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16 May 2006 PR 06/51

Honorary degrees announced

Loughborough University is pleased to announce that honorary degrees will be awarded to the following people this year, in recognition of the outstanding contributions they have made to industry, academia, business, sport, the arts and society.

Professor Harry R Allcock
Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University
Honorary Doctor of Science (Hon DSc)

Steve Bell
Cartoonist and political illustrator
Honorary Doctor of Letters (Hon DLitt)

Julie Bradshaw, MBE
Record-breaking long-distance swimmer and part-time lecturer at Loughborough University
Honorary Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv)

Dr Peter Davies
Chief Executive Officer, PERA
Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech)

Nigel Irens
Boat designer
Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech)

Professor Trevor Kletz
Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Visiting Professor at Loughborough University and Texas A&M University
Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech)

Professor Lily Kong
Vice Provost (Education), National University of Singapore
Honorary Doctor of Science (Hon DSc)

Lim Swee Say
Minister, Prime-Minister’s Office and Second Minister for National
Development, Singapore. Graduate of the University (1976)
Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech)

Dapeng LOU
Vice-President of the International Association of Athletics Federations
Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech)

Sudarshan Maini
Chairman – Maini Group, Bangalore, India
Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech)

David Mellor
Royal Designer for Industry
Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech)

Dr Alex Moulton CBE, RDI, FREng
Designer of the Moulton Bike and Hydrolastic and Hydrogas Car Suspensions. Former Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering
Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech)

Jeremy Newton
Director of the Louise T Blouin Foundation
Honorary Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv)

Sir Keith O’Nions
Director General of Research Councils
Honorary Doctor of Science (Hon DSc)

Rod Thorpe
Former Director of Sports Development, Loughborough University
Honorary Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv)

Margaret Tomlinson
Lay member of the University’s Council
Honorary Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv)

Sir David Wallace
Former Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University
Honorary Doctor of Science (Hon DSc)

Professor Alan H Wickens
Visiting Industrial Professor, Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University
Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech)

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Notes to editors

  1. Sudarshan Maini, Professor Alan Wickens, Professor Trevor Kletz, Sir David Wallace, Professor Harry Allcock, Jeremy Newton, Margaret Tomlinson, Rod Thorpe, Dr Alex Moulton, David Mellor and Nigel Irens are due to be presented with their honorary degrees at the summer ceremonies in July.

    Dr Peter Davies, Sir Keith O’Nions, Steve Bell and Julie Bradshaw are scheduled to receive their honorary degrees at the winter ceremonies in December.

    Professor Lily Kong and Lim Swee Sway will be presented with their honorary degrees at a special ceremony in Singapore in August.

    Dapeng LOU will receive his honorary degree in September at a special ceremony in Shanghai, China.

  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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