus for this work is on expanding the notion of citizen engagement in the Smart City agenda in the particular context of preventative youth healthcare. The key for success will be to enable collaboration amongst all partners in order to co-create smart services that embrace the needs of the young people.

"Our work will also demonstrate the potential for Higher Education Institutions to act as catalysts for social innovation within their localities as part of the technological transformation of cities. The opportunity it presents for Loughborough University London to work in partnership with other universities is also particularly exciting."

The two research projects were awarded funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Social Innovation Fund following a ‘sandpit’ event. The event was organised in collaboration with the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE).

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.