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12 July 2012 | PR 12/139

Lord Coe appointed as Pro Chancellor of Loughborough University

Lord Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and one of Britain’s greatest athletes, has been appointed as a Pro Chancellor of Loughborough University.

As Pro Chancellor, Lord Coe will be a member of the University’s Council (its governing body), which is comprised of leading figures from local and national organisations and businesses, as well as elected University staff and representatives from the Students’ Union.

Lord Coe is an alumnus of Loughborough University, having graduated with a BSc in Economics and Social History in 1979. He was made an Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech) by the University in 1985.

As a sportsman he was part of the golden era of British athletics.

Initially coached by his father, who designed workouts specifically for his son, Coe won his first major race in 1977 – an 800m event at the European indoor championships in San Sebastián, Spain. At Loughborough University, he met athletics coach George Gandy, who developed revolutionary conditioning exercises to improve his running.

Coe won gold in the 1,500m and silver in the 800m at both the 1980 Moscow and 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. He also won Gold in the 800m at the 1986 European Athletics Championships in Stuttgart, and set a total of eight outdoor and three indoor world records.

Following his retirement from athletics in 1990, he served as a Conservative MP and, in 2000, was made a life peer. In 2006, Lord Coe was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Lord Coe played a leading role in winning the bid for the London 2012 Games, with his inspirational presentation to the International Olympic Committee a key moment in the bid’s success.

He now serves as Chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and is also Vice Chairman of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Professor Shirley Pearce, Vice Chancellor of Loughborough, said the University was honoured to welcome Lord Coe back to Loughborough as a Pro Chancellor.

“Lord Coe is among the University’s greatest advocates and is also one of the leading ambassadors for sport in the UK,” she said. “We are delighted that he has agreed to become Pro Chancellor of Loughborough and will be able to help us lead the University forward through its next phase of development.”

Of his appointment, Lord Coe said: “I have always had very strong links with Loughborough, and I am looking forward to being able to contribute to the future of the University which provided me with such support, as both a student and graduate and also in my athletics career.”

Lord Coe will take up his appointment as Pro Chancellor of Loughborough University from October 2012.


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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 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the Best Student Experience in England 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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