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27 January 2009 - PR 09/09

JCB Engineer to mentor Loughborough students

Group photo with Alan CurtisA former Loughborough engineering student is returning to the University to act as an ‘informal mentor’ to current students.

Alan Curtis, who now works for industry giants JCB after graduating in 2006 with a first-class degree in Mechanical Engineering, has been given the role of a Visiting Teaching Fellow, in a scheme which has been implemented by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng).

Alan, who has worked at JCB Power Systems for three years, will support engineering design teaching in the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University.

The scheme engages engineers who are hands-on practitioners at industry-leaders. A total of 15 Visiting Teaching Fellows will be placed by RAEng at universities around the UK.

Since graduation, Alan has developed a good working relationship with Loughborough University by supporting several engineering design modules. In his role as a Visiting Teaching Fellow, he will act as an informal mentor to students, offering advice for academic and personal development throughout their degrees and in the early stages of graduation.

The appointments are only usually given to engineers with four years post Chartered Engineer qualification, however Alan’s exceptional application, which reflected the contribution he has made to date, was accepted - even though Alan has only recently been made a Chartered Engineer.

Adam Crawford, manager of Loughborough University’s Engineering Centre for Excellence (EngCETL) said: “Alan will be a great asset and support to Loughborough’s staff and students.

“Alan will be dealing with students and their design projects hands-on, preparing them for a dynamic future career in engineering.

“Industry-based input into the curriculum through alumni and industrial partners like Alan, along with companies like JCB, is invaluable to us here at Loughborough and we hope this will encourage other partners to engage in engineering teaching and learning.”

Alan Curtis added: “I am thrilled to have received this appointment, in recognition of the work I have been doing with the department.

“The students are all working on real projects and the results are outstanding. The mutually beneficial relationship for the University and JCB allows me to give something back to Loughborough and I hope the students will benefit from the industrial involvement in their degree”.

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Notes for editors:

Photo (l-r) Alan Curtis (JCB, New VTF); Peter Willmot (Director of Undergraduate Studies, Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering); Adam Crawford (Manager - Engineering Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (engCETL); Rob Parkin (Head of Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering); Bob Pendlebury (Visiting Professor, Former JCB Research Director)

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.

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