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18 Sep 2015

Loughborough University London scholarships awarded to East London graduates

Ten East London graduates have received full scholarships to study at Loughborough University London, which opens its doors to its first intake of students this month.

The Inspiring Success scholarships are jointly funded by Loughborough University London and the London Legacy Development Company (LLDC) and enable unemployed and under-employed graduates from the East London boroughs to study a master’s degree at one of the country’s leading universities.

The scholars were officially welcomed to Loughborough University London at a special Celebration of Collaboration and Innovative Thinking (CCIT) event at the ArcelorMittal Orbit on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park last night (16 September).

The event showcased some of the forward-thinking collaborations and innovative plans taking shape on Loughborough’s new campus, and welcomed representatives from around 50 partner organisations including Barclays, England Hockey, IBM, Speedo, Fosters + Partners and EY.

Loughborough University Vice Chancellor, Professor Robert Allison said: “We are all incredibly excited about Loughborough University London and to be able to meet some of our first scholars was a real honour.  I look forward to following their Loughborough University London journey.”

Professor Mike Caine, Dean of Loughborough University London, added: “We are delighted to welcome our first cohort of scholars to our London campus and look forward to working with them to co-create an outstanding educational experience.  We aspire to equip and empower our students with the skills, networks and knowhow to embrace the challenges of an ever-changing global society.”

Paul Brickell, Executive Director of Regeneration and Partnerships for the London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “Raising aspirations and helping people to fulfil their potential is a key part of the London 2012 Games legacy and the Inspiring Success scholarships are just one way in which this is being delivered.  We are delighted that a number of local residents have secured scholarships with Loughborough University London. There is no doubt they have bright futures ahead of them.”

Gavin Poole, CEO of Here East commented: “At Here East we are delighted that Loughborough University London has awarded these prestigious scholarships to local students.  Community is central to the Here East project and we want local people to share in this project and benefit from it.  These scholarships provide a great opportunity for young people in this area to acquire the skills and knowledge that will open up an array of opportunities.”

Loughborough University London is based in Here East on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and provides postgraduate education and research opportunities with a particular focus on innovation and entrepreneurship.

A full range of Loughborough University London scholarships are available for 2016/2017.  Further information can be found here.

Notes for editors

Article reference number: PR 15/176

1. Photo caption: Pictured at the event from the left is Loughborough University Vice Chancellor Professor Robert Allison, Michelle May from the London Legacy Development Corporation, scholar Vanessa Sarpong and Dean of Loughborough University London Professor Mike Caine

2. 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 University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. It was 2nd in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. 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 London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.

3. London Legacy Development Corporation. London’s newest visitor destination, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, is a place unlike any other. Visitors to the Park are able to enjoy beautiful parklands and waterways, world-famous sporting venues, arts and events and spectacular views from the ArcelorMittal Orbit. As a new heart for east London, the Park will also provide new homes, jobs and a cultural and education quarter.

The London Legacy Development Corporation promotes and delivers physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the surrounding area, in particular by maximising the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.        

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