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7 June 2005 PR 05/51

Lab in a Lorry comes to Loughborough University

Young people are being offered the opportunity to engage in experimental physics in an interactive, mobile laboratory.

Lab in a Lorry is visiting Loughborough University next week (June 13 - 16), as part of its UK tour to celebrate Einstein Year. The aim is to give visitors an experience of real experimental physics, which can involve exploration, curiosity, intuition and creativity.

The visitors will be guided by the experience and insight of volunteer practising physicists and engineers recruited from the University and local industry. These volunteers can share their excitement and knowledge with the young people and show the attraction of careers in their fields. SETPOINT Leicestershire has been working with the University to recruit the volunteers to staff the lorry and to invite local schools to visit.

Parents are also invited to bring along their children to the lab during a special family drop-in session on Tuesday, June 14 between 4.15pm and 6.30pm. The lorry can be found on campus at the rear of the Sir David Davis building.

Lab in a Lorry is sponsored by the Schlumberger Foundation and the Institute of Physics. It was initiated by the Institute when Professor Sir David Wallace, Vice Chancellor of the University, was President.

Sir David said: “I am delighted that the University is hosting Lab in a Lorry – which is such a fun initiative aimed at igniting young people’s interest in physics.”

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Notes to editors

1.Lab in a Lorry location will be:

13th to 16th June Loughborough University
17th June Woodbrook Vale High School, Loughborough
20th to 24th June University of Leicester

2.SETPOINT Leicestershire is the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics activity of the Leicestershire Education Business Company and a member of the Leicestershire Consortium for Education Business Links. It is part of a network of 50 ‘approved agents’ of SETNET, which operates across the UK. SETPOINTs are local ‘centres of excellence’ and ‘one-stop shops’ which have a wealth of information about resources, schemes and initiatives based on science, engineering, technology and mathematics. Their aim is to help and inspire young people about these subjects; they achieve this by linking schools and pupils with industry and research, and having scientists, technologists and engineers working in partnership to promote excellence. For further information about Setpoint Leicestershire visit: http://www.setpointleicestershire.org.uk

3.SETNET is a unique collaborative forum of education organisations, institutions, professional bodies and charities and major companies established in the field of education/business links. Funded by Government and the engineering industry, it takes the form of a company limited by guarantee, which has charitable status.

4.The Leicestershire Education Business Company (LEBC) is the lead agent in the Leicestershire Consortium for Education Business Links. The Consortium is the delivery arm of the Learning and Skills Council in respect of education business link activity. Other members of the Leicestershire Consortium include: Connexions Leicester Shire, Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), Leicestershire Cares - Business in the Community, Leicester City Cluster (incorporates Leicester/shire Work Experience Alliance and VESA) and Young Enterprise (YE). The LEBC’s Chief Executive is Barbara Chantrill. The LEBC reports to a Board of Directors chaired by Michael Kirk. Other members of the board include senior educationalists and key members of the business community.

5.For further information about Lab in a Lorry visit: www.labinalorry.org.uk

6.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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