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.