Monday 12 July at 10.30am
David Bunker has been
associated with Loughborough for more than 40 years, initially
as a student of Physical Education and Geography at the then Loughborough
College of Education, and for more than 30 years as a member of
staff of the University in what is now the School of Sport and
His service to Loughborough
has been immense. He has delivered a wide range of exceptional
teaching. He led development of teaching and research initiatives
in what has become known as 'games for understanding' –
an innovative concept now adopted world-wide. England rugby coach
Andy Robinson has acknowledged David's work as critical in his
In recent years he
has been Director of Undergraduate Programmes in his department
- a huge responsibility for 9 programmes and over 900 students.
His knowledge of university policies and procedures is second-to-none,
and his engagement with the detail of hundreds of exam profiles
each year is legendary. His interaction with thousands of students
over the years is recognised by past and present students alike
- he knows them all. In the scale and pressure of the department,
he maintains always the personal touch.
His wider contributions
mark him as someone of truly exceptional commitment. He was Warden
of the Holt for 13 years, where he and his wife Jan made their
own special brand of the Loughborough Student Experience. For
the last 7 years in hall, David combined this role with that of
Chair of the Wardens’ Committee, to which he brought exceptional
wisdom and experience. His advice and support have been valued
by a generation of students and colleagues who regard David as
a role-model par excellence, and a champion of collegiality.
On top of all of this,
he was for many years Proctor and Senior Marshall. Meeting David
in his role as Proctor was an unforgettable experience which many
students brought before him would rather have avoided. But penalties,
however severe, were always imposed with an over-riding concern
for the welfare of the student.
As a University Marshall
and latterly Senior Marshall he was responsible for much of the
smooth ceremonial of these occasions. He has therefore over the
years brought discipline alike to the progression of students
and the procession of Officers and senior staff!
I am delighted to present to you, for the award of the Loughborough
University Medal, David John Bunker.