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18 May 2005 PR 05/40

University prizes reward caring students

Loughborough University awards have been presented to students in recognition of their significant contributions to the local community at a ceremony held today (Wednesday 18 May 2005)

The first award, the T.S. Shipman Prize, is for students of the University or College who are considered to have contributed most to the development of co-operation and aid between the University or College and the local community.

The award assessors unanimously agreed that first prize (£150) should be given to Rebecca Walton for her contribution to the work of the Community Action section of the Students’ Union.

Rebecca, who is studying psychology in the Human Sciences Department, has been a Community Action Volunteer throughout her four years at University. Even whilst in her final year, her dedication has been unwavering. As well as organising two huge projects - Kids’ Trips and Kids Camp 2005 she has organised a number of smaller ones, including a very successful Christmas kids arts day and a film screening. She also helps to oversee a number of projects with local schools and youth centres.

Simon Parr from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering took second prize (£100) for his services to scouting, in particular the 1st Nanpantan Scout Group where he has organised family camps, local hikes, sports sessions, quizzes and visits to old peoples homes.

Third prize (£50) was awarded to Graeme Bennett from the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering for help to coach and train two Loughborough Dynamo youth squads.

The second award, The Hannah Community Prize, is specifically to recognise students’ contribution to local community life, acts of kindness or good neighbourliness. Originally launched last year as the Community Warden’s Award Scheme, the prize is in memory of a former student, Mr George Alexander Hannah. The financial reward for the winners comes from funds bequeathed to the University in his memory.

First prize was presented to one student household for their respect of the community they live in, the excellent management of their property and their general good neighbourliness. The students, who each received £45, were: Michael Halsey (Department of Economics), Mark Dean (Department of Computer Science), David Foster (Department of Geography) and James Mason (Department of Politics, International Relations and European Studies).
The assessors were particularly pleased that the nomination for this household had come from a Residents Association, reflecting the genuine and positive impact the students had made on their neighbours.

A runner-up prize was given for assistance provided by a group of students to an elderly and infirm resident who was the victim of a distraction burglary. The students concerned were Sophie Lay (Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering), Thomas Lovett (Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, George Rolt (Department of Human Sciences) and Jonathan Minshull (Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering).

Both awards were presented by the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir David Wallace at John Storer House. The ceremony was organised by Charnwood CVS and its Vice-Chair, Morry van Ments was also in attendance along with the Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Roger Wilson.

Professor Wallace comments, “The nominations for both these awards were of exceptional quality and we are delighted to reward the students for their outstanding achievements and extraordinary contributions to the local community. They are role models of how we would all wish students to behave.”


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Notes to editors
Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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