I, Daniel Blake: Film Screening and Discussion

April 29, 2017 Steven Lake

The Edward Herbert Building is hosting a free screening of the film, I, Daniel Blake, followed by a discussion led by CPWS researchers, next Wednesday (3rd May) at 6pm.

I, Daniel Blake is an important and powerful film about the nature of work and life on benefits in contemporary Britain. Directed by Ken Loach and starring Dave Johns as the title character, it won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Festival.

The event is organised and sponsored by the Centre for Professional Work and Society (CPWS), in the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University.

The screening is free, but booking is necessary. To attend, visit the link below:


Snooker Physics: The science behind shot types

Snooker Physics: The science behind shot types

April 28, 2017 PR Office

Ever watched snooker and wondered how on earth a player produced a certain shot? Don’t worry, a Loughborough University physicist has the answers… Continue reading

Put a Spring in Your Step with the Student Book Club

April 28, 2017 Steven Lake

Book lovers may like to put Tuesday 2nd May in their diaries, as that will be the date the Student Book Club meets for the first time during the Summer Term, with a particularly seasonal book up for discussion this time.

Spring Tales is an anthology of striking short stories on the theme of Spring, and is one of a quartet of collections inspired by the seasons.

So if you’re looking for a little something different to tide you over the Easter holidays, why not sign up for a copy at the Level 3 desk?

The Book Club will be meeting at the usual time, 730pm, in the usual place, the Library Staff Room, but on a slightly different day – Tuesday – as the Monday is, of course, a Bank Holiday.

For more information about the Club, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk, ext. 222403, or why not join the discussion on our Facebook page?

Join the Revolution at the British Library

April 28, 2017 Steven Lake

The British Library commemorates the 100th anniversary of one of the most crucial events in modern history this summer in its new exhibition, Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths, which starts today.

From the fall of Russia’s last Tsar to the rise of the first communist state, this definitive exhibition takes a fresh look at the Russian Revolution 100 years on. With rarely seen items from both sides of the conflict, from a first edition of the Communist Manifesto to anti-Bolshevik propaganda, and – for the first time on public display from the British Library’s own archive – Lenin’s handwritten application for a Reader Pass, this is a unique chance to understand the lesser-known personal stories behind the events that changed the world.

Uniting the political and the personal, explore the Russian Revolution’s central characters, most notably Lenin and Trotsky, alongside the tales of ordinary people living through extraordinary times, and how events in Russia in 1917 transformed the international landscape forever and shaped the world we live in today.

The exhibition runs until 29th August and is accompanied by a range of revolution-themed special events and activities. For further details, visit the British Library website.

Library Open on Bank Holiday Monday

April 27, 2017 Steven Lake

At this time of year we’re always deluged with people asking whether or not we’re open on the ‘May Day’ Bank Holiday Monday. And our answer is always – yes, we are open, especially as that Monday is officially the start of the Summer Term!

The Easter Vacation period comes to an end tomorrow (Friday), meaning the Library will be returning to its normal term-time opening schedule from the weekend (Saturday 29th April 9am – 2am and Sunday 30th April 10am – 2am), then opening 8.30am – 2am weekdays thereafter.

The only caveat on Bank Holiday Monday is that the Library will be operating a skeleton service only at the desks, otherwise it will be business as usual as we gear up for what is traditionally one of our busiest times of the academic year as students flock to the Library to revise (among other things!!).

And for those of you wondering about when we switch to 24-7 opening: Sorry, you’ve got to wait about another month for that yet! Thursday 25th May is D-Day for all you night-owls, when we switch over to non-stop opening until term’s end on 21st June.

Collaborating with Loughborough University London

Collaborating with Loughborough University London

April 26, 2017 Lauren Proctor

Back in March, our campus opened its doors for an event designed to enlighten and explore the ways businesses and organisations can get involved with Loughborough University’s London journey; whether that be through partnerships, the Collaborative Project module, dissertations etc.

Continue reading

A ’Blueprint’ for Peer-Based and Collaborative Learning in a Teaching Laboratory

April 26, 2017 Matt Hope

In this post, Dr. Sweta Ladwa provides an update on her 2016 Teaching Innovation Award and explains how peer based learning can be used within a laboratory based teaching environment.

What is the problem, which you are trying address?

In a laboratory-teaching environment, students are very much focused on getting to the end product of an experiment (whether it is a compound and a form of analysis), sometimes without taking in or thinking about the steps to get to the end of the experiment. Students are normally provided with a laboratory manual, which gives detailed instructions for completing their experimental work. These instructions will include a number of ‘core’ techniques pivotal to a student’s time at university. Although the laboratory is sometimes considered to play a supporting role to the lecture in higher education, it is vital with respect to STEM subjects.

Through personal observation, when students are encouraged to discuss their knowledge to their peers in the laboratory, there is much more engagement with the material. Information is retained as knowledge is generally disseminated in their own language without necessarily using a large amount of technical jargon. This will allow students to explore the higher levels of learning objectives.

What are the objectives of the project?

  1. To develop a blueprint to incorporate peer-based learning of core laboratory techniques within modules in Chemistry.
  2. Work with students to develop and evaluate the findings from the project.
  3. Student-led focus groups to test and discuss the blueprint to gain wider student perspective.

How will the objectives of the project be met?

Students will be provided with a laboratory technique, which, in small groups of 2-3 students, they will evaluate research and disseminate the information back to their peers through instructional videos.

Project so far

The initial part of the project was to identify key techniques, which are considered to be fundamental to a students training within chemistry. Once identified, students were selected to carry out pilot studies in order to test the concepts outlined in the TIA. These students were selected from a group of Chemistry Student Helpers, some of whom have also been involved in the Peer Assisted Learning Scheme. Students were then split into small groups and techniques were assigned to them. They got together to plan how to disseminate the information in the form of a video and then started to put together the videos.

What did the students who were involved say about this project?

“It made me think about the techniques more’.

“I still remember what I have learnt weeks later”.

“It was a different way of learning which was enjoyable”.

Next Steps

The next steps for the project are to use student focus groups to gain feedback for the videos and this type of learning from a wider group of students. This will be carried out after the Easter break. A submission has been made and accepted to present at the RAISE conference, which is going to be held in Manchester in September 2017 during which the work will be presented. The findings will also be presented at the University’s Learning and Teaching Conference in May

New to Referencing Software? Get the Know How!

April 26, 2017 Steven Lake

This May we’re running a couple of training sessions introducing students to the wonders of referencing software. With essays and deadlines looming, it’s the perfect time to find out about a crucial element in obtaining a good mark.

On Wednesday 10th May in Seminar Room 2 (2-3.30pm) we’re running a session Introducing Mendeley. This introductory practical workshop will explain the purpose of referencing software, help you to set up a Mendeley account,  add references to it and organise them into folders. You will also learn how to export references into a document and create a bibliography.

If time is of the essence and you need a more bite-sized introduction, then why not book a spot on our Introducing Referencing Get the Know session on Thursday 11th May, also in Seminar Room 2, between 12-12.50pm. This session will demonstrate all the referencing products available as well as Mendeley.

Please note that both workshops are aimed at new or novice users of Mendeley and referencing software in general and will not cover advanced features.

To book your place, visit the links below:



Buildings & Beasts at the Loughborough Town Hall

April 25, 2017 Steven Lake

Two new free exhibitions by local artists has begun in the Sock and Sockette Galleries at the Loughborough Town Hall this spring.

Buildings in a Landscape, hosted in the Sock Gallery, is a collection of water colour art by Felicity Jackson. Felicity paints on-the-spot, taking in the colour and feel of the moment. Within a landscape she likes to seek out buildings which are mellowing and blending into their surroundings. Watercolour is her favourite medium, giving a lovely delicacy and spontaneity, but she has recently discovered pastels too. Most of her subject matter is strictly representational, but whatever the subject, she tries to capture the essence and spirit. (Runs from 20th April – 10th June).

In the Sockette Gallery take a trip into the unknown with the Beasts of Solaris by Tom Walker. Inspired by Stanislaw Lem’s science fiction novel Solaris (latterly filmed by Steven Soderbergh in 2002) this series of images seeks to explore the mysterious consciousness that lies in parallel to this planets mutating landscape. Tom believes that people’s inability to represent their own experiences of nature accurately, is due to the limitations of whichever medium chosen, and is therefore crucial to his disinterest in attempting to depict reality. Tom chose to present a fictional landscape that the senses desire to explore. (Runs from 4th May – 9th September).

The Sock Gallery and Sockette are free to enter and are open Monday – Saturday from 9am – 5.00pm and when the Town Hall is open for shows.

LU Arts Presents the Loughborough Legend

April 25, 2017 Steven Lake

LU Arts kicks off the start of term with a story of empire, education, elitism and the Church of England.

The Loughborough Legend tells the enthralling true story of a young boy who dared to dream…and James Arthur Harley dreamed big, leaving his island home of Antigua in the 1890’s to navigate the doubled complexities of the oppressive racism in America and England with grace, style and dignity to achieve an esteemed education and his childhood ambition, but at what price?

The gifted scholar attended Yale, Harvard and Oxford universities at the turn of the 20th Century, before becoming the 1910 Shepshed curate who reinvigorated the local community, and the 1920s Councillor and Loughborough College Governor dubbed the Stormy Petrel.

Written and presented by Pamela Roberts, author, historian and new playwright, The Loughborough Legend is on at the Cope Auditorium on Saturday 6th May at 7pm. Tickets cost £5. To book online visit the link below:


UK Government confirms funding for EU students for 2018

UK Government confirms funding for EU students for 2018

April 24, 2017 Lauren Proctor

The UK Government has confirmed financial support for EU students starting courses in the 2018–19 academic year.

The decision means that EU students applying for an undergraduate or master’s course at an English university will continue to have access to student loans and grants, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU.

The government has confirmed that EU students will remain eligible for undergraduate, master’s, postgraduate financial support for courses beginning in 2018. EU students are charged the same tuition fees as UK students. Other non-EU, international students do not have their tuition fees capped in this way.

PhD students remain eligible to apply for UK Research Council studentships for the duration of their study.

Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson said:

“A key part of our success is attracting talent from across the globe. This will provide reassurance to the brightest minds from across Europe to continue applying to study in the UK, safe in the knowledge financial assistance is available if needed.”

See the Government website for further information.

Living with international flatmates

Living with international flatmates

April 21, 2017 Chidinma Okorie

When it was time for me to choose my accommodation, there were several factors I considered – like proximity to my lecture buildings and library, the neighbourhood, security, comfort, and the hall fees Continue reading

#NationalTeaDay - the perfect brew

#NationalTeaDay - the perfect brew

April 21, 2017 Bethan Fagan

It’s #NationalTeaDay! Chemical engineering senior lecturer Dr Andrew Stapley gives his definitive step-by-step guide on how to make the best cup of tea.  Continue reading

Tricia's snippets 2017-04-20

April 20, 2017 Tricia


We are pleased to announce the new WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP) 2017 Thematic Report: Safely Managed Drinking Water. The report considers the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target for universal, equitable access to safely managed drinking water and outlines JMP plans for enhanced monitoring of drinking water in the SDG era. It also examines the availability of data on safely managed drinking water services.

New ‘ladders’ for monitoring drinking water services at home, at school and in health facilities are presented in the report, together with proposals for enhanced monitoring of inequalities and affordability of drinking water services. The WHO/UNICEF JMP 2017 Progress Update and SDG Baseline report will be published at the end of June.

UNICEF (March 2017)

Thirsting for a Future: Water and children in a changing climate


From Water, Sanitation, Hygiene & Health Newsletter No 222 4 April 2017:

WHO/UNICEF Water and Sanitation for Health Facility Improvement Tool (WASH FIT) and Mobile App launched

The tools were launched at a WHO/UNICEF Global Learning Event on WASH in health care facilities, held 28-30 March in Kathmandu. WASH FIT is a risk-based, step-by-step guide to undertaking WASH improvements as part of wider quality improvements in health care facilities. WASH FIT Mobile is an electronic version of the tool which allows easy data entry and analysis. The Mobile App platform, hosted by mWater, includes technical support and real-time trouble-shooting. The WASH FIT guide, and associated training materials, is available on www.washinhcf.org. WASH FIT Mobile is available at www.washfit.org


MOOC on “Introduction to Faecal Sludge Management’’

Eawag/Sandec, the WHO Collaborating Centre for Sanitation and Water in Developing Countries, is launching a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Introduction to Faecal Sludge Management”, running for five weeks starting on 1 May. The free course, with subtitles in French, Spanish and English, is the fourth in the series ‘’Sanitation, Water, and Solid Waste for Development’.  People can sign up for the course at any time, and join any or all sessions. We invite you to watch the trailer and read more about the course at www.coursera.org/learn/faecalsludge
From Sanitation Updates:

Ghaziabad administration launches ‘Swachhtagrah’ app to monitor open defecation

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 06:45 AM PDT

May 3, 2017 Webinar: WASH Counts in Healthcare Facilities!

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 10:14 AM PDT

E4C Webinar | Empowering Citizens Through Technology to Reduce Marine Plastic Pollution

Resources from Exploring how to address on-going taboos and silence around MHM for girls in school

Posted: 12 Apr 2017

WSSCC’s first 2017 Webinar session : Inadequate Sanitation and Stress

Posted: 11 Apr 2017 09:24 AM PDT

Webinar – Involving The Private Sector In Increasing Access To Basic Sanitation In Bihar And Abidjan

Posted: 06 Apr 2017 08:43 AM PDT

Discovering sanitation realities through rural immersions

Active trachoma and community use of sanitation, Ethiopia

Posted: 04 Apr 2017

Could alternative sanitation help South Africa’s water security?

Recent WASH research

Posted: 03 Apr 2017

A financially viable and safe solution for managing human waste

Posted: 01 Apr 2017 03:56 AM PDT

SHARE – Understanding Gendered Sanitation Vulnerabilities: A Study in Uttar Pradesh

Posted: 31 Mar 2017 06:18 AM PDT

Unjela Kaleem joins WSSCC as Head of External Affairs, Communications and Coordination

Toilet Accelerator & SaTo toilet products named as finalists in the first-ever World Changing Ideas Awards

Posted: 30 Mar 2017

Duncan Mara – The elimination of open defecation and its adverse health effects: a moral imperative for governments and development professionals

Posted: 29 Mar 2017 06:56 AM PDT

12 ways to turn water from waste to resource – The Guardian

Posted: 28 Mar 2017 09:47 AM PDT

12th SuSanA Thematic Discussion: “Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Schools – A neglected issue”

Posted: 27 Mar 2017 06:17 AM PDT

Wikipedia – World Water Day

World Water Day 2017 publications by USAID, UN Water, WaterAid, Wikipedia and others

Posted: 22 Mar 2017

WASH is a Key Ingredient in Tackling Poverty in Kenya – Global Waters

Treating Wastewater as a Resource – Global Waters

Posted: 21 Mar 2017

World Water Day 2017 – Why Wastewater

Posted: 20 Mar 2017 06:36 AM PDT

Microbiological quality of lettuce (Lactuca sativa) irrigated with wastewater in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and effect of green salads washing methods

The role of nanomaterials as effective adsorbents and their applications in wastewater treatment

Posted: 15 Mar 2017

Simple wastewater treatment system could boost aquaculture

This Device by Filipino Electronics Engineering Students Generates Electricity Out of Wastewater

Scientists harness sunlight to break down wastewater in 20 minutes

Posted: 14 Mar 2017

SuSanA invites you to take part in a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to celebrate World Water Day now

Posted: 12 Mar 2017 06:07 AM PDT

Tender: SuSanA Stakeholder Market Study

WSSCC launches its Strategic Plan for 2017-2020

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 03:32 AM PST

Ushering a new era in sanitation value chain management in India

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 02:42 AM PST

From journal email alerts:

International journal of hygiene and environmental health

ISSN 1438-4639

VOL 220; NUMB 1 (2017)


ISSN 0920-4741

VOL 31; NUMB 6 (2017)


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VOL 104; (2016)

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16 must-do things in Britain

16 must-do things in Britain

April 20, 2017 Loughborough University

Fortunately placed in the centre of Britain, Loughborough has fantastic travel links around the country which is great for getting around and seeing what we have to offer. We’ve compiled a list of things you should definitely try out before your degree in the UK is over!

  1.  Eat an ice cream by the seaside

Seaside trips are a huge part of British tourism and holiday culture. Every promenade and seaside town in Britain will have some sort of ice cream, be it a van or a shop. No matter the weather, we love an ice cream by the sea!


  1. Spend a day exploring at the Eden project

The Eden Project is the “largest indoor rainforest in the world”. Named after the Garden of Eden, the project aims to educate the public on the importance of nature and about the different biomes of the world. It’s a great tourist attraction in beautiful Cornwall, and is sure to be worth the trip down.


  1. Take a walk or a hike around one of the UK’s fifteen National Parks

The UK has fifteen National Parks, huge expanses of beautiful protected nature reserves where you can roam freely and enjoy the great outdoors. The closest park to Loughborough University is the Peak District! For more information on National Parks, take a look at their site.


  1. Visit a castle and take a trip back in time

Britain is littered with castles, dating back hundreds of years, and they’re great places to learn about the ancient history of the country.  Interesting examples include Warwick, Durham and Edinburgh (pictured above). See more here!


  1. Spend a day in the sun at a British theme park

The UK has several theme parks that are close enough for a great day out in the summer! The closest park to Loughborough is Drayton Manor or Alton Towers, but there are plenty of other parks within reach!


  1. See Edinburgh city from the top of Arthur’s Seat

Arthur’s Seat is the mountain that overlooks Edinburgh city in Scotland, providing a fantastic view of the city and a lovely walk no matter the weather. There are several routes up, ranging in difficulty, and plenty to do in Edinburgh once you get down!


  1. Attend an international sporting event

Loughborough University, as you will know, has huge sporting prowess. Get in the spirit of things and head out to see an international sporting event in Britain! A great example is the Loughborough International Athletics meet.


  1. Tackle the Three Peaks challenge

The three peaks include the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon). Take on one at a leisurely pace for an enjoyable and memorable day, or smash all three in the famous 24 hour challenge!


  1. Get the tourist experience in London

Embrace the stereotype for the day – get that camera out, jump on that open top bus and see the sights of London! The most popular attractions include Big Ben, Buckingham Palace (with a photo next to a guard, of course!), the London eye and Madame Tussauds. Why not stop by the Loughborough London campus too?


  1. Learn the history of the British Isles in a museum

There are plenty of museums across the UK, ranging from little local museums in towns to the huge National History Museum; from our modern history to our ancient history, there is sure to be something that interests you!


  1. Spend a day on Henman Hill at Wimbledon

As one of the most prestigious sporting tournaments in the world, Wimbledon holds its place firmly as a staple of British sporting heritage. Guaranteed to be a great day out for both tennis super fans and casual spectators alike!


  1. Rock out at a British music festival

There are many music festivals in Britain, from local little gatherings such as the LSU’s FreeFest, to the huge week-long gatherings of Glastonbury and Leeds/Reading festivals.


  1. Travel around Europe

Make the most of having great access to travelling around Europe – the UK is right next door to Ireland, France, Germany and more. Loughborough University has great transport links to East Midlands Airport, as well as Birmingham / London airports for trips further afield.


  1. Take a pack-up lunch and have a picnic in a park

A classic British summertime activity: pack up a few sandwiches, grab a bottle of lemonade and head to a park for a relaxing lunch.


  1. Watch a Shakespearean play at the RSC Theatre in Stratford

Watching a play at the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre in the beautiful surroundings of Stratford-Upon-Avon should be on every tourist’s to-do list!


  1. Let your hair down at a sports festival

During the summer, there are several sports festivals that you can head down and party at, or even get involved yourself! These include Boardmasters and Sevens in the City.


Fancy trying one of these out yourself? Let us know in the comments below!

10 reasons to study at Loughborough

10 reasons to study at Loughborough

April 20, 2017 Liam

Finding it tough to choose between Loughborough and another uni? Here are 10 reasons why you won’t regret studying here. Continue reading

London rents might be ‘falling’ for some, but a minimum decent standard of living still costs substantially more in the capital

April 12, 2017 Matt Padley

Over the past few years, good news about housing, particularly the cost of renting in the private sector, has been in short supply. So it is little surprise that recent figures compiled by Countrywide, suggesting a fall in private rents across the UK, with a significant fall in the capital, were seized upon as representing a turning tide, as providing welcome relief for those in the private rental sector who have experienced year after year of rising rents.

However, taking a closer look at these figures, it becomes clear that the good news on rents is more for the few, than the many. According to Countrywide, rents for new private lets in London fell by around 5% between February 2016 and 2017. This is a bigger fall than the 0.5% decrease reported in August last year. Great news for ‘the few’ new tenants who are saving a colossal £63 a month – £14.50 a week – on average rents in the capital.

But for ‘the many’ things are very different. The same data show that average rents for tenants renewing existing contracts have actually increased by 3% over the same period, £36 a month, or £8.30 a week. Analysis from the National Housing Federation provides yet more evidence of a mounting ‘affordability’ problem faced by many renters, particularly as rents continue to increase at a more rapid pace than earnings. And this affordability problem is only likely to get worse as the freeze in the Local Housing Allowance starts to bite.

Our recent research on the costs of a minimum decent standard of living in the capital – funded by Trust for London – draws attention to some of the potential consequences of high and increasing rents. The research, based on detailed discussions with groups of members of the public, explores the goods and services families in Inner and Outer London need for a minimum acceptable standard of living, covering both essentials and enabling people to participate in society. Updating research from two years ago, the study addresses a key question: how does the cost of this minimum differ in London compared to the rest of the UK? Actually, for most goods and services, the costs of a minimum in London are broadly similar to those in other urban areas of the UK: food shopping at large national supermarkets does not cost any more in London than in, say Bolton; access to the internet does not have a London premium attached to it.

However, three key areas of difference emerge: childcare, transport and housing. There have been increases in all three over the past few years, but the most significant of these has been in rents in the private sector. Contrary to the recent headlines, private rents at the cheaper end of the market have grown much faster in London than in other parts of the country. Urban areas outside London have seen increases of around 4% in rents at this end of the market in the last couple of years; in London, rents have increased by around 15%.

This means that a single working-age adult living in Inner London needs more than 1.5 times as much as they would if they were living in an urban UK area outside of London in order to have what the public agree is a decent standard of living. It means that should a working-age single be out-of-work – in Inner or Outer London – safety-net benefits would cover only a quarter of what they need as a minimum, a significant deterioration in the adequacy of state support since 2014. It means that even working full time on the new higher National Living Wage (NLW), a single person in Inner London would be further from reaching this decent standard of living than in 2014 – the increase of £23 in weekly full-time pay (after tax and NI) resulting from the NLW has been wiped out by the £34 a week increase in lower quartile rents over the same period. Increases in the minimum wage are to be welcomed, but as state support for rents is restricted – through a freeze on Local Housing Allowance – increases in rents are likely to borne entirely by individuals and will have to be met by cutting back in other areas. In other words, it is likely that increased earnings from the NLW will be covering rent hikes rather than improving living standards as intended.

The impact of higher rents is not limited to singles. As the social housing stock shrinks and as it becomes harder for families with children to access this, growing numbers find themselves with little choice but to rent privately – 1 in 3 private renting households in London now include children. For a couple with two children living in Inner London, renting privately at the lower end of the market means that they would need more than 1.5 times what they would need living outside of London; in Outer London, they would need nearly 1.4 times as much. This means each parent needs to earn around £35k in Inner and £33 in Outer London in order to have what the public agree is a decent minimum standard of living.

So what does this all mean for living standards in the capital? One way of answering this question is to look at the number of people living in London who don’t have the income they need for this minimum decent standard of living after paying for housing and childcare. The answers this analysis provides are alarming: 4 in 10 Londoners have an income below what they need for this minimum standard of living; 6 in 10 children are growing up in households with incomes below this level; and 8 in 10 children in lone parent households don’t have all that they need for what the public agree is a minimum. What is more, changes to state support, particularly for working families, such as the two-child limit, are likely to make this situation worse.

It is difficult to avoid sounding like a stuck record when looking to solutions. Clearly something needs to be done about housing, in particular ensuring that affordable means just that – establishing a link between wages and rents may help here. Rethinking reforms to welfare, such as the benefit cap and the freeze in Local Housing Allowances, could help ease an increasingly challenging situation for many households. And improving incomes through pay is also important – the National Living Wage is a good start, but encouraging employers to pay the London Living Wage could mean a boost in pay for low income workers.

In 1743, poet William Shenstone captured something immutable about London when he wrote that ‘nothing is certain in London but expense’. Writing more than 250 years later, fellow poet Kate Tempest captures what it can only be hoped is a more transient truth – that London is a city where ‘if you fall short, you fall’:

‘The squats we used to party in

are flats we can’t afford

The dumps we did our dancing in

have all been restored

Whose city is this?

It doesn’t want me no more.

I’ve had a glimpse

into the future.

It stinks.

London’s a walled fort,

it’s all for the rich,

if you fall short

you fall.

You know where the door is.’

Kate Tempest, Let Them Eat Chaos.


Six firm and insurance do’s and don’ts

Six firm and insurance do’s and don’ts

April 12, 2017 Tara Janes

Hi everyone! Choosing firm and insurance university choices can seem daunting, but hopefully my six do’s and don’ts will guide you through the process and take some of the stress off. Continue reading

Networking at Loughborough University London

Networking at Loughborough University London

April 12, 2017 Hannah Timson

As we all know, the generic statement when you tell a person that you study at Loughborough is: ‘Oh wow so you must be really sporty then!’. Continue reading

Having a blast in Syndey!

Having a blast in Syndey!

April 12, 2017 Jameel Shariff

I’m in week four of the academic year here in Sydney and I’ve already handed in two bits of coursework- time is flying by so fast! Continue reading

Back to normality

Back to normality

April 12, 2017 Jessica Rutherford

March has been extremely busy since I returned from Vancouver. Continue reading

The Drama of Drama!

The Drama of Drama!

April 12, 2017 Gemma Wilkie

So it’s now Easter break and I’ve just handed in the last of my work for this term – where’s the champagne?!?

Continue reading

Library Closed for Easter, Thursday 13th until Wednesday 19th April

April 12, 2017 Steven Lake

Just to remind all of our visitors that the Library will be closed for Easter from 8pm this evening, Wednesday 12th April, and will reopen at 9am on Wednesday 19th April.

Image from Instagram by evonne_fish_yu.


I can Sing!

I can Sing!

April 11, 2017 Miranda Priestley

I have always been someone who loves music, from writing music to singing, but never had the confidence to sing in public. Continue reading

“Wrong turn, recalculating.... In one mile, make a U-turn”

“Wrong turn, recalculating.... In one mile, make a U-turn”

April 11, 2017 Emma Wiggins

Open day season is upon us and with the advent of the Easter break many students will be acquiring the transportation services of parents and guardians to go and peruse the many higher educational institutions facilities. Continue reading

3 self-catered student food problems (and how to solve them!)

3 self-catered student food problems (and how to solve them!)

April 11, 2017 Lauren Jefferis

As a student, making sure you’re well fed can be the least of your worries when you have a deadline for Friday and a desperately important sports social to attend! Continue reading

Making the most of a university Open Day

Making the most of a university Open Day

April 11, 2017 Niamh O’Connor

The time when you are confirming your ‘firm’ and ‘insurance’ university choices feels like a huge decision. Continue reading

Overton Poetry Prize 2017

April 11, 2017 Steven Lake

The School of Arts, English & Drama have just opened this year’s Overton Poetry Prize, which is held annually in memory of Professor Bill Overton (1946-2012). The School offers this prize for a sequence of poems on any subject, up to 300 lines. The first-placed entry will be published in chapbook form by the University’s Lamplight Press. There will be two further prizes of £50 each.

Much of Professor Overton’s teaching and writing was on poetry, and the proceeds from this competition fund an early-career poet in residence for Loughborough University. Students from the School can study Creative Writing modules at BA level, and undertake an MA and PhD in Creative Writing. The School hopes that this poetry prize, set up in the Professor’s memory, will contribute to the creative life of the School of the Arts, English and Drama and the experience of our students.

The Overton Poetry Prize 2017 will close on 1st September 2017, and the winner will be announced at the end of September 2017. Details of how to enter can be found via the School’s website below:


Support from the Enquiry Desks during the Vacation Period

April 10, 2017 Matthew Cunningham

During vacation periods, the Enquiry Desks will close at 17.30 weekdays (apart from on Wednesdays when it will remain open until 20.00). During the Easter vacation, the Library is staffed by security until 20.00 but they will not be able to assist with any library enquiries and will refer you to the Library staff the next working day. Please bear this in mind when you plan your visit to the Library.

What happens at the Collaborative Project Trade Fair?

What happens at the Collaborative Project Trade Fair?

April 10, 2017 Lauren Proctor

With the Collaborative Project finished, we asked students to explain different elements of the module. Owen, a Sport Business and Innovation student, has reflected on his experience of the Trade Fair. Continue reading

"Why My Passion for Creating Products that Matter Led to Working for Kinneir Dufort", Design School Alumna on her new role

April 7, 2017 dsma

A few short months ago I had my interview at KD. I arrived an hour and a half early and was feeling the pressure. The anticipation of securing my first graduate job, and a job I was actually excited about the prospect of doing every day, wasn’t doing anything for my nerves.

Since then, it’s safe to say it’s been something of a whirlwind from the very start. The day after my interview I was offered the job which I swiftly and excitedly accepted. A few days later I was viewing flats in Bristol and three weeks after that I ventured down to Host Street for my first day as KD’s newest Design Researcher. Fast-forward four months and I’ve already been on two full day training courses, flown to Chicago, travelled to four cities in the UK, presented to a room full of clients and will soon be heading off to spend an exciting week and a half in Germany (working, of course).

As a Design Researcher my role is to support the strategic design and development of products, services, and programs with a focus on human needs. By uncovering these needs and satisfying them we are most likely to create products and services that are successful but also ones that we, as humans (not just consumers), both want and need.

With only a small team at the moment, I’m also in the unique position of floating between the Research, Human Factors and Innovation teams, moving where the projects take me. It’s a great opportunity to delve into multiple worlds and see the organisation from different perspectives. Not only that, it provides opportunity to learn, grow and develop skills in different sectors; something that is invaluable at this beginning stage of my career.

This integration between different teams is central to the KD culture with the nine different disciplines working together to deliver multi-faceted projects. In the short time I’ve been here, I’ve worked for some of our biggest medical clients and learnt far more about topics I’d never expected to. With some experience working in a design consultancy during my placement year, my time at KD has opened my eyes to very different types and styles of project. The world of medical products in particular has been fascinating to learn more about. It’s not something I’d expected to encounter in my day to day life but now find I know far more about topics I’d never expected to (or possibly hoped not to need to!).

With a background in Industrial Design, making the transition to design research was a choice I considered carefully. Ultimately, it came down to my passion about creating products that really matter and can make a difference. In the design world we have the opportunity to make things easier or better to use, and can affect people’s lives positively if we use our skills wisely. To me, it’s always been so important to really understand what people need from a product not just what we think they need. From my experience, it’s this part of the design process that might get a little overlooked or sometimes overshadowed and it’s an area I feel I fit into well.

With opportunities abound there’s rarely a dull moment here and KD’s culture echoes that with a friendly and approachable team. Plus it’s certainly not all work and no play with one of my greatest surprises here being the amount of cake at our daily tea breaks!

By Hannah Sage, Design Researcher

You can view Hannah’s profile on the Design School Website

We would like to graciously thank Kinneir Dufort for sharing this piece with us, you can read the original article here


Re: Changes to the PC Staff Base Task Sequence on SCCM Current Branch (2016)

April 7, 2017 Mike Collett

This work is now complete.

If you have any queries regarding this, please contact the IT Service Desk on x222333 or IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk

Changes to the PC Staff Base Task Sequence on SCCM Current Branch (2016)

April 5, 2017 Mike Collett

XMA are running out of the version of the Genie Desktop computer we have been buying, so have sent us an updated Genie based on the Vig830s Motherboard. The motherboard is based on the “SkyLake” chipset instead of the “Haswell” chipset used in the current Vig800s Motherboard. (Windows 7 is not supported on the latest “Kaby Lake” chipset)

In order to accommodate the new model changes are required to the Task Sequence:
1) Additional drivers
2) Hotfix for TPM (Trusted Platform Module) 2.0.

(However, even with the Hotfix for TPM 2.0 installed, this model cannot use the BitLocker encryption system under Windows 7.)

In order to make the new Task Sequence Live, it will be unavailable between 8:00am and 9:30am on Friday 7th April 2017.

Once the update has been completed I will send out an email and update the blog.

This outage only applied to the SCCM Current Branch. The SCCM 2007 task sequence will still be available during this time. (This update are not being applied to SCCM 2007).

For Student Labs, this update will be carried out as part of the Labs Refresh Project.

If you have any queries regarding this, please contact the IT Service Desk on x222333 or IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk


Replacement of Cold Water Main to the Library, Wednesday 5th April

April 4, 2017 Steven Lake

On Wednesday 5th April University Facilities Management will begin work on replacing the mains cold water main between Telford Hall and Wolfson. While this work is carried out, the water supply to the Library will be turned off. Alternative arrangements have been made to provide an alternative source of water to the building so users should not be unduly effected – however, these circumstances may change, and we shall inform users of any developments through our usual social channels.

This work is due to begin by 9am and it is anticipated that it will be completed by 6pm, though it is hoped the Library supply will be reconnected within a few hours.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

The Sandbox Project: Using Augmented Reality to Improve Geomorphological Understanding

April 3, 2017 Matt Hope

Continuing our series of updates on the 2016 Teaching Innovation Awards, Prof. Jo Bullard explains how a regular sandbox can be transformed into a unique teaching and learning experience.

Many students and visitors to the Geography Social learning Space over the past few weeks have stopped for a few minutes (or longer!) to interact with the Sandbox that is currently under development.  What is so special about a box of sand?  Well this one has been built using a 2016 Teaching Innovation Award aimed at using augmented reality to improve geomorphological understanding.  When the box of sand is connected to a camera and projector it becomes possible for users to create and visualize landscapes.  As the sand is sculpted, contours are projected on to the miniature landscape.  By hovering a hand over the box, users can make it ‘rain’ over the landscape and the water flow down in to rivers and valleys.

How was it developed?
The basic programming for the Sandbox is open source software developed at UCDavis and Computer Science student Yuan Tian and technician Kip Sahnsi worked last summer to get the computer code running on a special computer.  In the meantime Joanna Bullard and Richard Harland in Geography built the box which is on wheels so that it can be transferred between Geography and Computer Science and also to other events on campus.

What’s next?
There are a few sandboxes now up and running in the UK.  In December 2016 Prof. Jo Bullard from Loughborough University, Dr. Annie Ockelford (University of Brighton), Dr. Lynda Yorke (Bangor University) and Dr. Chris Skinner (University of Hull) jointly convened a session at the American Geophysical Union Fall meeting on Technology-Enhanced Teaching in Geosciences which featured a number of papers exploring how to support undergraduate student learning using augmented reality and we are hoping to include some of these ideas in our teaching in the future.

The Loughborough Sandbox is currently being ‘tweaked’ to improve the visualization and accuracy of the projection data but will be back up and running soon.

Library Café and Shop Opening Hours During the Easter Vacation

March 31, 2017 Steven Lake

As the Library switches to an alternative opening hours schedule during the Easter vacation, so do the Library Café and Library Shop.

From Monday 3rd April through until Friday 28th April, the Library Café will be open from 9am – 4pm week days, but closed at weekends. Please be aware that this includes this weekend, 1st – 2nd April, even though the Library is open as usual. For the Bank Holiday Weekend, Saturday 29th April – Monday 1st May, the Café will be open from 10am – 5pm.

The Library Shop will be closed for the duration of the Easter vacation.

Library Catalogue Plus Server Switchover, Monday 3rd April

March 31, 2017 Steven Lake

On Monday, 3rd April we will be moving our Library Catalogue Plus system to a new authentication server. It is anticipated that this work will be completed during the morning, but during this time people may experience difficulties with accessing and logging in to LCP.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Message in support of our colleagues at Central European University, Budapest

March 30, 2017 Rachel Mackenzie

Following the recent legislative action by the Hungarian government, we would like to express our deep concern over the impact of the proposed law on Central European University (CEU), endangering its further operations in Hungary. Together with many academics in Hungary and around the world, we perceive this action as an assault on an independent academic institution which has been globally recognized for its research and teaching excellence, as well as for its unrelenting efforts in nurturing and spreading democratic values across the region. We would like to offer unequivocal support to our colleagues at the Centre for Media, Data and Society, as well as to the entire academic community of Central European University at this difficult time, and we call upon the Hungarian lawmakers and government representatives to ensure that CEU will be allowed to continue its academic mission in Hungary.

Mendeley Update: Migration to the Institutional Edition

March 30, 2017 Steven Lake

As we progress with our transition to Mendeley, our site-wide referencing software package, we will be migrating to Mendeley Institutional Edition (MIE). This means that anyone with a Mendeley account with an email/username ending in ‘lboro.ac.uk’ will be moved automatically onto the new MIE. This process will commence week beginning 3rd April.

What does this mean in practice? You will not notice any change to your Mendeley account, it will look and remain the same. However, the MIE gives you additional, hidden benefits summarised below:

  • increased personal storage space (from 2GB to 100GB)
  • improved shared Library storage space (from 100MB to 100GB)
  • ability to set up unlimited private groups of up to 100 collaborators
  • alumni access
  • greater customer support service

These enhanced features make Mendeley a more effective collaborative tool and a useful resource for researchers. Full details on MIE can be found at:


If for any reason you do not want your personal account or group migrated to MIE please contact your Academic Librarian:


Changes to Creative & Print Services on Campus

March 29, 2017 Steven Lake

Creative and Print Services have recently expanded their services to include the University Mailroom and Parcels. Formerly part of Facilities Management, mail and parcels have been integrated with Print Services delivering a joined up approach to all print, post and distribution services.

From 3rd April 2017, the Herbert Manzoni Building will be adapted and refurbished to bring all three services under one roof including an exciting new look foyer and reception area providing a one-stop-shop for print, parcels and post services.

During this period the counter services operating from the Herbert Manzoni Building will be closed from Thursday 20th April and relocated to the ground floor of Sir Arnold Hall (building 63) and Parcels (Student Accommodation Building – building 52) until the end of May. A pop-up service from Sir Arnold Hall will include printing, copying and binding and services from Parcels will include all mail and parcel services.

Whilst every effort will be made to ensure business runs as usual, there may be some disruption to services during this period. If you need to meet a deadline please ensure you allow plenty of time to get your work printed and bound in advance. For further information please visit the Creative and Print Services website or contact the team on creativeandprint@lboro.ac.uk.

Library Opening Hours During the Easter Vacation

March 28, 2017 Steven Lake

As term ends on Friday, from Monday 3rd April the Library will be switching to a vacation opening hours schedule until the start of the next term on Monday 1st May.

Our opening hours will be as follows:

Sunday: Closed

Monday: 9.00 – 8.00

Tuesday: 9.00 – 8.00

Wednesday: 9.00 – 8.00

Thursday: 9.00 – 8.00

Friday: 9.00 – 8.00

Saturday: Closed

The Library will be closed along with the rest of the University over the Easter Bank Holiday period for six days days from Thursday 13th April, through until 9am on the following Wednesday, 19th April. Do please note our later opening time – 9am instead 8.30am – plus the fact that we are closed every weekend during the vacation until Saturday 29th April.

Additionally, the PC Clinic will be switching to its vacation opening schedule as well, which is Monday to Friday, 11am to 3pm. Out of these hours, you can contact the IT Services Help Desk, which is staffed 8.30am-5.30pm Monday-Friday.

(Library Café and Shop opening hours during the vacation have yet to be confirmed.)

We return to normal term-time opening hours on Saturday 29th April. The Library will be open as usual on Bank Holiday Monday, 1st May, albeit with a skeleton service at the desks and PC Clinic.

One last date for your diary – the Summer Term 24-7 exam period opening begins on Thursday 25th May.

Have a good Easter!

What does it mean to be a University Chancellor?

What does it mean to be a University Chancellor?

March 28, 2017 Liam

We’ve officially announced that Lord Seb Coe will be Loughborough’s next University Chancellor. But what does that actually mean?  Continue reading

Students can live healthy lifestyles

Students can live healthy lifestyles

March 27, 2017 Piers John

Being that it is the month of March, I guess it is safe to say that the New Year is well under way. A new year’s resolution of mine was to make sure I continued to go to the gym and eat healthier in second year, and I am glad to say I have done myself proud! Continue reading

Staff member and graduate to run London Marathon for Loughborough research

Staff member and graduate to run London Marathon for Loughborough research

March 27, 2017 Liam

Around 10 years ago my Grandad was diagnosed with arthritis of the hands. Since his diagnosis, the crippling disease has had knock-on effects on his health including Parkinson’s disease and an incredible difficulty to walk and speak. Continue reading

Adventures out of Loughborough

Adventures out of Loughborough

March 27, 2017 Sofia Aguiar

The cold is slowing leaving us and boy am I excited! Coming from a very hot country, I definitely prefer heat over cold; and after living in England for more than a year, I am still not used to the freezing cold winter. Continue reading

The unstoppable Loughborough Students Dance Club

The unstoppable Loughborough Students Dance Club

March 27, 2017 Symrun Samria

For the last three years, March has been one of my favourite months at university because it means that the Loughborough University Dance Comp is just around the corner. Continue reading

Power Supply Issues in the Library and on Campus - RESOLVED

March 27, 2017 Steven Lake

The power to all University buildings has now been restored.

The Facilities team has identified the cause of the problem and is working to provide a permanent solution. We anticipate no further disruption while this work is carried out, unless faults occur elsewhere on the network.

If anyone is experiencing any localised disruption to power, please contact the FM helpdesk.

We apologise for any inconvenience there has been this morning.


The Library is currently experiencing issues with its power supply.

This is a campus wide issue.

Although the power is on at present, it is at risk of going off again.

Many PCs across the Library are still without power.

Cleaning Staff have NOT been able to clean the Library, so there will be some mess.

University Facilities Management are working to fix the problem ASAP.

Please bear with us until everything is fixed.

We are sorry for any inconvenience. 


Throwbacks to my placement

March 24, 2017 Jacky Man

Hi Guys! Hope you are all doing great. Following from my last blog, my former colleague Jamie visited me to watch Nottingham Forest vs Brighton. Continue reading

Home from home

Home from home

March 24, 2017 Niamh O’Connor

University really does become your home. There’s no denying that – and the people you share this experience alongside will almost become your strange second family.

Continue reading

How to get a placement

How to get a placement

March 24, 2017 Miranda Priestley

At Loughborough University all courses give you the opportunity to do a Placement Year or a Sandwich course. Continue reading

A trip to Vancouver

A trip to Vancouver

March 24, 2017 Jessica Rutherford

So February took an extremely unexpected turn, which I still can’t quite believe myself. Continue reading

The Loughborough student experience

The Loughborough student experience

March 24, 2017 Imogen Newey

Deciding to go to university can be a big choice. Whilst university offers many exciting changes, change can be scary. This is perfectly natural and there are numerous people who share your worries. Continue reading

Borrowing & Renewing Books for the Easter Vacation

March 24, 2017 Steven Lake

Our extended Easter vacation loan period begins this Friday 24th March. All books borrowed from the Library or renewed after this date will be issued until the following dates for the following users:

  • Long Loan and Week Loan books for Undergraduates, will be due for return on Wednesday 3rd May.
  • Long Loan and Week Loan books for Undergraduate Finalists and  Postgraduates will be due for return on Friday 5th May.
  • Staff and Postgraduate Researchers Week Loan books will also be issued until Friday 5th May. All Long Loans will be issued until 30th June.
  • All Leisure Reading Books will be issued until Wednesday 3rd May.

Please note we do NOT recall books over the Easter vacation, but any reserved books borrowed from our hold shelf which still have outstanding requests may only be borrowed for one week – as always, please check the issue date when borrowing or renewing a book to avoid any fines.

University Road Closed, Saturday 25th March 7.30-10.30am

March 23, 2017 Steven Lake

This Saturday 25th March University Facility Management shall be tarmacking across a stretch of University Road following the replacement of a water main between Telford Hall and the Wolfson Building. This means that University Road will be closed between Pilkington Library and University Lodge on Saturday 25th March 7.30am until 10.30am approximately. 

The bus service will still run but will enter the campus off Epinal Way loop round Margaret Keay Road  back onto University Road and out of the Epinal Way entrance. They will then go up Ashby road to the roundabout down Holywell Way to Holywell Park bus stop and then reverse the route. Please note that the bus stops on University Road shall not be in use during these times apart from the stop opposite Rutland Building. 

Visitors arriving by car will only be able to access the Library Car Park through the Holywell Park/Burleigh Court entrance.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

10 things only the #LboroFamily will understand

10 things only the #LboroFamily will understand

March 22, 2017 Rachel

We’ve explored some of the many quirks of Loughborough life that you just can’t explain to those outside the bubble.

Continue reading

Clients not Migrated to Configuration Manager

March 22, 2017 Gary Hale

I have created a summary report for PCs which have not yet migrated to the Configuration Manager Current Branch site.

The Report can be found here: – \\ws2.lboro.ac.uk\DesktopResource\Windows\W7\common\Procedures\Configuration_Manager_Current_Branch\Reporting\Non Migrated Staff Clients.xlsx

Please could you investigate these PCs and ensure they are migrated. If after using the Troubleshooting Guide, you are unable to migrate the client, then please log a case with the IT Service Desk for investigation.

Kind Regards


CAP Forum: Research-informed curriculum design: successes and challenges

March 22, 2017 Tom Berry

Our most recent CAP Forum focused on research-informed curriculum design. As a recent Research-informed Teaching Award winner, Dr Line Nyhagen took us through some of her wonderful successes and some of the challenges she has faced in four specific innovative teaching practices which were designed to enhance student engagement.

  • The first is a field visit to a local mosque in order to allow her students to understand ‘lived religion’, where she emphasised that it is important that the pedagogic intention of any field visit is clear. Previously, there had been no field visits in the Social Sciences Department, and so she sought advice from the Geography department on the basics and reflected on what went well and what she could improve after the first year of running the trip. The trip was very successful; the feedback from participating students was overwhelmingly positive, alongside a post on the department newsfeed talking of its success. However, the main challenge she faced was that the attendance on the trip was quite low. The following year, Line took on board feedback on that particular issue and added organised transport and included an assessment element related to the trip that was worth 10%, which dramatically increased the attendance.
  • The second example discussed was a ‘Coursework Topic Approval Forum’ which was used instead of a list of essays from students to select from. It involved students having to use a forum on Learn to get approval and feedback for their coursework title which could be about any topic they were interested in on the module. This fostered the sharing of ideas and allowed transparent formative feedback to be given to all students. Although this had many successes, it generated quite a lot of additional work for Line, and made a small proportion of students uncomfortable. Upon reflection, this year Line has chosen to produce both a list of essay titles and allow students to choose their own titles if they wish, nonetheless they must use the new general coursework forum for any questions related to coursework so that formative feedback continues to be shared among all students. A lot of the discussion afterwards focused on this area and suggested ideas such as having the group as a whole come up with the list of questions and queried why it was online and not in person in a session which was agreed would also work.
  • Line also spoke about ‘Memory Work’ as a method to teach gender and other identities, which is a research method she has used in her own research. This encouraged students to see themselves as both the researcher and the research subject, and allowing students to feel an ownership of the material being used to teach as it was generated by themselves. This in turn increased student engagement. This topic also generated lots of questions and discussion about how the technique could be applied to teaching in other areas, for example as an aid to reflecting on group assignments.
  • The final topic discussed was her ‘In-class Policy Awareness Event’ which she used as a new technique for increasing student engagement this year. She did this by trying to find topics directly relevant to her students, and this year chose sexual harassment policy due to the recent focus of the NUS on the topic, as well as it being one of her students’ dissertation topics last year. She took the students through the University’s Zero Tolerance policy, conducted research in-class using a quick SurveyMonkey questionnaire with results immediately available in the classroom. She also asked her students to come up with campaign ideas and proposals for increasing awareness, which was an identified problem. As an unintended consequence of this session, Line was able to take these suggestions to the Athena SWAN Team in her the school, which she leads. She has also shared the class findings and policy proposals with the Director of Student Services.

If you have any questions for Line about her experiences please feel free to contact her at l.nyhagen@lboro.ac.uk or take a look at her twitter at @Line_Nyhagen. Alternatively, if you have any ideas of topics you would like to deliver on or hear about for future CAP Forums, please let us know by emailing Dr Glynis Perkin at G.Perkin@lboro.ac.uk or take a look at our Twitter at @LboroCAP.


Further Information:

The department’s newsfeed about the mosque visit:


A blog post related to Dr Line Nyhagen’s research:


Dr Line Nyhagen’s staff webpage:


IET Digital Library Downtime, Saturday 25th March

March 22, 2017 Steven Lake

Here is an advance warning that the IET Digital Library will be offline for the day for an important system upgrade on Saturday 25th March, so all IET titles will not be available that day.

Service should be restored in the morning on Sunday 26th March. For further details visit the IET website: http://digital-library.theiet.org/

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

Mundane March – what is there to do?

Mundane March – what is there to do?

March 21, 2017 Asli Jensen

I’m almost at the halfway point of Semester 2 at Loughborough University. My final year here. If I’m being completely honest, I haven’t done anything overtly exciting because I’ve been studying intensely. Continue reading

Jumping my way through University

Jumping my way through University

March 21, 2017 Gemma Wilkie

So I’m all settled into the new semester and still incredibly excited to be back! Although, things are sometimes a bit tough with balancing the social and academic calendar… Continue reading

Hannah's guide to renting a student house

Hannah's guide to renting a student house

March 21, 2017 Hannah Timson

March came around quicker than I would have liked. Other than signalling that I’m now half way through my degree after receiving my semester one marks, at the end of this month I’ll be officially leaving my teenage years behind. Continue reading

Tricia's snippets 2017-03-21

March 21, 2017 Tricia

An interim ‘catch up’ blog!

From Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health Newsletters 220 & 221:

JMP Thematic Report on Safely Managed Drinking Water Services available online

The JMP has published a thematic report, describing plans for monitoring “safely managed drinking water services”, the global indicator for SDG Target 6.1 on drinking water. The first section of the report examines the SDG vision for universal access and the specific language used in the formulation of global targets. New ‘ladders’ for monitoring drinking water services at home, at school and in health facilities are presented, together with proposals for enhanced monitoring of inequalities and affordability. The second section examines the availability of data on the different elements of safely managed drinking water services and discusses challenges associated with combining data from different sources in order to track the progressive elimination of inequalities and global progress towards the SDG target. The report is available from the JMP website: https://www.wssinfo.org/sdg-baselines/safely-managed-drinking-water-services/

Publication of the Guidelines for drinking-water quality, fourth edition incorporating the first addendum.

WHO’s Guidelines for drinking-water quality (GDWQ) provide an international reference point for the setting of national or regional regulations and standards for drinking-water quality to protect public health. This first addendum updates the fourth edition of the GDWQ to reflect new evidence and provide additional explanations to support better understanding and application of the guidance.

For more information, visit: http://www.who.int/entity/water_sanitation_health/publications/drinking-water-quality-guidelines-4-including-1st-addendum/en/index.html

Journal of Water and Health

WHO and IWA Publishing collaborate in the Journal of Water and Health (http://jwh.iwaponline.com/)

Click on the links below to view abstracts of selected papers included in the latest issue of the journal http://jwh.iwaponline.com/content/15/1:

Psychosocial impacts of the lack of access to water and sanitation in low- and middle-income countries: a scoping review  Elijah Bisung; Susan J. Elliott http://jwh.iwaponline.com/content/15/1/17

Accuracy, precision, usability, and cost of portable silver test methods for ceramic filter factories  Rhiana D. Meade; Anna L. Murray; Anjuliee M. Mittelman; Justine Rayner; Daniele S. Lantagne  http://jwh.iwaponline.com/content/15/1/72

Ceramic pot filters lifetime study in coastal Guatemala  Salvinelli; A. C. Elmore; B. R. García Hernandez; K. D. Drake  http://jwh.iwaponline.com/content/15/1/145

From Sanitation Updates:

Ushering a new era in sanitation value chain management in India

Posted: 08 Mar 2017 02:42 AM PST

The world can’t wait for sewers: Is container-based sanitation a viable answer to the global sanitation crisis?

Posted: 07 Mar 2017 02:36 AM PST

Death-trap toilets: the hidden dangers of Mumbai’s poorest slums

The Future Of Humanitarianism

Environmental Pollution Kills 1.7 Million Children Under Five Every Year

Posted: 06 Mar 2017

A WASH in Schools bibliography

Posted: 03 Mar 2017 11:20 AM PST

Recently published handwashing studies

Posted: 02 Mar 2017 06:24 AM PST

Local governance and sanitation: Eight lessons from Uganda

Posted: 28 Feb 2017 08:25 AM PST

USAID Launches Municipal Waste Recycling Program in Southeast Asia

Recent WASH research

WASH and the Systems Approach

Posted: 22 Feb 2017

Announcing WSSCC’s 2017 Webinar Series #1: Sanitation-related Psychosocial Stress and the Effects on Women and Girls

Posted: 21 Feb 2017 06:44 AM PST


From journal email alerts:

Development in practice

ISSN 0961-4524

VOL 26; NUMB 3 (2016)


ISSN 0920-4741

VOL 31; NUMB 3 (2017)

From email alerts (sanitation in the title):

World Poetry Day

March 21, 2017 Steven Lake

March 21st is UNESCO’s World Poetry Day, not only a celebration of the poetic forms of literature in all its infinite variations, but also to encourage learning and teaching of poetry across the globe.

Thanks to our own English & Drama School, we’ve built up quite an extensive range of poetry, ancient and modern, ranging from the Greek epic poetry of Homer to Shakespeare’s Sonnets, to the 19th century classics of Coleridge and William Wordsworth, to the contemporary poetry of Philip Larkin and Andrew Motion. Not forgetting our comprehensive range of literature databases available on Library Catalogue Plus, most notably Literature Online (LION), from which you can glean everything you ever wanted to know about your favourite poem or poem. Why not have a browse?

On the Radar - Crazy Like Machines

March 20, 2017 Steven Lake

The Radar Artspace at the Edward Herbert Building is hosting a new interactive project this Wednesday lunchtime (22nd March) between 1-2pm.

Crazy Like Machines is a dance and visual art project with a social and political backdrop which aims to build an accessible and informal educational methodology to develop an innovative model of collaborative research and participatory performances.

Pushing the boundaries between verbal and non-verbal communication to explore the role of immediacy and mediation in drawings and dance to create cohesion in the group, the audience is encouraged to be actively part of an ongoing creative process in the form of performative workshops in order to build a ‘personal and non-linear visual narrative manifesto’.

Chiara Dellerba is a visual artist whose work experiments with the potential energy of the human body. Her pieces are often site-specific with an interest in the dichotomy between energy/movement, and time of reaction/determined space. Dellerba’s practice is an organic open work structure of experimentation using a system of signs and methodologies. She investigates the unconscious necessity for human beings to regenerate their lives, their environment, their relationships, and their way of perceiving a reality in order to be actively part of it.

Re Changes to PC Staff Base Task Sequence and Image on SCCM Current Branch (2016)

March 20, 2017 Mike Collett

This work is now complete.

If you have any queries regarding this, please contact the IT Service Desk on x222333 or IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk

Campus Study Space Survey

March 17, 2017 Steven Lake

The University is looking to improve study spaces around campus and plan to improve or create spaces for study in Haslegrave and William Morris. With that in mind, a survey has been created asking students for their opinion.

It only takes a few minutes to complete, and you will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win an iPad Mini. Why not give it go?

The survey closes at 5pm on Monday 3rd April 2017. You can find it via the link below:


Hello from Australia!

Hello from Australia!

March 17, 2017 Jameel Shariff

Eeeeeek! It has already been over two busy weeks since I arrived in Sydney and I can truly say that I am loving it so far!

Although two weeks is a relatively short time, I’ve experienced a range of crazy emotions that I’ve never felt before. The fact that I was moving countries only kicked in properly at the airport when I was hugging my Mum, Dad and sister, saying goodbye. We all burst into tears and I secretly felt so scared. I somehow managed to record a second of this in my vlog. This is the most nervous I have ever felt to date!

As I went through security I was sobbing all the way, even at duty free. During the short moments when I stopped crying, I happened to receive calls from family members and as soon they hung up, tears formed again. I remember buying a pizza and crying as I ate. I think I scared quite a few people, who seemed to move seats! This was basically the case all the way up until the plane took off. I was a mess. Honestly, I’ve never been so emotional, especially in public. I never cry, but this was just something else.

As I finally composed myself, I grew more and more excited. It was a twenty-hour flight: Birmingham to Dubai, then Dubai to Sydney. Pretty tiring indeed. I was stood on the plane for most of the second leg and a group of passengers, including myself, were doing random stretches at the back because we were so sore from sitting.

When I finally stepped foot into Sydney at 8am, I was taken back by the heat which was so humid and sticky. Thank God for my sister who forced me to take out the three overcoats from my luggage before I left!

My first stop was at a relative’s house who I had never met before, yet it felt so reassuring knowing that I had some family there. We had breakfast, I freshened up and then after lunch, I got to my new student accommodation at the UTS campus. 21 stories tall, with a stunning view from the rooftop for parties and “barbies” (BBQ’s), study rooms, computer labs, music studios and a load more of exciting facilities!

Meeting my flatmates also made me feel a little more at home. They are all so lovely! A fellow Brit, an American, an Indian and two Aussies, so there’s a great mix. I also bumped into a few students from Loughborough who I had never met before. They have already been here for a semester on exchange too. On top of that, I made a friend who is from Leicester (only 10 minutes away from Loughborough). She coincidentally knows my cousin and a few friends of mine. What a small world!

My interaction with people of many different backgrounds (including the locals) has been very interesting so far. India, France, America, Mexico, China, Denmark to name a few.

Some of the most interesting conversations I have had on separate occasions were with two of the locals. They found it highly intriguing that I am British, yet of an Indian ethnicity. It was surprising to them that I born and raised in the UK. Initially, they were convinced that to be from the UK, an individual had to be of a white colour. I was slightly taken back and didn’t know how to react at first, but I embraced it as an opportunity to give them a broader insight of people from the UK with different ethnic backgrounds, like myself.

It’s a couple of weeks until classes start, so that leaves loads of time to explore. So far, I’ve visited the Opera House, Bondi Beach, Darling Harbour and Coogee Beach, all such beautiful sights. You see these sights for yourself in my First Week in Oz vlog. I’ve yet to explore some more places in the last week, before the all-important lectures start! I’m lucky enough to be in the heart of the city, making it so easy to travel from one place to another.

All in all, Oz has been treating me very well so far. Hopefully, I’ll still enjoy it as much when lectures start.  For regular updates on my Australian adventure, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel Jameel S. But for now, let the adventures begin!

STEM Community Day 2017

STEM Community Day 2017

March 17, 2017 Emma Wiggins

STEM is an acronym used to encompass the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Every year for the past five years the University hosts a STEM inspired Community Day, an event I loved participating in last year and this year will be no different. Continue reading

Mendeley Workshops and Drop-In Sessions

March 17, 2017 Steven Lake

Anticipating the switchover in referencing software from RefWorks to Mendeley, the Library is running a series of workshops and drop-in sessions during March and April to support the migration.

The workshops aim to introduce users to Mendeley, while the drop-in sessions are aimed at those who need assistance moving their references from RefWorks into Mendeley.

Details of our workshops and drop-in sessions can be found here:


Online guidance, including help sheets and videos, can be found on the Managing References module on Learn:


If you have any enquiries at this stage about the transition to Mendeley please contact your Academic Librarian:


Authentic, inclusive assessment - takeaways from a workshop

March 16, 2017 Gabi Witthaus

Yesterday the School of Business and Economics was privileged to host Prof. Pauline Kneale, PVC for Teaching & Learning at Plymouth University (PU), as speaker at a seminar and workshop on authentic, inclusive assessment. PU has, in recent years, completely overhauled its institutional assessment policy, and PU’s teaching and learning support team has produced some excellent resources to help staff and students manage assessment better. We wanted to hear from Pauline what the main changes were that Plymouth had made, and what we could learn from their experience about enhancing our own assessment at Loughborough.

At the risk of oversimplifying the very rich discussion we had, I will summarise Pauline’s main points under seven key themes below:

  1. What is the best kind of assessment for learning – as opposed to the best assessment of learning? As soon as we frame assessment in this way, we have to ask ourselves why we are doing many things that we take for granted as part of ‘normal’ teaching and assessment.
  2. Assessment for learning requires us to think about inclusivity and fairness. PU found they had an average of 8-10% of students per cohort with special needs, for example requiring additional invigilators and infrastructure for exams. They decided to stop producing modified exams, and instead to create a single assessment that would be applicable to everybody. This had the dual effect of making the standards more consistent for all students and making the assessment tasks more interesting, flexible and varied. One way they achieved this was to give students choices regarding the type of assessment (e.g. an exam or a portfolio); another solution was to allow flexible time frames for exams (e.g. a 24-hour, open-book, non-invigilated exam).
  3. Thinking about assessment for learning also leads to authentic assessment tasks – i.e. tasks that would be done in the real world. Pauline gave examples of assessments for undergraduates involving them analysing real data sets (e.g. the data set from the lecturer’s own PhD thesis – even if this was done 30 years ago!) and coming up with new interpretations. Other examples involved accessing relevant data sets from employers on real problems they were trying to solve.
  4. The advantage of authentic assessment tasks is that they tend to be more challenging and interesting for students than tasks contrived by lecturers for assessment purposes, and they also serve the purpose of increasing work-readiness. As an added bonus, they are more interesting for lecturers to mark!
  5. Authentic, inclusive tasks often require students to carry out group work. This is both a good reflection of the world of employment, and also an efficient way of managing assessment in large cohorts. The most common mistake made in designing group work tasks is to set a task that is not challenging enough – the task needs to be so big that it cannot possibly be done by one person, and complex enough that every group could potentially approach it from a different angle. This keeps all individuals engaged, and also makes the sharing/presenting of group work much more interesting to the other groups because they are all interested to see how others tackled the task.
  6. Policy and rules (both at institutional and departmental/School level) need to be in place to support the development of assessment for learning. Needless to say, if any rules (or perceived rules) exist that run counter to the spirit of assessment for learning (for example, students not being allowed to see their exam scripts after marking), these need to be changed.
  7. Effective assessment requires planning and organisation. Time needs to be allocated to marking and giving feedback, and postgraduate students trained/supported to help with marking on larger cohorts (over 50). If a module is being ‘over-assessed’, time needs to be allocated for the module leader and other colleagues who teach on the programme to review the module and brainstorm solutions. A common problem is that module outlines contain too many ‘knowledge’ Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs), so that students are forced into regurgitating content in exams, rather than developing skills (teamwork, report-writing, critical thinking, etc.) by working on meaty tasks.

The workshop provided plenty of food for thought. The simple act of asking ourselves how we can assess for learning can have a powerful effect on the way we design courses and programmes.

Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture

March 16, 2017 Steven Lake

The Annual Claudia Parsons Memorial Lecture, given on Monday 13th March by Dr Emily Grossman commemorates one of first women in the country to graduate in engineering, and was accompanied by a display created by University Archivist Jenny Clark.

Claudia Parsons studied Automobile Engineering at Loughborough College, the predecessor of the University, from 1919-22.  From documents held in the University Archives we know exactly which Workshops she was assigned to for practical engineering training and how she fared in her exams. Claudia was also an active member of the first College Union and took an enthusiastic part in College life, acting, dancing, and learning to swim, as she recounts in her autobiography Century Story.

In the 1930s  a trip she began by chauffering friends around America turned  into a motor  journey round the world and many adventures. Claudia thus became the first woman to circumnavigate the world by car and later published a book Vagabondage about it. During the Second World War Claudia Parsons worked in a munitions factory and later at the Ministry of Labour.

Previous Claudia Parsons Lectures have been given by Maggie Aderin Pocock, Kate Bellingham and Helen Czerski. A selection of pictures of the display can be found on the Library’s Facebook page below:


Library Catalogue Plus Downtime, Saturday-Sunday Evening 18-19th March

March 16, 2017 Steven Lake

Library Catalogue Plus will be temporarily unavailable Saturday evening (18th March), from approximately 10pm, through until 2am on Sunday morning (19th March), for essential maintenance by Ex Libris. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

On the management of creative professionals: A lesson from the Oliver Twins

March 15, 2017 Clive Trusson

When it comes to managing creative IT professionals, the Oliver Twins can teach us all a thing or two.

The Oliver twins

As pioneers of the UK computer games industry and founders of ‘Radiant Worlds’, a thriving British games development company, Philip and Andrew Oliver have three decades’ experience of working with and managing games programmers and other creative professionals. After being invited by the Centre for Information Management at the SBE to contribute to our Distinguished Speaker Series they generously passed on the practical wisdom from that experience.

Central to their teaching was that managers should focus on getting the working environment right so that people looked forward to being at work.  They spoke of making the workspace ‘nice and comfortable’, providing the best tools for the job and removing administrative distractions so that the creative professional might get ‘in the zone’ and stay in it.  As they put it, ‘the challenge of making games is challenge enough’.  To get the best out of their creatives, they spoke of leading by example, presenting a positive ‘can do’ attitude within an open creative culture in which the worker voice is respected, and in which the expectation was that promises and commitments to workers were kept.

Their experience had taught them that creative professionals have a tendency to dislike constraints. This presents a problem for project managers whose work revolves around managing within constraints: of budget, time and other resources.  Their advice on this is to clearly communicate to the creatives the high level constraints from the offset, explaining the reason for those constraints.  The creative professional might want, say, ten days to complete a task to the obsessive detail that their creative instinct demands. By discussing how it is needed in five days to enable the next stage of the work to proceed in order to meet an agreed deadline for the launch of a game, the creative might understand the commercial need for a shorter time frame and then cut their creative cloth accordingly, whilst still producing the output within the time constraint.

One final lesson they offered from their experience was in the area of recruitment of creatives. They have learned the hard way that recruiting on the strength of a one hour interview has a high risk of poor selection.  As such they advocate what they referred to as ‘the two day interview’, or what might otherwise be called a work trial in which a candidate’s organizational fit might be assessed in a more natural work setting.

This was a fascinating insight into the real world of managing in the creative industries, with, I might suggest, lessons for the management of IT professionals employed in other corporate settings: IT professionals such as those employed to maintain and support business IT systems but who nonetheless are still required to work creatively drawing on their individual technical capabilities.

Dr Clive Trusson

This Blog post was written by Dr Clive Trusson, Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour at the SBE and member of the Centre for Professional Work and Society.

Are you up to date with referencing software at Loughborough?

Are you up to date with referencing software at Loughborough?

March 15, 2017 Zoe Chritchlow

Written by Nathan Rush, Academic Librarian (Social Science and Psychology)

Referencing software is a great way for researchers to collect and manage their references. With a wide range of products available the Library and IT Services constantly review which package is purchased and supported across the University. A recent review recommended that the University change its site-wide licence from RefWorks to Mendeley; a decision endorsed by Research Committee. It is envisaged that the switch over to Mendeley will be complete by the start of the new academic year 2017/18.

Our site-wide licence gives us access to the Institutional version of Mendeley which allows:

  • documents in PDF format to be added effortlessly to Mendeley
  • social networking and collaborative benefits
  • increased storage space (from 2GB to 100GB)
  • ability to set up unlimited private groups of up to 100 collaborators

We will be completing our transition to the Institutional version of Mendeley in the coming month. We will send out further details, including a summary of all the benefits, nearer the time.

To support the migration to Mendeley we are delivering a series of workshops introducing users to Mendeley. We are also offering drop-in sessions for those who need assistance moving their references from RefWorks into Mendeley.

Details of our workshops and drop-in sessions can be found here:


Online guidance, including help sheets and videos, can be found on the Managing References module on Learn:


If you have any enquiries at this stage about the transition to Mendeley please contact your Academic Librarian:



Developing and promoting learning and employability through blogging

March 14, 2017 Matt Hope

Marco Bohr and Alexandre Christoyannopoulos, recipients of a 2016 Teaching Innovation Award (TIA), explain what they hope to achieve with their project.

What did you want to achieve?

What potential roles can blogging have in Higher Education? How can it enhance learning and the broader student experience? What legal and reputational issues need bearing in mind? How can blogging enhance research dissemination? The aim of this project is to consider such questions and thereby explore the potential for blogging in and beyond the university.

The project aims to consider five key areas:

  1. blogs in relation to student learning, academic teaching and assessment;
  2. legal, ethical, copyright and intellectual property issues in relation to such blogs;
  3. student blogs for self-promotion;
  4. the impact of blogs on student employability;
  5. how academics can use blogs for research dissemination and/or public engagement.

How will you gather this information?

The project involves gathering information on current examples of the use of blogs to enhance student employability across HE. Later in the process, we will organise focus groups with Loughborough students to reflect on when best to introduce blogs in teaching. The project will also involve expanding the content of Socratic Hive, a blog related to two Loughborough modules on ‘politics and religion’ and ‘state, violence and terrorism’. By the end of the project (spring-summer 2018), we aim to disseminate lessons learnt through a one-day event and a research paper.

Changes to PC Staff Base Task Sequence and Image on SCCM Current Branch (2016)

March 14, 2017 Mike Collett

The PC Staff Base Task Sequence on SCCM Current Branch (2016) will be unavailable from 8:00 to 9:30 on Monday 20th March.

The base image will be replaced with one with CMTrace.exe log reading utility built in. This will aid troubleshooting.

Currently the trace32.exe is replaced by CMTrace.exe during the task sequence. However, if the task sequence fails before this happened IT staff were left without an essential troubleshooting tool.

Once the update has been completed I will send out a further email.

This outage only applied to the SCCM Current Branch. The SCCM 2007 task sequence will still be available during this time.

If you have any queries regarding this, please contact the IT Service Desk on x222333 or IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk



Spit Happens - In the Library!

March 14, 2017 Steven Lake

Referencing Software Update - Workshops Available

March 13, 2017 Steven Lake

As part of a Library and IT Services review of referencing software packages, the Research Committee has endorsed the recommendation that the University change its site-wide licence from RefWorks to Mendeley. It is envisaged that the switch over to Mendeley will be complete by the start of the new academic year 2017/18.

Our site-wide licence gives us access to the Institutional version of Mendeley which allows:

  • documents in PDF format to be added effortlessly to Mendeley
  • social networking and collaborative benefits
  • increased storage space (from 2GB to 100GB)
  • ability to set up unlimited private groups of up to 100 collaborators

In the fast moving environment of referencing software there have been ongoing concerns within Higher Education about the long term stability of the RefWorks package and problems regarding the latest version of plugins. The decision to move to a more established package, Mendeley, was taken after rigorous assessment.

We will be completing our transition to the Institutional version of Mendeley in the coming month. We will send out further details, including a summary of all the benefits, nearer the time.

To support the migration to Mendeley we are delivering a series of workshops introducing users to Mendeley. We are also offering drop-in sessions for those who need assistance moving their references from RefWorks into Mendeley.

Details of our workshops and drop-in sessions can be found here:


Online guidance, including help sheets and videos, can be found on the Managing References module on Learn:


If you have any enquiries at this stage about the transition to Mendeley please contact your Academic Librarian:


RE: Update to W7 Service Staff Base Task Sequence

March 13, 2017 Mike Collett

Hi all

This update is now complete.

If you have any queries regarding this update, please contact the IT Service Desk.



Nutrition and Hydration Week

Nutrition and Hydration Week

March 13, 2017 Liam

Combine irregular patterns of working, sleeping, eating and drinking with a tight financial budget, and it can often be a real challenge to sustain a balanced lifestyle whilst living as a student. During this week – “Nutrition and Hydration Week” – there is a global focus on how important these two factors are in contributing to an individual’s lifelong health and wellbeing. Continue reading

Update to W7 Service Staff Base Task Sequence

March 12, 2017 Mike Collett

The Staff Base Task Sequence will be unavailable from 8:00 to 9:30 om Monday 13th March. During this time the Task Sequence will be updated to accommodate new Toshiba Laptops which have been added to the “Partnership Systems” section of the Viglen/XMA Portal.

Once the update has been completed I will send out a further email. Sorry for the late notification.

By the way this outage only applied to the SCCM 2007. The SCCM current branch task sequence will still be available during this time.

If you have any queries regarding this, please contact the IT Service Desk on x222333 or IT.Services@lboro.ac.uk

Curating the Campus - Radar's 10th Anniversary Exhibition

March 12, 2017 Steven Lake

Radar celebrates its 10th anniversary this month with a display of artworks, printed materials, film screenings and events at the Martin Hall Exhibition Space.

This anniversary gives Radar the opportunity to reflect on the breadth and depth of their broad range of interdisciplinary projects that have been initiated with artists and Loughborough University academics.

Through a series of highlights Radar shares examples of their project work that has had, and continues to have, great impact on Loughborough students, staff and local communities, as well as making a vital contribution to the wider cultural sector and economy.

Launched in 2007 by LU Arts, Radar is a programme of contemporary art commissions, talks and films themed around the research activity of the University. You can dip back into their own archives on their website: http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/radar/

The Exhibition starts tomorrow, 13th March, and runs until 14th April. Opening times for the Exhibition are 10am – 5pm daily.

UK needs to celebrate the contribution international students make

UK needs to celebrate the contribution international students make

March 10, 2017 PR Office

Vice Chancellor Professor Robert Allison discusses the future of international student recruitment for UK universities and why Loughborough is proud to be a multi-national, multi-cultural and outward-looking community.

Continue reading

Sports Nutrition Business Series

Sports Nutrition Business Series

March 9, 2017 Hayley Jones


Product Development by Ross Edgley 

In 2004 athlete adventurer Ross Edgley attended Loughborough University, studied for 4 years and graduated from the School of Sport and Exercise Science. Now almost 10 years since his graduation and the 31 year old forms part of the founding team at Europe’s most innovative sports nutrition brand (THE PROTEIN WORKS™) and will be returning to campus to talk to young entrepreneurs on Friday May 5th about business in sport. But ahead of his lecture we asked him to write a Sports Nutrition Business Series and explain what it takes to succeed in the commercial world of food and fitness. With the help of the leading scientists and nutritionists at TPW™, here he details how to develop products for the sports nutrition market. Focusing on the demand for all natural products…


When we launched THE PROTEIN WORKS™ back in 2012 there was a war raging in the world of food flavouring. A battle between those that are natural and those that are artificial. Which is why when we launched we decided to make the bold claim that we would only use all natural flavours and colours in our entire product range. Using plant extracts like stevia, we refused to use “sweet synthetics” despite the higher costs associated with sourcing and manufacturing an all-natural product whether that’s a creatine tablets or a BCAA powder.


Going against the “commercial grain” did our new positioning work? (Thankfully) yes. The global natural colours market has grown from $732.1 million in 2012 to $1,320.5 million in 2017, growing at the Compound Annual Growth Rate of 10.4% from 2012 to 2017. What’s more is whilst this growth and market change seems to be driven by the health and fitness conscious consumers of the health and sport food industry, it’s now filtering into the mainstream. One reason for this is the bad media coverage a lot of artificial flavours such as aspartame have received ever since its approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1974 with many medical professionals claiming this artificial flavouring may contribute to everything from hormonal problems to neuroendocrine disorders. Worth noting is nutritionists and scientists are still debating its exact effects to this day, but regardless the controversy dramatically impacted consumer behaviour.


Conversely natural flavours have actually received quite good media coverage following research that shows they could be beneficial to your health when substituted for sugar or artificial sweeteners. Perhaps the best example of this being the all-natural sweetener (mentioned before) known as Stevia that’s derived from a leaf plant native to South America. Containing zero calories, zero carbohydrates and with a zero glycaemic index it’s been praised for helping with everything from preventing tooth decay, reducing blood pressure and even aiding weight loss. One reason it’s been used in our protein snacks and protein bars and one reason we were able to fuse Product Development, PR and Marketing Communications so effectively.

Ultimately, way back in 2012 we believed there was a demand for all-natural products and this demand would only grow. Taking inspiration from the great Henry Ford (American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company) in our own small way we were attempting to not only identify market trends, but think ahead of them. Famously when asked if he believed in asking customers what they want, Ford replied, “If I had asked them what they had wanted, they would have said a faster horse.” A pioneer of all things automobiles he raised a good point. Sometimes people don’t know what they want and it requires someone to “think outside the box” to create something they will want.


Now in no way am I comparing our all-natural product range to the Ford Motor Company and Henry Ford, but we took inspiration and took the risk. Planning “ahead of the curve” we were (fortunately) right and those companies that didn’t adjust their product ranges with changing market trends found themselves alienating their health conscious customers, and in sports nutrition this could be all of them. In summary, one key to our success in sports nutrition has been to not only listen to listen to market trends, but to think beyond them.



This is the second guest blog post from Ross Edgely, to read the first blog on Social Media CLICK HERE. 

Task Sequence certificate renewals on SCCM 2007 system (Correction and expansion)

March 9, 2017 Mike Collett

Dear All

The new SCCM 2007 Task Sequence Media has been created and can be found here:


If you have models that you previously had to use the TS_Media_x64_May15v3 for (HP Elitebook 2170p, HP Elitebook Folio 9470m and Intel NUC NUC5i5RYH) then please use the new Configuration Manager Current Branch Task Sequence Media which can be found here: –


The Task sequence media for Configuration Manager Current Branch seems to work on all supported models. Using this media will put the machine of on the new Configuration Manager Current Branch system.

If you have any issues, then please log a Service Now case and we will be happy to help.

Budget comment by Professor Donald Hirsch, Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University

March 8, 2017 Donald Hirsch

Cuts in welfare were at the heart of the then Chancellor’s agenda coming into the present Parliament; two years later, not a single new measure affecting benefits was announced in this Budget. Any new welfare savings have been formally ruled out in this Parliament, with the proviso that if spending breaks a new cap, further cuts will be made after 2021.

Yet if you think this represents a pause in welfare cuts, think again. Those announced by George Osborne continue to feed through: next month alone will see the introduction, for every new family on low earnings or out of work, cuts in tax credits or Universal Credit of £10.45 per week, plus in larger families, £53.30 for each child after the second one.  And for all working age people getting benefits or credits, Mr Osborne’s freeze in their level continues, allowing their real value to be eroded by inflation.

For low income households, all this represents a now familiar trend in living standards. The Office for Budget Responsibility’s forecasts released today are significantly gloomier than in 2015.  The graph shows the result: steady improvement in the value of pensions, stagnant real earnings and falling real benefits – affecting millions of families both in and out of work who rely on declining state help.


Tricia's snippets 2017-03-08

March 8, 2017 Tricia

My latest blog – still some catching up to do!

From WEDC:

NEW:  WEDC MOBILE NOTES ON WASH for smartphones and tablets


This collection of illustrated mobile notes on aspects of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in low- and middle-income countries has been designed for people on the move.

Composed especially for smartphones and tablets, they can be read online or downloaded free of charge.

The link takes you to the list of currently available titles including the WHO Technical Notes on Drinking-water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Emergencies. 

Bookmark the link on your phone as the list updates periodically when new notes are added to the collection.

NEW! : WATER SAMPLING AND ANALYSIS – A series of four films






From The Water Network Newsletter 26th January 2017:

CSIR Develops Device to Detect E. coli in Water


From Sanitation Updates:

33rd AGUASAN Workshop: “Circular economy – transforming waste into resources”

Posted: 20 Feb 2017 04:55 AM PST

The Business of Sanitation for All – Toilet Board Coalition

Posted: 16 Feb 2017 09:33 AM PST

Safe toilets help flush out disease in Cambodia’s floating communities

Posted: 15 Feb 2017 06:02 AM PST

Open Defecation vs. Community Toilets: A Complicated Choice – Global Waters

Disease ‘superspreaders’ accounted for nearly two-thirds of Ebola cases, study finds

Do it differently: Toilets are not enough to achieve sanitation, India must reinvent the waste business

Pit Latrine Fecal Sludge Resistance Using a Dynamic Cone Penetrometer in Low Income Areas in Mzuzu City, Malawi

Posted: 14 Feb 2017

Living standards lag behind economic growth

Posted: 13 Feb 2017 11:03 AM PST

5 Offbeat Toilets India Should Adopt To Fight Sanitation Problems

Rushing into solutions without fully grasping the problem

In Burkina Faso the political commitment for sanitation is unequivocal

Changing behaviours: there is no quick fix!

Posted: 08 Feb 2017

Trading in trash: Nairobi’s e-waste entrepreneurs – in pictures

Without Access to Clean, Safe Toilets, Women Face Assault and Illness

Recent sanitation research

Information on fecal sludge management

Posted: 07 Feb 2017

SuSanA webinar: Learning from experiences in urban and rural sanitation marketing, Feb 15th, 15:30 CET (Stockholm time)

Posted: 06 Feb 2017 04:09 AM PST

Characterization of pit latrines to support design and selection of emptying tools in peri-urban Mzuzu, Malawi

Letter from India: How Poop is Becoming Big Business for Small Companies

Posted: 31 Jan 2017

SFD toolbox – Sustainable Sanitation Alliance

Posted: 30 Jan 2017 09:24 AM PST

Sanitation from a gender perspective – Sandec/Eawag

Shit Flow Diagrams – Sandec/Eawag

Kenya – Entrepreneur who makes building materials from waste

12 Cartoons to Learn About Critical Water Issues – World Bank

 Study links infant diarrhea to telomere shortening and troubles later in life

Posted: 27 Jan 2017

Recent WASH research

Posted: 25 Jan 2017 06:29 AM PST

From journal email alerts:


ISSN 0048-9697

VOL 573; (2016)


ISSN 0920-4741

VOL 31; NUMB 1 (2017)


ISSN 1438-4639

VOL 219; NUMBER 7; PART A (2016)

International journal of water resources development

ISSN 0790-0627

VOL 32; NUMB 3 (2016)

From email alerts (sanitation in title):

Failed Software Updates

March 8, 2017 Gary Hale

Some PCs on the Windows 7 service are currently experiencing failures when trying to install Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Flash updates. These updates have been taken out of the live service at present but it may take a while for your PCs to pick up policy and remove the failure notification.

We are currently working on this and will update you as soon as the issue is resolved.

This issue is only effecting PCs with the SCCM 2007 client.

If you have any further issues, then please log a service now case.

On International Women's Day

On International Women's Day

March 8, 2017 David Odetade

For us to have a population of which half are women, yet get so under-represented in a lot of things, is a travesty, but understood, judging by where we are and what had happened in the past. This should ensure that women should always be celebrated not just on a date set aside for them, but every single day of the year. Continue reading

New Documents on Desktop Resources

March 8, 2017 Mike Collett

There are now a couple of extra documents on \\ws2\DesktopResource.

BIOS Setup and Boot Menu Keys on W7 Service supported computers

Imaging Desktop Computers on SCCM Current Branch using Task Sequence Media on a USB flash drive

If you have any question arising from these documents, please log a Service Now case and we will be happy to help.

Task Sequence certificate renewals on SCCM 2007 system

March 7, 2017 Gary Hale

Dear All

The new SCCM 2007 Task Sequence Media has been created and can be found here: –


If you have models that you previously had to use the TS_Media_x64_Jan16v3 for then please use the new Configuration Manager Current Branch Task Sequence Media which can be found here: –


If you have any issues, then please log a Service Now case and we will be happy to help.

Cut Along the Fruit Routes this Spring

March 7, 2017 Steven Lake

Task Sequence certificate renewals on SCCM 2007 system

March 6, 2017 Chris Carter

We are currently in the process of renewing SCCM 2007 Task Sequence certificates.

Please be aware that you will be required to update your Task Sequence Media USBs/CDs tomorrow (Tuesday 7th), once the new certificates have been created.  We’ll inform you tomorrow morning, when we hope to have the new TS Media source files available.

The SCCM Current Branch system is unaffected by this issue.

Please report any further issues or queries to the Service Desk.

#BeBoldForChange - International Women's Day

#BeBoldForChange - International Women's Day

March 6, 2017 Chidinma Okorie

As you may already know, the International Women’s Day 2017 campaign theme is ‘Be Bold For Change’, and that got me thinking. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of women’s roles in different sociocultural environments, highlight gender inequalities and propose creative ways to address gender equity and equality. Continue reading

Latest News About RefME

March 6, 2017 Steven Lake

As previously communicated RefME has been acquired by Chegg, and will become Cite this For Me (CtFM). The switchover date is now March 7th. After this date you will be able to access your projects on CtFM up until June 1st. At that point, you can subscribe to CtFM’s premium service to continue accessing your projects. If you don’t subscribe after June 1st, you have the option of the free version of CtFM where you can build a bibliography for free for seven days.

To access your work on or after March 7th, just go to:


Note that your account may not migrate immediately, and the process can take up to a day for inactive users, so please plan accordingly.

We would also recommend that you backup your work to another reference software package or, as a minimum, to Word. Before March 7th you will be able to export your references from RefMe as a Word or .ris file. After March 7th you can export from CtFM as a Word or bibtex file.

Woman(kind)ness, Strength and Resilience: A Celebration of Women Worldwide

March 3, 2017 Steven Lake

Next Monday sees the start of a week-long series of events on campus as part of the International Women’s Day initiative, raising awareness for women’s roles in different sociocultural environments, highlighting gender inequalities, and proposing creative ways towards gender equity and equality.

In collaboration with Charnwood Arts, Living Without Abuse-Loughborough, and Human Rights and Equalities Charnwood, the week includes photo and art exhibitions, crafts, theatre performances, and science-based public talks aiming to celebrate women worldwide, beginning on Monday 6th March.

Full details of the programme of events can be found via the link below:


How World Book Day dresses up literacy as fun

How World Book Day dresses up literacy as fun

March 1, 2017 PR Office

As parents desperately try to create World Book Day costumes for their little ones out of old tights and tin foil, Dr Oliver Tearle looks at how fancy dress and cut price books are helping to encourage children to fall in love with reading.

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University Mental Health & Wellbeing Day

March 1, 2017 Steven Lake

By sacking Ranieri, Leicester City becomes just another football club

February 28, 2017 Cheryl Travers

I was brought up with the game of football. My lovely sports mad Dad, Kevin, played for the local team alongside legend Joe Corrigan, until Joe was spotted by Manchester City.

Sport was a big part of my life growing up, and though I’ve always preferred more creative and academic pursuits myself, Saturday nights would be all savoury mince, carrots and smash for tea, whilst the scores spewed out from the telly.

In those days, on match days, the atmosphere would be electric in the ground, infused with collective supporter intimacy and a local team feel, even if most of the players were foreigners (from Ireland)! It felt like football had a heart, and being a part of it could evoke real passion and a great sense of loyalty and pride.

Years later as a lecturer, I was moved by the plight of a young fresher student, who felt so homesick, missing his local footie team Scarborough FC, that he left for somewhere closer to home. Psychologically, identity and a sense of belonging are inextricably tied up with football and thousands of likeminded of fellow supporters, but it’s easy to forget this nowadays, whilst the professional game sits so firmly in the corporate world.

I lost interest in football as I grew up, put off by the big money, the greed, ‘overpaid and over here’ players and the ostentatiousness of it all.  But, having lived in Leicester for 24 years, my interest was rekindled when the ‘local’ team started to look like they really could grab the prize against massive odds. Winning the Premiership last year lead to such an outpouring of pride and good feeling in the local Leicestershire community, it was contagious and rippled out far beyond the counties boundaries.

Everyone knew that Jamie Vardy was having a party, and we all felt like we had been invited. I was in our local pub watching the game when Tottenham drew 2-2 at Chelsea, and the atmosphere was incredible. Standing there with Leicester FC’s loyal, committed ambassador and ex player, Alan Birchenall, we realised Ranieri and his team had only gone and done it, and it was one of those rare lifetime moments of absolute collective joy. There wasn’t a dry eye in the (public) house.

In a world where the sense of belonging is often hampered by long working hours and fragmented communities, Leicester FC winning the Premiership did more than just bring a title and cup home; it brought a community together in celebration of the underdog. It showed how it was possible to lead a team to success with warmth, charisma and humility.  For a moment we felt that anything was possible. In a world suffering from Impoverished Leadership, Claudio showed us how Transformational Leadership worked in practice.

So, this takes me to the terribly sad departure of this wonderful man, Claudio, from the club with whom he shared his wonderful gift. Hearing the news last week actually brought more tears to my eyes, especially as for me, it provides further evidence of the inevitability of footballs slide into the corporate abyss.

Photo courtesy of The Leicester Mercury – Claudio Ranieri at a press conference

My heart sank when I heard that this ‘Manager of the Year’, who helped a whole city achieve its’ Fairy Tale ending, has been cast into the ex-football manager dump truck. This warm, gentle and ‘sans ego’ man, made people believe that football could still have a heart and more importantly, a Soul. He managed to achieve the unthinkable and created the ‘most unlikely triumph in the history of team sport’.

Nine months ago he was a hero. Today, he is a rejected leader of a currently underperforming team.   Boards in any business have to make tough decisions on occasion, but the approach that has been taken is a stab in the belly for any who thought that this heralded the arrival of a new kind of football manager – one pedalling empathy, compassion and wisdom.

I have spoken with many Foxes fans since the news of Ranieri’s departure. Many loyal and true supporters, who find their identities are inextricably tied up with the club, awoke Friday with very heavy hearts and a sense that the light had gone out.   I am sure this feeling will pass with time, but this tells us a lot about how people become emotionally attached to a leader who taps into their core values and gives them hope beyond the confines of a 90-minute game.

Ranieri left the club with the good grace and lack of drama that we have come to expect from him. He has qualities rarely seen in a leader, in any sector of the economy. Yet his are the qualities that researchers have found most of us crave. For whatever reason they have chosen to humiliate him in this way (because, let’s face it, it is humiliating), as he heads off into pastures new, we can look on and witness the ultimate values seen to be held by modern-day football –  a desire for wealth and status and the next title, above all else.  The loss of his ‘Claudio-ness’, means we have lost touch with the qualities that the game used to possess in those halcyon days, and the things which have led to hordes of young kids kicking a ball about on the park or going to a game with their family on a frosty Saturday afternoon.

Whoever takes over will have a hard act to follow. In spite of the players’ dismal performance lately, the crowd love Ranieri and were chanting his name right up to his exit. This team are now under even greater pressure, because by sacking Claudio, it implies that he is the problem. But, we need to look at the team and work out what is going on here. It is all too easy to put the responsibility and blame at the manager’s door.

There can be no doubt that the players, both individually and collectively, have struggled to regain the magic they had last season. They are, in reality, a young and relatively inexperienced team, who found themselves in a state of psychological and physical flow in 2016. But they are no longer in the zone. Last season they had nothing to lose and all to fight for, and everything came together, like it often does when we are faced with a challenging goal coupled with good leadership.

Now they have everything to maintain and a reputation at stake. It’s a different psychological place entirely. All eyes are on them, waiting to see if they can hold onto their crown.  A more experienced team with a longer history of success might have even struggled with that, but Leicester FC doesn’t have the tacit knowledge of how to come back consistently and reapply the same strategy. Now owners of flashy cars and with a greater price on their heads, performance anxiety has set in.

Though I strongly disagree with the decision, it is perhaps right that a different style of leadership is required in this situation – though in industry we would work with the leader to help them adjust their style accordingly. But ultimately, it is not the manager that runs out on the match to play. Whoever takes Claudio’s place, is going to have to be able to get into these players heads both as a team and, more importantly, as individuals.

There was only one Ranieri. Now, we will just have to wait and see who takes his place and what impact they will have on Leicester FC’s potential upcoming relegation battle. Claudio came into his own when the proverbial hit the fan, maybe they should have hung on a little longer to see if that was what was actually needed in the current situation.

Last night, everyone watched with baited breath to see if they could beat Liverpool and somehow they pulled it out of the bag, leading to a 3-1 win: a fabulous result. But I have to liken it to a gaggle of petulant teenagers who refuse to tidy their bedroom or do their homework. Their parents have to go away and a favourite relative comes to stay, so they pull out all the stops to impress.

Let’s see if they can keep it up.

As for Ranieri, he will never be forgotten though, especially by this one fan, who was quoted on social media as saying:  “I’ve been a miserable Leicester fan most of my adult life….He made me happy.”

This Blog post was written by Dr Cheryl Travers, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, and member of the HRMOB discipline group. Cheryl can be reached on C.Travers@lboro.ac.uk

Post Exam Mayhem – Budapest and Krakow Trip

Post Exam Mayhem – Budapest and Krakow Trip

February 27, 2017 Jacky Man

Hi guys, exam season is finally over. All the pressure from the exam period can be relieved for a short while. Continue reading