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25 November 2010 | PR 10/181

Students await npower eco challenge results

npower challenge students

Pictured at the Lake District team building weekend is (from L-R) Muinat Adeyemo, Madeline Osei-Baffoe, Morayo Olumide-Diyan and Olayinka Falade

A group of four students from Loughborough University are eagerly awaiting the results of a national eco-challenge competition aimed at university students.

The npower Future Leaders Challenge winner will be announced on Thursday 9 December and the Loughborough team are up against stiff competition from seven other teams.

The Loughborough team, which consists of Muinat Adeyemo, Madeline Osei-Baffoe, Morayo Olumide-Diyan and Olayinka Falade, is running a challenge to encourage students living in rented accommodation to cut down and monitor their energy consumption as well as highlighting the need to recycle properly.

Since originally entering the competition, the four Loughborough students have been shortlisted to the last eight and were invited to a three day gruelling activity weekend in the Lake District designed to help develop team building, leadership skills and environmental knowledge.

Muinat Adeyemo, a Chemistry undergraduate, said: “All four of us are very keen on environmental issues and when we saw this competition advertised we thought it was great to raise awareness amongst other students at the University as well as to learn more ourselves. The npower challenge offers the opportunity to gain leadership skills and broaden our horizons and we believe that these skills will be crucial to us being offered roles in our chosen careers once we graduate in what is currently a very competitive employment market.

“As part of the challenge we have been raising awareness amongst the student community and encouraging them to switch off lights, turn off standby switches, turn the heating down a couple of degrees and recycle. We have asked students to read their electricity and gas meters at the start of the challenge and again at the end so we can measure the energy they have used. We are now looking forward to hearing the results next week.”

Two winning teams will be announced by npower on Thursday 9 December with the prize of a once in a lifetime expedition next March to the Arctic Circle up for grabs. The winners will have the opportunity to dog sled over 200km and most importantly to experience the effects of global warming first hand.

Clare McDougall, npower’s head of education and community said: “The npower Future Leaders Challenge has been developed to find the next generation of forward thinking leaders: young people with drive and passion, committed to learning about climate change and discovering new solutions to tackle its effects. I wish all the finalists the very best of luck in this competition.”

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For all media enquiries contact:

Debbie Hughes
Senior PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228697
E: D.L.Hughes@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

1.   For more information about the npower challenge contact Sunita Patel in the npower press office on 0845 070 2807

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 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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