Graduate Forum success for a second year

Loughborough University London hosted The Graduate Forum on 21st July 2016. A wide range of speakers came to advise and assist with queries that graduates looking for work had and worked to enhance career prospects post-degree.

Our guest speakers included: Peter Vint from Everton Football Club, Stewart Park of GlobalSportsJobs, Michelle Faux and Emily Merchant from Unilever, Sophie Raymond from PwC, and a panel of five Loughborough University London academics. To find out more about each of the sessions please click on the below contributors:

Everton FC

Peter Vint discussed pride for Everton Football Club. He also shared his experiences as Senior Director of Competitive Analysis as well as his previous role within the United States Olympic Committee.


GlobalSportsJobs was established in 2011 in response to the changing needs of the international sports industry in an increasingly digital world. They boast that it has connected 1.2m sports industry professionals through the site.

Stewart explained that there are 820,000 companies across 200 countries in the sports industry and that Europe covers 58% of this job segmentation.

His tips excelling in the industry are:

  • Stay focused
  • Develop your skills, network and experience
  • Challenge yourself and stay ahead of the game
  • Stay in control
  • Be creative, think outside the box


Michelle Faux and Emily Merchant discussed the meaning of FMCG and the ways in which this is effective in a working environment. Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) are products like Marmite and Dove which are looked after specific Unilever employees.


Sophie Raymond shared her experiences working with PwC whose purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. They do this for clients by helping them tackle complex business challenges, improve how they work and create the value they need.

Loughborough University London

The Loughborough University London panel introduced each of the five institutes and explained the differences between masters and PhD courses, and all the options available.

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 2020 QS World University Rankings and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 8th in The UK Complete University Guide 2020.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

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.