Loughborough University London welcomes visitors from Chicago for globally minded Hack

Over a week in June Loughborough University London welcomed students and staff from DePaul University in Chicago for a study exchange experience.

The trip was organised to share the practical entrepreneurship activities undertaken by students as part of their learning in London.

A key part of the exchange was a hack to look at a business challenge from a local start-up company After:Work.  Students from Loughborough University London and DePaul University teamed up to look at how After:Work could grow its social media following and turn likes into sales.  The winning team were able to create a new brand identity, a short video and some insight into developing followers for the company. For their efforts the winning team all took home one of After:Works’s products.

The trip also saw the students visit several parts of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in east London.  They visited The Trampery on the Gantry, Plexal and 90 Mainyard as well as observing a speed interviewing session as part of the FFWD pre-accelerator.

Ben Cole, Stakeholder Development Manager for Loughborough University London, said: “We have built a truly world class student experience here in London.  It is brilliant to share a small part of this with visitors from across the globe. #LondonisOpen and we are very proud to share it.”

Chicago and London are sister cities after Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and former Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel signed an agreement to collaborate in 2017.  It is hoped the trip will foster further collaborations between DePaul and Loughborough.

If you are interested in developing links with Loughborough University London we are currently taking bookings for 2020’s summer programme.  Please contact Dan Robinson to register your interest.

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.

The University has been awarded five stars in all areas according to the independent QS Stars university rating scheme. It has also been named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019 and the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2019, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 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 in 2017.

Loughborough has risen to 5th place in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2019 and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014). 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.