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1 November 2006 PR 06/125

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise appointed

Peter Winter has today been appointed Loughborough University’s first ever Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise (PVC(E)). This is a brand new post that reflects the University’s aims to build on its knowledge transfer achievements and to exploit further its intellectual assets.

As PVC(E), Peter will be instrumental both in achieving these aims and maximising the scope for innovation and creativity in the expansion of Loughborough University’s enterprise dimension.

Peter comes to Loughborough University from the University of Manchester, where he was Director of the Manchester Science Enterprise Centre. Prior to his six years at Manchester, Peter worked in a range of commercial, project management, production and engineering roles, plus three years in the Foreign Office as Counsellor at the British Embassy, Tokyo.

Peter holds degrees from Manchester Business School and the University of Birmingham; he is also a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the Institute of Directors. Peter has just stepped down as Chairman of the UK Science Enterprise Centre Network.

Commenting on his new appointment, Peter said: “Enterprise and Innovation have been at the heart of Loughborough University for many years. It is both a delight and an honour to be invited to lead the further development of these key parts of the University's portfolio. I am very much looking forward to meeting new colleagues and exploring how we can best jointly fulfil both the University's and its staff’s ambitions in this area.”

Vice-Chancellor of Loughborough University, Professor Shirley Pearce, said: “I am delighted to welcome Peter to the University. His appointment will enable us to build on our many successes in enterprise and knowledge transfer to consolidate Loughborough at the forefront of UK higher education institutes.”

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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 it 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.

In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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