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11 December 2009 | PR 09/174

Hundreds of alumni return to Loughborough for special degree ceremony


Alumni at one of the July ceremonies.

Around 500 of Loughborough’s former students will return to campus next week for a special honorary Bachelor’s degree ceremony being held as part of the University’s Centenary celebrations.

The event, which is unique in higher education in the UK and will take place on 15 December, will see alumni from as long ago as the 1940s invited back to Loughborough to be recognised for their contribution to the University as it is today.

All former students, who received a diploma at one of the University’s constituent colleges before full degree-awarding powers were bestowed, have been invited back to campus to receive an honorary BA or BSc.

Throughout 2009, the University has been celebrating its Centenary – one hundred years since the establishment of Loughborough Technical Institute, the University’s predecessor. Over 1,000 alumni attended the first Centenary ceremonies in July.

At the winter graduation ceremonies, on 14 and 15 December, honorary degrees will also be conferred upon five distinguished people in recognition of the outstanding contributions they have made to society, industry, business and sport. The awards will be presented as follows:

Monday 14 December at 10.30am

Roy Jones
Professor of Sports Technology at Loughborough University
Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech)
For his pioneering contribution to sports engineering/technology as an academic discipline

Dr Michel Virlogeux
Leading French structural engineer
Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech)
For his outstanding contribution to Civil Engineering

Monday 14 December at 1.45pm

Ivaylo Kalfin
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria
Honorary Doctor of Letters (Hon DLitt)
For his central and constructive role in the enlargement process of the EU and international politics in general

Monday 14 December at 4.30pm

Charles Morgan
Managing Director and Co-owner of the Morgan Motor Company
Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech)
For his outstanding contribution to the British car manufacturing industry

Tuesday 15 December 2009 at 11am

David Jinks
Classroom Practitioner, lecturer and adviser to the Government
Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech)
For his outstanding contribution to design and technology education

On Monday 14 December at 1.45pm, David Miller – Maintenance Manager within the University’s Facilities Management section – will also be presented with the Loughborough University Medal, a special award that marks service for and on behalf of the University and allows the unrecognised contributions made to University life to be acknowledged.

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Hannah Baldwin
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Loughborough University
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E: H.E.Baldwin@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

  1. Members of the media are welcome to attend the graduation ceremonies, which will take place in the Sir David Wallace Building on the University campus. There will also be opportunities for interviews, photography and filming of the honorary graduates in the Sir John Beckwith Centre for Sport (Lecture Theatre) thirty minutes prior to the start of each ceremony. You are asked to access the campus via the main University entrance on Epinal Way. Please inform the Public Relations Office on 01509 222224, in advance, if you wish to attend

  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 and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    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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