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12 May 2009 | PR 09/51

Entrepreneurial students fly flag for Loughborough at the SIFE UK National Competition

A group of enterprising students from Loughborough University made it to the semi-finals of the recent SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) National Competition.

SIFE is a worldwide, non profit making organisation that allows university students to use their talents and abilities to work on community projects that change lives.  Every year, SIFE UK holds a national competition at which each university team presents its projects, along with evidence of their impact, to a panel of judges from a range of industries.

Loughborough's Steven Holmes, Mark Randhawa, Rose-Marie Almond, Robert Stokes, James Connolly and Mike Colyer travelled to Canary Wharf on 22 April to present their four SIFE projects, which involved:

The Loughborough team beat 34 other UK universities to gain a place in the semi-finals alongside Nottingham, Bath and Aston universities. 

The team also went on to win the Wilkinson Entrepreneurship Individual Topic Competition for their work with the Mobile Phone Centre, beating 10 other teams to the £500 cash prize.

Loughborough’s SIFE team president, Steven Holmes, said: “We’re really pleased to have made it through to the semi-finals.  It’s great recognition of the value of the work we’re doing.”

Marina Pickles, SIFE Loughborough University Advisor, was in London with the team.  She said: “SIFE is a really worthwhile initiative for students to get involved in.  Not only do they get to work on projects that really do change people’s lives, it’s also a great way to develop really important work-related skills like communication, entrepreneurialism, team working and leadership skills.  I’m so proud of what the team has achieved over the past year, culminating in a really successful day at the awards.”

Loughborough's Vice Chancellor, Professor Shirley Pearce, said "The University was delighted to hear the SIFE Loughborough team did so well in the competition".

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For all media enquiries contact:

Louise Smith
Marketing Officer (Enterprise)
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228684
E: L.A.Smith@lboro.ac.uk  or

Anna Seddon
Marketing Manager
Enterprise Office
Loughborough University
T: 01509 223445
E: A.J.Seddon@lboro.ac.uk

Notes for editors: 

  1. SIFE brings together university students, academic professionals and industry leaders around the shared mission of creating a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business – www.sife.org
  2. There are 38 UK universities involved in SIFE; more than 30,000 students participate around the world, representing 1,500 universities in 45 countries.
  3. Students interested in joining Loughborough’s award-winning SIFE team should email team president Steven Holmes at s.p.holmes@lboro.ac.uk, or visit www.sifeloughborough.org.uk and www.enterpriselufbra.co.uk/ for more information.
  4. 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.

    I t 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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