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13 October 2005 PR 05/97

Partnership between Loughborough University and MOD goes from strength to strength

More than 35 new students have joined the Loughborough University-based Ministry of Defence (MOD) training scheme.

The University was selected to take part in the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) in 2004. The scheme has been set up by the MOD to support sponsored students studying for engineering and science degrees, all of whom are committed to become officers in one of the services (Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Civil Service). Loughborough is one of only five universities in the UK to be a part of the DTUS, with each having its own squadron for students to join.

Thirty-seven cadets have joined Loughborough’s Typhoon Squadron, where they will be mentored throughout their academic study to help them develop the skills and attributes they will need to fulfil their long-term commitment to the services. In return for its support, the MOD will recruit high quality qualified engineers, who are ready to assist the military in its work across the world.

Wing Commander Keith Pearce, who is based at Loughborough University and is responsible for its DTUS students, said: “When the Typhoon Squadron was first established at Loughborough in 2004 we had two students - this academic year we have 37. The partnership between the DTUS and the University is going from strength to strength and looks set to attract more students every year.”

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