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17 November 2010 | PR 10/175

Successful city careers underway for Loughborough graduates

Three Loughborough University graduates are well on their way to successful careers after they won places on a London-based company’s first ever graduate recruitment programme.

Excelian Ltd is a highly successful specialist IT consultancy that works worldwide with investment banks and has taken on 12 graduates this year as part of a new programme. And with three of those highly coveted places going to Loughborough graduates Stephanie Price, Husna Patel and Toni Evitts, it demonstrates the employability of those who graduate from the University. All three graduated this summer with degrees in Computing and Management, Chemistry and Sports and Exercise Science respectively

“We work very hard to prepare our students for their careers and give them the best possible chance to succeed in getting a post in the career of their choice”, said Jenny Jones of Loughborough University’s student Careers and Employability Centre. “Many of our degree courses include a year’s work placement and these can offer invaluable experience to graduates looking to start their careers.

“These three female graduates are excellent ambassadors for Loughborough University and epitomise what we aim to achieve for our students. We wish them all the best in their future careers.”

Jeremy Ward, Chief Executive at Excelian is delighted to welcome the Loughborough graduates on board at an exciting time for the company as it opens additional offices in Tokyo and Sydney. “We were looking for maths or science based graduates with a 2:1 or above, preferably with a year in industry. We had numerous applicants apply for the 12 places and those who succeeded were very strong candidates. They are now undertaking a 12 week intensive training programme with a view to then placing them in their first client site based project shadowing one of our mid level to senior consultants.

“It is the first time we have run such as scheme as we would normally only recruit highly experienced specialists, so it is a testament to the successful candidates of the strength of their applications, their experience undertaken during their degree and our confidence in their abilities. Graduates can offer a business fresh thoughts and ideas and the three we have taken on from Loughborough are bright, innovative, ambitious and driven individuals and this mirrors our ethos as a company. Their career progression opportunities here at Excelian are second to none and we look forward to watching their development over the coming months.”

Loughborough University has also recently held a successful Graduate Recruitment and Placement Fair where over 120 businesses attended hoping to attract some of the UK’s brightest graduates. Loughborough is one of the top 20 universities targeted by large, graduate employers, according to the Graduate Market report published by Higher Fliers. Many of the University’s courses are designed and sponsored by industry, which means that Loughborough students develop the knowledge, skills and qualities required by business.

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For all media enquiries contact:

Debbie Hughes
Senior PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228697
E: D.L.Hughes@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

1.  Excelian is a privately owned company with approximately 220 staff working across 20 countries from four regional hubs. The company was a finalist in this year’s National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2010, in both the ‘Best International Graduate Recruiter’ and the ‘Best Graduate Recruitment Marketing Campaign’ categories. There were six and four finalists in each category respectively. For more information about Excelian visit www.excelian.com

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 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 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 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.

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