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2 August 2010 | PR 19/120

Launch of Loughborough Design School strengthens University’s position as world leader

The Loughborough Design School is officially launched today, marking a new chapter in design research, development and teaching at the University.

The School brings together expertise from the Department of Design and Technology, the Ergonomics Safety Research Institute (ESRI) and the Department of Ergonomics.  It will become a significant centre for the design of ‘real world’ products, services and systems and further enhance the University’s position as a world leader in the field of design.

Tony Hodgson, Director of the School said: “The creation of the Loughborough Design School will provide our product designers, ergonomists, researchers and students with an even richer, vibrant environment in which to work and study.  There will be new opportunities to work across traditional discipline boundaries and to react rapidly to new challenges and changing situation.

“The School will also enable us to ensure that the University, and Britain, remain at the forefront  of creative expertise and that out students are equipped with the right skills and knowledge to achieve their career objectives and potential."

In August 2011 the School will also have a new home with the completion of the University’s Design Centre.  The state-of-the-art building will include innovative teaching and lecture space, workshops, offices, research laboratories, design studios, computer and prototyping suites and areas for display and interaction.

For further information about the Loughborough Design School, including undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities, visit www.lboro.ac.uk/lds

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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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