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21 December 2007 PR 07/157

National teaching award presented to Loughborough University engineer

A Loughborough University academic has won a prestigious national teaching award.

Dr Zoltan Nagy from the University’s Department of Chemical Engineering has been presented with an ExxonMobil Excellence in Teaching Award. The awards have been established in association with the Royal Academy of Engineering to identify and reward centres of Excellence in Engineering Teaching in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

To apply for an award candidates need to have shown a commitment to teaching, professional activities, establishing industrial-academic links and promoting engineering as a rewarding and creative career. Each award winner’s university department receives £10,000.

Speaking about the award, Dr Nagy said: “The award motivates me even further to combine high quality research with devoted education. I strongly believe that in our role as lecturers we all possess a real power, which can allow us to have a significant positive impact on our society.”

Dr Keith Guy FGCI FREng added: “The ExxonMobil Excellence in Teaching Awards highlight the importance that must be placed on developing the engineering education curriculum to meet the needs of industry in the 21st century and to create the enabling pedagogy.”

Professor Richard Wakeman, Head of Loughborough University’s Department of Chemical Engineering, said: “We are incredibly proud of Dr Nagy’s achievement – his award will benefit many students in the Department.”

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  1. A photograph of Dr Nagy receiving his award is available from the PR Office.

  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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