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3 December 2007 PR 07/154

Event celebrates five years of successful partnership

Representatives from Loughborough University, BAE Systems and the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) recently gathered at the campus to celebrate five years of successful partnership.

Pictured from the left is Loughborough University's Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Neil Halliwell and Vice Chancellor, Professor Shirley Pearce, Group HR Director for BAE systems, Alastair Imrie and Executive Director of Business Services at emda, Michael Carr.

The organisations joined forces in 2002 to establish the Systems Engineering Innovation Centre (SEIC) at the University’s Holywell Park. The SEIC was created to develop jointly systems engineering, which can add enormous value to complex organisations and in doing so lift the performance of East Midlands businesses and help them to become more competitive.

Peter Winter, Loughborough University’s Pro Vice Chancellor for Enterprise said: “The collaboration between BAE Systems, emda and Loughborough University is an outstanding example of what can be achieved by working closely in partnership.  The SEIC confirms Loughborough University’s position as the world leader for research and teaching of Systems Engineering.  The last five years have seen our prowess in this area go from strength to strength, building even more international collaborations to further increase the prestige of the University and the East Midlands.”

Mark Reason, Commercial Director Shared Services of BAE Systems, added: “The need to work in a collaborative environment that fosters knowledge sharing and transfer is a critical element for BAE Systems in developing new technologies and capabilities. The SEIC is a prime example of such an environment.”

Mike Carr, Executive Director of Business Services at emda said: “emda is delighted to continue to work alongside BAE Systems and Loughborough University to support the SEIC. It is a nationally renowned centre of excellence for Systems Engineering, which provides businesses with a focal point from which they can access information, training, research funding and a range of other valuable services.

“emda is committed to encouraging and supporting innovation in the region and the SEIC is a tremendous resource that companies in the East Midlands can utilise in order to generate new ideas and products that will provide them with a competitive advantage.”

ENDS

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Judy Smyth, Loughborough University’s Public Relations Office,
T: 01509 228697, E: J.L.Smyth@lboro.ac.uk

Notes for editors:

  1. For further information about the SEIC visit: http://www.seic-loughborough.com
  2. 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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