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28 March 2008 PR 08/37

Significant investment helps consolidate Loughborough as a leader in energy and climate change research

Loughborough University is to further strengthen its position as a world-class research centre for energy and climate change with the appointment of eleven new academic staff, including Chairs in Renewable Energy, Building Performance Modelling, Hydroclimatic Modelling, and Photovoltaics for Power Systems.

The new posts – which will be based in the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST), the Department of Geography and the Department of Civil and Building Engineering – will help to tackle what many regard as the greatest challenge for the 21st century.

“Loughborough has a made strategic commitment to support the UK’s energy and climate change goals,” says Professor Neil Halliwell, the University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor. “These new posts will help to advance the deployment of new low-carbon energy technologies, including the efficient generation and use of energy.”

Loughborough already has an enviable reputation in renewable energy research. Over the last 15 years, CREST has become the pre-eminent centre in the UK for research in Renewable Energy, with particular focus on solar and wind power and power distribution systems. In 2005 the University established the Research School in Sustainability, to promote interdisciplinary collaboration between experts across the University in wide-ranging, world-class research activities.

Last year, the Midlands Consortium, comprising the universities of Loughborough, Birmingham and Nottingham, was selected to host the £1 billion national Energy Technologies Institute. Its headquarters are based on the Loughborough campus.

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Notes for editors:

1.The new posts are:

Professor of Building Performance Modelling
Professor of Hydroclimatic Modelling
Professor of Photovoltaics for Power Systems
Professor of Renewable Energy and Director of CREST
Reader in Building Performance Modelling
Senior Lecturer in Building Performance Modelling
Senior Lecturer in Networks and Systems
Senior Lecturer in Renewable Energy in the Built Environment
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Thin Films
Lecturer in Building Performance Modelling
Lecturer in Photovoltaics

2. Further information on all the posts is available at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/jobs

3. CREST is based within the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Loughborough University.

4. 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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