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14 October 2010 | PR 10/159

Extensively refurbished research centre gets to open its doors

Loughborough University’s Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre yesterday opened its doors to show off its extensively refurbished and renewed facilities at a special opening event.

The Research Centre, which is part of the newly formed Loughborough Design School, was yesterday (Wednesday 13 October) open to invited guests for a tour of the new laboratories and a lecture by Dr Phil Wickens, explorer, remote mountain guide and photographer, entitled Ergonomics in extreme environments; an explorer’s perspective.

The new laboratories incorporate a combined stressor suite, where people can be exposed to extreme heat or cold, combined with low oxygen levels to simulate altitude, noise and different lighting conditions.

Dr George Havenith, Professor of Environmental Physiology and Ergonomics at Loughborough University, said: “More than £1.3 million has been spent overhauling the facilities to ensure we can offer our students technology and research equipment that is state of the art.

“The opening event was a great opportunity to highlight to our guests what the new facilities have to offer and they were also able to see our PhD students in action with their wide-ranging research work, for example industrial heat stress assessment, sport clothing development, comfort in trains, posture and vibration in agricultural machinery and visual aspects of 3D television.”

The lecture by Dr Wickens looked at the challenges faced by those who operate in extreme expedition environments and facilitated discussions about the role Environmental Ergonomics plays in the development of equipment for such projects.


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Notes for editors:

  1. Dr Phil Wickens has led numerous climbing and skiing expeditions to Antarctica, Tibet, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Peru, East Greenland, the Caucasus and Canada. His lecture focused on his own expeditions and work.

  2. 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 sporting achievement 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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