LSU London completes first ever RAG event

RAG volunteers

On Saturday 3rd October, a team of students, LSU London staff and University staff completed the 114 metre abseil down the Acelormittal Orbit.

A team of students, staff and Loughborough University London Student's Union have completed Loughborough University London's first ever Rag event, abseiling down the AcelorMittal Orbit in a bid to raise money for charity.

Kick starting the campus' fundraising portfolio with a sky-scraping start, the team abseiled down the 114 metre structure situated on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The colossal first event was organised by Rachael Lynch, Loughborough University's Vice President for "Raising and Giving" (RAG), and Loughborough University London Student's Union co-ordinator, Ellie Read. Seven Loughborough University London students took part, alongside Ellie and Rachael, and Loughborough University London Senior Support Officer, Amy Ward.

So far, £300 has been raised for St Mungo's Broadway, a charity which provides a bed and support to more than 2,500 homeless people every night, and helping about 25,000 people a year. The fundraisers are hoping to reach a target of £1950 in total.

Rachael Lynch, said:

“It’s wonderful to see both students and staff from the Loughborough in London campus getting involved with Rag. I was honestly amazed and impressed by how many people wanted to take part in our first LSU London Rag event, and even more so when everyone made it down in one piece from that height!"

“Working with St Mungo’s Broadway and Ellie to get the spaces and sign-ups for the abseil was incredible so thank-you to them, to everyone who took part and thanks to those who have donated. Loughborough Students’ Rag promises to create and host more exciting events and opportunities in the year for Loughborough in London students to get involved with, so keep an eye out!”.

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport.

The University has been awarded five stars in all areas according to the independent QS Stars university rating scheme. It has also been named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019 and the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2019, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide in 2017.

Loughborough has risen to 5th place in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2019 and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014). In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

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