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13 January 2009 - PR 09/02

Loughborough holds Facilitating Innovation conference

Loughborough University will be holding a one-day conference on ‘Facilitating Innovation’ on Wednesday, 25 February.

The event, which is free of charge to attend, is being held by University research group The Manufacturing Organisation, which this year is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Loughborough is one of several leading universities participating in the Innovation and Productivity Grand Challenge, and will present the University’s research findings at the conference as the project comes to a close.

The conference will also focus on how companies can increase their productivity during this difficult economic period using incremental innovation, which looks at making small changes to business to improve trading, without losing money or staff.

The day will also provide a networking opportunity for senior engineers, as well as an opportunity to find out about future research projects within the University.

Conference speakers will include Duncan Varnes (Lead Director, UK and ROI for GKN Driveline) and Graham Radcliffe (a leading bioscience city entrepreneur), who have both benefited from working with Loughborough University.

For further information, or to book your place at the conference, please contact us at goldfish@lboro.ac.uk

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Notes for editors:

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 was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. 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 institution.

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.

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