We did it! Loughborough University sets a Guinness World Record
Staff, students and members of the public who wore their best Christmas jumpers as part of a festive fundraiser have officially set a Guinness World Record.
A total of 1,175 people gathered on campus at the newly landscaped Shirley Pearce Square, in front of Martin Hall, on 10 December not only to help set a world record, but also as part of the national Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day fundraiser, which aimed to “make the world better with a sweater”.
Sarah Haar, Loughborough University’s Corporate Social Responsibility Intern, who co-ordinated the event, received confirmation through from Guinness World Records today, Tuesday 3 March, saying the University and Students’ Union had been successful in their world record attempt to pull together the largest gathering of people wearing Christmas jumpers/sweaters.
Sarah said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the news that Loughborough University has beaten the previous Guinness World Record of 639 people, especially after waiting for three nerve-wracking months to find out whether we had been successful or not.
“Thank you to everyone who supported the event. We couldn’t have done it without you.”
Professor Robert Allison, Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University, said: “Today’s announcement is cause for celebration for staff, students and the public who donned colourful festive jumpers as part of a fun community gathering while raising money for charity. To hear that the University is now a Guinness World Record holder has certainly put a smile on the face of all who took part.”
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It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.
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