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22 Oct 2014

Failure breeds success

Loughborough Students’ Union is hosting Fail Forward Loughborough’s second Failure Day on Saturday 15 November.

The event – comprising practical workshops and a range of guest speakers – will challenge typically negative views of failure, highlighting instead its important role in growth and learning.

A range of inspiring speakers have already been confirmed.

Lorely Burt MP was appointed Women in Enterprise Champion in April 2014 to promote and support female entrepreneurs in the UK. She has enjoyed a varied career as assistant governor in HMP Holloway; running her own award-winning training company; and, in the political sphere, as the MP for Solihull.  

Peter Keen CBE – Loughborough University’s Director of Sport Advancement and Strategy – will discuss the significance of failure en route to eventual sporting success. Over the years, he has played a vital role in British sport and its global development. He is credited with reviving British Cycling, and with Team GB’s 2012 Olympic success.

Loughborough graduate and founder of Version 22, Simon Lyons is an award-winning designer. His flagship product Geco Hub has recently been funded by Kickstarter – but it hasn’t always been an easy ride!

When he graduated from Loughborough in 2013, Alan Radbourne launched My One Pound Challenge. Twelve months on, he has turned his initial £1 investment into £20,000 profit. He now plans to write about his year of hard work and the lessons he learned along the way.

Mustafa Sarkar is a Research Fellow at the University of Gloucestershire. He has published in international peer-reviewed journals as well as the popular press, and has presented at various international conferences. His most recent work has focused on adversity and growth in Olympic champions.

Event organiser, Helen Ots says: “The Fail Forward campaign challenges our received understanding of failure by bringing people together to share their stories, and reposition failure as a positive step on the path to success.

“Our first Failure Day in March was inspirational. Our upcoming November event promises to provide an exciting opportunity for anyone who wants to be inspired to fail forward and achieve their goals.”

The event is open to everyone – University staff, students and the general public.

To find out more and book your place, please visit the Fail Forward website.

Event in a nutshell

Date     Saturday 15 November 2014
Time    10.00am–4.30pm
Venue  Loughborough Students’ Union

Keep up to date

Twitter              @failforward_
Facebook         www.facebook.com/letscelebratefailure

Notes for editors

Article reference number: PR 14/190

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 has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University in London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.

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