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Loughborough Student Accommodation Named After Female Engineer

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New purpose-built student accommodation on the Loughborough University campus will be named after Claudia Parsons, recognised as one of the UK's first women engineers.

Claudia attended Loughborough between 1919 and 1922 and graduated with a degree in Automotive Engineering.

After graduating she became a respected member of the Women's Engineering Society and became the first women to circumnavigate the globe by car.

The University already hosts an annual lecture in her name, which aims to raise the profile of women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

More than 600 new en-suite rooms are being build on the site, which are required to meet the demand from new and returning students for accommodation on campus.

The new accommodation sits alongside the University's new Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel and will be split over 10 separate blocks.

Commenting on the development, President of Loughborough Students' Union, George Etherington said: "It's fantastic that a new Loughborough hall of residence is being named after such an inspirational woman. Claudia Parsons achieved so much in her lifetime, and we're delighted to honour her achievements through the new hall."