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10 May 2006 PR 06/47

Cash boost helps Loughborough University to safeguard UK jobs

An important Centre run by Loughborough University to create and safeguard UK manufacturing and construction jobs has been given a boost of £18 million.

The cash injection – awarded to the Loughborough Innovative Manufacturing and Construction Research Centre (IMCRC), based at the University – means that the Centre can continue its pioneering work for another five years.

The Centre’s success in securing the funding will coincide with a visit by Loughborough MP Andy Reed on Friday (12 May).

The IMCRC is a world-leading research centre that works with government and industry to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of UK businesses. By advising on new technology and other strategies, the Centre expects to play a major role in defining the future of construction and manufacturing, and to help bring more jobs to the UK.

Professor Phill Dickens, who is leading the project, said: “We are very pleased to receive this funding as it recognises the world-leading research that is being done and the very positive effect we are having on UK industry and society.

“We want to give UK manufacturers and construction companies a competitive edge by increasing their efficiency and introducing them to new technologies. As a result of our research, it is more likely that people will be able to buy high quality buildings, products and services made in the UK.”

The cash has been awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Sir John Gains, chairman of the Centre’s Steering Group, said: “This cash provides continuity of the excellent work that is already being carried out and ensures that we can retain the fantastic research staff that are available to us at Loughborough University.”

The Loughborough Innovative Manufacturing and Construction Research Centre is the largest centre of its kind in the UK, drawing on the expertise of 43 academics and 80 researchers.

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Notes to editors

  1. Members of the media are invited to attend when Andy Reed visits the Loughborough Innovative Manufacturing and Construction Research Centre at Loughborough University on Friday 12 May from 11am – 11.45am. Please contact the PR Office in advance on 01509 222224 if you wish to attend.
  2. 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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