Collaborate Ignition's biggest attendance to date.

On Wednesday 17th November Loughborough University London held its annual Collaborate Ignition event with its biggest attendance to date.

More than 200 students, organisations and staff came together from around the world to join this years virtual collaboration. The event was opened with a message from our Vice Chancellor Professor Nick JenningsProfessor Jennings explained how the university was hard wired to collaborate with industry, government and society due to the applied nature of the research of its incredible staff.  Professor Jennings was followed by inspiring words from Gavin Poole, CEO of Here East, who spoke of creating a collaborative community on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  Finally, Prof Tony Edwards, Dean of Loughborough University London, also gave his vision on how the London campus is connecting its staff and students to collaborations that are transforming research and lives. 


The event was the starting point for activities for the Collaborative Dissertation for this year’s set of postgraduate studentsThe Collaborative Dissertation is a whole campus opportunity whereby students can opt to explore completing their largest module; the dissertationnext summer, in collaboration with an external Partner Organisation. 


To help ignite conversations and connections between potential collaborators, this year it was decided that the schools overarching research themes of Sustainability, Development for Social Change and Inclusive Innovation should provide the focus for the eventThe event united eighteen panellists who shared insights and opportunities from the following organisations: Manifesto, Voi, Lendlease, Vertical Farming Project, Zaptec, Carbon Intelligence, WHO, Modulairty Grid, Citizens UK, FCDO, thisgreatadventure, The Valuable 500, Supercrease, LLDC, Plexal, Samosa, Echo, Hackney Wick & Fish Island CDT. 


Collaborate Dissertation is a free-to-collaborate opportunity and has been of high value to many organisations to dateIt has helped them to explore new areas of research with academic rigor while also helping them connect with and potentially source highly talented and sought-after Loughborough University London graduates.  


Students, organisations and staff have until 1st February to continue the connections for collaboration. Prospective collaborating Organisations can also propose research questions to the whole student cohort.  Interested students will then be able to respond back with a video pitch to help decide whether to commence a collaboration. 


To join Collaborative Dissertation as a Partner Organisation this year, a short research question can be proposed through this form hereIn addition, a pre-submission exploratory call can also be arranged here.  Proposals are required by 1st February while it’s encouraged to make the proposal as soon as convenient. 

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.