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26 April 2012 | PR 12/77

University’s impact on the world celebrated at awards night



A seat-belt for pregnant women, high-tech devices for better policing and life-saving disaster relief work were amongst last night’s winners at Loughborough University’s Enterprise Awards.

Now in their third year, the Enterprise Awards recognise University research projects which have the potential to make a significant impact on the wider world. They also honour the most enterprising of Loughborough’s recent graduates.

An audience of 100 business and university guests gathered to celebrate the impacts of 21 of Loughborough’s most exciting projects.  The winners were decided by public vote with over 4,000 votes cast.

The development of a safer seatbelt for pregnant women won the Intellectual Property Impact award for Professors Serpil and Memis Acar, whose research with automotive and clinical partners underpins a new product that will soon be launched.

A project in partnership with The Great Britain Rowing Team (GBRT) and The English Institute of Sport to deliver better instrumentation for GBRT’s fleet of indoor rowing machines was also a winner.  Sports Technologist Dr Ben Halkon won the Consultancy category for a project that has helped maximise GBRT’s medal-winning prospects.

A team of Information Scientists worked with senior officers at Leicestershire Constabulary to evaluate the force’s mobile technology network. The project, which resulted in faster, more efficient, policing, helping lower crime rates, won the Knowledge Transfer category.

Work by the University’s Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) to find effective approaches to provision of water, sanitation and hygiene services in the aftermath of emergencies won the Social and Cultural Impact category.  Bob Reed is one of many WEDC researchers who are first on the scene following disasters in Sri Lanka, East Timor, and Haiti, among others.

Finally, design company a dozen eggs – aka Joanne Lloyd and Francis Collins – won the Graduate Enterprise Award.  Winning Loughborough’s Student Business Plan spurred the recent graduates to start a company which is already attracting national clients.

The University’s Pro Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Professor Steve Rothberg said: “The Enterprise Awards are a great way to recognise the University’s considerable economic, social and cultural impact, through the entrepreneurial activities of our students and graduates, and through our research partnerships with external organisations.  Congratulations to all our nominees.’’

Films about all the nominations and photography from the Awards are available at www.lboro.ac.uk/enterpriseawards


For all media enquiries contact:

Anna Seddon
Marketing Manager (Enterprise)
Loughborough University
T: 01509 223445
E: A.J.Seddon@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 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 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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