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6 January 2009 - PR 09/01

University set to mark Centenary

In 2009 Loughborough University will celebrate its Centenary – one hundred years since the establishment of Loughborough Technical Institute, the University’s predecessor.

A host of celebratory events are planned throughout the year, including a lecture series which will see some of the eminent thinkers of our time reflect on the major issues of today. Among the speakers so far confirmed are environmentalist Sir Jonathan Porritt, mathematician Marcus du Sautoy and Dame Barbara Stocking, the director of Oxfam.

Over the summer months, from May to July, there will be an exhibition at Charnwood Museum of one hundred years of education and innovation at Loughborough, charting the history of the University and its predecessor colleges through to the present day.

There will also be a community open day on 14 June, being held in conjunction with the Students’ Union, at which local residents, staff and students will be able to take part in hands-on activities, experience the University’s state-of-the-art sports facilities, see art displays, and much more.

The Centenary celebrations will culminate in September with a Civic Reception, which will be held jointly with Loughborough College on the anniversary of the day the first students enrolled at the Technical College.

“We are all immensely proud of Loughborough’s long history of providing further and higher education, and of the achievements of both the University and its predecessor colleges over the years.

“We are looking forward to celebrating our illustrious past, our present successes and what we are sure will be an exciting future,” said Professor Shirley Pearce, the University’s Vice Chancellor.

Details of all the events and celebrations will be posted throughout the year at www.lboro.ac.uk/centenary

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Brief history of Loughborough University and its predecessor colleges

In 1909 a small Technical Institute was established by William Alport Brockington in the centre of Loughborough, on the site where Sainsbury ’s now stands today. The Institute provided local facilities for further education and offered courses in technical subjects, science and art.

Dr Herbert Schofield was appointed Principal of the Technical Institute in 1915 and he set about remodelling it as an ‘Instructional Factory’ for the Ministry of Munitions to support the war effort. In addition to normal teaching, the College trained over 2000 men and women ‘on production’ for the munitions industry, making shell cases and machine parts in the College workshops.

The Institute was renamed Loughborough College in 1920 and between the wars significantly expanded its offering.

Then in 1952 the College was divided into four separate institutions –

  • Loughborough Training College, later Loughborough College of Education, which provided teaching training
  • Loughborough College of Art
  • Loughborough College of Further Education, now Loughborough College, which offered local and vocational training, and
  • Loughborough College of Technology, which continued to provide courses in science and engineering.

The College of Technology continued to train ‘on production’ and by sandwich courses, and in 1957 was designated a College of Advanced Technology.

In April 1966 it was awarded a Royal Charter, in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor colleges. It became Loughborough University of Technology, the country’s first technological university.

In 1977 the Loughborough College of Education and the University were amalgamated, and in 1996 the University was renamed Loughborough University. The Loughborough College of Art and Design was reunified with the University in 1998.

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