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All the latest news and updates from 2021

VC Reflections on Success

As the University approaches the end of the academic year, we also mark the end of a successful chapter and begin preparing for the next, with a new strategy and leadership to take us forwards.

30 July 2021

#LboroGrad welcomes thousands to campus

Graduation ceremonies for 2020 and 2021 graduates took place on the Loughborough campus from 19-30 July. More than 40 ceremonies were held across the two weeks, which welcomed thousands of graduates and guests to celebrate this special occasion.

30 July 2021

Loughborough family congratulates new graduates

Graduation ceremonies for 2020 and 2021 Loughborough graduates have been taking place on the Loughborough University campus since 19 July.

28 July 2021

Share a message with Loughborough graduates this summer

Graduation ceremonies for 2020 and 2021 Loughborough graduates are taking place from 19-30 July 2021 on the Loughborough University campus.

16 July 2021

Currency exchange platform secures Alumnus Benjamin top Innovation award

When Benjamin Ndubuisi came to Loughborough from Nigeria, he soon found that it was difficult to transfer money quickly and securely to the UK, here he tells us how he solved this problem.

15 July 2021

Passion for Innovation at the heart of Martin Gossling’s career

Martin’s passion is for developing products that help society and his work currently focuses on medical devices that support the work of clinicians.

15 July 2021

Alumnus releases autobiography to mark his seventieth birthday

Victor Adebayo Oke has released a book, ‘Seventy Steps Upon Mount Grace’, that looks back on his journey from Ikere-Ekiti (Nigeria) to Loughborough, and his 37-year career in engineering.

9 July 2021

Alumni release new book to support Cancer Charity

Hannah Moorcroft-Jones and Emma Haynes have written a book, “I wish Mummy could…” in aid of a cancer support charity, the Hummingbird Centre.

2 July 2021

Alumni organise memorial 5-a-side football tournament

Loughborough Football Alumni arranged a sporting charity event which took place on 22 May 2021 on the University campus.

28 June 2021

Nominations now open for the Alumni Advisory Board

As a member of the Loughborough University Alumni community, you are invited to nominate yourself to become a member of the Alumni Advisory Board (AAB).

28 June 2021

Alumnus helps tell time across the world

In his retirement, alumnus Tony Moss has designed and built over 190 sundials for locations from Vancouver Island to Hong Kong. In this article he tells us all about his most recent piece, a gift to his hometown of Bedlington, Northumbria.

25 June 2021

Alumni and senior University staff honoured by Queen in Birthday list

Five alumni have been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen in the 2021 Birthday Honours list.

18 June 2021

Nominations opening soon for the Alumni Advisory Board

Members of the Loughborough University Alumni community are invited to apply for a position on the Alumni Advisory Board (AAB).

18 June 2021

Large Loughborough cohort selected for Team GB Olympic hockey squads

The University will once again be well represented in Team GB’s hockey squads for this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

18 June 2021

English graduate Seth Burkett on his latest book and football in Sri Lanka

Author Seth Burkett tells us about his latest book: Titans of the Teardrop Isle, and about his experience of playing professional football in Sri Lanka.

17 June 2021

Ross' Innovation Ready to Rescue

Rescue jet boards have saved lives around the world, reaching people faster than a boat could launch. Founded by alumnus Ross Kemp, ASAP Water Crafts design, develop and manufacture electric-powered personal jet boards.

11 June 2021

Murray Chapman - Civil Engineering Innovations

Murray Chapman has been involved with many innovative pieces of work throughout his career, which has spanned almost five decades Here you can read about four innovative approaches to engineering which Murray was involved in.

11 June 2021

Queuing a thing of the past for FanGo users

Alumnus Greg Usher teamed up with best friend Joe Gateshill to create a solution to queueing at events.

11 June 2021

mOm Incubators: Innovating in the world of healthcare

Founded by alumnus James Roberts following the completion of his studies at Loughborough in 2014, mOm is a MedTech start-up on a mission to accelerate access to high-quality healthcare.

11 June 2021

Setting up in a time of high unemployment (1980s)

In the late 1980s and early 90s, alumnus Saf Asghar was working in Germany. He led on the set-up of a Design Centre for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in Dresden.

10 June 2021

Loughborough involvement in Rolls-Royce innovation

Doctoral graduate Nicholas Treleaven has been involved in a large-scale project with Rolls-Royce in collaboration with three others with Loughborough links – Ali Thari, a current PhD student, Professor Gary Page, Professor at Rolls-Royce UTC, and Dr Max Staufer, a combustion aero-thermal engineer who completed his masters thesis at the University as an exchange student.

10 June 2021

Alumnus Andy kickstarts the Happiness Revolution with his new book

Alumnus Dr Andy Cope and co-author Professor Paul McGee have recently released a new book, The Happiness Revolution: A Manifesto For Living Your Best Life.

10 June 2021

Alumna set to display artwork in Times Square

Francesca Edwards, who graduated with a degree in Fine Art in 2020, has won a competition in collaboration with Arts Thread to have her artwork 'Light Painting' displayed in the Nasdaq global headquarters office in Times Square, New York City.

10 June 2021

Malaysian alumnus achieves Guinness World Record

Harinder Sekhon has been officially announced as the world record holder for the highest standing jump on one leg, by Guinness World Records for his jump of 138.4 cm.

10 June 2021

Eight alumnae awarded Central Contracts by England and Wales Cricket Board

This week the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced the England Women Central Contracts for 2021-22. Seventeen contracts have been awarded, with almost half of the women affiliated with Loughborough.

9 June 2021

Using chemistry to innovate in the beauty industry

Alumnae duo Orianna Acheampong and Anthonia Ademuyiwa are Co-Founders at Iséda’s Garden. The pair offer a range of beauty treatments to people in North West London and have leveraged their scientific and research backgrounds in their approach to beauty products and treatments.

8 June 2021

Shakera brings a modern approach to luxury fashion

A former student of the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art (2012), Shakera Tayub found her passion for textiles and progressed on to study a BA in Textiles: Innovation and Design at Loughborough, graduating in 2015.

4 June 2021

Radioactive waste disposal: Innovative research into alternative methods

Alumnus John Beswick was awarded the George Stephenson Medal by the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2014 alongside his co-authors for their research into the Deep Borehole Disposal of Nuclear Waste.

4 June 2021

Alumnus Clive heads up innovative manufacturing business

Clive Hickman is the Chief Executive of the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), established in 2010.

4 June 2021

Mentoring for Equality

Goal 17, founded by alumna Francesca Boorman, has pioneered an innovative new social impact programme to help close the gaps in society by bringing people from different backgrounds together.

3 June 2021

Wearable battery pack created by alumnus

James Harrison is an Art and Design graduate and owner of z.B. Designers GbR, a design consultancy in Darmstadt, Germany.

2 June 2021

Alumni start-up signals the end of patchy Wi-Fi

Alumnus Andres Urena, a Loughborough University London graduate, has recently launched Oscar Internet, aiming to improve home internet connectivity.

1 June 2021

Volunteers Week: Thank you for your support

This Volunteers Week (1 – 7 June 2021), we say a massive thank you to our alumni who have given their time to the University.

1 June 2021

Voices of Diversity: BAME Speaker Series launches

A panel of alumni came together on the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd (25 May 2021), reflecting on the past, looking to the future, and sharing experiences and learnings with the Loughborough community.

26 May 2021

Alumnus wins the ICE East Midlands Emerging Engineers Award

Kieran Dhandwar, has won the East Midlands Emerging Engineers Award 2021 organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

26 May 2021

Alumnus donates £2 million to support student access and success

Chris Gill has donated £2 million to the University to enable it to help more students from under-represented groups access and succeed in higher education.

25 May 2021

Five alumni share Insights into Innovation

A panel of five alumni volunteered to discuss their designs, products, and innovative journeys as part of #LboroInnovation, which launched on 26 April.

25 May 2021

Innovative project that brought about outside broadcasting

Harold Perkins was the founder of Western Electronics UK Ltd, a company which manufactured towers and masts for radio communication purposes.

25 May 2021

Korea Football Association welcomes alumna as first female Vice-President

Eunah Hong, known as Una Hong, an Associate Professor of Sport Management and Policy at Ewha Woman University, has been appointed as the Vice-President of the Korea Football Association.

25 May 2021

Alumna Claire Peters shares top tips for a successful career in retail

Speaking to an audience of Business and Economics students, Claire gave insights into leadership and retail from her role as Managing Director at the Australian retail giant, Woolworths Group.

24 May 2021

Alumnus recognised by the Queen for work in the community

Geoffrey Walker's work for local charitable causes has been recognised by the Queen

21 May 2021

Supporting elite athletes with innovation in sportswear

Exosuit is a sportwear brand co-founded in 2018 by alumnus Chris Peploe

21 May 2021

Innovating in the world of team-building

Alumnus Jamie Pollard-Jones and his colleagues at DecodeXP are setting a new standard in the world of team building

21 May 2021

Repairing pipework in-situ

Alumnus David Krampf was involved in a project to develop a system to apply a structural internal coating to non-man entry sewer pipes in the 1980s.

20 May 2021

Innovative helmet aims to reduce brain injuries

Former student Dr John Lloyd is the Research Director at BRAINS, Inc. a research and development company based in San Antonio, Florida. The company focus on biomechanics of traumatic brain injury.

20 May 2021

Innovative earbuds engineered to thrive in tough workout environments

Tzuka earbuds were designed and created by alumnus Tom Jelliffe who graduated with a degree in Geography and Management in 2017.

20 May 2021

Developing human surrogate devices for use in sports testing

Alumnus Jon has been researching and working on the design and development of a novel surrogate launch system for the evaluation of personal protective equipment within sport.

20 May 2021

Bracey gets call up for England Cricket Test squad

Alumnus James Bracey has been named in England’s 15-player squad for the two-match Test Series against New Zealand, starting on 2 June.

19 May 2021

High-Powered Wireless Opportunistic Charging innovation is world first

Alumnus John Holland, Senior Manager of Business Development at Jaguar Land Rover Ltd (JLR), has recently worked on a globally recognised project that’s already making waves in Oslo, Norway.

19 May 2021

Innovative Tsunami Survival Capsule set to save lives

Julian Sharpe has created a Tsunami Survival Capsule which is due to enter full production in the USA and Japan later this year.

18 May 2021

The alumni behind Leicester City’s first-ever FA Cup win

Leicester City Football Club lifted the FA Cup trophy on Saturday 15 May 2021. Several alumni are on the staff at the club, including Assistant Manager, Chris Davies.

17 May 2021

“I built a submarine” - James Frankland

Alumnus James Frankland has been building his own personal submarine, while capturing the entire process on his YouTube channel.

14 May 2021

Developing a superior 50-tonne capacity propping system

Developing a superior 50-tonne capacity propping system

14 May 2021

Maia celebrates its one-year anniversary with support of alumnae

On Wednesday 12 May, over 100 members of Maia - Loughborough Women’s Staff Network - participated in an online event to celebrate its first birthday.

14 May 2021

University nanotechnology spinout raises £180,000 in seed funding round

An alumni spinout, Figura Analytics, has raised £180,000 in seed round funding from private investors and the UK’s leading early-stage investor SFC Capital.

12 May 2021

Alumnus brings innovation to construction consultancy

Gary Fisher has recently set up Mode Consulting with a vision to transform consulting within the construction industry.

12 May 2021

Innovations at the heart of the career of alumnus Dick Masters

Innovations can be big or small. They can take place on an international, national or even very local level.

12 May 2021

Alumnus Robbie identifies gap in the market for retiring sports people

Robbie Simpson graduated from Loughborough in 2007 with a degree in Sports Science and Mathematics.

12 May 2021

Innovative product development from Loughborough graduate

When alumnus Krish Parmar left Loughborough in 2019, he landed a role as a Product Development Technologist for Britvic Soft Drinks.

12 May 2021

Professor Nick Jennings announced as Loughborough University’s next Vice-Chancellor

Professor Nick Jennings CB, FREng has been announced as the new Vice-Chancellor and President of Loughborough University.

11 May 2021

Historical election success for alumna Tracy

Tracy Brabin has been elected as the first mayor of West Yorkshire.

10 May 2021

Queen's Award success for alumnus

Boardies Apparel, a swimwear brand founded by alumnus Nick Crook has been honoured with a prestigious Queen’s award for Enterprise in International Trade 2021.

7 May 2021

Loughborough Sport Hall of Fame accepting nominations for 2021

Following a brief hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Loughborough Sport Hall of Fame is back.

7 May 2021

Alumnus sets up recruitment company to support diversity

Tobi Ogundipe, a 2017 Economics graduate, has recently founded Diverse, a recruitment company to support the careers of people from diverse backgrounds.

6 May 2021

Alumni form panel to support recent graduates

On 27 April 2021, Dr Luke Stott chaired a panel to share careers advice with 2020 graduates.

28 April 2021

Tom Karen – “The greatest designer you’ve never heard of”

Alumnus Dr Tom Karen OBE is responsible for many award winning and trend-setting designs. His work is internationally recognisable, and designs include the Raleigh Chopper bicycle, Marble Run, and the Reliant Scimitar GTE car.

26 April 2021

Springboard PC-1 Keyboard – making typing easier for people with disabilities

Alumna Sarah Jayne Davies has designed a new keyboard with sunken keys.

26 April 2021

Alan Vaughan Thomas – Working to improve pedestrian safety

Alan, a 1970 Automotive Engineering and Design alumnus and member of the Alumni Advisory Board, worked on many innovative projects during his career, one of which was the Jaguar pop-up bonnet.

26 April 2021

Share your #LboroInnovation and enter our prize draw

From bringing products to market to creating interesting designs and developing services, our community is full of innovation.

26 April 2021

Three alumni recognised at the British Council Study UK Alumni Awards

The Alumni Awards take place each year to celebrate the outstanding achievements of alumni and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education.

23 April 2021

SSEHS graduate named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 - Europe - Sports & Games list for 2021

Sport Management graduate, Anna Chanduvi, has been named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 - Europe - Sports & Games list for 2021.

19 April 2021

Alumna wins New Zealand’s 2020 Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Award

Sarah Washbrooke from Remarkables Primary School in Queenstown, New Zealand has been selected as the 2020 Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize winner.

16 April 2021

The Fosse Foxes Art Trail by Pickle Illustration

Alumnae business Pickle Illustration is supporting the launch of a public art trail this week as part of the opening celebrations for the new ‘Fosse Park West’ Shopping Centre Developments in Leicester.

14 April 2021

Find your future career and explore new opportunities by attending the EFMD Global Virtual Fair (19-23 April)

Loughborough students and graduates are invited to take part in this month’s EFMD Global Virtual Fair by Highered.

13 April 2021

The Future of Sustainable Protein

Graduate start-up company BeoBia founded by Thomas Constant is aiming to become the world’s leading retailer of sustainable home-grown insect protein.

9 April 2021

Alumna launches new clothing business

Michaela de Sa has been working for the past year on her first range of garments for her company ohsoflirty.

8 April 2021

Alumni duo appointed to ParalympicsGB key roles

Alumni duo Clare Cunningham and Tom Paulson have been appointed in key roles by ParalympicsGB as it steps up preparations towards the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games.

30 March 2021

Graduate sees success in first year as a full-time artist

Alumna Eden Mullane, who graduated with a degree in Textiles: Innovation and Design in 2019, took the plunge in the first UK coronavirus lockdown to become a full-time artist.

29 March 2021

Student scholars attend special careers event with alumni

A group of alumni came together online on 25 March 2021 to share careers tips with current and recent graduate scholarship recipients.

29 March 2021

Thompson secures place in Tokyo team

Loughborough alumnus Chris Thompson has won the Müller British Athletics Marathon to secure his place on the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team for this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

29 March 2021

Alumnus is awarded a Tamgha-e-Imtiaz in Pakistan

Professor Noman Ahmed who is the Dean at NED University of Engineering and Technology, in Karachi, Pakistan, has been awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (which translated means Medal of Excellence) for his work in education.

26 March 2021

Budding freelancers inspired by alumni in new programme

Alumni have recently supported a new freelancer programme designed to support Loughborough students who are interested in pursuing a freelancing career.

25 March 2021

Loughborough alumna Brzozowski earns her stars and stripes with Team USA call up

Loughborough University alumna and athlete Lauren Brzozowski has been selected to represent Team USA's development team in bobsled.

23 March 2021

The £10k Challenge triples fundraising target in support of mental health resources

Over 170 alumni, staff, students, and friends of the University participated in The £10k Challenge from 10-19 March 2021.

22 March 2021

Blackbaud data incident – important information

The University has been impacted by a data incident. This incident affected some alumni and supporters of the University.

19 March 2021

Alumni to participate in UK Pro League Tennis Tournament

Loughborough University has welcomed some of the country’s top tennis talent as the UK Pro League tennis tournament gets underway on campus.

18 March 2021

Employability month receives alumni support

Over a four-week period in February and March, 16 alumni supported a range of “Careers In…” events for the first online employability month held by the University’s Careers Network.

18 March 2021

Alumnus becomes an advisor in regional health collaboration

Edward Pingyuan Lu received his certificate of appointment last week at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office on the island of Guam, an unincorporated territory of the United States in the North Pacific Ocean.

17 March 2021

The alumna providing hampers to NHS heroes

Victoria Hanson started a collection for NHS staff in the West Midlands as they battled to cope during the coronavirus outbreak. It has now reached over 40,000 key workers and is looking to expand.

17 March 2021

The £10k Challenge reaches the halfway point

Over 170 alumni, staff, students, and friends of the University are doing a range of exercise and other activities for The £10k Challenge, which ends on 19 March.

15 March 2021

Alumna creates range of male grooming products

When former student Aminat Bashorun, became furloughed in 2020, she used the time to develop her own business, Beard Kings.

11 March 2021

Theatre Company set up by alumni

A new theatre company has been established by a group of alumni.

11 March 2021

Alumna artist sets up her own business

Sarah Lee who graduated with a degree in Industrial Design in 2020, has started a new venture, Today Sarah Made.

11 March 2021

Executive appointment for alumnus

MS Pharma have appointed Marc Westermann as its Vice President Commercial.

11 March 2021

The £10k Challenge gets going

More than 170 alumni, staff, students, and friends of the University are setting off on a range of exercise and other challenges over the next ten days.

10 March 2021

Chief Marketing Officer of Intel inspires students in latest Personal Best talk for International Women’s Day

Alumna Karen Walker shared her story with staff and students at the University in the latest Personal Best: My Story talk, held on 8 March, for International Women’s Day.

10 March 2021

Maaree win Best in Test for their Solidarity sports bra

Alumna Mari Thomas founder of sports brand Maaree has scooped an award from Women’s Running Magazine for the third year in a row.

1 March 2021

Alumna launches publication to highlight women's achievements in academia

Dr Anatu Mahama, is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of a new print and digital quarterly magazine, The Academic Woman.

1 March 2021

Find out about legacies during this national Free Wills Month

In our recent alumni survey, many alumni requested information about leaving a legacy gift to the University in their Will.

1 March 2021

Alumna is keynote speaker at LGBT+ History Month event

Former student Lisa Vine gave an insightful talk at an online event held as part of the University’s programme to celebrate LGBT+ History Month.

26 February 2021

Dipesh Patel, Internet of Things expert, gives alumni careers talk

Dipesh Patel, who graduated with a PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 1995 is now leading technology innovation at Arm from Silicon Valley, California.

26 February 2021

Brothers striving to keep kids active during lockdown

Two alumni brothers are striving to keep children active during the current lockdown by providing fun exercise classes through their own TV channel.

24 February 2021

Alumni businesses collaborate to support mental and physical well-being

Ian Scarrott and Caroline Plumer have joined forces to offer clients a plan to support both their physical and mental health goals.

23 February 2021

Alumna releases film highlighting the human need for companionship

Eleanor Dolan has released a new short film ‘The Brass Elephant in the Room’, which has been distributed by American production company Gunpowder & Sky to over 5.4 million subscribers on their platform ALTER.

19 February 2021

Southwest China reunion supported by Hong Kong alumnus and the International Office

A successful alumni gathering took place at the end of January, in ChengDu, South West China. The event was supported by Simon Foster, Deputy Director of the International Office, and alumnus Patrick Lee, President of the Hong Kong alumni group.

19 February 2021

Inspiring the next generation virtually

Six alumni have contributed their experiences via video presentations to inspire those considering higher education.

18 February 2021

Alumna launches YouTube channel

Aisha Adedeji has co-founded a YouTube channel, The Hustle Table.

17 February 2021

Alumnus to donate proceeds of new book to ‘Children in Need’

Alumnus Bill Fearon has launched a book entitled ‘Blood, Sweat & Tears of Joy’ focused on the war time experiences of his parents and their lives thereafter. He plans to donate the proceeds to the BBC ‘Children In Need’ charity which improves the lives of disadvantaged children and young people around the UK.

11 February 2021

Alumna becomes first poet of Indian origin to win T.S. Eliot Prize

Bhanu Kapil has become the first poet of Indian origin to win the coveted T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry in the UK for her collection “How to Wash a Heart”.

10 February 2021

Creative alumni pivot their business in response to pandemic

Event Engineering, based in Loughborough, was founded in 2001 by three former students, Jamie Campbell, Mark Thornton and Paul Millard.

9 February 2021

Students hear from alumni at first virtual Talk Sport Conference

On 4 February 2021, twelve alumni volunteered to share their expertise and career experiences at the annual Talk Sport Conference, helping to inspire the next generation of Loughborough graduates.

9 February 2021

Kickstarter launched by alumnus for 3D printer

Loughborough graduate Ian Wilding has launched a Kickstarter campaign to secure funds for his new product Plybot.

9 February 2021

Get up and running with The £10k Challenge

Alumni and friends are invited to take part in The £10k Challenge, a socially distant running event taking place over ten days in March.

5 February 2021

Chief Executive of HS2 joins Loughborough University as a Visiting Professor

The Chief Executive of HS2 Ltd and Loughborough alumnus, Mark Thurston, has joined the University as Visiting Professor of Complex Project and Programme Leadership.

4 February 2021

Calling all engineers – Looking to boost your career in 2021?

If you are an engineer looking for something new in 2021 the Institution of Mechanical Engineers might be able to help.

1 February 2021

Loughborough family share more than £800,000 worth of job opportunities

Following the launch of a project to share job opportunities within the Loughborough family, alumni have shared more than £800,000 worth of jobs Loughborough students and fellow graduates.

21 January 2021

Alumnus commissioned by LU Arts to produce sculptural work on campus inspired by engineering forms and processes

Ian Tricker, an award-winning artist who graduated from Loughborough with a degree in Fine Art in 2013, won a competition launched in October by LU Arts, to design and create a new sculpture on the campus.

18 January 2021

Alumna picks up women in tech award

Nerissa Arvana Prawiro has been named on the #TechWomen100 Awards list for 2020.

14 January 2021

Alumni-founded tech start-ups receive coveted national Young Innovators Awards

Four of this year’s Young Innovator Award winners, announced by Innovate UK and The Prince’s Trust, are Loughborough alumni.

12 January 2021

Alumnus arranges cross channel human-powered flying competition

Ian Parker is part of the team organising The Great Race 2021, a competition for human-powered aircraft to race across the English Channel.

11 January 2021

Alumna launches new online sewing community

Alice Burnhope, a 2020 BA Textiles: Innovation and Design graduate, has launched a new community for sewers to unite.

8 January 2021

Miss Personality sets out to support young Caribbean people

Ashlea Smith has been named 1st Princess, Miss Personality, and Best Charity Fundraiser at the 2020 Miss Caribbean UK (MCUK) pageant.

8 January 2021

Alumnus to feature in new BBC Esports documentary series

Grant Rousseau will feature in a new series, Fight for First: Excel Esports, on the BBC this month.

8 January 2021

Honourable start to 2021 for alumni recognised by the Queen

Seven alumni and an honorary graduate have become the latest to be named in the New Year’s Honours list by Her Majesty.

7 January 2021

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