Institute for Sport Business hosts first Careers Symposium

The Institute for Sport Business welcomed students, industry partners and alumni onto campus last week for the first Institute for Sport Business Careers Symposium.

The Symposium was developed by the Institute for Sport Business to give students and alumni the opportunity to interact with industry professionals and to expand their knowledge and networks.

The event began with a welcome from GlobalSportsJobs and Professor James Skinner, Director of the Institute for Sport Business. High-achieving alumni from the Institute, Sid Kohli and Lauren Estwick followed with presentations about their career and successes to date.

The event then divided into three tracks: Innovation in Sport, Sport Marketing, and Sport Analytics and Technology. The Symposium welcomed the likes of Lyndsey Eckhouse, Commercial Director for G2 Esports, Chris Pollard, Head of Innovation for the Lawn Tennis Association, and Shane Campbell, Head of Commercial Development for BT Sport among many others.

The Symposium concluded with an informal networking opportunity with students, academics, alumni and employers.

Dr Emily Hayday, Lecturer for the Institute for Sport Business and organiser of the event said:

We organised the Symposium to ensure that our students had exposure to our amazing industry partners, to give them not only insights into current trends in the industry, but also encourage them to think about their future steps after leaving Loughborough University London.”

Charlie Heyworth, a recent Sport Business and Leadership graduate said:

The Symposium was a great opportunity provided by the Institute for Sport Business to allow their students and alumni to network and find out about the new developments in the sport business sector."

Emily Royer, a current Sport Business and Innovation student said:

The Symposium has been a great opportunity to hear from leading experts in the industry and to network with a view to learn more about how to get involved and how to advance our careers."

The Institute for Sport Business would like to thank GlobalSportsJobs for powering the Symposium.

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.