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27 November 2007 PR 07/152

Environmental improvements among school students’ recommendations to University

Loughborough’s students should recycle more, and on-campus transport needs to be improved, according to local school pupils who visited the University as part of the national 11 Million Take Over Day initiative.

Held on 23 November, 11 Million Take Over Day was an opportunity for England’s children and young people to take over the running of some of the country’s key organisations and services. It was also a chance for the country to demonstrate its commitment to listening to and recognising the contributions of children and young people.

Having spent the morning assessing various aspects of the University, the students met up with the Vice Chancellor to feedback their conclusions.

One group, from Burleigh Community College, had looked around three halls of residence. They considered two to be energy inefficient, and suggested a recycling rota or inter-hall competition could help provide the incentive for the students to recycle more.

A group of sixth formers from Harry Carlton School, East Leake, spent the morning in the University’s Library. They found the study areas to be well-used spaces, with lots of information provided and user-friendly opening hours. However they thought the library itself was in need of a make-over, with better lightning and more attractive decoration on their list of suggested improvements.

A second group of Burleigh Community College students assessed the campus environment. They were impressed by the two buildings they visited – the Centre for Collaborative Construction Research and the ECB National Cricket Centre – and felt the University campus was generally good, although it should have more green space. They also recognised that on-campus transport was an issue, with too many cars around, and suggested that a better bus service could help to address the problem.

The final group of students – from Burleigh Community College and Woodbrook Vale High School – spent the morning with staff from the Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP) and the Centre for Child and Family Research (CCFR). Having been asked to identify issues of importance to young people, for potential research projects, the group put forward diversity, global warming and opportunities for the young.

Having heard the students’ comments, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Shirley Pearce, said: “The students were able to very quickly home in on the challenges facing the University and came up with some incredibly helpful and interesting suggestions. They provided us with an enormous amount of feedback which we will consider carefully, and will show to Council, the University’s decision making body, at its meeting this week.”

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  1. 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 fifteen 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 six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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