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Universities Minister officially opens new multi million pound learning facility at Loughborough University

Jo Johnson MP – Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation – was joined by Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan at Loughborough University this week (24th October) to officially open a major new learning and teaching facility.

The ‘West Park Teaching Hub’ houses lecture theatres, seminar rooms, a central learning and exhibition zone and an informal learning area. It is part of a £25 million investment in a ‘student learning zone’ at the west end of the University’s campus. 

Mr Johnson and Mrs Morgan were welcomed to the University by Loughborough’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Allison, who showed them around the new development and introduced them to some of the students using the learning spaces.

Professor Rachel Thomson, the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Teaching, gave the visitors an overview of STEMLab, a £17 million development, currently under construction, that will provide a state-of-the-art learning facility for the University’s science and engineering students. Some of the equipment that will be housed in STEMLab was on display, with students on hand to show how it will aid their learning.

The Minister then met some of the University’s Formula Student team, who are currently designing and building their next generation single-seat racing car, which they will pit against cars from other universities in an international competition in the summer.

The visit concluded with Professor Steve Rothberg, the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, providing an overview of Loughborough’s research excellence. The Minister was able to see examples of the University’s cutting-edge work at the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine East Midlands (NCSEM-EM), where researchers and clinicians are working closely together to inform policies and practice that will benefit the nation’s health and wellbeing.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Allison said: “We were delighted to welcome both Jo Johnson and Nicky Morgan to the campus today to show them just a few examples of our pioneering research and the teaching innovations we’re undertaking at Loughborough.”

Universities Minister Jo Johnson said: “I would like to thank Loughborough University for inviting me to see how their state-of-the-art facilities and exciting projects are preparing students for their chosen career. 

“It’s always great to see first-hand how British universities like Loughborough are training people up with the skills employers need to help their business and the economy grow.”

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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 the best in the country for its student experience in the 2016 THE Student Experience Survey. Loughborough was ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2017 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2017 and was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, and 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. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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

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