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15 Jul 2013

Former swimming supremo Adrian Moorhouse leads honorary graduate line up

Adrian Moorhouse MBE

Adrian Moorhouse – who dominated British swimming in the late eighties, returning home from the 1988 Seoul Olympics with Gold in the 100m breaststroke – is one of seven distinguished people who will receive honorary degrees from Loughborough University this week.

Moorhouse – who is now a BBC sports commentator and chief executive of performance management company Lane4 – will be presented with the award of Honorary Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding sporting and business success and his links with and support for various Loughborough University activities.

Professor Shirley Pearce, former Vice Chancellor of Loughborough, will also receive the award of Honorary Doctor of the University for her outstanding leadership and exceptional contribution to the development and success of Loughborough University.

The degrees will be presented as follows:

Tuesday 16 July at 11am

Professor Neil Halliwell 
Former Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University
Honorary Doctor of Science, in recognition of exceptional service to Loughborough University.

Dr Clive Hickman
Chief Executive of the Manufacturing Technology Centre Ltd and Chair of the Midlands Energy Consortium (MEC) 
Honorary Doctor of Technology, in recognition of his exemplary career and leadership in engineering and the automotive industry.

Tuesday 16 July at 3pm

Professor Weicheng Fan  
Director of the Institute of Public Safety Research, Tsinghua University, China
Honorary Doctor of Technology, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to and pioneering work in the fields of fire safety science and public safety technology.

Wednesday 17 July at 11am

Charlie Mayfield 
Chairman of The John Lewis Partnership
Honorary Doctor of the University, in recognition of his outstanding strategic leadership of the John Lewis Partnership.

Professor Shirley Pearce
Former Vice Chancellor of the University

Wednesday 17 July at 3pm

Adrian Moorhouse MBE 
Chief Executive of Lane4, official Team GB 2012 Ambassador, sports commentator for the BBC

Thursday 18 July at 3pm

Professor Michael Withers 
Former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ERA Technology Ltd and Visiting Professor of Loughborough University
Honorary Doctor of Technology, in recognition of his significant contributions to both industrial and academic research through his long career in electrical engineering


Notes for editors

Article reference number: PR 13/140

  1. Members of the media are welcome to attend the graduation ceremonies, which will take place in the Sir David Wallace building on the University campus.

    There will also be opportunities for interviews, photography and filming of the honorary graduates in the Clyde Williams building around 30 minutes prior to the start of each ceremony. 

    You are asked to access the campus via the main University entrance on Epinal Way. Please inform the Public Relations Office on 01509 222224, in advance, if you wish to attend.
  2. 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 and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. It has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league, and in recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 11 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

Contact for all media enquiries

Hannah Baldwin
Head of PR
Loughborough University
T: 01509 222239