Making it happen
The success of any organisation relies on its staff – talented and enthusiastic people who inspire others to achieve their potential and who themselves reach exceptional standards.
The year's considerable achievements have been made possible only with the continued dedication and support of all Loughborough's staff. Their hard work has ensured that, in 2007, we not only maintained our position within the sector, but improved in every aspect of our activities.
It is also a pleasure to place on record my appreciation of the Students' Union and particularly the hard work of Gemma Godfrey, the President for 2006-07. The Union's commitment to student welfare, their outstanding achievements in fundraising, work in the community and in sport, and their wholehearted enthusiasm in all aspects of campus life contribute so much to our Student Experience.
Our students tell us that the experience provided at Loughborough is unique, and this was recognised again this year as we gained a second successive Times Higher award for the Best Student Experience in the country, together with the award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. This success is a consequence of the consistently hard work of staff and students right across the University. Everyone should take pride in this achievement.
Our latest Strategic Plan affirms that universities must both contribute to original knowledge and understanding, and develop students as critical thinkers and as responsible citizens of the world. To achieve this we must consolidate our successes and build on our strengths, and continue to offer the highest quality educational experience.
To all at the University, whatever their role, I offer my heartfelt thanks. We are not complacent but we look to the future with confidence.
Professor Shirley Pearce