School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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17 Sep 2014

SSEHS student wins Sir Robert Martin University Prize

Alice Thackray

Alice Thackray from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS) has been awarded the 2014 Sir Robert Martin University Prize – Loughborough’s premier academic award.

The prize comprises £1,500 and a commemorative medal, and is awarded to an outstanding student in recognition of both their academic and non-academic achievement.

The selection panel said:

“Alice embodies everything that Loughborough University would hope its students to be. She is generous with her time and talents, and is an agenda-setting role model for women in sport.”

The panel was particularly impressed by Alice’s strong academic performance as a gifted postgraduate researcher, her achievements as a Level 7 football referee, and her involvement in Loughborough Students Women’s Football Club.

In addition to the Sir Robert Martin University Prize, two Sir Robert Martin Achievement Prizes, of £1,000 each, are available to outstanding students.

This year’s winners were:

Aitor Kelvin Gomez from the School of the Arts – an accomplished student who has excelled in both sport and design. He has made significant contributions to the community through his voluntary work, which includes the provision of sport coaching and art teaching for children from a wide range of backgrounds.

Andrew Johnson from Loughborough Design School – for his outstanding academic record and international recognition for his work. The transformative technology that he is working on to develop protective clothing will go on to save lives. Andrew has developed links with various departments across the University, has used his athletic talents for the benefit of numerous local charities, and also acts as an academic mentor to undergraduate students in the Design School.