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12 December 2005 PR 05/114

Honorary degrees to be awarded at winter graduation ceremonies

At Loughborough University’s winter graduation ceremonies, which will take place on Monday 19 December 2005, honorary degrees will be conferred upon two distinguished persons in recognition of the outstanding contributions they have made to business, industry, sport and society.

At 10.30am Charles W Hull – Co-Founder, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of 3D Systems Corporation, USA – will receive the award of Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech), for his pioneering engineering research, in particular the development of the stereolithography process.

Then at 2.30pm, Peter Harrison, Chair of The Peter Harrison Foundation, will receive the award of Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech), for outstanding service to business, sport and disability.

Also at the morning ceremony, Diane Holmes, from the University’s Disabilities and Additional Needs Service (DANS), will be presented with the Loughborough University Medal – a special award created to mark outstanding service. The Medal was developed in 2000 to mark service for and on behalf of the University, and allows the unrecognised contributions made to University life to be acknowledged.

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  1. Members of the media are welcome to attend the graduation ceremonies, which will take place in the New Sports Hall on the University campus. There will also be opportunities for interviews, photography and filming of the honorary graduates in the Sir John Beckwith Centre for Sport (Lecture Theatre) thirty 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 has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities. The National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students, and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough's income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

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