Lauren Heria

Country / region
United Kingdom
Graduated from
University of Nottingham
UK/EU and International Scholarship (2:1 degree)

Lauren currently studies our MSc Sport Business and Innovation programme within the Institute for Sport Business.

Before studying at Loughborough University London, Lauren studied at the University of Nottingham.

Why did you choose to study at Loughborough University London?

I wanted to return to studying to complete a masters degree that would help to progress my career, within the sports industry. Loughborough University London gave me the perfect opportunity to study at a world leading institution for my subject area, whilst remaining in my home city of London.

What attracted you to your programme?

The prestige of studying a sports course at the number 1 University in the world for sport-related subjects was certainly a very big draw. The course content is also very real-world and industry focused, which was appealing for me, as someone who had already begun their career. I also consulted with Loughborough University alumni, who spoke very highly of the institution and which also factored into my decision to apply.

What do you enjoy the most about your course/Loughborough University London?

I am really enjoying getting the opportunity to learn from industry experts, who often deliver guest lectures. This provides a great insight and also a fantastic opportunity to network. It is also great studying as part of such a diverse cohort. Within discussions, we have such a broad range of different lived experiences so conversation are always rich, and the differing opinions and approaches challenges us to learn beyond our comfort zones.

How do you think studying a master's degree is helping you to reach your future career goals?

My masters degree will help me to reach my career goals by giving me a broad understanding of the sports sector and the different roles within it. The course is also equipping me with the knowledge to succeed in my chosen career, within sport. Beyond the course content, the opportunities to network and undertake real world business challenges through the Future Space office have already helped me establish myself within the sports community. The continued support of the Future Space service and the alumni service beyond my graduation will also be very beneficial in helping me to achieve my career goals.

How do you like to spend your time away from your studies?

When I am not studying, I am playing football for Leyton Orient Women's FC. As a female footballer, it's ideal being based in London as there are lots of opportunities to continue my playing career alongside studying.

Do you have any advice for students moving to London?

My advice would be to try and meet people on your course and at the University. You'll have a mix of Londoners like me, who will be more than happy to introduce you to our home city, as well as students from all over the globe who may be feeling the same excitement or anxieties as you. By creating a group of friends to talk to and share the experience with, you'll have a great support network to share in the highs and lows of the journey. Remember, everyone is new to the institution so don't be afraid to chat and make friends, that's certainly been a highlight of my journey so far.