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29 June 2005 PR 05/63

Loughborough University Science Summer School 2005

Loughborough University is offering 80 teenagers from across the East Midlands the opportunity to sample student life for a week and learn about studying science at its 2005 summer school.

The annual residential camp is targeted at current year 11 students and is taking place from Sunday 3 July until Friday 8 July. Its main aim is to give young people who have little or no experience of higher education the chance to spend time on the University campus and to get a flavour of the many different aspects of university life.

As in previous years, the 2005 Summer School will offer a range of academic tasters, as well as information about the more social aspects of being a student. Those taking part will also visit Jaguar Cars, Ratcliffe Power Station and AstraZeneca to learn more about the careers within the science industry. Throughout the week, the teenagers will be accompanied by current Loughborough University students, who will be able to share their own experiences of university life.

Justine Sanders, Loughborough University’s Widening Participation Manager, said: “Those attending the Summer School could be the first in their family to do so and as such are unable to draw on experiences of those around them for support and guidance. The week with us should help them make an informed choice about their own future and the options available to them once they leave school.”

The Science Summer School is an opportunity for these students to gain first hand knowledge of what university might be like and the exciting challenges presented by studying science subjects. Through the combination of academic sessions, science based industrial visits and social activities, the teenagers will get a real taste of what life would be like as an undergraduate student.

The scheme is funded by the European Social Fund and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

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Notes to editors

  1. Media wishing to take photographs/film during the Science Summer School are asked to contact Judy Smyth.
  2. 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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