London project that saw over 660 students tackle real business challenges is celebrated at event

A Loughborough University London project, which challenges students to help solve real problems set by a wide variety of organisations, was celebrated at an event last week.

On Thursday (1 March), staff, students and company partners heard the outcomes and achievements of the latest Collaborative Project module ahead of its completion this spring.

The Master’s initiative, which commenced in September last year, has seen more than 660 postgraduate students work in 122 multi-disciplinary teams to deliver on tasks set by 19 organisations.

From helping London Stadium with its goal to become the most connected stadium in the world to suggesting ways EDF Energy Blue Lab can enhance home battery appeal through augmented reality, a variety of challenges were presented to the students.

NHS England asked students to think of ways to enhance appropriate usage of A&E and support international students to better utilise services.

The teams carried out qualitative research and suggested concepts such as an online network – supported by health professionals – for carers of the elderly and an NHS workshop for international students during Welcome Week.

A spokesperson from NHS England said they were “very impressed with the students’ dedication and enthusiasm” and hope “the outputs can be developed further to contribute towards improving healthcare services”.

Companies that also took part in the module include award-winning architects Foster+PartnersBT SportManifesto and independent creative agency HeyBigMan!.

The ‘Collaborative Project Show 2018’, which was held at Plexal, was opened by Dean of Loughborough University London Professor Mike Caine.

Professor Caine commented: “The Collaborative Project is, globally, one of the largest programmes of its kind. It brings together students from different disciplines, nationalities and cultures to address contemporary challenges set by a wide range of organisations through team-based action-learning with a focus on creativity and innovation.

“The recent World Economic Forum meeting highlighted the need to create a shared future in ‘a fractured world’ and I believe the Collaborative Project is helping do just this. Outputs from the module have the potential to deliver societal impact locally, nationally and internationally.”

The Collaborative Project, now in its third year, is open to all full-time and part-time students at Loughborough University London.

Design Innovation Management student Cheryl Cheung said of her experience: “It was really exciting to be a part of the Collaborative Project. It gave us the opportunity to translate our learning into a practical strategy that helps address real-world challenges.”

For more information on the module or how to become a collaborating organisation, click here. A YouTube video of the Collaborative Project 2017/18 can be found here.

View the press release on the Loughborough University website for further information and resources.