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Loughborough University

Loughborough University is one of the UK’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivaled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. Loughborough is located in the East Midlands region, has 3,000 staff and over 16,500 students. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top ten of student surveys, achieving 1st place in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2016.

LBOUGH is also ranked at the top of various student experience and satisfaction surveys in 2016. In recognition of its contributions, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen’s Anniversary Prizes. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, Loughborough University was ranked 9th amongst English universities for research intensity.

In 2014 Loughborough opened a new campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. The campus is in the heart of one of the most exciting new developments in London. Loughborough University London is part of a cluster of innovators and creative makers, known collectively as Here East. Here East is bringing together an emerging breed of forward-thinkers and digital makers through education, business, technology and media. We work alongside our collaborators to drive forward creativity and entrepreneurship across London.

Our outstanding research is generating globally important work that is driven by society’s need for solutions to real-life issues, ma king it cutting-edge and relevant to today’s societal challenges. Those who attend and teach at Loughborough have the opportunity not just to learn, but to imagine, create and do. Our learning environment inspires participation, innovation and a work ethic like no other. At Loughborough we are all on a journey to achieve our potential, challenge ourselves and be agile learners who get things done and done well. As a result, Loughborough is recognised internationally and our graduates are highly sought after. 90% of our students achieve employment following their studies or go onto further education.

Our research contributes at the very highest levels to new knowledge and understanding, helping business and industry to compete more effectively, shape public policy and, ultimately, help to improve the quality of people’s lives across the globe. Committed to excellence and impact we provide an environment where our academics and postgraduate researchers can excel. We are constantly questioning, testing and learning. It is characteristics like these, which are the reason we are gaining momentum and presence on the international stage and increasingly being recognised for the quality of our work.

Loughborough Doctoral College

Graduate House, located in the heart of the Loughborough Campus , is the hub of Graduate School activities. It provides social space and workspace for postgraduate taught and research students, as well as for mature undergraduate students studying at the University. The collective vision for the building was to create a space that is functional and practical, as well as attractive and conducive to learning and socialising .

The building comprises the Graduate School’s offices and training room, and the ‘Graduate Hub’. The name ‘Graduate Hub’ was decided by an online vote by postgraduate students and was seen as reflecting the role that the space will play in bringing together the University’s postgraduate community. The Loughborough Graduate School enhances the doctoral experience by promoting a vibrant community with outstanding support for personal and professional development. All postgraduate research students are members of the Graduate School, and are welcomed into our research community.

Team members
Prof.dr. John Downey Prof.dr. John Downey read Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University. He was a Senior Scholar at Gonville and Caius College and was the Graythorne Scholar and Beaumont Scholar at Jesus College. His PhD was about the Frankfurt School and John was a post-doc at the Graduate College for Communication Sciences at Siegen University in Germany. John came to the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough in 2000. He was a Visiting Professor of Sociology at Williams College, Massachusetts in 2007 and is currently a Visiting Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. John seeks to apply the work of the Frankfurt School to the study of media and communication. As well as receiving funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, the European Commission, and the British Academy for his research, he has engaged in work for the BBC Board of Governors, the BBC Trust, the Office of Communication, the Electoral Commission, the Commission for Racial Equality, and the Guardian newspaper. He is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College and also reviews for the European Commission, the Canadian Social Science Research Council, the Austrian Social Science Research Council, the Irish Research Council, the French National Research Council and the Volkswagen Stiftung. John is Director of the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture at Loughborough. He is Site Director of the ESRC Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership. He serves on the Executive Board of the UK’s Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) and is Vice-President of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).


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