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8 May 2007 PR 07/62

Children’s Commissioner to give Queen’s Anniversary Prize public lecture

England’s Children’s Commissioner, Sir Al Aynsley-Green, is to give a guest lecture at Loughborough University on Wednesday 23 May.

The lecture, entitled ‘Children, Young People and Childhood Today – Perspectives from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner’, celebrates the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education given to the University in 2005 for evaluating and helping to develop social policy related programmes. Loughborough has been outstandingly successful in the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes scheme, having been presented with five awards – an achievement unbeaten by any other university.

Sir Al Aynsley-Green was appointed as England’s first ever Children’s Commissioner in March 2005. This role gives, for the first time, a national voice to all children and young people, especially the disadvantaged and marginalised. Sir Al aims to ensure that the views and interests of children and young people are heard and acted upon at national level.

The lecture, which is open to staff, students and members of the public, will be held in the Stewart Mason Building, room SMB.0.14, at 5.30pm.

Admission is free and tickets are not required. For enquiries or further information contact Pam Taylor, Tel: 01509 223018, Email: P.Taylor@lboro.ac.uk

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  1. Social policy research at Loughborough University is concentrated within the Department of Social Sciences. Founded in 1967, the department has developed a wide-ranging portfolio of social policy research supported by an outstanding team of experienced and creative researchers. There is an unusually broad mix of expertise represented among the department’s staff, many of whom are international leaders in their fields.

    The department has four research centres, which include the Centre for Research in Social Policy, the Centre for Child and Family Research, and the Midlands Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice. There are also six research groups including the Young Carers Research Group.

    The Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP)
    Established in 1983, CRSP employs 20 researchers as well as a support team of seven. CRSP's research has five main themes: Children and Families; Disability; Health Policy; Poverty and Social Exclusion; Social Security. It has a national and international reputation for high quality applied policy research.

    The Midlands Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice (MCCCJ)
    Founded in 1990, the MCCCJ is the focal point for crime-related research at Loughborough University. Its staff undertake research in areas such as crime prevention, policing, drug policy, and the criminal justice system. Much of the Centre’s work concentrates on evaluating the effectiveness of current crime-related policies and suggesting new methodologies to those battling against crime.

    The Centre for Child and Family Research (CCFR)
    Established in 2001 by Professor Harriet Ward and Professor Saul Becker, the Centre aims to develop and deliver programmes of research that inform, influence and support policy and practice for children, families and their communities.

    Young Carers Research Group (YCRG)
    Founded in 1992, the YCRG conducts research, evaluation and consultancy on all matters relating to children with caring responsibilities – young carers – in order to advance knowledge and inform the development of health and social care policy and good practice.

  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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