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Ground-breaking Campaign Reaches Target

Students are lazy, right? Wrong! At least, the students at the University of Gloucestershire certainly aren't, as the University's ground-breaking 10,000 Hours campaign has shown.

Since January, students and staff at the University have been logging the hours of voluntary work they do in the communities of Gloucestershire and further afield, with the aim of reaching a massive 10,000 hours of service.

Over 150 organisations across the county - as well as some internationally - have benefitted from voluntary contributions from individuals and teams.

With the summer underway, the target has already been exceeded.

As Professor Adam Hart, one of the leaders of this campaign, says "we were hoping to be able to log 10,000 Hours within 2013, but we have actually managed to reach our target with 6 months to spare!"

There is an impressive range of activities making up the 10,000 hours, including sports coaching for local schools, conservation volunteering, girl guiding, hospital radio, IT training for charities, trustee work... with students from every corner of the University and a full range of academic and support staff taking part, the diversity of activities that the University supports is impressive. In fact the University staff and students have contributed to over a hundred and fifty different organisations during the past six months.

"What's really startling here is the depth and range of work that the University is involved in - before we started this campaign we had no idea of just how much the University contributes to local life" says Dr Kenny Lynch, another of the campaign's leaders.

10,000 Hours is just the start.

The team behind this initiative are already looking at ways to build on this success and encourage even more people to carry out additional voluntary work in the future.

As James Derounian, an expert in community development and a driving force in the 10,000 hours campaign says "It's wonderful to see the hard work of students and staff being recognised - the activities logged in this campaign make a real difference to all sorts of communities".

University Vice-Chancellor, Stephen Marston, added: "This is a great demonstration of how much our students and staff contribute to the community. As the University of Gloucestershire, we derive enormous benefit and support from Gloucestershire - and we are committed to giving something back, and playing our part in promoting the well-being of the community in which we live and work. The 10,000 hours campaign has illustrated the amazing range and diversity of that contribution. I would like to congratulate all of the students and staff who have contributed to this impressive record."

About the University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire gained official university status in 2001 but has existed as an educational establishment for nearly 200 years. Our heritage lies in the Mechanics Institutes of the 1830s, with our Francis Close Hall campus founded in 1847 as the Cheltenham Training College.

Today, we have three thriving campuses, Francis Close Hall and The Park in Cheltenham, and Oxstalls in Gloucester, which are occupied by approximately 10,000 students. In 2010, the University invested £5 million in teaching facilities including a new, state-of-the-art media and art and design studios.

The University of Gloucestershire delivers approximately 100 undergraduate course choices including accounting, law, business and management, fine art, TV production, humanities, leisure and tourism, social work and education plus and a diverse range of postgraduate and research degrees, and professional courses.For more information visit www.glos.ac.uk

Source: University of Gloucestershire

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