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25 January 2006 PR 06/08

Making Poverty History – The WEDC approach

The pioneering work of Loughborough University’s Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) will be discussed at a special event, taking place in February.

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.

For more than 30 years its staff have been working tirelessly to help improve the health and well-being of some of the world’s poorest people, including those affected by natural disasters and war. They have influenced national and international policy as well as offering practical guidance to aid and development workers, particularly on water supply and sanitation.

On Thursday 9 February, WEDC staff will talk about their work and the insights it has given them on ‘Making Poverty History’. The talk will include illustrated case studies focusing on water and sanitation and highlight the aspects of development work they believe are essential to ensure it is sustainable. It will also suggest ways in which we can all contribute to alleviating poverty in developing countries.

All are welcome to attend the meeting, which is taking place at John Storer House in Loughborough at 7.30pm. The event is being hosted by the Loughborough Quakers. For further information call 01509 880012.

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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 it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five 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; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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