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Co-ordinated plans aim to ensure smooth start to University academic year

18 September 2012

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:

  • Briefings for freshers by hall wardens, student representatives, University security staff and the Police. The talks cover personal safety, crime prevention, health and welfare and showing respect for the local community
  • The use of shuttle buses for hall freshers week activities in town to minimise the need for students to travel in groups on footCo-ordinated programme of social activities, many focusing on activities in the Student Union building on campus
  • E newsletter for returning students. This aims to ensure that all returning students are reminded of key information about their return to Loughborough
  • Returning students community bazaar event. This event aims to provide students living in the community with all the information they need on subjects ranging from the waste and recycling system and crime prevention to the location of supermarkets.
  • The Community Student Handbook. Produced by the Students’ Union, this publication has been revised and improved and is a comprehensive reference guide for students living in the community
  • Extensive ‘door-knocking’ exercise. Being co-ordinated by Charnwood Borough Council in the first two weeks of term to pass on essential information for students living in the community
  • Advice and guidance from the University’s community warden teamOvert and covert policing in the town centre and on routes to campus
  • Better Decisions, Know Your Neighbour and Reputation Lasts Forever campaigns by the Students’ Union
  • New Community Development Officer role within the Student Union
  • Compulsory car registration scheme for student cars to assist with the management of parking issues in some off campus areas

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.”

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