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Dr Sophie Hyde Pronouns: She/her BA English, MA Creative Writing, PhD English and Creative Writing (Poetry)

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Student Success Manager


Sophie leads the Student Success Team responsible for the design and delivery of several new and interconnected projects under the Student Success Academy, including our Diversity and Inclusion programmes. Together, these initiatives offer a holistic and innovative skills development package designed to help all students to achieve their full potential through lifelong skills. The projects include: Ludus Gold, Ready Set Loughborough, Personal Best+ (including Micro Internships), Academic Success Coaching and our Future Black Talent Programme. 

Sophie joined Careers Network in 2019 as Student Enterprise Adviser following several years of studying (English and Creative Writing) and working (Marketing and Advancement) at Loughborough while running her own creative business. Having worked as a coach for students and graduates wishing to start their own businesses, Sophie is an advocate for the development of entrepreneurial skills and operationally led the Student Enterprise team as part of Loughborough Enterprise Network (LEN) until 2021. As Student Success Manager, Sophie is part of the Management Team and takes an active lead on EDI (including Access and Participation) and Marketing and Communications. 

Emma Dodd Pronouns: She/her

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Academic Success Coach


Emma provides 1:1 and group coaching to help students achieve academic success, working with them to increase their motivation and reach their full potential. Through in-person and virtual delivery, Emma researches and delivers on a range of skills, including time management, organisation, prioritisation, procrastination and perfectionism, work/life/study balance, study planning, routine setting, presentation skills and communication.

Emma has worked in Higher Education since 2018, joining the Student Success Academy at Loughborough University in 2022. Prior to this she worked in various careers services supporting students in 1:1s and in groups. Emma is currently completing her MA in Coaching with the University of Huddersfield.

Gemma Francis Pronouns: She/her BA (Hon) Youth Studies

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Work and Opportunities Officer: Diversity and Inclusion


Gemma is responsible for supporting the Student Success Team, focusing on students from underrepresented groups, leading on the Future Black Talent and Talent Match programmes.  She liaises with employers and external organisations for events to generate and sustain meaningful work experience opportunities for students, and offers student communication services to maximise their experience and engagement whilst at Loughborough University and beyond.

Recently graduating from Nottingham Trent University Gemma joined Careers Network in 2022 bringing with her 14 years experience of working predominantly in the Criminal Justice System with young people, adults and families. She has a particular interest in Widening Participation and supporting BME students with academic studies.

Hemisha Harji Pronouns: She/her BA (hons) Sociology, ILM Level 3 Coaching

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Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator


Hemisha leads a small team with the aim to level the playing field for students from under represented groups and empower and enable them to secure placements and other forms of work experience. This is done through a range of programmes, including the Future Black Talent Programme, student appointments and workshops, employer and guest speaker sessions, competitions and more.

Hemisha joined Careers Network in 2012 as an Information Assistant and worked her way up to Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator having completed various ILM courses including coaching. Over the years, Hemisha has worked in many teams working with graduate employers, academic schools and students. Being an ethnic minority and a first-generation university graduate from a low income background who struggled with her own career, Hemisha has an understanding of the difficulties and barriers underrepresented people can face and is passionate to eliminate these for other students.

Sally Morrison Pronouns: She/her BSc (Hons) Sports Science with Management, ILM Level 3 in Effective Coaching, Member of AGCAS.

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Academic Success Coach


Sally provides 1:1 and group coaching to help students achieve academic success, working with them to increase their motivation and reach their full potential. Through in-person and virtual delivery, Sally researches and delivers on a range of skills including: wellbeing, confidence, resilience, motivation, self-awareness and reflection, identity and belonging, procrastination and perfectionism.

Sally has supported university students in various roles for a total of six years, joining the Academic Success Coaches in October 2022. Sally is passionate about providing a safe and consistent space to understand yourself in order to maximise your potential. Alongside this role Sally is a Trainee Psychotherapist, training with the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute.

Dr Ellen Nicholls Pronouns: She/her BA(Hons) English Literature, MA Nineteenth-Century Studies, Ph.D English Literature (Poetry)

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Academic Success Coach


Ellen provides 1:1 and group coaching to help students achieve academic success, working with them to increase their motivation and reach their full potential. Through in-person and virtual delivery, Ellen researches and delivers on a range of skills, including: academic writing, critical thinking, motivation/confidence, presentation skills, referencing, research/dissertation skills, resilience, time management, and well-being.

  • School of Social Science and Humanities (SSH)
  • School of Business and Economics (SBE)
  • School of Mechanical, Electrical, and Manufacturing Engineering (MEME)
  • School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical, and Materials Engineering (AACME)
  • Final year students
  • Postgraduate students (taught and research)

Ellen has worked in higher education since 2016, joining the Student Success Academy at Loughborough University in October 2021. Prior to this, she worked as an academic coach with degree-level students at Derby College, specialising in teaching critical thinking, research skills, and academic writing. In 2019, Ellen completed her Ph.D in English Literature at the University of Sheffield, where she also worked for 2 years as a seminar tutor teaching on core English Literature modules for first and second-year students.

Andy O'Hara Pronouns: He/him BA (Hons) Media Production, ILM Level 3 Leadership and Management

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Student Success Co-ordinator


Andy’s role is to provide specialist coordination for a portfolio of key skills development programmes designed to significantly contribute to Access and Participation targets, student experiences and positive graduate outcomes. This is delivered with the support of the Student Success Officer, colleagues in Careers Network and working with other stakeholders across the university such as the School and College Liaison Team and the Students’ Union.

Andy joined Careers Network in November 2021 as Student Success Coordinator. Prior to this, he has worked at all levels of education including secondary, supporting progression with English, further education, with progression towards positive destinations and at the Students’ Union of a leading university working with academic-based student societies. In this previous role he created and managed multiple projects enhancing the student experience and streamlining processes for student committees, particularly around training. He also led significant elements of large events such as the Welcome Fair and was responsible for bidding for, winning and delivering a national event celebrating student societies. 

Afra Padmore Pronouns: She/her BSc Sociology

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Graduate Assistant (D&I)


Afra’s role is to work alongside the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator in running, assisting and promoting a variety of diversity and inclusion programmes, events and workshops such as the Future Black Talent and Talent Match. She will be offering support to current students and graduates who are looking for advice and guidance in their search for placement and work opportunities.

Afra joined the Careers Network in 2022 with a background working with small social enterprises. She is experienced in managing projects aimed to broaden opportunities for marginalised young people including BAME and disabled individuals as well as working in social media marketing to promote mental health support for university students. This reflects her passion for equality and accessibility in the education system.