Loughborough University London Alumni support Inspiring Success programme

The Loughborough University London Inspiring Success programme, which is currently in its 6th year, is a two-part programme. Its aim is to enable unemployed and underemployed graduates to pursue a career by providing employability support and access to scholarships for postgraduate study at Loughborough University London.

In early June, three graduates from the Inspiring Success programme shared their experiences with the 2020 cohort. The session gave current applicants the chance to hear the successes our three graduates have had since graduating and gave them the opportunity to ask any questions. The session also gave our alumni the opportunity to meet and inspire our local East London graduates involved in the programme and meet the diverse talent within this year’s group.

The three alumni were Clayton Thomas, Simeon Marriott-Dixon, and Jesse Williams. They each spoke about their experience at the University and offered some insight into their time as part of the Inspiring Success programme. They also discussed where they have progressed to, how the programme has benefitted their employment success, any challenges they faced and where they might be if they had not have taken part in Inspiring Success.

Prior to the Inspiring Success sessions Clayton was working as a Receptionist at Here East, he now works as a Project Support Officer for LLDC. Clayton enthusiastically opened the discussion with our Inspiring Success cohort. He spoke about how the programme helped enhance his career prospects and encouraged participants to keep in contact with the staff at Loughborough University London to build their networks.

Similarly, Simeon discussed how Inspiring Success helped him develop contacts and networks to enhance his career progression. He reminded our current cohort of their talent and encouraged participants to bring their previous experiences to the programme and scholarship to enhance their experience whilst studying at Loughborough University London. Simeon now works as a Senior Youth Support & Development Worker at London Borough of Hackney.

Finally, Jesse, who now works as an Inquiry manager at the House of Commons, discussed how the programme opened his doors to lots of options after he graduated. He encouraged participants to keep in touch with the staff on the London campus, for any further support they may need in the future. Jesse said that postgraduate study helped him “come out of his shell” and has led him to be in a happier position with his career.

All of the alumni agreed that the participants should get involved with extra, non-curricular activities to get the most out of their experience and in particular all three chatted about the outstanding sense of community here at Loughborough University London.

Participants and staff enjoyed hearing from our alumni. Thank you to ClaytonSimeon and Jesse for inspiring the latest cohort and embodying what Inspiring Success is all about.

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.