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22 January 2009 - PR 09/08

University welcomes new Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise

Loughborough University has appointed Professor Phill Dickens as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise to lead the University’s core strategies of building on its knowledge transfer achievements and exploiting its intellectual assets. He will also be instrumental in maximising the scope for innovation and creativity in the expansion of the university’s enterprise activity.

Professor Dickens brings a wealth of experience to the role and a strong industrial and academic background. His engineering experience includes spells at the University of Nottingham and other senior roles at Loughborough University, as Professor of Manufacturing Technology, Associate Dean of Research, and Director of the Innovative Manufacturing and Construction Research Centre (IMCRC).

Professor Dickens is recognised as one of the world’s leading academics in Rapid Manufacturing and he has worked closely with a number of global companies in the development of knowledge transfer activity.

Commenting on his new appointment, he said: “Enterprise and innovation have been at the heart of Loughborough University for many years, with many notable successes in enterprise and knowledge transfer. I am keen to encourage enterprise and develop our strong links with business, industry and the professions, and I am delighted to be leading the further development of the University’s expertise in this area by working with local, national and international partners.”

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Notes for editors:

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 was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. 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 institution.

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.

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