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3 August 2009 | PR 09/97

New school is up and running

SSEHS officially opened

School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences officially opened today

Loughborough University's School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS) has officially opened its doors today.

The new school, which sees the amalgamation of most of the former Human Sciences department with the existing School of Sport and Exercise Sciences (SSES), will strengthen research and innovation across sport, physical activity and health, bringing academics in related areas of research together. 

SSEHS boasts 76 academic staff and will offer exciting new module choices for students over the coming years.

Head of School Professor Myra Nimmo is excited about the strengthening of expertise and new collaborative projects that will happen as the new school takes shape. 

“SSEHS brings together those people with similar research and teaching interests,” explains Professor Nimmo. “We’re building up strength and depth in aspects of health, spanning from health during the life course to the health of elite athletes.

“Physical activity is very much on the national agenda and we hope to continue to support and inform national, international and regional guidelines, policies and best practice in this area.

“Over the years SSES has started to undertake more work which relates to health as well as to pure sport. This has given us closer links with human sciences and so it was logical to pull these elements all under one umbrella.

“This is just the start and it’s going to take time for us to cultivate a new way of working and bring the right people together for collaborative projects. It won’t happen overnight but we’re working on identifying appropriate research themes and pulling together colleagues in related areas.

“It’s a very exciting time for myself and everyone involved with the new school.”

SSEHS was officially launched back in May by HRH The Princess Royal alongside the opening of the school's state-of-the-art Clyde Williams building. 

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Notes for editors:

1. Further information on the new school can be found at www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/ssehs/

2. 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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