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4 July 2006 PR 06/79

East Midlands teenagers get a taste of University life

Loughborough University is offering 80 teenagers from across the East Midlands the opportunity to become University students for a week and learn about studying science at its 2006 Summer School.

The annual residential camp is targeted at current year 11 students (16 year olds). Its main aim is to give young people who have little or no experience of higher education the chance to spend time on the University campus and to get a taster of the many different aspects of university life. The students arrived on Sunday 2 July and will leave on Friday 7 July.

As in previous years, the 2006 Summer School will offer a range of academic tasters, as well as information about the more social aspects of being a student. Those taking part will also visit Jaguar Cars, Land Rover and Bio City in Nottingham, to learn more about the careers within the science industry. Throughout the week, the teenagers will be accompanied by current Loughborough University students, who will be able to share their own experiences of university life.

Mark Lister, Loughborough University’s Widening Participation Manager, said: “Those attending the Summer School could be the first in their family to do so and as such they are unable to draw on experiences of those around them for support and guidance. The week with us should help them make an informed choice about their own future and the options available to them once they leave school.

“The Science Summer School is an opportunity for these students to gain first hand knowledge of what university might be like and the exciting challenges presented by studying science subjects. Through the combination of academic sessions, science based industrial visits and social activities, the teenagers should get a real taste of what life would be like as an undergraduate student.”

The scheme is funded by the European Social Fund and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

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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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