17 Jul 2018
Dedicated individuals to be awarded Loughborough University medals
Three members of the University community are to have their hard work and dedication to Loughborough acknowledged in this week’s graduation ceremonies.
David Kerr, Debbie Price and Mark Gane have been selected as the 2018 Loughborough University medal recipients.
The medals are granted to those who have made a distinctive and long-running contribution to the University.
Loughborough alumnus David Kerr joined the University as a Lecturer in 1989 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2000, undertaking research focused on digital image processing, computer vision, industrial machine vision and interferogram analysis.
He has made important contributions to a number of computer vision research projects and has also played a significant part in fostering positive employee relations within the University – substantively through his role in the University and College Union, or Loughborough UCU as it’s known.
David has held many of the key roles within Loughborough UCU and has served on both Senate and Council at Loughborough.
In particular, David played a crucial part in working with UCU and the University to establish the Trade Union Recognition and Partnership Agreement. This is held up by UCU nationally as an example of best practice.
Debbie Price has also shown an exemplary level of dedication to Loughborough University and has done so for the last three decades.
Her current role is Food and Beverage Operations Manager but that title vastly underplays the impact she has on the Loughborough community.
Debbie is a shining ambassador for the University and she has introduced many good ideas to improve what Loughborough do: her mobile gin bar is just one example.
Throughout all key calendar events, including graduation week, Debbie works tirelessly to make the occasion special for the participants and, as a result of her natural warmth and openness, she has built relationships with some of the University’s leading donors.
Food Service Manager Mark Gane will also be celebrated during this week’s graduation ceremonies.
Mark gives truly exceptional service across the full spectrum of University catering: thousands of meals a day in halls of residence; set piece fine dining such as the annual Council / Senate dinner, and preparing haute cuisine for the most eminent of guests both from the UK and abroad.
Mark takes pressure in his stride and works long and often antisocial hours but is always happy, friendly and helpful.
His colleagues describe him as someone who consistently goes above and beyond. To quote them directly: “he does it because he cares”.
Further information on the graduation ceremonies can be found on the dedicated webpage.