Loughborough Alumni

Our alumni

Richard Bennett

Managing Director: Bhubesi Pride Foundation

Richard graduated with a degree in Industrial Design and Technology in 2005. He has since founded his own charity to engage young people in Africa through rugby.

Why did you choose to study at Loughborough University?

Loughborough appealed to me immediately. I loved the sporty campus feel, which I felt would make my own transition from school really easy. It had several courses I was interested in and, thankfully, I was offered a place!

How has Loughborough University inspired you and helped you to progress in your career?

Loughborough made me! I even think I had post-Lboro-stress after leaving. I threw myself into everything (well, as much as I could) Loughborough offered. I felt my course (Industrial Design) was a busy starting point, but the activities, sports, the union, great people and ski committee all shaped me. The University gave me the platform to kick on to teaching, a career I followed for three years before founding an African children sports charity.

Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to current or prospective students looking to study the same course that you did?

Industrial Design at Loughborough was fantastic. It was full on, and with lots of assignments and classes in all corners of the campus, we got a great opportunity to meet and work with different people and really challenge ourselves.

There was lots of presenting, which terrified me then, but prepared me for today. I am pleased I did a course that pushed me. If you want to stretch yourself, a course like this is for you.

Did you take part in any extra-curricular activities during your studies? If so, how did this impact upon your Loughborough experience?

Yes, I was social secretary on the ski & snowboard society and played a bit of hall tennis and 7s. Great fun, awesome to be part of!

Can you tell us about your career journey so far?

After Loughborough, I worked in London periodically and then completed a PGCE at Exeter and taught for three years in Cheltenham. I then founded a charity, promoting rugby and its values in Africa.

Can you tell us more about your rugby charity?

The rugby charity I founded is Bhubesi Pride Foundation. Our operations centre on a 7-month expedition overland through nine countries in Africa, promoting rugby and its values. We work with a host of stakeholders, coaching coaches as well as children and we initiate additional projects to assist the community.

What do you love the most about your job?

Enabling sporting opportunities for young people, engaging inspirational African people and sharing our work through photo and video.

What does the future hold for you and what has been the proudest moment of your career so far?

I plan to take the charity to the next level and see where that process takes us!

Reaching Year 6 was a milestone year for the charity. It felt like, with our small team, we were beginning to make a sustainable difference through our work.

Find out more about Bhubesi Pride Foundation.

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