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10 July 2006 PR 06/80

University to honour distinguished figurese

At Loughborough University’s summer graduation ceremonies, which will take place from Thursday 13 to Tuesday 18 July 2006, honorary degrees will be conferred upon 15 distinguished persons, in recognition of the outstanding contributions they have made to industry, academia, business, sport, the arts and society.

Approximately 3,000 students will receive their awards at the same ceremonies, which will be broadcast live on the University’s web site at www.lboro.ac.uk/graduation

Honorary degrees will be awarded as follows:

Thursday 13 July at 10.30am

Sudarshan Maini
Chairman – Maini Group, Bangalore, India
Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech)
In recognition of his outstanding services to industry and India.

Professor Alan H Wickens
Visiting Industrial Professor, Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University
Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech)
In recognition of his contributions to transport technology research and continued support of the University


Thursday 13 July at 3pm

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)
In recognition of his pioneering research into safety and loss prevention - in particular, process safety.

Sir David Wallace
Former Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University
Honorary Doctor of Science (Hon DSc)
In recognition of his outstanding leadership of the University and for contributions to scientific advancement, in particular, through the Royal Society and the Institute of Physics.


Friday 14 July at 10.30am

Professor Harry R Allcock
Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University
Honorary Doctor of Science (Hon DSc)
In recognition of his innovative achievements in the development and application of polyphosphazene materials, particularly in the areas of bio-medical and fuel cells research.

David Mellor
Royal Designer for Industry
Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech)
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to design for industry.

Professor Adrian Smith FRS
Principal, Queen Mary, University of London
Honorary Doctor of Science (Hon DSc)
In recognition of his contributions both to mathematics research and to mathematics education.


Friday 14 July at 3pm

Jeremy Newton
Director of the Louise T Blouin Foundation
Honorary Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv)
In recognition of his contributions to the promotion of creativity and innovation in Science, Technology and the Arts.

Margaret Tomlinson
Lay member of the University’s Council
Honorary Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv)
In recognition of her dedication and commitment to many aspects of governance at Loughborough University

Monday 17 July at 10.30am

Ade Adepitan
Ex Paralympian and TV Presenter
Honorary Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv)
In recognition of his outstanding services to, and performances in, disabled sport.

Hugh Morris
Deputy Chief Executive, England and Wales Cricket Board
Honorary Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv)
In recognition of his contributions to the application of research and technology-based techniques to sport.

Rod Thorpe
Former Director of Sports Development, Loughborough University
Honorary Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv)
In recognition of his service to sport in the UK through the development of coaching methods for children and the creation of a world class sports development environment on the University campus.


Monday 17 July at 3pm

Nigel Irens
Boat designer
Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech)
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to boat design, including the design of the B&Q Ellen MacArthur’s Round World Cat.

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)
In recognition of his contributions to British engineering design.


Tuesday 18 July at 10.30am

Iris Lighfoote
Chief Executive Officer of the Leicester and Leicestershire Racial Equality Council
Honorary Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv)
In recognition of her outstanding contributions to society through the promotion of racial equality.


At the summer ceremonies two members of the University will also be awarded the Loughborough University Medal – a special award created to mark outstanding service. University nurse Jennifer Sherwood will receive her award at 3pm on Thursday 13 July, and Dave Gibbs, a Technical Tutor in Printmaking in the School of Art and Design, will be presented with his medal at 10.30am on Tuesday 18 July.

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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Notes to editors

  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 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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