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3 June 2008 PR 08/72

Loughborough does the double at national art awards

Rhiannon Fraser, a Fine Art student at Loughborough University, has been awarded joint first prize in this year’s Boundary Gallery Figurative Art Prize.

She shares the £10,000 first prize with Ruth Murray, who graduated from the same course at Loughborough in 2006.

The Figurative Art Prize, now in its fourth year, celebrates the work of the most talented UK art students. Most of the candidates have not exhibited previously and the event provides an ideal opportunity to spot up-and-coming artists at the beginning of their career.

Over a hundred students from art schools all over the UK submitted examples of their work, with almost 30 finalists shortlisted by a panel of judges.

Of her success, Rhiannon said: “It was great to be exhibiting for the first time in London, and to actually win first place in a national competition is fantastic!”

Johanna Hallsten, Loughborough’s Fine Art Programme Coordinator, said: “Our students have done it again! Congratulations to them both.

“It is a fantastic achievement for Rhiannon and Ruth, who is currently studying for a masters degree at the Royal College London. Both are talented artists and I have no doubt that this won’t be the last we hear of these two young painters.”

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  1. 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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