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19 October 2011 | PR 11/129

University swimming programme awarded by governing body

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Loughborough has once again reached the gold standard for sport, after British Swimming recognised the University for its achievements in the Swimmer Friendly University programme.

Double World Champion and Loughborough graduate, Liam Tancock, presented the award to the University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Shirley Pearce, at a British Swimming event held at SportPark.

Loughborough is renowned for its world class facilities for a range of sports, including swimming.  But the British Swimming award specifically recognises the role that the University plays in providing valuable support to talented swimmers that come to study at Loughborough.

This support includes the University’s stretch degree policy, which allows students to extend their study period, exam flexibility and temporary leaves of absence in order for athletes to attend elite sporting competition, intensive training periods and preparation camps

The University also provides talented athletes with funding via the Sports Scholarship schemes, and offers the most extensive University performance lifestyle education programme in the UK.

Professor Shirley Pearce, Vice Chancellor at Loughborough University said:

“Loughborough University prides itself on supporting our athletes to manage the demands of study and elite sport. To be the only University awarded the gold standard for its swimming programme illustrates how our reputation for supporting our student-athletes is being recognised by valued partners such as British Swimming.”

British Swimming and Loughborough University have forged a successful partnership over the past four years, with the University being a Centre of Excellence for the sport.

At the recent 2011 World Championships in Shanghai 12 Loughborough swimmers were selected for the Great Britain team.  Seven Loughborough swimmers reached individual finals, with Liam Tancock retaining his World title by winning the 50 metres backstroke.

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Rob Knott
PR Officer (Sport)
Loughborough University
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E: R.A.Knott@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 2011 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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