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8 Jul 2015

Year 12 students get a Headstart in engineering courses at Loughborough University

School students from across the country are visiting Loughborough University this week as part of the annual Headstart programme.

Engineering and Systems Engineering Headstart events are taking place with nearly 100 year 12 students attending altogether.

Whilst at the campus, students will take part in a wide range of activities and attend lectures to find out more about engineering. They will also be meeting with current engineering students, finding out how to apply for degree programmes and engaging in some social activities in the evening.

Students on the general Engineering programme will experience a wide variety of lectures at a taster level and will also have an industrial visit to JCB.

Those on the Systems Engineering taster course will learn about two real Systems and Electronics Engineering projects in more detail.

Headstart is run in collaboration with the Engineering Development Trust, the events are designed to help year 12 students to develop an insight and understanding into engineering ahead of their University applications in September.

Claire Fletcher, Events Officer in Student Recruitment, Marketing and Admissions, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming year 12 students onto campus once again for the Headstart programme. We hope that students develop a taste of University life and a further understanding of engineering as a degree choice ahead of their University applications in autumn.

“It’s never easy to make that all important University choice, so we’re happy to support the Headstart programme and offer an insight to potential engineering students.”

Commenting on the Systems Engineering programme, Amanda Pearce, External Relations Manager at the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, said: “These students have never met each other before yet they are working closely in teams to tackle real engineering problems and have risen to the two separate and quite different challenges amazingly well. I hope that this week will give students an appetite for this type of work which will lead them into really rewarding and exciting careers.”

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Article reference number: July News

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 has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. It was 2nd in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.