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15 December 2010 | PR 10/188

Honorary degrees awarded at winter ceremonies

The friends and family of hundreds of Loughborough students will gather at the University on Monday (20 December) for this year’s winter degree ceremonies.

The event marks the formal conclusion of many years’ hard work for the students, who will be presented with a range of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications by the University Chancellor, Sir Nigel Rudd.

Also at the ceremonies, honorary degrees will be conferred upon three distinguished people.

At 10.30am, Tana Utley, Chief Technology Officer of Caterpillar Inc, will be presented with the award of Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech), in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the leadership of engineering in a multi-national company.

Then at 1.45pm, President Yu Lizhong, President of East China Normal University, one of China’s leading higher education institutions, will receive the award of Honorary Doctor of Science (Hon DSc) for his outstanding contribution to education in China, particularly in the field of estuarine and coastal research.

At the final ceremony of the day, at 4.30pm, the founder chairman of The Royal Anniversary Trust, Sir Robin Gill KCVO, will be presented with the award of Honorary Doctor of Letters (Hon DLitt), in recognition of his outstanding service to the promotion of higher and further education through the work of the Royal Anniversary Trust and The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher Education.

Professor Shirley Pearce says the University is proud to recognise the achievements of such outstanding individuals. “Through the award of an honorary degree we are able to acknowledge the huge contribution that Tana Utley, President Yu Lizhong and Sir Robin Gill are making to society,” she said. “We are delighted to be able to welcome them into the Loughborough University community.”

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Loughborough University
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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 research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport 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 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    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.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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