We spoke to the Dean of Loughborough University London to see what the University has achieved during their first year at Here East

Loughborough University London has done more in just twelve short months than we could have imagined: over 800 postgraduate taught and research students have enrolled since 2015, over £1M has been invested in scholarships and PhD studentships and over 200 hours of volunteering and fundraising has taken place across the local area. We thought it was time to catch up with the Dean of Loughborough University London, Mike Caine, to find out how the campus has got off to such a strong start.

Q: Tell us about what you offer at Loughborough University London?

M: We offer a collaborative, innovative and inspiring learning environment, bringing together world-leading scholars, dynamic organisations and creative individuals with the emerging talent and leaders of tomorrow. Our programmes, which combine real-world learning with theory-rich lectures, are delivered through our five Institutes and Academy:

Q: You have a great mix of disciplines, from design innovation to digital technologies and entrepreneurship. What do your students get out of this broad offering?

M: Our students not only develop an in-depth knowledge of their chosen subject area, but also gain cross-disciplinary experience. Our students learn from, and network with, pioneering thought-leaders from a range of organisations – from multinational companies to small entrepreneurial start-ups, from private to voluntary sectors, and the eminently creative local London community in and around Here East.

Q: What you’re doing certainly fits in perfectly to our community. Tell us why you chose Here East.

M: Here East is a unique location that suits us perfectly: our size, scale and ambition means that London is the obvious destination for our growth; while our modern, ambitious and outward-looking philosophy mean that East London is the place to be. Here East offers easy access to central London but also provides students with a space and environment that encourages cutting-edge thinking. Here, we can grow and prosper.

Q: How do you feel being at Here East?

M: It’s a feeling of anticipation for our University and for the site as a whole: this is London’s first purpose-built tech and creative hub. Students can learn not just from a world-class university but from a range of businesses – large and small – that are coming up with the ideas and products of the future. Being at Here East means that our students are at the heart of innovation and creativity, and we look forward to collaborating with our new neighbours. Our future at Here East is long and bright. We’re not only educating, we're sharing expertise, designing and making too. This is a new home for Loughborough, and we’re already putting down some very deep roots.

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