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Loughborough University and Tech  Mahindra have agreed a partnership

Professor Chris Linton Acting President and Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University with Manish Upadhya, Head of Sports Technology Vertical, Tech Mahindra.

Loughborough University to partner with Tech Mahindra

Loughborough University has joined forces with global technology giant Tech Mahindra, a leading provider of digital transformation, consulting and business re-engineering services and solutions.

The long-term partnership has been supported by the UK Government’s Department for International Trade.  It is centred on the collaborative development of sport innovation and sport technology to create new opportunities for research and enterprise.

The partnership will focus on:

  • The advancement of diversity and sustainability in sport
  • Opportunities to progress sport through 5G, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR)
  • Research into how sport is being played and will be played in the future
  • The future development of how sport is being consumed and will be consumed
  • Sport innovation acceleration, including the scale up of emerging companies

Professor Chris Linton Acting President and Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University said: “The partnership with Tech Mahindra enables us to strategically build on our established strengths in sport and technology.

“It also opens up opportunities for colleagues working across a broad spectrum of disciplines, right across the University community. I’m particularly pleased that research, teaching and enterprise activities are all planned. This integrated approach will, I’m sure, deliver enduring value to both parties and I’m excited to see what develops from this pioneering partnership.”

Jagdish Mitra, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Growth, Tech Mahindra, said: “We are excited to partner with Loughborough University to build the sports ecosystem of the future. This collaboration between Tech Mahindra a global digital transformation company and the world’s leading sports university will focus on filling technology and domain related innovation within the industry, so we can tap into the full potential of sports which will leverage technology at the core for performance and experience.”

Manish Upadhyay, Head Sports Technology Vertical, Tech Mahindra, added: “Our collaboration with Loughborough University will enable the sports industry to benefit from both academic and technological advancements. In line with TechM NXT.NOW, this partnership demonstrates our commitment towards transforming how a game is played, how fans are engaged and how next generation of athletes are trained.”

The UK Minister for Investment, Gerry Grimstone added: “Our world-leading universities are just one reason why the UK is such an attractive global investment destination. This is a great initiative between Loughborough University – who lead the way in research and development in sport, and Indian tech giant and major investor Tech Mahindra.

“This collaboration builds on the growing UK-India trade and investment relationship and puts us at the forefront of sports technology. At our Global Investment Summit later this year I hope to see more partnerships like this to drive innovation and growth across the UK.”

Notes for editors

Press release reference number: 21/197

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, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2021 QS World University Rankings and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2022 and 10th in the Guardian University League Table 2022.

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. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.