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Loughborough University to open campus at iCITY on London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Loughborough University is to establish an academic campus, offering postgraduate and executive education, at iCITY on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

The development will open in 2015 and complement and expand Loughborough’s existing academic provision, enabling the University to further its world-leading research and innovation activities.

Teaching and research disciplines confirmed to date include business and management, media and communications, digital technologies and sport. A number of other subject areas are also under consideration. Further information is available from

Loughborough University in London will attract students from both the UK and overseas who want a London-based education, coupled with Loughborough’s strengths in delivering research and enterprise informed teaching and an excellent wider student experience.

Professor Robert Allison, Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University, said: “This is an outstanding opportunity for Loughborough to diversify and expand the high quality education it offers to both postgraduate students and those looking to advance their professional development.

“It will also provide the University with opportunities to further enhance its pioneering research and innovation that help to drive social change and boost prosperity. Loughborough prides itself in doing research that matters and makes a difference. Our new site in London will underpin this important aspect of the University’s endeavour, in parallel with new taught programmes.”

Ellie Read, President of Loughborough Students’ Union, said: “This is a fantastic development for the University. Loughborough already offers the best student experience in the country, which helps to prepare the University’s graduates for their future lives and careers. It is very exciting that Loughborough students on both campuses will be able to benefit from the increased opportunities that a site in London will provide.”

Loughborough University in London will be housed in 7,000m2 of what was formally the Broadcast Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It is part of the wider iCITY development, which will transform the former Press and Broadcast Centres on the Park into a world-class centre of innovation, education and enterprise, supporting the UK’s flourishing creative and digital industries.

Gavin Poole, Chief Executive of iCITY, said: “We are thrilled that Loughborough University has today confirmed they will establish an academic campus at iCITY. The University has an incredibly impressive track record of pioneering research and innovation. Loughborough’s decision to come to iCITY is an exciting development in delivering our vision of creating a world-leading digital hub where higher education, start-ups and established companies will be working side by side. We very much look forward to welcoming Loughborough University to iCITY.”

Loughborough has a long history of working in partnership with business to drive forward research and innovation for the benefit of society and the economy. A site in London will enable the University to connect with a wider range of organisations and to further the impact of its research and enterprise activity, helping to make a real difference to people’s lives, both within East London and beyond.

Loughborough University in London will align closely with the Government’s Tech City initiative, which is set to become a focus for high-tech growth and innovation in the East London and is currently home to thousands of businesses in the creative, new media and digital industries. Being close to businesses such as these will open up opportunities for the University to collaborate with some of the country’s leaders in these fields.

Work to redevelop the space to be occupied by Loughborough University in London is anticipated to begin later this year.


Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 13/49

  1. Aerial photograph courtesy of LOCOG.
  2. The Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University, Professor Robert Allison, and the University’s Director of Olympic Park Development, Professor Mike Caine, are available for interview.
  3. About Loughborough University
    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 was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the Best Student Experience in England every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the economy, business, society and culture, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 11 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.
  4. About iCITY
    iCITY will transform the Press and Broadcast Centres on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park into a world-class centre of innovation and enterprise, driving the regeneration of East London and stimulating long-term economic growth in the UK. It will create over 6,500 jobs, apprentice and training opportunities, supporting East London’s flourishing and dynamic creative industries.

    iCITY is a joint venture between Delancey, a specialist real estate investment and advisory company, and Infinity SDC, the UK’s leading data centre operator. It was established to undertake the transformation of the Press and Broadcast Centres on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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