Inspiring Success: career guidance and support for East London graduates

Inspiring Success is a two-part initiative, designed to provide employability support and funding for unemployed or underemployed graduates from the East London Growth Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

About the programme

Now in its fourth year, the initiative has supported over 70 unemployed or under-employed graduates from across the boroughs, and has already seen twelve individuals graduate with postgraduate qualifications from Loughborough University London. The Inspiring Success programme is delivered in partnership with the London Legacy Development Corporation and was recently supported by a kind donation from the Peter Cruddas Foundation.

I am exceedingly grateful for the opportunities presented to me because of partaking in the Inspiring Success programme. I must urge all local graduates to apply – it is a once in a lifetime opportunity!
Clayton Thomas

What does it involve?

The Inspiring Success programme is delivered in two stages. First, you will attend a series of insightful workshops to identify your strengths, reflect on your experiences and clarify the steps needed to reach your future goals. Next, eligible participants will be given the opportuny to apply for a 100% scholarship to study a master's programme of their choice. More information on each stage of the progamme is provided below.

Stage one: employability workshop series 

The first method of guidance and support is offered through a series of evening workshops which have been designed to encourage graduates to develop new skills, reflect on their experiences and market themselves to potential employers.  The workshops cover topics such as positive thinking and the significance of mindset and resilience in the context of job hunting or career progression.

Stage two: 100% tuition fee scholarship 

At the end of the workshop series, suitable participants can apply to be considered for a 100% tuition fee scholarship to study a master's programme at Loughborough University London. Up to ten scholarships will be awarded to eligible applicants every year. To apply for the scholarship, you must have applied for your preferred master's programme and must be in receipt of an offer. To find out more about the scholarship and to submit an application for a master's programme, please visit our how to apply page.

If I hadn’t been awarded the scholarship, a Master’s degree from one of the UK’s top universities would never have been an option for me. Thanks to the scholarship, I can continue my studies and have the very best chance of achieving the career I have always wanted.

Shanite Harris

Why should I attend?

Inspiring Success will encourage you to reflect on your skills and experiences, before connecting you to leading employers to help you secure the next step in your career journey. It will also give you the opportunity to apply for a 100% scholarship to study a master's with a UK top 10 university.

Explore your personal potential and develop new skills and confidence

  • By working with fellow graduates and Loughborough University students in a variety of tasks and challenges, you will have the opportunity to identify, explore and enhance your skills for future success
  • You'll take part in a range of team tasks and interactive problem-solving challenges, which will enable you to make informed decisions and improve your collaborative working skills
  • You'll be given professional career guidance and coaching, which can be tailored to your personal ambitions and future career goals 

The Inspiring Success workshops gave me some great contacts and I’m really making the most of the opportunities Loughborough University London has given to me.

Vanessa Sarpong


Widen your horizons

  • Working with individuals from diverse communities and backgrounds, you will be encouraged to work collaboratively with others so you are ready to enter roles in a broad range of environments
  • You will be supported by careers specialists, University staff and business professionals to explore your potential and consider new career options
  • You will explore alternative developmental opportunities, such as further study and entrepreneurial routes

Make change happen

  • The Inspiring Success programme is designed to spark change – in self-awareness, confidence, skills and career success
  • You will complete the programme feeling empowered to take the next step towards your future career goals, whether you decide to enter further education, start a business, or apply for a role in industry

I saw a golden opportunity through a Newham workplace about studying at Loughborough University London. Winning  the Inspiring Success Scholarship has enabled me to develop my knowledge of diplomacy, international relations and politics, which are my main passions in life.

Paul Ntulila