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26 March 2009 - PR 09/37

Loughborough University hosts maths conference

Loughborough University is hosting an event for Year 8 students to underline the importance of mathematics in every day life.

The event, called ‘Maths – Is there a Point’, will take place in the Mathematics Education Centre on campus on Thursday, April 2.

The day, which is aimed at Year 8 students in local schools, will provide an opportunity to find out more about the worth of mathematics and how it can be applied in a number of interesting situations.

The event aims to challenge and enthuse students in the subject, introduce students to a university environment, as well as offering all attendees an enjoyable experience. The day will consist of three workshops, developed and delivered by a mixture of local teachers, university staff and current undergraduate students. These workshops will be interactive and will feature the use of visual aids and practical equipment.

The event is being coordinated by the Leicestershire Further Mathematics Centre, in conjunction with the Widening Participation Office at Loughborough University.

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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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