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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 around London, alongside some of our top admissions tips!

Finance Programmes Admissions Team

Bridget Simpson

Bridget Simpson, MSc Admissions Coordinator

The programmes I look after are: MSc Finance and MSc Financial Technology

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 collection of travel guides!

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.

Admissions tip: chat to our Student Ambassadors online! You can start talking directly to our current students online via the Unibuddy platform for all our programmes. They will be able to answer any questions you may have about studying at the Business School and tell you about their own experience.

Sarah Eggleton

Sarah Eggleton, MSc Admissions Coordinator

The programmes I look after are: MSc Investment & Wealth Management and MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering

My favourite place at Imperial/around South Kensington is: the Farmers Market on Queens Lawn every Tuesday lunch time!

My favourite free thing to do in London is: to wander around the Tate Modern.

Admissions tip: our programmes are highly competitive so it’s advisable to make an early application, if you can. Applying early will ensure you will be able to apply for scholarships and attend events specifically for admitted students.

Madeleine Hewison-Burch, MSc Admissions Coordinator

The programme I look after is: MSc Finance & Accounting

My favourite place at Imperial/around South Kensington is: the Serpentine Galleries in Hyde Park. It’s such a nice location and they have some really interesting exhibitions.

My favourite free thing to do in London is: to visit Broadway Market and walk along Regent’s Canal on a sunny afternoon.

Admissions tip: 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.

Sarah Stubbings

Sarah Stubbings, MSc Admissions Manager

The programmes I look after are: MSc Finance, MSc Finance & Accounting, MSc Investment & Wealth Management, MSc Financial Technology, MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering, Doctoral programme

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

Admissions tip: 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.

Management Programmes Admissions Team

Jess Hird

Jess Hird, MSc Admissions Coordinator

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

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!

Admissions tip: 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.

Adam Dean

Adam Dean, MSc Admissions Coordinator

The programmes I look after are: MSc Strategic Marketing, Summer School

My favourite place at Imperial/around South Kensington is: to walk down to Knightsbridge – a very short walk away (which takes you down the historic backroads right near Imperial’s halls of residence). There, you can check out lots of cool places to eat, drink and shop (perfect for lunch time). Additionally, you can go and have a walk around Harrods, which is especially nice to see around Christmas time.

My favourite free thing to do in London is: walking around the markets (nothing wrong with some window shopping). Aside from the bigger, central London markets, like Portobello and Spitalfields, but my favourite has to be the Tooting Markets – two different markets with lots to see and do – if you fancy an adventure south of the river. Additionally, if you fancy treating yourself, there’s tonnes of different street-food, restaurant and café outlets to try out or even a great place for drinks in the evening.

Admissions tip: don’t worry about your video interview! Some of our programmes have a video interview stage, which you complete on the Kira Talent platform. We are aware this might be your first time doing a video interview like this, and this is quite different from a person-to-person interview. Many graduate schemes also use this type of interview in their recruitment process, so try and see this as a good experience you can later build on, and most importantly, don’t panic!

Jerry Voong

Jerry Voong, MSc Admissions Coordinator

The programme I look after is: MSc Economics & Strategy for Business

My favourite place at Imperial/around South Kensington is:  Kyoto Garden in Holland Park

My favourite free thing to do in London is: exploring all of the wonderful museums London has to offer, they are all so unique!

Admissions tip: some of our scholarships are assessed via video interview – make sure to plan your response well and are concise but detailed when listing examples of how you meet the criteria.

Josie Ratcliff

Josie Ratcliff, MSc Admissions Manager

The programmes look after are: MSc Management, MSc International Management, MSc Economics & Strategy for Business, MSc Strategic Marketing (on-campus delivery, full-time), MSc Strategic Marketing (online delivery, part-time), Summer School

My favourite place at Imperial/around South Kensington is: to walk the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk and see all the highlights of Kensington Gardens.

My favourite free thing to do in London is: Hampstead Heath ponds! London’s way of cooling down on a warm summer’s day.

Admissions tip: 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. 

Specialised Programmes Admissions Team

Jo Currie

Jo Currie, MSc Admissions Coordinator

The programmes I look after are: MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance, MSc Business Analytics (on-campus delivery, full-time), MSc Business Analytics (online delivery, part-time), MSc International Health Management, MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management

My favourite place at Imperial/around South Kensington is: Holland Park! Only a 25-minute walk away from Imperial along bustling High Street Kensington.

My favourite free thing to do in London is: to go on a tour of the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, the Old Bailey!

Admissions tip: try to be specific, yet to the point with work experience tasks/projects in your CV - general office duties doesn't tell us anything about what you can do and what you have learnt!

Ollie Waite

Ollie Waite, MSc Admissions Manager

The programmes I look after are: MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance, MSc Business Analytics (on-campus delivery, full-time), MSc Business Analytics (online delivery, part-time), MSc International Health Management, MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management

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!

Admissions tip: 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. 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.

MBA Programmes Admissions Team

Bailey Witting

Bailey Witting, MBA Admissions Coordinator

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

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.

Admissions tip: reach out to an alumnus, possibly someone from your home region or desired job sector. They can be really helpful and inspiring when considering your future plans.

Shane Young, MBA Admissions Coordinator

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

My favourite place at Imperial/around South Kensington is: Hyde Park; London’s biggest park is right on our doorstep.

My favourite free thing to do in London is: to visit Greenwich and Greenwich park. A lovely location where you can walk by the river, and from the hill in Greenwich Park you can get a good view over the City

Admissions tip: 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. The Hub is also where important induction information and updates will be published, so do check in regularly especially in the run up to the start of the course.

Laura O'Sullivan

Laura O’Sullivan, MBA Admissions Manager

The programmes I look after are: Full Time MBA, Executive MBA, Weekend MBA and Global Online MBA

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

Admissions tip: 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.

Steve

Steve Togneri, Head of Admissions

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

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.

Admissions tip: 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!

Crystal Grant

Crystal Grant, Director of Admissions

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

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!

Admissions tip: 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 favourite London locations outside of the Business School. If we haven’t already met you, we hope to meet you soon!

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Admissions Coordinator
I am the Admissions Coordinator for the MSc Finance and MSc Financial Technology programmes.