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25 April 2006 PR 06/43

University hosts ‘Question Time’ for twinning celebrations

Loughborough University is playing host to a ‘European Question Time’ as part of Loughborough town’s twinning anniversary celebrations.

The celebrations, which take place from Friday 28 April to Sunday 30 April, mark the 40th anniversary of the twinning with Schwabisch Hall in Germany and the 50th anniversary of the twinning with Epinal. Loughborough is also twinned with Gembloux (Belgium) and Zamosc (Poland) and over the weekend delegations from all four towns will arrive in Loughborough to take part in a variety of events and activities, including the one at the University.

The Question Time event, styled on the BBC television programme, will take place on Friday 28 April in the Edward Herbert Building on campus. It will be chaired by the University’s Professor David Allen from the Department of Politics, International Relations and European Studies. The Panel will consist of the Mayors of all the twin towns together with Councillor Max Hunt, leader of Charnwood Borough Council. University students and sixth-formers from local schools will attend and the proceedings will be in English. The occasion will be an opportunity to question the leaders on issues including European involvement and twinning. The event starts at (time), is free and open to all.

The twinning delegations will also get the chance to tour some of the state-of-the-art facilities on campus and the event will culminate in the evening with a reception and dinner hosted by the University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Phil Roberts.

Professor Roberts comments: ‘We are delighted to be able to welcome the delegations from Schwabisch Hall, Epinal, Zamosc and Gembloux to this event and to campus as part of Loughborough’s twinning celebrations. We are looking forward to a lively debate and to being able to explain the part that the University plays in making Loughborough the town that it is.’

Other events taking place over the twinning weekend include a ceremony in Queens Park on Saturday at 11am, a performance by a dance group from Epinal at the Loughborough Canal Festival in the afternoon and concert in Emmanuel Church in the evening (7.30pm). On Sunday morning at 10.30 am there will be a civic church service to be held at All Saints with Holy Trinity.


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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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