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10 April 2006 PR 06/40

University seeks nominations for student community awards

Do you have a good student neighbour? Do you know a student who helps out in your local community? If so then Loughborough University would like to hear from you as the deadline for two student community awards is fast approaching.

The first award, The T S Shipman Prize, is for students of the University or College who are considered to have contributed most to the development of co-operation and aid between the University or College and the local community. This award may, for example, recognise a student who has worked on a voluntary basis for a charity, school or community group. Last year this award went to Rebecca Walton for her contribution to the work of the Community Action section of the Students’ Union. Runner up was a student for his services to the Scouting movement locally.

The second award, The Hannah Community Prize, seeks to recognise students for showing acts of kindness, general good neighbourliness or making contribution to local community life. Last year first prize was presented to one student household for their respect for the community they live in, the excellent management of their property and for simply being good neighbours. The runner up award went to students who went to the aid of an elderly victim of a distraction burglary.

The Hannah award is in memory of a former student, Mr George Alexander Hannah. A modest financial reward for the winner/s will come from funds bequeathed to the University in his memory.
The closing date for nominations is Friday 28th April. Further information is available by phoning Martine Ashby, Bursaries and Scholarships Officer at the University on 01509 222 426.

A prize giving ceremony will be held prior to the end of the summer term.

Adrian Bailey, the University’s Community Warden for the Storer Road and Burleigh Road areas of Loughborough comments: “Students contribute to the community in many different ways and their efforts are not always known about, recognised and rewarded. These awards provide the University with the opportunity to say ‘well done’ and ‘thank you’. If anyone knows a student or a group of students who deserve some recognition we would really like to hear about them.”

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Notes to editors

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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