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11 December 2006 PR 06/139

Honorary degrees to be awarded at winter graduation ceremonies

At Loughborough University’s winter graduation ceremonies, which will take place on Monday 18 December 2006, honorary degrees will be conferred upon four distinguished persons in recognition of the outstanding contributions they have made to business, industry, education, sport and society.

At 10.30am Dr Peter Davies CBE – Chief Executive Officer, PERA – will receive the award of Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech), for his outstanding achievements in the field of innovation.

At the same ceremony, Director General Science and Innovation Sir Keith O’Nions will be presented with the award of Honorary Doctor of Science (Hon DSc), for his outstanding contributions both to engineering research and to engineering and science policy and administration.

Then at 2.30pm, Steve Bell – cartoonist, political illustrator and graphic satirist – will receive the award of Honorary Doctor of Letters (Hon DLitt), for his contributions to political illustration and illustration more generally, including the support of the undergraduate programme in Loughborough University School of Art and Design (LUSAD).

Julie Bradshaw MBE, World record-breaking long-distance and English Channel swimmer and part-time lecturer at the University, will also be presented with the award of Honorary Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv), for her contributions to charities.

At the ceremonies two members of the University will also be awarded the Loughborough University Medal – a special award created to mark outstanding service. Val Onsworth, secretary to the Registrar, will receive her award at 10.30am, while Bob Perridge, the University’s Maintenance Supervisor, will be presented with his medal at the afternoon ceremony.

The Loughborough University 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 Sir David Wallace Building 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 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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