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This Week at Loughborough | 27 May

24 May 2024

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Loughborough Cycling Festival 2024

27 May 2024, 8.30am, Loughborough campus

Prepare to be wowed by elite cycling races showcasing some of the nation’s top talents while enjoying a day packed full of fun for every member of the family.

From food stalls and refreshments to bouncy castles, interactive cycling activities, and visits from the fire and police services, there’s nonstop excitement for everyone to enjoy.

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IAS Research Summit Sandpit (in-person)

29 May 2024, 9.30am-11am, International House

Do you have an idea for an Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) Research Summit, or would you just like to learn more about how to become involved with their programmes and brainstorm potential topics with colleagues? Then bring your ideas, thoughts, and colleagues to this Sandpit Event.

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IAS Seminar: Identity Investments

29 May 2024, 12pm-1pm, International House/Zoom

Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) Visiting Fellow Professor Joel Stillerman will deliver a seminar on their research.

This presentation provides an overview of conceptual and empirical arguments from the book ‘Identity Investments’. It uses the concepts of identity investments and precarious privilege to understand Chile’s middle classes in contrast to other studies that emphasise opportunity hoarding and social mobility. Identity investments are deeply held values that motivate middle-class market behaviour.

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The Art Schools Project – In Conversation with John Beck and Matthew Cornford

29 May 2024, 1pm-2pm, Loughborough campus

Artists John Beck and Matthew Cornford will discuss their long-term initiative, The Art School Project, and will be joined by Jill Vincent and Jonathan Hale who have been instrumental in the development of The Generator, a new arts space within Loughborough’s original art school building on Frederick Street.

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”The world in your book does not have to be realistic – just plausible”: Creative Writing Workshop

30 May 2024, 3pm-4pm, MAR105 (Matthew Arnold)

Join bestselling author Jasper Fforde for a creative writing workshop on absurdist fiction. Jasper Fforde is the author of 17 books. His work blends a range of genres including fantasy, crime and sci-fi. He is most well-known for his Thursday Next series, beginning with his debut novel, ’The Eyre Affair’ in 2001.

His most recent novel, ’Red Side Story’, was published in February 2024 and is the second book in his Shades of Grey series. Fforde’s bestselling series explores a world whose hierarchies are based on the colour spectrum.

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Red Side Story: A talk by Jasper Fforde

30 May 2024, 5pm-6pm, LDS017 (Design School)

Jasper Fforde, author of 17 published books, will discuss his latest book, ‘Red Side Story’. With references to his earlier novels, Fforde will explore how he has used satire in allegory-fantasy to counterpoint political and social issues in the world today.

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MA Creative Writing Student Readings

31 May 2024, 11am-1pm, Stanley Evernden Theatre

Come along for readings from this year’s Creative Writing master’s cohort. Stanley Evernden Theatre has step-free access.

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Charly Cox: Poetry Reading and Conversation

1 June 2024, 2pm-4pm, Stanley Evernden Theatre

Charly Cox is a poet, artist and activist. Her work centres around gender equality and destigmatizing and advocating for better care and rights for those with mental illness. Charly has published three poetry collections with Harper Collins. Her debut, ‘She Must Be Mad’, was a bestseller of 2018, awarded her a place on the covered Forbes 30 under 30 list and ELLE Magazines Power Players.

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Emily Hauser at Loughborough University Literary Festival

2 June 2024, 2pm-3pm, Stanley Evernden Theatre

Emily Hauser writes historical fiction, focusing on the untold stories of the women of ancient Greece and Rome. She has published four novels, the most recent of these being ‘Ancient Love Stories’. This illustrated collection retells love stories from history.

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Exhibition: The Art Schools of the Midlands

16 May-28 June 2024, 12pm-2pm, Martin Hall Exhibition Space

Martin Hall Gallery presents ‘The Art Schools of the Midlands’, the latest iteration of John Beck and Matthew Cornford’s ambitious Art School Project exploring the history and legacies of the nation’s art schools. The project combines original photography, textual and archival materials to examine the vital role art schools have played, and continue to play, in the cultural and economic life of our towns and cities.

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Start-Up Programme

29 May 2024, 6pm-7.30pm, Start-Up Lab (STEMLab)

This dynamic five-week journey will equip you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to elevate your Start-Up venture. Delve into crucial topics such as goal setting, mindset development, market research, networking strategies, business registration, intellectual property, finance options, and more!

Participants will also gain access to exclusive mentoring sessions and hear from esteemed industry experts, including Loughborough Enterprise Network (LEN) Legends, who have navigated the entrepreneurial landscape with great success.

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Breakfast Study Cafes

30 May 2024, 8am-11am, CC110 (James France)

Boost your productivity on campus at the Student Success Academy’s Breakfast Study Cafes. Drop in for one, or all sessions where you can enjoy a morning study session, a free drink, and some baked goodies.

Using a study planner to set goals for the sessions, study with the Pomodoro technique in sessions one and two (8am-9am and 9am-10am), and work at your own pace in session three (10am-11am).

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