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16 March 2009 - PR 09/29

University seeks nominations for student community awards

Loughborough University’s annual community students awards ceremony is all set to take place in May and the University is once more asking for community representatives to put forward nominations.

Two awards are traditionally presented to students for their community activity. They provide the opportunity for the University to say ‘well done’ and ‘thank you’ for the efforts of students, who often make an tremendous contribution to the work of a range of local charitable organisations as well as families and individuals.

The first award, The TS Shipman Prize, is for students of the University or College who are considered to have contributed most to the development of co-operation and aid between the University or College and the local community. This award may, for example, recognise a student who has worked on a voluntary basis for a charity, school or community group. Last year this award went to Ryan Storr and Scott Ferry for their contributions to the work of the Community Action section of the Students’ Union.

The second award, The Hannah Community Prize, seeks to recognise students for showing acts of kindness, general good neighbourliness or making a contribution to local community life. Last year first prize was presented to Stefan Carney for his support given to an individual member of the community, his voluntary work within the community and for his involvement with a residents group.

The ceremony in May will be held at the Town Hall. The University’s Vice Chancellor, Shirley Pearce, will present the awards. The Mayor and other local dignitaries will also be present.Adrian Bailey, the University’s Community Warden for the Storer Road and Burleigh Road area of Loughborough is part of the judging panel for the awards. He comments:

“Students contribute in many ways to the community and we don’t always get to hear about their efforts. We basically want to hear from anyone who knows about students who deserve some recognition for their work. This could be volunteering for a particular organisation or charity, general work in the community or even a student or group of students who are simply good neighbours.”

Application forms are available from Dawn Schubert on telephone 01509 222487 or by email: d.schubert@lboro.ac.uk. The deadline for applications is 24 April.

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For all media enquiries contact:

Alison Barlow
Community Relations Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228696
E: A.J.Barlow@lboro.ac.uk

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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