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26 September 2007 PR 07/124

Community information on offer to students at Bazaar event

A range of vital advice and information for students about living in the Loughborough community will be on offer at an event taking place this weekend (Sunday 30th September) on the University campus.

The event, known as the community students bazaar, is aimed at students returning to the University for their second and third years, particularly those who will be living off campus. It brings together in one location a range of advice organisations, businesses and service providers.

Charnwood Borough Council will have five stalls on the day to provide students with information on refuse and recycling, housing and environmental health, parking permits, crime prevention and general information about living in Charnwood.

The Leicestershire Constabulary stall will focus on safety, security and crime prevention advice, including property marking and cycle coding.

They major supermarkets will be represented along with insurance providers and media service providers.

Loughborough Students Union will be promoting its Community Students Association and the University will have stands which will provide students with accommodation advice, housekeeping tips and general advice on how to be a good neighbour. The University’s bicycle shop, ‘Cogz’ will also have a stall.

Those calling in at the bazaar will have the opportunity to take home a free mug which promotes the sshh campaign (silent students happy homes).

Students returning to University have to re-register for their studies and this event has been located and timed to coincide with this. Up to 6000 students attend the registration process and it is hoped that many of these will also visit the bazaar event. Students with placards will advertise the event to students as they register.

Alison Barlow, Loughborough University’s community relations officer said: “This is the third year we have organised an event of this type which is specifically aimed at supporting our returning students, providing them with all the information they need to know about living off campus.”

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top five of UK universities in national league tables and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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