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23 June 2008 PR 08/88

Local girls learn the ‘art’ of university life

Five local girls have been given a taste of life as a university art student, as part of a national learning programme.

The girls, aged between 16 and 18, spent one day a week over a period of four weeks with staff and students at Loughborough University’s School of Art and Design.

During their visits they were able to try a range of different activities, including paper making from pulp, printing, book binding and making ceramic pots.

Anneka Birch and Rinkey Begum

The initiative was organised as part of the Energize E2E (Entry to Employment) scheme – a local learning programme that aims to help young people develop the necessary qualities and skills that will enable them to progress into work and/or training.

Energize E2E is part of the national E2E programme, which began in England in 2003 and is primarily aimed at young people aged 16 to 18 who are not participating in any form of post-16 learning. It is designed to help them develop their motivation and confidence, personal effectiveness and basic and key skills, and to give them a range of opportunities to gain vocational knowledge, skills and understanding. The aim is that they will progress into a modern apprenticeship, further learning and/or a job.

Sarah Crouch, who mentored the girls, says the initiative at the University was a great success. “The girls have really loved it and have gained some valuable experiences. I don’t think they would have considered going into higher education before, but doing some activities at a university has really raised their aspirations, which is fantastic.”–

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  1. 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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