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Loughborough University

About Loughborough University

Loughborough University is one of the UK’s leading universities and holds an array of awards and accolades that evidence their performance across all areas of delivery, including research, sport and student experience. With a turnover of over £350m, they have over 17,000 students and 3,500 staff working across two outstanding campuses, one of which is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. 

We have partnered with Loughborough University for several senior finance roles over the last couple of years. We hear from Mark Chester at Loughborough University below.

The recruitment brief

Our aim is to attract strategic business partners that are looking to work in an environment which remunerates and rewards in a different way to the private market. Many applicants don’t initially consider working in higher education and are often surprised by the diverse range of activities we engage in beyond education and research, many of which are of a commercial nature.

Choosing an agency

I am inundated with speculative CVs from recruitment firms who do not take the time to understand our structure or requirements. Distinct consistently provides a personable touch and genuinely looks to build relationships and an understanding of our business and the team. They also have a great reach of contacts in the East Midlands finance market.

Distinct’s talent acqusition director, Ian Hallam, smiling at a colleague who is off-camera.

Recruitment challenges

It’s a challenge to reach the right calibre of applicant, at the right time, in a buoyant job market. After an unsuccessful recruitment round, Distinct worked with us to build a bespoke advert that brought to life the role and real benefits of working at the university.

Campaign outcome

We have successfully appointed a number of roles across the team in the last few months and they are starting with us at various points in the next two to three months. I’m confident they will bring the skills we need and be a great fit with the existing team.

Recommending Distinct

My advice to prospective customers would be to establish that connection and open dialogue with Distinct as soon as possible.

Mark Chester, Head of Commercial Finance at Loughborough University

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