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23 Sep 2015

Loughborough University part of new enterprise zone bid

Major expansion of Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Parks is at the heart of the EZ proposal.

Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Parks are at the heart of a new Enterprise Zone (EZ) bid which will make Leicestershire a magnet for science, innovation and hi-tech manufacturing companies looking for research facilities and industrial and office space to base and expand their business.

The bid, submitted to the Government by Leicester and Leicestershire Economic Partnership, builds on Leicestershire’s already excellent reputation in research, innovation and product development. The University – and its significantly expanding Science and Enterprise Parks – make a major contribution to this capability.

Loughborough’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Robert Allison, said: “The University is delighted to be at the heart of the Enterprise Zone proposal for LLEP. This exciting proposal reinforces the unstinting commitment of Leicestershire’s three universities to make a significant impact on the economic prosperity of the area, through the provision of a world-class R&D base, skilled graduate supply and innovation partnership opportunities.”

The intention is to replicate the existing, extremely successful EZ model at MIRA Technology Park, on a broader basis across the science, innovation and hi-tech manufacturing sectors. The proposal for the new Loughborough and Leicester Science and Innovation EZ – stretching from Loughborough to Leicester City Centre – has been developed in conjunction with Loughborough University, Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, Charnwood Borough Council and Charnwood Campus (the former Astra Zeneca site in Loughborough).

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

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 University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. It was 2nd in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.