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20 July 2011 | PR 11/92

Lord Robert Winston among those to be honoured by Loughborough University

Lord Robert Winston

Lord Robert Winston

At its summer degree ceremonies starting this week, Loughborough University will confer honorary degrees upon eleven distinguished people in recognition of their outstanding contributions to industry, academia, business, sport, the arts and society.

Among those receiving awards are the eminent scientist Professor Lord Robert Winston, cricket broadcaster Jonathan Agnew, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Thomas Cook Group Manny Fontenla-Novoa.

The honorary awards will be presented as follows:

Thursday 21 July at 11am

Maureen Duffy, President of the British Copyright Council, a Fellow of King's College London and Vice President of the Royal Society of Literature
Honorary Doctor of Letters (Hon DLitt)
For her outstanding contribution to literature and equality law reform.

Friday 22 July at 11am

Jesus Manuel Fontenla-Novoa, CEO of the Thomas Cook Group
Honorary Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv)
For his outstanding and sustained support of the Business School over a period in excess of 10 years.

Peter Andrew Cruddas, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive of CMC Markets
Honorary Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv)
For his innovation and outstanding achievement in the world of finance and for outstanding philanthropy.

Friday 22 July at 3pm

Dame Fiona Reynolds, Director-General, The National Trust
Honorary Doctor of Science (Hon DSc)
For her outstanding contribution to promoting environmental awareness.

Lord Robert Winston, Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London
Honorary Doctor of Science (Hon DSc)
For his outstanding contribution to Science.

Monday 25 July at 11am

Tana Utley, Chief Technology Officer, Caterpillar Inc
Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech)
For her outstanding contributions to the leadership of engineering in a multi-national company.

Monday 25 July at 3pm

Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin Bin Haji Umar, Minister of Energy, Brunei Darussalam
Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech)
For his outstanding role in developing the Energy Strategy of Brunei.

Professor Ghauth Jasmon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Malaya
Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech)
For his contribution to the field of Electrical Power Engineering and achievements as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Malaya.

Tuesday 26 July at 11am

Jonathan Agnew, English cricket broadcaster and former professional cricketer
Honorary Doctor of Letters (Hon DLitt)
For his outstanding contribution to broadcasting and journalism, and to Leicestershire and England cricket.

Tuesday 26 July at 3pm

Dame Lynne (Janie) Brindley, Chief Executive, The British Library
Honorary Doctor of Letters (Hon DLitt)
For her outstanding contribution to the delivery of world-leading digital information and library services for researchers, teachers and students in the UK and globally.

Professor Shige Peng, Professor of Mathematics, Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Director of Mathematics Institute and Dean of School of Economics at Shandong University
Honorary Doctor of Science (Hon DSc)
For his contribution to education, scholarship, knowledge and research.

−ENDS−

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Amanda Overend
Senior PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228697
E: A.J.Overend@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

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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