Robert Barrow

Country / region
United Kingdom
Graduated from
University of St Andrews (Scotland)

Robert is a studying our Sport Business and Leadership MSc programme.

Before beginning a master's at Loughborough University London, Robert studied his undergraduate degree at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Why did you choose to study at Loughborough University London?

As an institution renowned for academic and sporting excellence, Loughborough University London seemed the logical next step as I continue to quench my thirst for academic intrigue as well as boost my future employability. Attendance at open days, meeting members of staff and current students, and exploring the campus, only reaffirmed that this was the place to be if I wanted to pursue a career in sport. From first discovery of the London Campus and the Sports Business and Leadership Programme, I felt as though I had stumbled across a hidden gem in the heart of the Olympic Park and I couldn't wait to get started.

What attracted you to your programme?

As someone who had really engaged with Management modules revolving around leadership at Undergraduate Level, the way in which the programme appeared to interweave a study of sport and a study of leadership really stood out to me. The opportunity to learn from experts in the field, as well as hear from real-world sports leaders seemed like a fantastic way to ground my academic work in rich leadership case-study examples, as well as inform the direction I wanted my career to head in. The range of module choice and the opportunity to undertake self-driven, individual and collaborative projects seemed like the perfect opportunity to develop my own skills as well as satisfy personal intrigue.

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

The thing I enjoy most about my course is the opportunity to meet like-minded, yet diverse people, and make the most of the discussions and conversations that arise as a result. Furthermore, hearing from such a wide-range of sports leaders, each with their own set of stories and careers path, acts as inspiration for us as students as we begin to think about our future beyond studies.

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

I think a Master's Degree combines an opportunity to develop academic and employability skills in equal measure. Whilst hearing from external speakers helps to inform our own career decision-making, independency in terms of what we decided to write about and research allows us to explore and become experts in a field which we may wish to pursue a career in. Opportunities for meeting new people and building our LinkedIn network, will no doubt provide us with useful connections to make the most of when we enter the world of work.

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

The fantastic thing about studying sports is that you are studying your passion! Away from my studies I am a keen golfer and enjoy any opportunity I receive to watch live football. My local team is Watford and so being in London ensures I am never too far away to watch games whenever I have the chance. I also enjoy exploring London by foot to ensure I make the most of being in such a unique, global city. You never know what you might stumble across!

Do you have any advice for students moving to London?

Other than "go for it" I would definitely recommend coming and having a look at the city and at the campus before undertaking your studies. London is a big city which can be daunting at first, so I think making sure you feel at home before you begin your studies will ensure you are able to get stuck in as soon as classes start.