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12 December 2007 PR 07/155

Britain’s top ranked wheelchair tennis player among those to be honoured by Loughborough

At Loughborough University’s winter graduation ceremonies, which will take place on Monday 17 December, honorary degrees will be conferred upon three distinguished people in recognition of the outstanding contributions they have made to industry, education, sport and society.

Great Britain Paralympic wheelchair tennis player Jayant Mistry will be presented with the award of Honorary Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv), in recognition of his outstanding contribution to wheelchair tennis, Paralympic sport and as an inspiration to the local Loughborough community.

Master Craftsman Rob Armstrong will receive the award of Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech), for his outstanding contribution to guitar design and craftsmanship.

Professor Doug Taylor – Visiting Professor in Thermofluids – will receive the award of Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech), in recognition of his outstanding achievements as an engineer and as a leader of industry.

At the congregations two members of the University will also be awarded the Loughborough University Medal. Dr Roy Frost, Senior Planning Officer, and Cllr Peter Lewis, former lecturer in the Department of English and Drama, will both be presented with their medals at the morning ceremony. The Loughborough University Medal was developed 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. Professor Doug Taylor will receive his degree at 10.30am; Jayant Mistry and Rob Armstrong will receive theirs at 2.30pm.

    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 is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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