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29 June 2005 PR 05/65

Loughborough University shows its support for the Make Poverty History campaign

Staff and students from across Loughborough University will be joining together tomorrow (Friday 1 July) to show their support for ‘White Band Day’.

The event has been spearheaded by the Make Poverty History campaign to raise awareness of the issues facing some of the world’s poorest countries. The campaign is calling on organisations across the country to make a local visual statement of support by wrapping their buildings in white bands. Staff from the University’s Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) will be doing just that - wrapping their building in a white band. They are also calling on staff and students to wear white shirts and join them in forming a human band around the building.

WEDC is one of the world's leading institutions concerned with education, training, research and consultancy relating to the planning, provision, and management of infrastructure in developing countries. Its staff have worked on water supply, sanitation and waste management in many countries, including those affected by natural disasters and war.

Ian Smout, Director of WEDC said: “Staff at WEDC think that it is vital that people show their support for this important campaign. By joining together we have a chance to raise awareness to improve the quality of life for millions of people across the world, and of course water and sanitation is fundamental to this.”

People taking part are asked to meet at the handpump site next to WEDC at 12.30pm.

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Notes to editors

  1. Members of the media wishing to attend the event are also asked to meet at the WEDC building at 12.30pm. The contact for the event is Julie Fisher, M: 07739 022530.
  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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