The Mayor of London meets students on campus

The Mayor of London visited Loughborough University London this week, as part of a visit to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for National Apprentice Week.

Boris Johnson MP met with a number of local students who each received 100% scholarships to study a master’s programme at Loughborough University London, as part of a co-funded community engagement initiative with the Olympic Park.

The Inspiring Success scholarships are jointly funded by Loughborough University London and the London Legacy Development Company (LLDC) and enable unemployed and under-employed graduates from the East London boroughs to study a master’s degree at Loughborough University London.

Vanessa Sarpong grew up in Hackney and received a scholarship to study MA Media and Creative Industries from September 2015. Vanessa commented:

“Boris Johnson's visit shows his commitment to helping young people in East London and investing in their future. He knows the potential that young people have and wants to see us succeed in our respective fields. It is inspiring to see that a spotlight has been put on Hackney so that more people can see all of the amazing things happening in the community. I believe his visit will inspire young people to pursue their dreams fiercely and remind them that anything is possible”

Simeon Marriott-Dixon is also a local Hackney resident, who secured a 100% scholarship to study MSc Sport Business Innovation. He said:

“I had the opportunity to introduce myself to Boris and describe my exciting course. I told Boris about my dissertation topic, which focuses on sport and its ability to reduce youth crime. As a sports worker for Hackney Council, I have a passion for providing sporting opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and I was delighted to receive such positive encouragement from the Mayor”

The visit concluded with a tour of Loughborough University London’s impressive new campus for postgraduates, before Boris continued his visit to other Olympic Park residents, including BT Sport.

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.