Loughborough University London announces new Associate Dean for Enterprise

Director of the Institute for Design Innovation, Professor Mikko Koria has been named the new Associate Dean for Enterprise (ADE) for Loughborough University London.

Mikko succeeds Professor James Skinner, who reached the full term of his position as ADE in September 2017. 
As part of the role, Mikko will provide strategic and operational leadership of the campus’ enterprise activities and long-term goals. He will work closely with external companies to enhance existing collaborations and develop new business partnerships in line with the University’s enterprise strategy. 
As the champion for enterprise activities across all of our taught and research programmes, Mikko will work with the University’s Enterprise Committee and Stakeholder Management Team to raise awareness of our enterprising opportunities amongst all students.
Mikko is also the Director of the Institute for Design Innovation, and maintains a strong research focus on value creation in design innovation, as well as the application of design into multiple contexts.
Prior to his role as Director of the Institute for Design Innovation, Professor Koria engaged in teaching and research in Finland, Japan, China, Brazil and Chile. He is also a Visiting Professor at Aalto University in Finland.
Before pursuing a role in academia, Professor Koria led a number of complex, multicultural and multidisciplinary organisations and initiatives, combining technical and social goals. He has a strong track record of managing teams and developing innovative solutions to a range of business and social problems.

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.