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10 June 2009 | PR 09/69

Loughborough’s leadership wins two national awards

The leadership and management of Loughborough University and that of its student accommodation team have been recognised as the best in the country in the first-ever Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards.

Presented last night (9 June) at the London Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, at a gala dinner hosted by comedian and impressionist Rory Bremner, the awards have been introduced to reward excellence in a range of aspects of university life.

Loughborough was the only university to win two awards, including the evening’s main prize, the outstanding leadership and management team award.

Ewart Wooldridge, chief executive of the Leadership Foundation and one of the judges, said he was particularly impressed with the results of Loughborough’s staff survey, which found that more than 90 per cent of staff believed that the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Shirley Pearce, and her team were doing a good job.

“The overwhelming proportion of staff think Professor Pearce and her team are doing a good job. In my experience, that’s very difficult. People always think that bosses are up to something and they don’t score that highly.”

Of the award Professor Pearce said: “This truly is a team award. It not only recognises the commitment of our senior management team, but also that of every manager, supervisor and team leader across the University, who all contribute so much to making Loughborough such a successful institution.”

Loughborough also took the prize for the outstanding student accommodation team, in recognition of its dramatic overhaul of campus accommodation last year, work that has created 900 new en-suite rooms.

“If you have great people with great attitude the team can produce anything needed, and we have both. I am very proud of them all and of what we have achieved and there is more to come!” said Malcolm Brown, director of imago, the University’s in-house accommodation management service.

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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 twenty 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, 2007 and 2008 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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