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Are you wondering who the Admissions Team at the Imperial College Business School are? Want to know our favourite places around the Imperial campus and our top admissions tips? Look no further.

We’ll speak to you regularly via phone, email and social media throughout the application process. You’ll get to know our names, but you might not get to see our faces until you arrive on the first day of term. Therefore, to help you get better acquainted with us, we’ve shared some information about our favourite places at Imperial and around South Kensington, alongside some of our top admissions tips!

Bridget Simpson

Bridget Simpson, MSc Admissions Coordinator

The programmes I look after are: MSc Finance & Accounting and MSc Investment & Wealth Management

In my free time I like to: go to Pilates, watch period dramas (Poldark is my favourite), and travel!

My favourite place at Imperial/around South Kensington is: Imperial’s Central Library as they do the best (and biggest) jacket potatoes on campus and have a great fiction section.

My favourite free thing to do in London is: Walk along the Thames South Bank at dusk – makes for some great Instagram photos if the sky is nice and you get to see some of London’s most iconic landmarks!

Top tips for applying to Imperial College Business School: Chat to our Student Ambassadors online! You can start talking directly to our current students online via the Unibuddy platform. They will be able to answer any questions you may have about studying at the Business School and tell you about their own experiences of studying here. I also recommend you regularly visit our Admissions Blog, which includes useful articles and advice about completing the different sections of your application. We will be updating this regularly throughout the 2018-19 cycle with more information and advice.

Emma Day, MSc Admissions Coordinator

The programmes I look after are: MSc Finance, MSc Business Analytics and Doctoral 

In my free time I like to: Plan my next holiday! I love travelling and always like to have at least one booked trip in the pipeline as well as lots of possibilities.

My favourite place at Imperial/around South Kensington isHarrods and the shops of Knightsbridge are less than a 10 minute walk from Imperial. I love going here at lunch time, particularly around Christmas when the shops are all decked out with impressive lights and decorations. 

My favourite free thing to do in London is: Picnic and wander around the parks. I live in South West London so am lucky enough to have two Royal parks (Bushy and Richmond Park) plus Wimbledon Common within easy reach, as well as the Thames River Path.

Top tip for applying to the Imperial College Business School: If you are invited to a Kira Talent interview then firstly, don’t panic. It may be your first time doing an interview like this so it’s natural to be worried, but remember that everyone else is in the same position and it is unlikely to be your last video interview if you apply for graduate schemes. See this as an opportunity to practice using video interview software so that you can build on this experience at a later date.

Ollie Waite

Ollie Waite, MSc Admissions Coordinator

The programmes I look after are: MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering and MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance

In my free time I like to: go on ‘food crawls’ with my friends (think bar crawl but with food) where we make our way across an area of London making pit stops at various eateries – there is so much good food in London and you can find some real hidden gems.  

My favourite place at Imperial/around South Kensington is: Kensington Gardens – I often go here on my lunch break when the weather is nice, the round pond is a great spot to sit and people watch. The Sunken Garden in the Palace grounds is well worth a visit (and free), and is the place where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement.

My favourite free thing to do in London is: to go running around London’s many parks and commons. If you take the train to Richmond there is a really picturesque running route along the Thames with plenty of pubs along the route if you get tired!

Top tip for applying to the Imperial College Business School: Ensure your references are submitted promptly after you apply – we can’t assess your application until we have received them. Missing references are one of the most common causes for delays in processing your applications. Contact your nominated referees in advance of submitting your application and ask them to keep an eye out for the reference request. Also be aware that we can’t accept references sent from personal email accounts e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook etc. they must be sent from their professional/institution email address.

Sarah Stubbings

Sarah Stubbings, MSc Admissions Manager

The programmes I look after are: MSc Finance, MSc Finance & Accounting, MSc Investment & Wealth Management, MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering, MSc Business Analytics (on campus, full-time), MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance, Doctoral 

In my free time I like to: Explore the countryside and spend time with my family.

My favourite place at Imperial/around South Kensington isThe Brompton Food Market. It has a fab deli and a secret garden – perfect for summer evenings!

My favourite free thing to do in London is: Visit the Sky Garden! The views are amazing. And there’s a bar! It’s free to visit but you must book tickets in advance.

Top tip for applying to the Imperial College Business School: If you will need to meet the Business School’s English language requirement, we strongly recommend you take a test before applying and submit your scores as part of the application. A strong result in an approved English language test will add weight to your application.

Jessica Hird

Jess Hird, MSc Admissions Coordinator

The programmes I look after are: MSc Management and MSc International Management

In my free time I like to: Support my beloved Huddersfield Town Football Club! I also love to meet friends and either cook or go out for food – Indian is my favourite. I’m a big bookworm and spend a lot of time reading.

My favourite place at Imperial/around South Kensington is: Hyde Park. I’m really lucky that I get to walk through Hyde Park to get to work – when it’s not raining that is!

My favourite free thing to do in London is: Cycle! Technically not free if you don’t own a bike, but the Santander Bikes are super cheap and you get to see so much. It’s more relaxed if you stick to the parks and cycle lanes!

Top tip for applying to the Imperial College Business School: Be as specific as you can in the careers section of the application form. We realise it’s not always easy to know what your target organisation and role in the future is, but we need to see that you have researched your chosen career path and have set goals for this. It’s a good sign if you can pick out top recruitment criteria in your chosen area and already have examples prepared of how you meet them.

Claudia Leiba, MSc Admissions Coordinator

The programmes I look after are: MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management, MSc International Health Management and Summer School

In my free time I like to: Catch up with friends, visit the various rooftop bars and restaurants in London and explore the many parks that London has to offer.

My favourite place around South Kensington is: Cheyne Walk, although it’s more towards Chelsea then South Kensington it is not far away and is easily walkable from Imperial. The road was once home to many British celebrities such as Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Elizabeth Taylor as well as some literary greats such as Bram Stoker and George Eliot. Many blue plaques adorn the houses and they provide a great insight to the history of the area and what it must have once been like to live there.

My favourite free thing to do in London is: to explore my area – Greenwich! Greenwich Market is open 7 days a week and there are a range stalls which cater for all tastes from food, to arts and crafts to vintage clothing. Another great free thing to do is visit Greenwich park and if you don’t mind paying then you can enter the Royal Observatory and stand across the world famous Meridian Line.

My top tip for applying to Imperial College Business School: Join your programme’s Facebook group as soon as you can. They provide a great way to see who your peers will be and you have the chance to reach out to them ahead of your course to make your first day less daunting as you may have already forged some friendships. The admissions and recruitment teams also use the group to keep you informed of any upcoming events we may have, such as information about upcoming Webinars and post articles about relevant topics, such as finding accommodation in London. 

Bailey Marques, MSc Admissions Coordinator

The programmes I look after are: MSc Strategic Marketing, MSc Economics & Strategy for Business and Summer School

In my free time I like to: I enjoy reading and attend a book club each month. I also love running and plan to do a marathon next year. With so many great parks in London, it’s easy to find a scenic route!

My favourite place at Imperial/around South Kensington is: The Victoria and Albert Museum!

My favourite free thing to do in London is: Visiting Primrose Hill. It’s the ideal spot to get a great view of London and enjoy the weather on a nice day.

Top tip for applying to the Imperial College Business School: We highly recommend taking the time to go through the FAQs for Master’s Programmes section of our website. The answers we provide cover a wide range of topics and are responses to common questions amongst applicants. By first looking through the FAQs you will save yourself the time of waiting for a response to an email, as well as gaining additional important information that may be useful to you as you work through the application process.

Steve Togneri

Steve Togneri, Senior Admissions Manager

The programmes I look after are: MSc International Management, MSc Management, MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management, MSc International Health Management, MSc Strategic Marketing, MSc Economics & Strategy for Business & Summer School.

In my free time I like to: Listen to music.

My favourite place at Imperial/around South Kensington is: The Science Museum.

My favourite free thing to do in London is: A free tour at the National Gallery – they focus on a few paintings in detail, giving an insight I wouldn’t get on my own.

Top tip for applying to the Imperial College Business School: In your Personal Statement, we’d like to know what motivates you, what experiences and achievements have shaped you as a person and informed your future goals. We know your future career is important to you and would like to hear about it here, but as your plans will be explained thoroughly elsewhere on the application, you don’t need to go into great detail in your personal statement. The statement is an opportunity for you to show us who you are and we look forward to finding out!

Joseph Robson, MBA Admissions Coordinator

The programmes I look after are: Full-Time MBA and Weekend MBA

My favourite place at Imperial/around South Kensington is: Holland Park – you’ll find peacocks in Holland Park’s beautiful Kyoto Garden. 

My favourite free thing to do in London is:  Gigs at The Old Blue Last.

Top tip for applying to the Imperial College Business School: Pre-study modules are a great way to prepare you for the year ahead. Try to make time to engage with the Hub and all the modules, it will get you up to speed for the start of term. 

Rachel Plume

Rachel Plume, MBA Admissions Coordinator

The programmes I look after are: Global Online MBA and Executive MBA

In my free time I like to: Travel to new places, learn new languages (I’m currently learning Spanish!) and go running.

My favourite place at Imperial/around South Kensington is: The Imperial College Farmer’s Market, which is on every Tuesday as they have lots of really great lunch options!

My favourite free thing to do in London is: to visit new bars and restaurants with friends as there are endless choices of new places to visit.

Top tip for applying: Reach out to an alumni, possibly someone from your home region or desired job sector. They can be really helpful and inspiring when considering your future plans.

Laura O'Sullivan

Laura O’Sullivan, Admissions Manager

The programmes I look after are: Full Time MBA, Executive MBA, Weekend MBA, Global Online MBA and MSc Business Analytics (part time – online delivery)

In my free time I like to: Catch up with family & friends, watch sport and travel.

My favourite place at Imperial/around South Kensington is: Prince’s Gardens – a nice spot for lunch if the weather’s nice!

My favourite free thing to do in London is: Wander around the sites with my camera and take in all the incredible views.

Top tip for applying to the Imperial College Business School: Meet your offer conditions as soon as you can.  If you are an international student, this will enable you to apply for your visa at the earliest opportunity.  Completing all conditions in a timely manner will ensure that you are able to put yourself in the best possible position for the year ahead without unnecessary pressure.

Crystal Grant, Director of Admissions

The programmes I look after are: Summer School, MSc programmes, MBA programmes and Doctoral programme  

In my free time I like to: Watch films, cook and explore the great outdoors.

My favourite place at Imperial/around South Kensington is: The Natural History Museum.

My favourite free thing to do in London is: to visit Hampstead Heath if the weather’s good, or one of London’s incredible selection of free museums and galleries if it’s raining!

Top tip for applying to the Imperial College Business School: There’s no better way to get a feel for the culture and atmosphere of a business school than by visiting in person. We run information sessions on-campus where you can meet staff, students and alumni and hear first-hand about studying at Imperial. If you can’t make in it to London, our Recruitment Team attend recruitment fairs around the world – and are always happy to put you in touch with students and alumni from your region.

Hopefully, you found our admissions tips useful and this post has given you a small insight into our lives outside of the Business School. If we haven’t already met you, we hope to meet you soon!

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