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University News For Loughborough Residents

Winter 2013/14 â—? Issue No 37

Inside this issue

Development update Royal honour for the University Harvest events success

Development update Science and Enterprise Park

Martin Hall Square

Discussions are on-going.

A planning application has been submitted for a major landscaping scheme for an area on the East Park part of campus near Martin Hall and the National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine.

Sports Pitch Developments

Work to create two new sports pitches at the west end of campus has been completed. They are being left to establish A pedestrian only ‘plaza’ is proposed, with distinctive paving during the current academic year and will be in use for the and seating areas. There will also be substantial planting of Yew hedge to contain garden area to 2014/15 year. When in use it will be by the University’s elitecreate intimacy within and visual trees, shrubs and flowers and some bespoke features that will strength and character Resin bound sport teams for competitive matches and training purposes. reflect the culture of Additional the University. seating to Subject to planning 200 wide gravel to flushlife and Herbaceous utilise form work created edging to 2m seating area planting They may also be used by visitors who attend conferences at wide entrance for the artwork seating an impressive approval, the University anticipates creating the University, during the summer. Dedicated parking spaces space where staff might gather informally and where events 45.79 45.79 will be provided within the Holywell Park car park and teams such as markets could take place. will use the new purpose built changing facilities at the MH 45 Loughborough University Stadium. Pedestrian access to the site .7 3 will be through Holywell Park car park, via an existing gate to LB 45.66 the north of the site.

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Health and Biosciences building and National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine Work to construct the new building is progressing well.


Falkner Eggington hall of residence

Work to refurbish Falkner Eggington hall of residence has been completed.

Ashby Road Houses

All of the University houses on Ashby Road that were for sale (numbers 192,194,196-8 and 200) have now been sold. 45.54 No further University property is on the market at present.



New sports hall and health and fitness facility

The University has received planning permission for a new sports hall and gym on campus and construction is underway. GY This facility will be a replacement for the recently demolished 200 wide flush edging to allow Ornamental 4no. small crests 200 wide Victory Hall andmulti-stem will provide modern health Landscaping projects small trees surface water to drain into planting positionedand alongfitness facilities raised kerb beds. Location shown as example. circulation route for students. It will be situated alongside the Loughborough A small number of schemes are being progressed across Other locations tbc - depending on surface levels and falls University Stadium at the West Park part of campus. campus as part of the University’s Landscape Strategy.

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For further information on the campus development projects, including specific location details log on to: and look for the link ‘Campus Development Projects.’ Alternatively contact Alison Barlow on 228696.

Royal honour for University In November the University heard the great news that it had been awarded another Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. The award recognises the University’s impact through research and skills development in High Value Manufacturing (HVM) to create economic growth. The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are presented biennially in recognition of UK universities’ and colleges’ world-class excellence in areas of service and benefit to the nation. It is the seventh time Loughborough has secured one of the prestigious awards – an achievement bettered only by the University of Oxford. The University is an acknowledged leader in the field of HVM. Its renowned Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering makes an important contribution to the health of manufacturing in the UK, helping to support economic growth and create new jobs. The University’s crucial role is based on sustained excellence, which spans its leading research, pioneering innovation and highquality teaching and learning. The high standing of Loughborough’s work, which is setting national research agendas and developing important areas of industry, is apparent in a broad spectrum of new and growing areas, such as additive manufacturing, regenerative medicine and sustainable design and manufacture. As a trusted and valued industry partner, with an unmatched record of engagement, the University is able to translate cuttingedge research into practical benefit. Over 500 national and international organisations work in partnership with the University on projects and ideas that enable the rapid development of better products. Recent collaborative initiatives include the development of personalised shoes for athletes, new applications for recycling, 3D imaging of complex components and research into automotive assembly machine behaviour. Through its academic degree programmes and professional short courses, the University also supplies industry with highly qualified and skilled engineers, who are crucial to the continued growth of HVM.

Annual report of students in the community In November Richard Taylor, the University’s Chief Operating Officer published his annual report of students in the community. The report covered details of the activities of students for the academic year 2012/13. It included a review of the positive work undertaken by students in the community and analysis of the complaints received by the University during the year about its students. The report is available online by visiting

Update on student recruitment The latest student recruitment figures reflect the healthy demand from students for the programmes on offer at the University. In 2012, in common with most other UK universities, Loughborough did not meet its intake targets. However, applications for entry in 2013 increased significantly and this resulted in a much more healthy recruitment position for the current academic year. Preliminary figures show that the University has recruited approximately 300 students more than the undergraduate intake target. The reasons for the over-recruitment include a reduced rate of withdrawals. Recruitment of international undergraduates and postgraduate students was in line with targets. The University plans to reduce its undergraduate intake target slightly next year and expects recruitment to stabilise as the new tuition fee arrangements become embedded. The University has been able to provide accommodation for most first year students but a small number are living off campus in private rented housing. These students have been affiliated to halls of residence. A full report on student numbers will be presented to community partners later in the academic year.

University boost for Charwood Connect project A project designed to promote joint working between voluntary and public sector organisations across Charnwood has been boosted by support from Loughborough University. Charnwood Connect was launched earlier this year with the objective of encouraging joint working between agencies to achieve more for service users and service providers. Organisations taking part in the two-year Big Lottery funded project include: Human Rights and Equalities Charnwood, Charnwood Borough Council, Living without Abuse, Youth Shelter and The Bridge. Senior Lecturer, Dr Gillian Ragsdell from the University’s School of Business and Economics has joined the project as an advisor. Gillian is Coordinator of the Knowledge Management Research Group at the University, a member of the Centre for Information Management, and a leading academic in the field of knowledge management. Leading the project is Moya Hoult, Manager of the Charnwood Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), who has collaborated with Gillian in the past on similar projects. Charnwood CAB is one of the oldest in the country and Charnwood itself has a higher than average number of voluntary sector organisations. With five new posts secured for the project, including a funded PhD Studentship in the School of Business and Economics, and a very positive first steering group meeting held recently, confidence is high among the project members.

Know Your Neighbour events success

University seeks nominations for student awards

Two social events designed to bring neighbours together have been hailed as a great success. The ‘Know Your Neighbour’ socials were organised by the Students’ Union and held in communities where there are many students living alongside other students and also permanent residents of the town. Over 30 people from the Kingfisher area were at the event held at the Kingfisher Halls on Kingfisher Way on Friday 15 November, whilst more than 50 attended the Storer area social at St Peter’s Community Centre on Storer Road on Saturday 9 November. Joining them were representatives from the University’s community warden team and members of the Students’ Union executive.

Nominations are now being accepted by the University for two prizes which are awarded annually to recognise good work completed by students in the community.

Residents are asked to submit their nominations by 21 March 2014 for the TS Shipman and Hannah Community Prizes. The TS Shipman Prize is given to students of the University or College who are considered to have contributed most to the development of co-operation and aid between the institutions and the local community. The prize comes from a fund presented to the University by the TS Shipman Trust, established by the former joint Managing Director of Leicester company AA Jones and Shipman – one of the largest machine tool manufacturers in Britain in the 1960s.

The events were deliberately very informal in nature. Those attending were encouraged to mix as much as possible by ‘find your nearest neighbour’ and ‘match the card’ challenges. Everyone brought food and drink to share and some tasty treats were enjoyed by all. The events were organised by Students’ Union Community Development Officer Tom Parry and his committee. The Know Your Neighbour campaign will continue throughout the year. Special ‘Help Your Neighbour’ events are planned for the spring term and at the end of the academic year Tom and his team hope to finish with special ‘Thank Your Neighbour’ activities.

The Hannah Community Prize seeks to recognise students for showing acts of kindness or for general good neighbourliness. The award uses funds originally bequeathed to the University in memory of Mr George Alexander Hannah who studied at Loughborough during his retirement. An awards ceremony will be held later in the year to honour and thank the students for their contributions. Further details and a nomination form can be found at nominated/tss/index.htm Nominations for the two awards can be made by any member of the Charnwood community and should be submitted to

Harvest events success for campus Fruit Route project Staff, students and the local community enjoyed a range of activities on campus in October to enjoy the benefits of the University’s Fruit Route and the harvest season. The Fruit Route project was launched by the University in 2011. It was designed to take advantage of the abundance of fruit trees on the campus. A foraging walk was established and each year a variety of activities are held to explain how edible fruit can be identified and how harvested fruit can be used to make drinks and other products. The 2013 activities included an afternoon of fruit picking and apple pressing in association with Transition Loughborough, a guided lunchtime walk around the Fruit Route followed by lunch and an afternoon of activities including pumpkin carving, lantern making, apple pressing and chutney making. The events concluded with an evening of music, food and a bonfire. Jo Shields, Sustainability Manager at the University commented: “We were delighted to welcome people to our Eat Your Campus events. Those that came along were able to take home some apple juice and harvested fruit and shared their ideas for cooking and preserving the produce of campus.”

What’s on?


Up-to-date information about what’s happening on campus is also available on the University’s web site at

Loughborough Campus 5K Run

Arts Radar Radar is Loughborough University’s contemporary arts programme, commissioning and curating new works, live performance, films and critical debate, which respond to the history, research and surroundings of the University and Loughborough. For more information visit:

Talk/Action Saturday 22 March A day of performances, films and talks that respond to the research into everyday social interaction being investigated by the Discourse and Rhetoric Group.

Throughout 2014 A year long programme of new commissions which uses and responds to data generated via the University weather stations, including a series of online interventions, as well as physical artistic outcomes sited across the campus. More information will be posted on the website as projects develop.

Music Lunchtime Concert – Alan Thomas Wednesday 22 January 12.30 – 1.30pm, Art Cafe, Cope Auditorium A lunchtime performance of classical and Spanish guitar favourites, and timeless Lennon/McCartney compositions by this award winning guitarist. No booking required. Free entry, all welcome.

Heath Quartet Wednesday 12 February 7.30pm, Martin Hall The award winning Heath Quartet perform a programme of Mozart, Tippett and Mendelssohn.

Loughborough University Choir The University Choir is open to all staff and students of the University, and to members of the public aged 16 and over. The choir meets every Monday evening during term time 7.00 – 9.00pm in the Cope Auditorium. This activity is free. Further information can be found on the website:, E: To book tickets for arts and music events please call the Box Office: 635000

Sunday 2 March Campus will be closed from 9.30am until end of race at 11.00am. Spectators very welcome. The second Loughborough 5K will be held entirely on closed campus roads and paths on an undulating single lap course through the University grounds and student village. Entries for non-students will be through the Run Britain website which is now open and will close on 28 February:

Netball – Loughborough Lightning Home Fixtures Loughborough Lightning vs. Yorkshire Jets Saturday 1 February, 6.00pm, Netball Centre Loughborough Lightning vs. Hertfordshire Mavericks Saturday 8 February, 7.30pm, Netball Centre Loughborough Lightning vs. Team Northumbria Saturday 15 February, 6.00pm, Netball Centre Loughborough Lightning vs. Manchester Thunder Saturday 1 March, 6.00pm, Netball Centre Loughborough Lightning vs. Team Bath Saturday 8 March, 7.30pm, Netball Centre Loughborough Lightning vs. Celtic Dragons Thursday 20 March, 8.00pm, David Wallace Sports Hall Loughborough Lightning vs. Surrey Storm Saturday 5 April, 6.00pm, Netball Centre For tickets call: 226250 or visit: or in person from Loughborough Sports Reception, Netball Centre or Loughborough Pool. Tickets are priced at £6.50 adults; £4.50 concessions.

Swimming Pool Offers recreational swim sessions, swimming lessons for both adults and children, aqua circuits and courses in life saving and first aid. For more information T: 226200

Other Sports Activities The University offers many other sporting opportunities including pay and play sports sessions, tennis lessons, coaching qualifications and fitness classes. For further details T: 226250

Athletic Union Fixtures The Students’ Union has 55 sports clubs many with competitive fixtures each week. Spectators are welcome and full details of fixtures are available by contacting the Athletic Union T: 635054 or W:

Sports Massage / Physiotherapy We don’t just treat athletes. If you are in need of Sports Massage or Physiotherapy we provide services to staff and private patients. We have a team of experts with many years’ experience, who can also provide acupuncture, podiatry and ultrasound treatments. For further details T: 226240 or W: For all general sport enquiries contact Sports Reception T: 226250 or W:

Public Lectures Inaugural Lectures The Truth about public health: What does evidence based medicine do for me? Professor Jamie Timmons, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences Wednesday 15 January, Lecture Theatre SMB 014, Stewart Mason Building Modelling the Invisible: indoor air quality and building energy Professor Malcolm Cook, School of Civil and Building Engineering Wednesday 5 February, Lecture Theatre T003, Wolfson Building The rugged beauty of drying and crystallization patterns Professor Uwe Thiele, Department of Mathematical Sciences Wednesday 5 February, Lecture Theatre T003, Wolfson Building Seds, bugs and rocks that roll: how animals create habitat and landscapes Professor Stephen Rice, Department of Geography Wednesday 19 March, Lecture Theatre SMB 014, Stewart Mason Building All welcome. Lectures start at 5.00pm, with light refreshments served from 4.30pm. For further information and booking information please visit:

Royal Aeronautical Society Public Lectures Airbus A380 – Taking a 21st Century Flagship from Concept to Reality Ryan Green, A380 UK Chief Engineers Team – Head of Structures and Systems Installation, Airbus UK Tuesday 21 January Airfix: Scaling Down Reality Simon Owen, Hornby Hobbies Limited Tuesday 4 February Operating the A318 at London City Airport Captain Tony Payne and Captain David Walsworth, British Airways Tuesday 18 February A330, Airliner to Air Tanker Geoff Winterbottom, Air Tanker Services Ltd Tuesday 11 March Chasing the Morning Sun Manuel Querioz Tuesday 15 April (N.B. Lecture preceded by AGM at 7.00pm) All meetings commence at 7.30pm and will be held in Room U020 Brockington Building. Free of charge and open to all. For more information email: or visit online:

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Lectures The RSPB’s Natural Secrets by Peter Holden MBE Friday 10 January My Local Patch by Matt Merritt Friday 14 February Feathers and Flight by Chris Ward Friday 14 March Life on the Edge by Michael Webster Friday 11 April (N.B. Lecture preceded by AGM at 7.30pm) All RSPB lectures commence at 7.45pm and are held in room U020 Brockington Building. Tickets are available on the door: Adults £3.50; Concessions £3.00, students free with ID Card. For more information: W:

Loughborough Archaeological & Historical Society Two Ancient Curses, Two Lost Churches and a Delicatessen; recent excavations in Roman and Medieval Leicester Nick Cooper Saturday 1 February Barrow upon Soar Heritage Group report on their research Saturday 1 March A.G.M. followed by The Draft Account Book of the Treasures of Grace Dieu Priory Anne Tarver Saturday 5 April All Loughborough Archaeological & Historical Society meetings take place at the James France Building, Loughborough University Campus, at 7.30pm. Talks are free to members and £3 for non-members. For more information visit:

Social and other events EDEN FLIX (Film) How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster? Wednesday 29 January 3.00 – 5.00pm, Cope Auditorium, FREE Documentary film tracing the rise of one of the world’s premier architects, Norman Foster, and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design. For more information about EDEN FLIX (Centre for Engineering and Design Education) W:

RSPB Bird Watching Field Trips Coach Trip to Gibraltar Point NNR – Lincolnshire Sunday 2 March, 8.00am Coach Trip to Frampton Marsh RSPB – Lincolnshire Sunday 13 April, 7.30am RSPB Bird Watching Field Trips will depart from Brockington Building car park. Cost: approximately £18 plus admission; accompanied under 14’s £5. Pay on the coach. Booking is essential. E: W:

Alumni Association Coffee Mornings Open to retired members of staff or past students. £2.60 per session. The full 2014 Coffee Morning programme can be found on the Alumni Association website at To register for any of the Coffee Mornings T: 228558 or E:

Important information Conferences, Exhibitions and other events Dates of events at the University likely to involve increased traffic movements around campus and/or some use of PA systems. January February March April

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2014 Term Dates Spring Term: Monday 6 January – Friday 28 March Summer Term: Monday 28 April – Wednesday 18 June

Community Donations Fund update Education Fund

The assessor panel for the Community Donations Fund met in early December to consider bids to the Education Fund. The panel found it really hard to judge between the impressive bids submitted, eventually decided that eight projects should receive a share of the £5,000 available. The groups supported were: Bangladesh Social Association Loughborough, Cobden Primary School, Leicestershire Life Education Centres, Shepshed Town Cricket Club, Thorpe Acre Scouts, Twenty Twenty, Hind Leys Preschool, Creative Bubble/ Lboro Library.

‘Special Projects’ Fund

In November the University was delighted to announce a new fund has been added to its Community Donations Fund programme. The Special Projects Fund takes advantage of an additional £60,000 which has been made available that can be allocated to community projects up to July 2017. The University is making £15,000 available per year over four years. Bids are now invited for the first round of Special Projects funding. As the name suggests the University is looking to fund projects that are ‘one-off’ or have a very specific purpose. Projects valued between £5,000 and £15,000 will be considered. The University will consider projects over two years, up to a maximum value of £30,000. Capital and/or revenue projects, including staff posts will be considered but bids to support general administration or running costs are not considered appropriate for this fund. Bidding organisations must be non-political in nature and based in Charnwood. Further information about the Special Projects Fund, an application form and details of the application process is available by visiting Outline bids should be submitted to the University by 31 January 2014.

Contact Information Contact Details



222141 (24hrs operation)

To report incidents of, or make a complaint about anti-social behaviour by University students

Stuart Kirkland or Mick Wood

228696 For any other community related complaints or enquiries

Security Service Managers Alison Barlow, Community Relations Officer

University News is published three times a year for the information of local residents. Edited by Alison Barlow, Public Relations Office T: 228696 E: Design and layout by Design and Print Services. Printed by Belmont Press. All information correct at the time of going to press. 56680/D&PS/Dec13

Community Newsletter issue 37  

University News is our newsletter for Loughborough residents, offering information and news...

Community Newsletter issue 37  

University News is our newsletter for Loughborough residents, offering information and news...