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18 September 2012 | PR 12/164

Co-ordinated plans aim to ensure smooth start to 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.

All students will be back in Loughborough for the start of term on 1 October, with new first year students or ‘freshers’ arriving over four days from Tuesday 25 September. 

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

The programme of initiatives 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.  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).  Concerns about waste and recycling can be reported to Charnwood Borough Council at: www.charnwood.gov.uk

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 Billy Marsh, Action Chair via email: action@lboro.net or telephone 635000.

Caroline Walker, Chief Operating Officer for the University comments:  “The University and its partners have once more committed considerable resources to develop a significant package of measures for the start of term which we very hope will ensure that our students settle to life in Loughborough as quickly and smoothly as possible.”

Ellie Read, President of Loughborough Students’ Union said: “The Students’ Union is dedicated to ensuring that students who are moving from home to campus and campus into the community have a smooth and stress free transition.  For off campus students we are particularly pleased to have established the new role of Community Development Officer, who will try to ensure the inclusion of town students in the activities at the Union and to help them settle into life as a Loughborough resident.”

Inspector Johnny Monks, Commander of Loughborough Local Policing Unit, said; “We look forward to welcoming new and returning students to Loughborough.  We know students don’t have crime prevention in the forefront of their minds so we’ve been working closely with our partners, as in previous years, to get some key crime prevention messages across focussed on burglary and cycle theft.  We will have extra officers on patrol, both in the town and on routes to the campus, to ensure the beginning of term goes as smoothly as possible both for students and local residents.”

Councillor David Snartt, Chairman of the Charnwood Community Safety Partnership, said: “We are delighted to welcome a new community of students to Charnwood. “This campaign is very much designed to make them feel at home while spreading some important messages about how they can stay safe,  be good neighbours and to introduce them to the many services on offer to them.”

Hilda Puttick of the Storer and Ashby Residents Group adds: 

“We are grateful to all the agencies involved in supporting quality of life for all who live in the Storer Road/Burleigh Road area and other studentified parts of the town.  Permanent residents have lived in this area for many years, some long before students started appearing on our streets in large numbers.  While we welcome incoming students, we would wish to foster a sense of community.  So we will be asking incoming students to respect the area in which they are living and to introduce themselves to neighbours as soon as possible.  Then we will no longer be strangers but friends.”


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 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 Best Student Experience in England 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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