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6 July 2007 PR 07/96

imago at Loughborough University wins top industry award

imago Services, Loughborough University’s hospitality and catering provider, has won a prestigious industry award for its use of technology.

The Caterer and Hotelkeeper Awards, or Cateys, were established in 1984, to celebrate the industry’s high flyers, strongest performers and hottest brands. Now in their 24th year they have become a byword for quality, class and achievement, the awards that everybody wants to win.

At a glamorous prize giving ceremony held in London on 3 July imago was presented with the ‘Best use of technology’ award in recognition of its online food analysis system. The system uses a dedicated nutritional database to provide students with nutritional data about the food provided. It beat off stiff competition from Domino’s Pizza UK and Ireland, Emirates Stadium and Malmasion and Hotel du Vin Hotels to win the award – the first university to do so.

Duncan Cressall, Operations Director for imago Services, said: “It is the highest honour to receive a ‘Catey’, they are considered to be the Oscars of the catering industry. The award reflects the spirit of innovation and creativity which is such an important part of the University’s culture. The imago team have worked really hard to make this happen for our students and it is fantastic to gain this level of recognition.”

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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 f acilities across a wide range of sports.

In the 2006 National Student Survey, the University gained a top five place, with nine out of Loughborough’s 23 departments topping their subject tables. Loughborough was also placed 6th in the 2007 Times Good University Guide and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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