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24 May 2010 | PR 10/88

Dedicated community volunteers honoured at University prize giving ceremony

Prize giving ceremony at Loughborough Town Hall

The prize giving ceremony at Loughborough Town Hall

The outstanding volunteering contributions made by three University students have been honoured by Loughborough University in the 2010 student community awards. 

The University’s student community awards are presented annually to recognise and reward its students who have taken part in community activities and made outstanding contributions to the local area. 

The assessor panel considered 22 nominations for the two awards on offer - The TS Shipman Prize and Hannah Community Prize.

The TS Shipman Prize is for students of the University or College who are considered to have contributed most to the development of co-operation and aid between the University or College and the local community. 

Elizabeth Miller, a student from the Department of Social Sciences was awarded the prize for sustained commitment to volunteering in the community.  As well as contributing to and leading a variety of projects run by Loughborough Student Union’s Community Action group, she has made an outstanding contribution by co-founding the Disability Awareness Day at the University.  She has served on the Action committee as equality coordinator and is currently responsible for overseeing all special needs projects.

The Hannah Community Prize is specifically to recognise students’ acts of kindness or good neighbourliness.  The Prize is in memory of a former student, Mr George Alexander Hannah and the financial reward for the winners comes from funds bequeathed to the University in his memory.

Angharad Salter from the School of Art and Design received this award for sustained involvement with The Carpenters Arms, a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre.  Angharad has taken on a number of roles at the centre, assembling and distributing food parcels and spending time with those who make use of the centre.  She has befriended and mentored some of the residents and encouraged others to become volunteers at the centre.

The assessor panel for this award also agreed that the good works of Luke Chown, a student from the School of Mathematics should be rewarded.  Luke also works at the Carpenters Arms, where he does a regular night shift.  He has shown great kindness and generosity to both the staff and residents of the centre.

Professor Shirley Pearce, Vice Chancellor presented the certificates and financial prizes in a ceremony that took place at Loughborough Town Hall on Tuesday 18 May.

Professor Pearce commented: “Many of our students contribute a great deal to a whole range of different organisations across the Borough alongside their studies, always giving their time willingly and on a voluntary basis.  They are model students and an example to us all.  It is always a great pleasure to hear of their contributions and to reward them for their efforts.”

Professor Pearce was joined at the event by the new Charnwood Borough Council Mayor, Councillor Jill Vincent, other local Councillors and representatives from Charnwood CVS. 

Councillor Vincent commented:  “Students contribute a great deal to the life of the town and these prizes are a way of showing how valuable that is.  The experience of life at University is made wider and more fulfilling for the many student who engage in voluntary and community work and at the same time they offer so much to residents.  We welcome that and are grateful for it.”

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For all media enquiries contact:

Alison Barlow
Community Relation Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
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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