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24 April 2007 PR 07/49

New era for community liaison arrangements

A new era for community liaison arrangements involving the University, College and wider Loughborough community begins today (Tuesday 24 April) with the launch of the Loughborough Campus and Community Liaison Group.

The purpose of the new group is to act as a forum within which all matters relating to the presence of the University and College in the Loughborough community can be discussed. Organisations represented alongside the University and College are the Students’ Union, Charnwood Borough Council, Leicestershire County Council, Leicestershire Constabulary and three local residents groups (Storer Area Residents Group, Ashby Road Estates Community Association and Nanpantan Residents).

Meeting quarterly, the group will be a consultative body where members will share relevant information and report matters of interest or note. The group will have no formal decision making capacity but will proceed by way of discussion and agreement where possible.

Liaison meetings have been taking place since the early 1990’s and the new group replaces two existing forums, the remit of which have gradually overlapped.

Over time it is hoped to recruit a representative of the private rented accommodation sector. There is scope for additional residents groups to join and new members can also be nominated through co-opted places.

Brian Hayes, Chief Executive of Charnwood Borough Council will join Shirley Pearce, Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University and other representatives at the launch event where they will formally sign up to the terms of reference for the new group.

Brian Hayes, comments: “A great deal has been achieved by the liaison arrangements that have existed so far and we very much hope that this good work with continue through the Loughborough Campus and Community Liaison Group.”

Shirley Pearce: Shirley Pearce added: “This new group will play a vital part in monitoring issues and developments and agreeing action where required. All members recognise the need for close communication and dialogue and I am sure that together we will be able to address the challenges that arise”

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  1. Anyone interested in becoming involved in the new group should contact either Alison Barlow, Community Relations Officer, Loughborough University on 01509 228696 or Jonathan Hale, Director of Regeneration at Charnwood Borough Council on 01509 634721
  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 2006 National Student Survey, the University gained a top five place, with nine out of Loughborough’s 23 departments topping their subject tables. Loughborough was also placed 6th in the 2007 Times Good University Guide 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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