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4 January 2006 PR 06/02

MBE for Loughborough University lecturer

Julie Bradshaw, the world record-breaking swimmer and Loughborough University lecturer, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

Julie, 41, was awarded the MBE in recognition of her services to swimming and charities. Since the age of 15 she has used her talents as a swimmer to raise thousands of pounds for good causes, including the Loughborough Rainbows children’s hospice and Cancer Research UK.

She currently holds a number of world and British records. In her most recent challenge in August 2005, Julie teamed up with four other swimmers to become the first ever group to do a triple Loch Ness swim – covering a distance of around 75 miles.

Speaking about her award Julie said: “It is a great honour to be awarded an MBE. I have always loved swimming and am delighted that over the years I have been able to use my talents to help a variety of good causes. And it is not over yet – I plan on taking part in a lot more swimming events and raising even more cash for charity.”

Julie is hoping to complete various British loch swims this year. Anyone interested in sponsoring her for these and other events is urged to contact her by calling 07941 467291.


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Notes to editors

  1. A photograph of Julie is available upon request.

  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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