Loughborough University London hosts Collaborate Project Show 2022

The University’s London campus saw the return of the annual Collaborate Project Show, bringing together students and Partner Organisations to solve real-world business and organisation challenges.

Approximately 200 attendees and exhibitors convened at Plexal Theatre at Here East for the first time since the pandemic. There were 23 Partner Organisations involved this year including: West Ham United Foundation, Street Child United, Trade Finance Global and StepTribe.

The show was the final instalment of the Collaborate programme. Students worked over the course of 10 weeks in 85 small teams, overseen by an academic Project Lead, and collaborating with their Partner Organisation. They deconstructed their brief, and researched and tested out their ideas before showcasing their proposals.

Ashley Gray, Learning Partnerships Manager said: “It was fantastic to be able bring everyone back together in-person this year. Building on the foundations of digital collaboration tools activated during the pandemic, we’ve been delighted to work with such an adventurous group of Partner Organisations from London and beyond, while also see an increasing number of our alumni bringing in their employers or indeed, their own founded organisations."

Our students and Partner Organisations have once again raised the collaboration bar, so we very much look forward to developing projects in preparation for next year’s cohort over the summer.

Natasha Roston from Trade Finance Global (TFG) added “All the teams took time to really get to know TFG to fully understand our needs. The research and understanding for this complex and niche industry was fantastic.

We thoroughly enjoyed the process and engaging with the students throughout the project. Seeing their determination to address the challenges we face and developing problem-solving skills to tackle them with creative solutions was lovely.

The Collaborate team are currently looking for Partner Organisations for the 2022/23 programme. Applications should be submitted by 1 September.a group of people standing next to a flip chart

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.