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25 February 2008 PR 08/21

University community warden scheme expanded

Loughborough University’s pioneering community warden scheme has been expanded with the appointment of Jayshree Lakha as deputy community warden for the Ashby Road Estates Area. The move follows the outstanding success of wardens in the Storer, Burleigh, Herrick and Kingfisher parts of Loughborough.

The role of the community warden is to liaise with and between students and other permanent residents of the area in order to promote good relationships between the groups. For students they operate in much the same way as a warden in a hall of residence, by offering support, advice and information and by responding to any incidents or disciplinary issues that may arise. For residents they provide a point of contact to ask questions or raise concerns.

Some 45 roads are included in the new area including New Ashby Road, Sharpley Road, Hermitage Road, Blackbrook Road, Gracedieu road and Garendon Road. Currently the area is home to over 750 students. The area is also home to the Ashby Road Estate Community Association based at The Hut and Jayshree will work closely with this group.

Jayshree has been employed by the University since 1980 and is currently a senior secretary in the Department of Civil Engineering. She lives locally. “I am very pleased that this new post has been created and I’m looking forward to working with both the students and the local residents,” said Jayshree.

The community warden role was first introduced by the University in 2001. It is thought to be the only scheme of its kind in the UK. The full team of community wardens at the University is now:

Adrian Bailey, community warden, Storer and Burleigh area
Kate Sang, sub warden, Storer and Burleigh area
Louise Doherty, deputy community warden, Herrick and
Kingfisher area
Jayshree Lakha, deputy community warden, Ashby Road Estate area

Commenting on the new appointment, Adrian Bailey, community warden said: “The University is delighted to add Jayshree to the team of community wardens. She joins a small team helping university students feel safe and comfortable in their communities, and helping permanent residents feel able to welcome their temporary neighbours. The effects of a high proportion of students within an area has been recognised nationally, and the team work hard to promote good lines of communication between all concerned – students, permanent residents, the Police, Charnwood Borough Council and the University.”


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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. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. 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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