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19 July 2010 | PR 10/115

Donations Fund contributions reward University staff volunteers

Donations Fund 2010

Work undertaken in the community on a voluntary basis by staff has been rewarded in the final round of grants from the Loughborough University Community Donations Fund for the year 2009/10.

In total £5,000 was awarded to 15 groups from the Inside Out Fund, one of four categories that make up the overall Community Donations Fund.

Staff working in a range of academic and administration departments submitted bids and the range of activities demonstrates the diversity of groups supported by volunteers working at the University. The groups and the projects receiving support are:

The Crowded House, Loughborough Support for five-a-side football tournament £200
The Carpenter’s Arms, Loughborough To furnish the inside of a portakabin to distribute food parcels £500
Loughborough Carillon Mixed Hockey Club Funding of junior goal keeping kit £260
Thorpe Acre Scout Association Kitchen renovation project £500
Barrow Town Junior Football Club New team kit and equipment £300
Intandem Secure storage area for cycles £400
Loughborough C of E Primary School Outdoor play equipment £300
Charnwood concert bands To buy portable music stands £250
Loughborough Canal and boat festival New bunting £250
Loughborough Child Contact Centre To replace worn out equipment £400
Rendell Primary School Equipment to study wildlife in pond area £222
Charnwood Action on Fairtrade To run fair-trade area in the market £300
Barrow Runners Funding for coaching £325
Thrussington C of E Primary School To buy equipment for annual fun run £245
Peter Le Marchant Trust Day trip for disabled people £500

The members of staff receiving awards were presented with their cheques by the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Shirley Pearce at a small ceremony held on campus earlier this month.

At the ceremony Professor Pearce paid tribute to the dedication of members of staff working in community groups.  She said:  “The University is especially pleased to have been able to establish this particular fund, The Inside Out Fund, where we can support staff involved in community activities by directing our financial contributions to the groups they are involved with. There is a wonderful diversity in the groups supported and this reflects the many interests of people who work at the University.  Our staff are vital to the success of University and it is great to be able to support people in their endeavours away from campus, recognising the many hours of volunteering that take place out of normal working hours. “

The University is currently finalising the award of the Strategic Fund of £10,000 which is being allocated to projects in the community based on an assessment of local need.  The recipients will receive their funding later in the summer.

The Donations Fund will be in operation again for the academic year 2010/11 and details of the relevant deadlines for submission will be available shortly.  Community groups interested in applying should visit www.lboro.ac.uk/community for further information.

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For all media enquiries contact:

Alison Barlow
Community Relations Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228696
E: A.J.Barlow@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

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 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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