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5 April 2007 PR 07/48

University seeks nominations for student community awards

Do you have a good student neighbour? Do you know a student who helps out in your local community? If so then Loughborough University would like to hear from you as the deadline for two student community awards is fast approaching.

The first award, The T S Shipman Prize, is for students of the University or College who are considered to have contributed most to the development of co-operation and aid between the University or College and the local community. This award may, for example, recognise a student who has worked on a voluntary basis for a charity, school or community group. Last year this award went to Ed Sayer in recognition of his own volunteering and his commitment to recruiting and organising other volunteers working with young people.

The second award, The Hannah Community Prize, seeks to recognise students for showing acts of kindness, general good neighbourliness or making contribution to local community life. Last year first prize was presented to Emily Cole for her work in befriending children through the National Autistic Society’s befriending scheme.

The Hannah award is in memory of a former student, Mr George Alexander Hannah. The modest financial reward for the winner/s comes from funds bequeathed to the University in his memory.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 27 April. Further information is available by phoning Martine Ashby, Bursaries and Scholarships Officer at the University on 01509 222 426.

A prize giving ceremony will be held prior to the end of the summer term.

Alison Barlow, the University’s Community Relations Officer, comments: “Students contribute a great deal to our local community and in many different ways. Their efforts are not always known about, recognised and rewarded. The University is delighted to honour outstanding achievement and we would be pleased to receive nominations for these important awards. If anyone knows a student or a group of students who deserve some recognition we would really like to hear about them.”

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Notes for editors:
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 in the top five 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.

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