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28 July 2005 PR 05/76

Nurturing the region's most talented youth

Loughborough University is offering some of the region’s most talented youngsters the chance to take part in a series of mathematics master classes.

The workshops will give young people who are in the top five percent of their year the opportunity to brush up on their maths skills in a university setting. The sessions will take place throughout the next academic year, alongside a series of exciting guest lectures.

Open to youngsters aged between 11 and 18, the scheme is coordinated by the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY). This was established by Government in 2002 to drive forward improvements in gifted and talented education. The sessions at Loughborough will be aimed at students from non-traditional Higher Education backgrounds in a bid to encourage more young people from these sectors of society to go onto university.

Samantha Griffin, a member of Loughborough’s Widening Participation team, is working with the University’s Mathematics Education Centre to organise the sessions at the campus. She said: “We are delighted to be able to take part in this scheme and give youngsters throughout the region a chance to enhance their mathematics skills.We are particularly pleased that at Loughborough we will be able to target these sessions at young people who may not have even considered going to university, so we can show them the many opportunities that are open to them.”

For further information about the master classes contact Justine Sanders by calling 01509 222481 or emailing J.Sanders@lboro.ac.uk

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  1. 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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