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16 June 2009 | PR 09/72

Crowds flock to University’s Centenary open day

Thousands of people flocked to Loughborough University last weekend for the Centenary Open Day – part of the celebrations to mark a hundred years since the establishment of Loughborough Technical Institute, the University’s predecessor.

Throughout the day, visitors were able to gain an insight into the University and enjoy a variety of arts events, sport taster sessions and hands-on activities.

The ‘Explore Zone’ in the James France Building proved to be very popular with streams of people getting first-hand experience of some of the University’s work, by testing the cleanliness of their hands, measuring their golf swing and testing the aerodynamics of model planes for instance.

In the Students’ Union ‘Fun Zone’, children enjoyed donkey rides and the fun of the fair, while singers and dancers put on dazzling performances. Across the campus families made the most of the top class sports coaching on offer in netball, badminton, swimming and hockey.

The University’s Walled Garden was also filled with people relaxing in the warm afternoon sunshine as they listened to music from the students’ union’s Tuxedo Swing band and fiddler Tom Kitching.

Martha Andrews, who was at the Open Day with her family, said: “It’s been great. First we went to the James France area and saw lots of interesting things, including how you can turn liquid coffee back into a powder. Then we had a look at the Hard Rain exhibition and I picked up some energy-saving light bulbs from the Big Green Idea Bus. Now we’re just taking a breather and listening to the wonderful music!”

Anne Mumford, who is leading the University’s Centenary programme, said the day was a great success. “It was fantastic to see so many people on the campus enjoying themselves and taking advantage of the activities on offer,” she said. “I hope everyone who came along has learned a bit more about the University and that they’ll now be regular visitors to our future arts events, our open lectures and the sports facilities.”

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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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