School of Business and Economics


31 Oct 2016

Universities Minister officially opens new multi million pound learning hub at Loughborough University

Last week, Loughborough University welcomed Jo Johnson, MP – Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation alongside Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan to officially open a major new learning and teaching facility.

The ‘West Park Teaching Hub’ houses a central learning and exhibition zone, lecture theatres, seminar rooms and an informal learning area. It is a component of a £25 million investment in a ‘student learning zone’ at the west end of campus.

Loughborough University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Allison welcomed Mr Johnson and Mrs Morgan to the campus and showed them around the new development and introduced them to some of the students using the learning spaces.

They were also shown an overview of STEMLab, a £17 million science and engineering development from Professor Rachel Thomson, the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Teaching. STEMLab will provide a state-of-the-art learning facility for the University’s science and engineering disciplines. Equipment that will be housed in STEMLab was on display, with students on hand to display how it will aid their learning.

Mr Johnson also met some of the University’s Formula Student team, who are currently designing and building their next generation single-seat racing car, which they will submit in an international competition next summer against a variety of other universities.

The visit ended with Professor Steve Rothberg, the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, providing an overview of Loughborough’s research calibre. The Minister was shown the innovative work at the University’s National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine East Midlands, where researchers and clinicians are working together to inform policies and practice that will assist the nation’s health and wellbeing.

Professor Robert Allison, Vice Chancellor said:

We were delighted to welcome both Jo Johnson and Nicky Morgan to the campus today to show them just a few examples of our pioneering research and the teaching innovations we’re undertaking at Loughborough.

Universities Minister Jo Johnson added:

I would like to thank Loughborough University for inviting me to see how their state-of-the-art facilities and exciting projects are preparing students for their chosen career.

It’s always great to see first-hand how British universities like Loughborough are training people up with the skills employers need to help their business and the economy grow.