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14 October 2009 | PR 09/137

Award-winning mature student encourages others to consider university

Three mature students at Loughborough University have been presented with awards in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement.

Presented for the first time this year, the Mature Students Achievement Awards have been introduced to recognise the mature student who has achieved the highest academic marks in their first year in each of the University’s three faculties. The students all received £500.

One of the award winners, Paul Brack, is now encouraging other potential mature students to find out more about studying for a degree at a special open day being held on 4 November.

“University is hard work and requires good organisation skills, but it’s very rewarding and it’s a great opportunity to enhance your career prospects,” says Paul.

Mature students are those aged 21 or over when they start university. The Open Day will provide anyone interested in higher education with the opportunity to look around the University campus, find out about the courses on offer, and learn more about likely entry requirements, how to apply and the kinds of support available.

Before starting at Loughborough, Paul spent time after his A-levels as a volunteer missionary in the South of France for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He is now studying Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. “I chose that course,” he explains, “because I felt the pharmaceutical industry, particularly the research and development of new medicines, is of benefit to society as a whole.

“When I graduate I would like to work in research and development for a pharmaceutical company. I want to do a job that will really make a difference to people’s lives.”

Anyone interested in attending the Open Day, which is running from 10am until approximately 3pm, should contact Alex McPherson to book a place, Email: A.L.McPherson@lboro.ac.uk

Further information on being a mature student at Loughborough is available at www.lboro.ac.uk/mature

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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 twenty 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, 2007 and 2008 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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