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14 Apr 2015

First-ever Loughborough University student and staff Action Day is a success

Staff members from Student Services at Loughborough University have teamed up with students to transform a canal-side outhouse as part of a volunteering project.

Arranged in conjunction with the Canal and River Trust, 11 members of staff and six students from Robert Bakewell travelled to Sawley Lock to paint Munn’s Store – a space that will be used as a visitors centre and for educating young children about the canal throughout the summer months.

The event was organised in association with Action, the volunteering section at the Students’ Union. Action organises weekly volunteer projects for students and have been encouraging staff to get involved. Over the last 5 years, the HR department have worked with them to organise a day where their staff can work together for the community. 

Organiser Sarah-Emmanuelle Haar said: “We arrived at 10.30am and began volunteering straight away. It was a beautiful sunny day which made the project even more enjoyable. Working in a different environment strengthens relationships and increases morale on return to the office.” 

Manuel Alonso, a volunteer member of staff from Student Services, said: It was great to be able to do something different to our day jobs and still feel like we were contributing. It was an excellent day and all the colleagues I’ve spoken to thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a great opportunity for staff to talk to one another where usually their day jobs wouldn’t require them to interact.”

“I particularly appreciated the chance to volunteer alongside students and it was great to see their positive attitude, engagement and pride in the work they did. They are a credit to the University.”

Notes for editors

Article reference number: PR 15/51

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 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.

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

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