'Inspiring Success' stories celebrated at awards evening

Loughborough University London honoured the achievements of its first Inspiring Success graduating scholars on Thursday September 15 and announced the winners for 2016.

Each year, Loughborough University London offers people from across the East London boroughs financial support to study for a Masters at its Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park campus.

The University has partnered with the London Legacy Development Corporation to provide the Inspiring Success Programme and Scholarships, open to unemployed and under-employed recent graduates from the boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

It is estimated that there are more than 2,000 graduates living in East London struggling to find graduate level employment. The Inspiring Success Programme was established to tackle this problem by offering up to 50 people from East London the opportunity to join a two day employability workshop.

Attendees are then invited to apply for one of ten Inspiring Success Scholarships, which provide 100% funding to study on one of Loughborough University London’s postgraduate programmes.

The Inspiring Success Awards evening brought together the graduating scholars and the successful applicants for this year’s intake. It was led by Loughborough University Vice Chancellor Professor Robert Allison.

Speaking about the event, Professor Alison said:

“The Legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games continues to be truly transformational for East London. I believe our Inspiring Success Programme and the linked Scholarships to study at our campus in London offer a truly transformational opportunity for local graduates, giving them access to a relevant and vibrant curriculum and putting them on the path to success.

“It was fantastic to meet some of our graduating scholars and celebrate what they have achieved during their time at Loughborough University London. We are thankful to LLDC for partnering with us for the next three years to enable us to offer even more people the chance to join the Loughborough family.”

Paul Brickell, Executive Director of Regeneration and Partnerships for the London Legacy Development Corporation, said:

“Raising aspirations and helping people to fulfil their potential is a key part of the London 2012 Games legacy and the Inspiring Success course, in partnership with Loughborough University London, is just one way in which this is being delivered.

“We congratulate this new cohort of east London scholars who are about to embark on their masters courses; there’s no doubt they have bright futures ahead of them.”

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.