Student Success Academy

The Student Success Academy offers a wide range of personalised opportunities and tailored programmes designed to help you unlock your full potential during your time at university.

A large number of students, arranged for a photo, at the Get Ahead Together Celebration evening 2023

At Loughborough, we have invested in a wide range of initiatives focused on access to our undergraduate courses and the success and progression of all students, particularly those traditionally underrepresented in Higher Education.

Research highlights that students traditionally underrepresented at university are less likely to ‘get in and get on’ – progressing to a year-long placement, attaining their full potential academically or achieving the same level of graduate employment as their peers.

Our Access and Participation Plan provides further information about this and the initiatives adopted by the University to reduce inequalities at all stages of the student journey.

Supporting you: Contextual admissions, Financial support, Wellbeing and Inclusivity, Student Success Academy, Future Talent Programmes. Providing a sense of belonging, reducing awarding gaps and employment opportunities.

Tailored to You

With a focus on skills development across all stages of the student journey, the Student Success Academy puts the spotlight on key transitions including coming to university, moving into and out of your placement experience, stepping up to final year and becoming a graduate. 

We listen to your experiences and help you to overcome any barriers to achieving your own version of success, whether academic, personal or career specific.

Impact to Date

Our Year in Review Highlights 2023-24

  • 2900+ unique students participating overall.
  • Over 94 workshops and events delivered.
  • 304 1:1 Academic Success Coaching appointments held.
  • 37 Academic Success group sessions delivered to 689 students.
  • Over 991 hours of peer and alumni mentoring provided.
  • 46 mentors recruited and trained.
  • 95 paid internships offered through Talent Match Programme.
  • 47 paid internships awarded to students traditionally underrepresented at university.

Student Success Stories

A student talking to a staff member at an exhibition

Black Talent Programme student

I’d like to say a massive thank you. Your guidance and encouragement has been invaluable with the placement process, especially helping me to understand the value being myself and presenting confidential and genuinely – not just conforming.

Students talking to a staff member at an exhibition

Get Ahead Together mentee

I was quite lost in the first few weeks of semester one, but this has been immensely helpful across semester one and two. I feel more settled into university and confident about succeeding in my course.

Students looking at materials on a desk at a Student Success Academy event

Get Ahead Together Peer Mentor

The thoughtful sessions delivered to the mentees by my fellow mentors were also relevant to me. The exchange of ideas is a really exciting aspect of being a peer mentor – you get to learn so much from both the mentors and your mentees.

Last Updated: 1st May 2024