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17 May 2012 | PR 12/91

Supporters’ names set in stone for Students’ Union makeover

Grad Gift


Loughborough Students’ Union has officially opened its redeveloped front courtyard featuring bricks engraved with the names of more than 600 people who helped fund the refurbishment.

The £125,000 landscaping project, which has transformed the area in front of the Students’ Union building, has been financially supported by the Union, the University, and its Development and Alumni Relations Office GradGift Scheme 2011.

Hundreds of alumni, staff and friends of the University were invited to make a donation towards the renovation through the 2011 GradGift scheme, which saw gifts acknowledged with an engraved brick incorporated into the courtyard’s design.

Supporters were invited to see their bricks in situ at an official opening led by the University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Chris Linton and Students’ Union President Rebecca Bridger.
Rebecca Bridger, who bought a brick through the GradGift scheme, said:

“This project is a reflection of the partnership between Loughborough Students’ Union and the University that helps deliver our remarkable, unique and irreplaceable Loughborough experience.”

Professor Linton, who also supported of the project, added:

“Both the Students’ Union and the University share a vision to provide a fantastic experience to our students. Part of that is about continually improving the campus environment and this project has helped achieve that. I’d like to thank everybody who has made a donation that has helped this project succeed.”

GradGift 2012 is now accepting donations, and invites this year's graduating class, alumni, members of staff and friends of the University to mark their connection with Loughborough and help enhance the Loughborough educational experience for future and current students.

Donations will benefit the Loughborough Fund, which provides more than £170,000 to students and student projects each year.

For more information about Grad Gift 2012 visit: www.gradgift.co.uk


For all media enquiries contact:

Jarrah Webster
Public Relations Office
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228658
E: J.E.M.Webster@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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