New PhD Graduate Reflects upon Collaborative Nature of Loughborough University London

Shuyang Liu is Loughborough University London's first ever PhD student to graduate with a collaborative dissertation team across two institutes.

Shuyang Liu, a doctoral researcher within the Institute for Sport Business (ISB), has recently completed his PhD degree. He successfully defended his viva in June 2021 which was examined by Professor Simon Chadwick at Emlyon Business School and Dr Yang Zhao at Loughborough University London.

Supervised by Professor James Skinner, Director of the Institute for Sport Business, and Dr Anna Grosman, Senior Lecturer within the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE), Shuyang is the first PhD graduate to complete a collaborative dissertation working across two institutes.

Shuyang’s thesis titled ‘Business Model Innovation in the Ecosystem of the Chinese Super League’ investigates the emerging sport industry of the Chinese professional football league under the lens of business management theories. His research reflects the spark of knowledge between two distinct but connecting research fields. Shuyang has published his work in both sports field and management field which implies the value of collaboration. 

When reflecting on his experiece at Loughborough University London, Shuyang has said:

"Loughborough London has a fantastic research community offering a collaborative and innovative environment for research students and staff. I definitely benefit from the dialogues between my supervisors and their institutes which have truly broaden my vision and inspired me to explore cutting-edge research topics.’"

In speaking about being involved in the first collaborated supervision of a PhD research project, Dr Anna Grosman has said:

“It has been a fantastic experience throughout Shuyang’s PhD studies. Shuyang’s work draws on burgeoning business model innovation research and brings in an understudied context of Chinese football. It has been a great collaboration between the Institutes of Sport Business and Innovation & Entrepreneurship, drawing on our core expertise in building a unique field of study.”

We would like to say a big congratulations to Shuyang and also congratulations to James and Anna.

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.