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7 April 2009 | PR/041

Loughborough awarded £3 million to boost economic and social prosperity

Businesses in the UK will benefit from increased opportunities to engage Loughborough University’s academics in collaborative research projects following a £3 million investment in the University by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Loughborough was awarded one of only 12 Knowledge Transfer Accounts (KTAs) in the UK.  The significant investment will be used to build on Loughborough’s strong links with industry through a range of activities, including two-way secondments, continuing professional development and opportunities to exploit leading-edge research through licensing or new business creation.

Activities will focus on areas of strategic national importance such as healthcare, transport and energy.  The KTA will provide opportunities throughout the lifecycle of research activities, ranging from workshops to scope out significant new research areas to sharing the findings with user organisations.

The bid was overseen by Dr Kathryn Walsh, the University’s Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (Enterprise).  She said: “The EPSRC’s considerable investment is an excellent acknowledgement of our long established tradition of engaging with industry, commerce, social enterprises, the public sector and government to bring about real economic and social change.”

She continued:  “We are also committed to developing people, through fellowships to reward our most promising new researchers and internationally esteemed academics, and by offering secondments to industrial experts to work with us to exploit pioneering technology that will ultimately benefit the UK economy.”

The KTA builds on the success of a Collaborative Training Account, awarded by the EPSRC to Loughborough to encourage long-lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships with organisations through research-related training opportunities.

For more information about working with Loughborough University, contact the University’s Enterprise Office on Freephone 0800 036 0505 or email business@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, 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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