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YOUR GIFT MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Welcome Your contribution is vital, thank you. Welcome to the latest edition of Your Gift – the magazine that shares the stories that you, our supporters, have enabled us to tell. In this edition you will see how your donations are tackling one of the world’s biggest killers, dementia; how you are bringing academically gifted students to Loughborough, who due to personal circumstances may not have been able to pursue their dreams here without your help; and how you are enabling us to create world-leading facilities. Thank you once again for everything you do to support the University.
Professor Robert Allison Vice-Chancellor and President of Loughborough University
— “Whenever I come into contact with another individual with a connection to Loughborough there is an immediate sense of pride attached to their association with the University. “And we have reason to be proud. Significant growth over the last few decades has led to Loughborough becoming one of the UK’s strongest, leading higher education institutions.” —
DONOR WALL 2017/18
Donor Wall 2017/18
Our thanks, for your gift Our Donor Wall recognises the generosity of Loughborough University’s alumni, friends, parents, students and staff members who have supported the University during the latest financial year (1 August 2017 to 31 July 2018). The 2017/18 Donor Wall can be found online at www.lboro.ac.uk/giving/thankyou If you are unable to access the Donor Wall online, please contact the Philanthropy Team on 01509 223419 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to send you a printed version.
Cover story Laura is a grateful recipient of a Development Trust Scholarship. Receiving this support has enabled her to pursue some amazing opportunities and gain invaluable experience that might not have been financially attainable for her. Laura describes the support from donors as ‘the best gifts anyone can ever give’. To read more about the positive impact the scheme is having, turn to page 04.
Supporting students into higher education
Gifts in Wills
Global health and wellbeing
The difference beyond campus 10 Why your gift matters
Donor statistics 2017/18
Why I give to Loughborough
02 SUPPORTING STUDENTS INTO HIGHER EDUCATION
Supporting students into higher education Mission accepted: Get more women into engineering Engineering is traditionally a male-dominated industry. Women working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) are generally underrepresented, but in engineering this is particularly apparent.
Did you know? Only 12% of the engineering workforce in the UK is female (The State of Engineering report 2018, The Engineering UK)
The UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe, at less than 10%, while Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus lead with nearly 30%. The figure is only about 15% for engineering students (The Guardian, 2018)
Loughborough University is lucky to have many supporters who are passionate about changing those figures. One of these is a former Loughborough student and an ex-RAF test pilot. Introducing, Captain Desmond Penrose. His mission: Support the campaign to eliminate the gender imbalance in engineering and encourage more women into the industry. Captain Penrose very generously funded a two-day residential at our Loughborough campus to inspire the next generation
of young women to consider engineering as a future career. The Penrose Engineering Residential brought 35 female students to our Loughborough campus to experience engineering and campus life. Robot programming and rocket building were part of the two-day programme as well as an introduction to the engineering courses at Loughborough. The programme also highlighted the range of engineering disciplines and various entry routes that are available to them.
— “Desmond’s passion for inspiring more females into learning engineering-based subjects is truly remarkable. Without his generous donation, this whole event would not have been possible. Thank you!” Matt Parry Student Recruitment Officer and Event Organiser —
80% of the students said they had been inspired to study engineering at university.
Our thanks go to Captain Desmond Penrose for his support of this initiative.
SUPPORTING STUDENTS INTO HIGHER EDUCATION
Making dreams come true in the capital Everyone should have the opportunity to access the education and support they need in pursuit of their career aspirations. At Loughborough we believe in doing all we can to break down the barriers that may prevent a student from accessing education. We couldn’t do as much as we do without the support of donors. The Inspiring Success Scholarships programme was introduced in 2015 and is designed to support students across the East London boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets
and Waltham Forest who are struggling to find graduate level employment. The initiative includes a six-week programme of employability workshops and the opportunity to apply for a 100% tuition fee scholarship to study a master’s at Loughborough University London. The scheme has supported many local people to identify their strengths, reflect on their experiences and clarify the steps needed to reach their personal career goals.
This initiative is generously supported by the Peter Cruddas Foundation.
“The scholarship has enabled me to focus on my future. I’ve always wanted to have my own business and my course has pushed me in the right direction. “I really am so grateful to have had a scholarship that supported me in gaining a master’s degree, and it has inspired me to want to give back to East London; I have a few projects lined up to benefit young people in local communities.” Ola MSc Managing Innovation in Creative Organisations —
100 graduates have taken part in the scheme 27 have progressed on to do a master’s programme 12 have graduated
04 SUPPORTING STUDENTS INTO HIGHER EDUCATION
Making Loughborough a reality “From the age of 14 I have been under the care of a consultant for a debilitating condition that affects me daily. “My family were also involved in the horrific Manchester Arena bombing in 2017, which left my mum severely injured and in need of care, and myself suffering with PTSD and severe anxiety. The repercussions of this event have affected my ability to socialise and complete day to day tasks such as using public transport. I also struggle with memory and recall, which makes studying significantly harder.” This is just one example of the difficult circumstances some students can unfortunately find themselves in. Some are also affected by family estrangement, chronic illness, and acting as carers for loved ones. Difficult circumstances such as these can act as a barrier to the individual, stopping them from living life the way they want to, including attending university.
Every year our Development Trust Scholarships give students like these the opportunity to break down that barrier and start working towards their career aspirations. Gifts from our donors, including donations in Wills, have meant that 32 students were awarded scholarships through the scheme last year and started their Loughborough journey in October 2018. Speaking about what receiving the award meant to her, Ellie, the scholar mentioned previously, said, “Receiving this scholarship will massively transform my university experience as I do not want my health condition or personal situation to hold me back from pursuing my passion and chasing my dreams.” As well as opening doors for students looking to study at Loughborough, the Development Trust
Thanks to your donations... 32 scholars joined Loughborough in 2018/19 This is a 40% increase in the number of scholarships we are usually able to award annually
Scholarship Facts: We received 10 applications in 2018, for every scholarship awarded. 20% came from applicants with a household income of less than £10,000. At £3,000 per year, Development Trust Scholarships help the brightest students from underrepresented backgrounds to meet 90% of this shortfall.
Scholarships continue to enhance the experience of students that are already here. Jacob, a third-year student who receives support through the Caterpillar Development Trust Scholarship, updated us on what his year at Loughborough has entailed. “The main focus of my year has been a project with engineering organisation Renishaw, during which I developed a robotic system to be used in neurosurgery. It has required me to learn a lot outside the realms of mechanical engineering – I didn’t think I would ever have to learn the structure of a skull as part of my degree! It also gave me a chance to branch out into electronics and control engineering which I’ve had an interest in since before coming to university.”
GIFTS IN WILLS
One year on... the impact of a gift in a Will Last year the University launched a new undergraduate Architecture course, funded with a generous gift from Reginald WJ Hewson in his Will. One year on we catch up with Karla, a first year Architecture student who has benefitted from the course, facilities and teaching that were created in Reginald’s memory. “The studio and workshop spaces are amazing. There is a regular ‘buzz’ in the studio environment; you can always find a classmate or tutor who can help with your coursework. There is constantly something going on, whether it is a guest lecture from a practicing architect, a site visit or social event – the course provides opportunities for everyone and their interests. The course here at Loughborough has been a great experience for me – I’ve already learned so much just in my first year.” Thank you to all those who have let us know of your intention to leave a charitable donation to the University in your Will. This very personal decision is a mark that you believe in our future – a kindness that we are forever grateful for.
The Keith Green building has been transformed into a space for budding architects and now houses the new Hewson Studios
£1 of every £5 that Loughborough University receives in charitable donations comes from gifts in Wills
Did you know? You can leave 1% of your assets to a cause and 99% to your family Gifts left in Wills to Loughborough University are exempt from inheritance tax due to the University’s charitable status as an Exempt Charity in UK law
Make your pledge to support our future If you would like us to send you further information about leaving a gift in your Will, to consider in your own time, please contact us using the details below. Tel: +44 (0)1509 228497 Email: email@example.com We will send you a brochure, guidance on suggested wording, a codicil form and a declaration of intent form. Alternatively, you can access all the information at www.lboro.ac.uk/legacy.
Elite Athlete Centre opens on campus Loughborough has long been associated with big names in sport, with many choosing it as their training base, thanks to the incredible facilities we are able to offer.
(up to the equivalent of Everest Base Camp) while living low. Furthermore, eight rooms are designed specifically for paraathletes and feature state-ofthe-art accessible facilities.
In 2018 the University took its training facilities to the next level, by creating a unique venue that provides everything an athlete needs to be the best they can be.
The venue also houses a nutrition lounge and cafe, as well as Quiet Zones and Passive Zones. The Passive Zone provides athletes with areas to relax or take part in activities such as yoga and pilates, whilst the Active Zone includes a climbing and bouldering wall.
The Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel promotes rest, relaxation, and the pursuit of excellence. The £7 million facility features 44 bedrooms, and nearly half of these rooms have technology to adjust oxygen levels to simulate altitude. This means that athletes can ‘train high’
The venue is the first of its kind in Europe and will play a fundamental role in the advancement of top-level sport and benefit the elite athletes of today and tomorrow.
Loughborough University Executive Director of Sport, John Steele, with Loughborough University Chancellor, Lord Sebastian Coe, at the opening of the Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel
— “To be able to stay in a facility like this that is altitude controlled, but also to have nutrition, seminar space and fullyaccessible bedrooms, is the perfect storm.” Lord Sebastian Coe —
Creation of the Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel has been made possible thanks to generous donations from you, our Loughborough supporters.
Putting disability sport on the world stage Wheelchair basketball could be set for inclusion at major global sports events such as the 2022 Commonwealth Games thanks to research at Loughborough. Last year researchers in the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport worked alongside the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) to develop
the new format of 3x3 wheelchair basketball. Loughborough provided clear evidence about which game format should be employed by IWBF to complement its World Championship programme; an outcome which will allow the IWBF to provide an option for the inclusion of wheelchair basketball at major global sports events.
— “Strengthening the relationships of the Peter Harrison Centre with Paralympic sports organisations such as the IWBF is fantastic. To now have an opportunity to inform the athletes and officials as to the reasoning behind the different formats has been an important step forward.” Professor Vicky Tolfrey Director of the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport —
Changing lives: Helping blind children learn how to run Can you imagine if you’d never experienced the feeling of running around in the playground with your friends as a child? Last year Dr Mike Fray, a Human Factors Design expert within Loughborough Design School, and inclusive sports coach Mark Beeby developed Running Line – an assistive technology that enables visually impaired children to experience the adrenaline and excitement of running without the aid of a guide. The duo and their team then ran a participation project that reached out to visually impaired children across the region, to raise awareness of Running Line, educate people on how to use it and promote the benefits of regular exercise.
Professor Vicky Tolfrey, Director of the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport, working with an athlete in the Peter Harrison Centre research laboratory
Thank you to the Peter Harrison Foundation who make projects and collaborations like this possible because of their continual support of the Centre.
This project was made possible by funding from Leicestershire County Council’s SHIRE Community Fund, The Ulverscroft Foundation and the Boost Charitable Trust.
08 GLOBAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Global health and wellbeing Giving independence to people with dementia Dementia is now the biggest killer in the UK. It doesn’t have to be though. An estimated 30,000 lives a year could be saved by helping people in their lifestyles and slowing the onset of dementia by making simple changes to diet and exercise patterns. Here at Loughborough we are more determined than ever to fight this terrible disease and help those affected by it, through our research. In 2017 our Facing Dementia as a Family fundraising campaign generated a huge response from you – our donors – and as a result the team has been able to unveil their showcase project: Dementia House. The building, which is located at the BRE Innovation Park
in Watford, incorporates several innovative concepts and technologies to support individuals living with dementia.
High tech innovations Talking cushion Includes inbuilt sensors to remind people to get up, walk around and get a drink.
These range from simple
inexpensive solutions to high
Features resistance bands with inbuilt sensors to guide strength, speed and direction of movement.
tech innovations, all of which are based on proven academic research. The house is open to the public, offering anyone with an interest in dementia care the opportunity to gather ideas, solutions and inspiration. The house will also continue to provide invaluable data
Intelligent climate control and ventilation Allows the user to set an ideal room temperature, air flow and climate and includes an intelligent thermostat which monitors and adjusts itself in case of user-related errors, such as repeatedly turning up the temperature.
to the research team at Loughborough about how individuals interact with the technology and the day-to-day
living patterns and routines of any inhabitants.
Thank you to all those that made donations to Facing Dementia as a Family, the Loughborough Family campaign in 2017.
Clear lines of sight and use of colour Increased natural lighting
Noise reduction features
— “Dementia House will be an invaluable tool for understanding numerous aspects of how people with dementia cope in an independent setting. Everything we learn will go into improving the lives of people with the condition.” Professor Eef Hogervorst Loughborough Dementia Research Lead Academic —
GLOBAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
A place to remember Every year, we receive news that former, and sometimes current, students and staff of the University have sadly passed away.
to create and maintain the Garden of Remembrance â€“ an enclosed area on campus that offers a peaceful and reflective atmosphere to remember those they have lost.
During the launch of our Dementia fundraising campaign last year, we were honoured that We understand the importance so many of our donors chose of having a place where friends to donate in memory of a loved and colleagues can go to mourn one that had been affected by their loss and remember the the disease. These names were person who has died. arranged on a special memorial tree, which was placed in the With support from students, staff, alumni and friends, Garden of Remembrance during the University has been able Donor Day 2018.
Diagnosing cancer with a breath test Donations have enabled the development of a new world-class facility at Loughborough that could one day see us diagnosing cancer through a simple breath test. The Small-Molecule Phenomic Facility will allow our researchers to capture previously unattainable levels of detail when analysing blood, urine, skin, saliva and breath samples. The aim is
to identify new biomarkers associated with a multitude of diseases such as cancer and diabetes, leading to improved non-invasive early diagnostic technology and personalised healthcare interventions for these life-threatening diseases. As well as a research boost for the nationâ€™s healthcare system, this will provide a step-change in analytical capacity within the UKâ€™s science infrastructure, meaning the results could have significant implications for healthcare improvements nationally and worldwide.
This work has been made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Wolfson Foundation.
10 THE DIFFERENCE BEYOND CAMPUS
The difference beyond campus Taking care of those that care Many of us can look back on our days as children fondly – worry-free, new experiences, happy memories and someone else taking care of all our needs. Heartbreakingly though, this is not the case for all. It is estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of young people (under 18) taking on the role of carer for a parent or close family member. Most are providing care daily, taking on tasks such as cooking, managing the family budget, looking after siblings – even providing emotional support to someone who is distressed. These children can be as young as five, and the impact of the responsibilities they carry is enormous. Every year the generosity of our supporters gives some of those young carers a much-deserved break through our Young Carer’s Camp. The week is delivered by the University and our Students’
Union and provides a respite break to young carers, allowing them to escape the pressures of their everyday life and just become children again. This year 15 children, all aged between 7 and 11, enjoyed a trip to the Peak District that was filled with fun activities such as zip-lining, rock climbing, orienteering, archery, den building and a high ropes course – many of which the children would not have experienced without going on the trip. With the help of student volunteers, the children are supported to recognise their own potential and develop in ways that can help them cope better with their everyday difficulties. At the end of the week, all the children were given an award to reinforce their selfconfidence by highlighting a key achievement for them from the week.
— “Kids Camp has been an amazing experience for both the children and volunteers. To see children who have never been out of the city before thriving in the countryside is great. Kids who have never played football, gone to the park or rock climbed – it really makes you feel humble for the life you have experienced and to be able to pass on small life lessons and experiences that they will hopefully never forget, it was an unforgettable life lesson for me.” Rory Student volunteer —
THE DIFFERENCE BEYOND CAMPUS
The facts about young carers • There are around 10,000 young carers between the ages of five and seven providing unpaid care • There are estimated to be at least 376,000 young adult carers in the UK aged 16–25 • Many young carers go unnoticed and unrecognised meaning that these figures are likely to be much higher • 46% of young carers are getting up in the night to care for family members, missing out on their own sleep • More than 80% are carrying out caring duties every day or most days of the week All facts taken from www.carers.org
— “Kids Camp is so special to every single person who is lucky enough to experience it. The kids are so fantastic – they live such different lives to most 10-year olds, but they take everything in their stride, and watching them enjoy simply being kids for the week is heart-warming. Hearing comments like ‘this is the best week of my life’ and ‘I’m so proud of myself’ are what makes this project so rewarding.” Niah Camp Project Leader —
Loughborough's Young Carers Research Group led by Professor Jo Aldridge has been informing government and charities about the needs of young carers since 1993. Professor Aldridge’s research is behind the Care Act 2014 and the Childrens and Families Act 2014. A screening tool also developed by Professor Aldridge is now used by organisations worldwide to identify and work more effectively with young carers.
12 THE DIFFERENCE BEYOND CAMPUS
Turning ideas into innovation Loughborough students and graduates dream big. For some of them, the dream is becoming the next brand that people are talking about. As a university, we help students to develop a highly desirable entrepreneurial mindset and support them in all aspects of their business journey. Late last year we opened a brand-new focal point for students looking to develop their business ideas. The innovation incubator and training space, known as the Start-Up Lab, will give students the opportunity to grow their ideas into what could be the next big global brand.
Located in our impressive STEMLab building, the vibrant co-working space will equip students with the skills and support they need to develop their businesses and offer invaluable workshops and clinics. The space will also act as a training base for local businesses. The facility was officially opened in October by digital music mogul and Loughborough alumnus Andrew Fisher, who is the Executive Chairman of Shazam. He told students during his visit “Enjoy your time at Loughborough – you really are in the best place.”
This exciting project has been made possible thanks to Santander Universities – the division that oversees the bank’s commitment to higher education.
Love local. Love Loughborough. Local businesses sit at the heart of their communities and in challenging economic times, it’s more important than ever for the whole community to show their support. Working alongside Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU), during 2018 the University delivered training and consultancy to local businesses looking to develop their social media skills. The popular Switch On Stand Out Social Media Programme, which is in its fifth year, helped 44 local businesses with their social media activity during 2018.
This work has been made possible with thanks to support from both Charnwood Borough Council and Love Loughborough.
WHY YOUR GIFT MATTERS
Why your gift matters Giving isn’t about just making a donation, it’s about making a difference. Whatever the size of the donation, the difference it can make is huge. Your donations have their greatest impact on the University when combined with gifts from other members of the Loughborough family who also contribute on a regular basis.
THANKS TO YOUR DONATIONS LAST YEAR OVER 600 PEOPLE DONATED THE EQUIVALENT OF £10 PER MONTH EACH, OR LESS
THIS TOTALLED MORE THAN £37,600 ACROSS THE YEAR
THIS FUNDING IS EQUIVALENT TO:
25 ENABLING 25 UNDERGRADUATES FROM LOWER PARTICIPATION BACKGROUNDS TO GAIN VALUABLE INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE AS PART OF A FUNDED MICRO-INTERNSHIP SCHEME.
18 SUPPORTING 18 ELITE STUDENT ATHLETES, SPORTSMEN AND SPORTSWOMEN TO EXCEL IN THEIR CHOSEN DISCIPLINE.
AWARDING FOUR NEW DEVELOPMENT TRUST SCHOLARSHIPS TO DESERVING STUDENTS FOR THE DURATION OF THEIR DEGREE.
Why not become a regular donor today? Becoming a regular donor allows you to have a significant impact on the future of Loughborough University, in a way that is more financially manageable. We greatly appreciate your generosity and if you have supported us with a one-off donation this year, we would love to welcome you as a regular Loughborough supporter. For more information please visit www.lboro.ac.uk/giving.
14 MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Making a difference Donor statistics for 2017/18
TOTAL NUMBER OF DONATIONS
GIFTS IN WILLS
NUMBER OF COUNTRIES OUR DONORS ARE FROM
NUMBER OF ALUMNI DONORS WORLDWIDE
SCHOOLS WITH MOST DONORS 1. SPORT, EXERCISE AND HEALTH SCIENCES
HALLS WITH MOST DONORS 1. HAZLERIGG/ RUTLAND HALL
2. SCIENCE 3. SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS 4. WOLFSON SCHOOL OF MECHANICAL, ELECTRICAL AND MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING 5. AERONAUTICAL, AUTOMOTIVE, CHEMICAL AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING
2. ELVYN RICHARDS HALL 3. WILLIAM MORRIS HALL 4. CAYLEY HALL 5. FARADAY HALL
WHERE YOUR DONATION MADE A DIFFERENCE
100% OF DONATIONS
WENT DIRECTLY TO OUR CAUSES
OF DONATIONS SUPPORTED PROJECTS & INITIATIVES RELATING TO GLOBAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
47.9% OF GIFTS
PROVIDED NEW UNDERGRADUATE & POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS
11.6% OF GIFTS
WERE USED FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE
5.6% OF GIFTS
TOWARDS OTHER AREAS INCLUDING FACILITIES & CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT
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WHY I GIVE TO LOUGHBOROUGH
The Loughborough campus in the 1980s when Guy studied here
Why I give to Loughborough Since graduating from Loughborough 30 years ago, Guy Broadbent has thrived in the life science technologies and speciality materials sector. He’s worked for several private and public organisations, holding roles such as President and Chief Executive Officer.
go to university and I knew from the first moment I stepped on campus during a visit that it was the right place for me. I discovered so much about myself and developed a level of confidence that has enabled me to take on challenges and opportunities I could not have imagined.
He believes his time at Loughborough provided him with a great foundation that has led to some amazing experiences – and for that he’s extremely grateful. He now gives back to Loughborough so that others can do the same.
“My own kids attend university here in the US, so I often tell them about the great times at Loughborough and the pride that I still have in things like the amazing sports teams and athletes as well as the unique atmosphere that still pervades the Loughborough campus.
“Giving back is my way of saying thank you to the University, by supporting them in their efforts to give scholars the same great start in life I had. “Like many of my generation, I was the first in my family to
“I just want scholars to have the best chance of achieving whatever their dream is. I’ve had so much help and support throughout my life that it’s great to be able to pay it back in this way.
“Seeing what potential scholars have had to overcome to put themselves in a position to study at Loughborough is nothing short of inspirational. How could you not want to help these individuals when it has clearly been earned and well deserved? “Hopefully one day they’ll be able to carry on the tradition and support scholars in the future.”
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Welcome to the latest edition of Your Gift – the magazine that shares the stories that you, our supporters, have enabled us to tell.