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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

Elena Warren

Elena Warren, MSc Admissions Coordinator

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

My favourite place at Imperial/around South Kensington is: the National History Museum and especially their mineralogy collections and The Vault – where else can you see rare meteorites or the largest gemstones in the world?!

My favourite free thing to do in London is: cycling to Richmond Hill or a riverside walk towards Kingston – stunning views and plenty of secluded spots for a lunch.

Admissions tip: participate in our online events. It’s such a fantastic opportunity to learn about our programmes, ask all your questions, meet our team and perhaps broaden your network. Also following us on Twitter and Facebook  will help to keep you up to date with our news.

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.

Olivia Trundle, MSc Admissions Coordinator

The programme I look after is: MSc Finance & Accounting

My favourite place at Imperial/around South Kensington is: the Royal Albert Hall, I love music and going to concerts (when we could!) and it's such a beautiful venue.

My favourite free thing to do in London is: exploring the different London parks.

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

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.

Aimee Robinson, MSc Admissions Coordinator

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

My favourite place at Imperial/around South Kensington is: V&A Museum, and more specifically their fashion collection which is the largest collection of dress in the world – what more could you want right on your doorstep?!

My favourite free thing to do in London is: Greenwich park! The views of the city from the top of the hill are amazing, stunning both during the day and at dusk!

Admissions tip: Do your research – Some of our courses have admissions rounds with specific deadlines so make sure you are fully informed about the different programmes of interest, so you will be able to submit an application in good time in-keeping with the deadlines.

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!

Holly Cavanna, MSc Admissions Coordinator 

The programmes I look after are: MSc Climate Change, Management and Finance, MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management

My favourite place at Imperial/around South Kensington is: The Natural History Museum - it's free to visit and right around the corner from the Business School.

My favourite free thing to do in London is: Explore! There are so many (free) hidden gems in central London, like St Dunstan in the East - a church destroyed in the London Blitz. It's now a public garden, and great for a bit of peace from the city. It makes for a great Instagram pic too!

Admissions tip: check out our programme profile pages before you apply for information on what you need to submit an application, and specific entry requirements, which will help you to prepare a strong application. You can also chat to students currently studying the course via our course pages, which is a great way to find out more about the programme you're interested in and what it's like to study at Imperial College Business School.

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

Emily Beales, MBA Admissions Coordinator

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

My favourite place at Imperial/around South Kensington is: I have actually only recently relocated back from New Zealand to the UK so I haven’t made it to campus or South Kensington yet. However, I anticipate I will be a big fan of Eastside restaurant and bar but any suggestions will be warmly welcomed!!

My favourite free thing to do in London is: Coming from Yorkshire and growing up in the countryside, I love to explore the big parks and be around the greenery!

Admissions tip: Read the application and entry requirements carefully. This is the first impression we have of you. Also, in your Kira video interview, try to be yourself as much a possible!

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. 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!

Amy Duckworth

Amy Duckworth, 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: I'm fairly new to Imperial, but I've already identified some great food spots near the school...there are many to choose from but these are two of my favourites so far!

Ceru - a Levantine restaurant just a short walk from the school.

Muriel's Kitchen - a lovely little brunch place very close to South Kensington tube station.

My favourite free thing to do in London is: My favourite free thing to do in London is wander around the V&A, which is handy as it is right opposite the business school! They also have some wonderful special exhibitions there, so I always keep an eye out for what is coming up (sadly those aren't free, but definitely worth it).  

Admissions tip: My top tip for applying to business school is to engage with your target school(s) prior to applying. You may need to approach this in a different way due to the covid-19 situation; attending open days and meeting current students in person may not be an option, but this pre-application engagement is still an important part of ensuring that the school and the programme is the right fit for you. I would recommend attending our virtual events, as well as connecting with current students and alumni.

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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About Aimee Robinson

Admissions Coordinator
I am an MSc Admissions Coordinator at the Business School, since starting in March 2020. I am currently responsible for looking after MSc Management and MSc International Management with further experience across many of our Master's programmes and Summer School.