Loughborough University London welcomes West Ham United Foundation as a new supporter of its scholarships for local people

Loughborough University today officially welcomes West Ham United Foundation as a new supporter of its Inspiring Success scholarship programme.

Since 2015 Loughborough University London has offered a route to a postgraduate degree for unemployed and underemployed graduates from east London through its Inspiring Success programme. Originally developed in conjunction with Loughborough University Careers Network and the London Legacy Development Corporation the programme is an initiative designed to provide employability support and funding for unemployed or underemployed graduates from Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. 

Over the past eight years over 100 local people have benefited from the scheme with 50 unemployed or underemployed graduates going on to be awarded 100% Scholarships to study a postgraduate degree at Loughborough University London.

Professor Tony Edwards Dean of Loughborough University London said “The scholarship is a real win, win for us as a campus. We get a great group of talented students who make a tremendous contribution to our learning community on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and those that take part then invest the skills they gain back into east London.  It is a true testament to the universities commitment to be part of the community here in east London.”

Joseph Lyons Chief Executive Officer of West Ham United Foundation said, “I am delighted to be uniting the West Ham family with Loughborough’s investment in local people.  As one of the world’s best universities for sport we know that Loughborough can help to nurture the talent we see in east London every day. We are keen to play our part and would encourage all those eligible to apply to do so. We are especially interested in supporting the care experienced community, as we know this group face significant challenges and are vastly underrepresented within H.E.”

In investing in the scheme West Ham United Foundation will be offering routes for participants to gain experience within the Foundation. This might take the form of short work experience opportunities, research collaborations and challenge-based projects.

Recruitment is underway for Loughborough’s 2023’s cohort – for more details please see our website.

Notes for Editors:    

Inspiring Success is an initiative, designed to provide employability support and funding for unemployed or underemployed graduates from Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. Now in its ninth year, Inspiring Success has supported over 100 local graduates to identify their strengths, reflect on their experiences and develop a pathway to reach their future career goals. To find out more about Inspiring Success and the application process please see our website.


The picture shows Jesse Foyle from West Ham with Professor Nick Jennings, Vice-Chancellor and President of Loughborough University, and one of our current Institute for Sport Business students Kumaran Parameshwaran at our Collaborative Project show.

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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.

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