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20 September 2010 | PR 10/139

Planning nears completion for start of new University academic year

With the start of the new University academic year rapidly approaching the University and its partners are finalising plans to welcome new and returning students to Loughborough and ensure they quickly settle into life both on campus and in the community.

New first year students or ‘freshers’ arrive over four days from Tuesday 28 September.  Returning students will be back in Loughborough to re-register with the University on 3 October.  The new term officially starts on 4 October.

The University, Students’ Union, Police and Charnwood Borough Council have worked in partnership with residents’ groups to bring together a comprehensive set of initiatives design to ensure all students are safe and secure and have all the information they need about living and studying in Loughborough. 

The programme of initiatives put together combines activities targeted specifically at freshers and returning students, together with ones applicable to all students.  The programme includes:

Whilst the vast majority of students respect the community that is their new home, local residents are reminded that the partner agencies will again have systems in place to deal with any issues that might arise.  Concerns can be reported to Charnwood Borough Council on line at: www.charnwood.gov.uk .  Criminal behaviour should always be reported to the Police.  Other anti-social behaviour can be reported to any of the partner agencies.   The University’s 24-hour telephone helpline (222141) will again be operational and Charnwood Borough Council’s anti-social behaviour team can be contacted on 634920 or 634533 during office hours or out of office hours on 634550 (answerphone).

Residents are also reminded that the Volunteering section of the Students’ Union is always looking for projects to undertake in the community.  In the past students have helped with painting, gardening and rubbish collections.  Any local group or organisation in need of ready, willing and able volunteers should contact Adam Lucas Pettit, Action Chair via email: action@lborosu.org.uk or telephone 635000.

Will Spinks, Chief Operating Officer for the University comments:  “The combined effort of the partners means that a significant package of measures will be delivered for the benefit of students and the community to ensure that our students settle to life in Loughborough as quickly and smoothly as possible.”

Lucy Hopkins, President of Loughborough Students’ Union said:  “The Students’ Union is very pro-active in ensuring a comfortable transition for students who are living in the community for the first time.  Not only do we have a ‘Meet the Neighbours Week’, but we are now on our second edition of the Community Student Handbook, which is an in depth guide to living in the community.  We are also working on a campaign this year called ‘Better Decisions’ which is about encouraging students to be smarter in the decision they make about all aspect of their welfare.”

PC Mike Green, the Neighbourhood Beat Officer for Loughborough University said: “We are looking forward to welcoming new and returning students to Loughborough and have been working closely with the University and Charnwood Borough Council to ensure their arrival goes as smoothly as possible for everyone.  We’ll also be making sure students, many of whom will be living on their own for the first time, take time to think about keeping their property safe.

David Snartt, Chairman of the Charnwood Community Safety Partnership said:  “I would personally like to extend a warm welcome to all students whether they are new to Loughborough or returning.  I am delighted that all the agencies are once again working together at this very important time of the year, the actions will shape the way forward throughout the coming year both for freshers and returning students.  For some students this will be the first time living away from home, therefore we need to make sure they feel safe within their new environment, especially keeping their valuable items secure.  Equally we need students to understand their responsibilities whilst living within the local community.

Hilda Puttick of the Storer and Ashby Residents Group adds:  “We would like to welcome both students new to Loughborough and those coming in to the community.  We applaud initiatives such as the use of shuttle buses for hall freshers week activities in town, more organised social activities on campus and the positive approach taken in the Community Students Handbook, particularly the Better Decisions Campaign.  We hope all students will take heed of the advice given and show their respect for resident communities accordingly, while still enjoying their sojourn here.”

−ENDS−

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 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top 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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