International Reputation

For outstanding international engagement that has enhanced the University’s global profile.

Winner: Future Space Team

I am nominating the Future Space team for its work in enhancing the university's global profile. It has made a significant impact through partnerships, collaboration, student experience and profile raising.

In terms of partnerships Future Spaces unique use of innovation tools and methodology to create sustainable change has seen it build partnerships across the world. Its contribution to the forming of the Global Disability Innovation Hub saw the Paralympic games broadcast across sub-Saharan Africa for the first time in 2021. Through its work with the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centres it has forged links with US universities including MIT and Stanford.

Three members of the Future Space Team receiving their VC Award from the Vice Chancellor, Nick Jennings
Three members of the Future Space Team receiving their VC Award from the Vice Chancellor, Nick Jennings


George Torrens

Dr Torrens has developed strong links with Universities in Pakistan, South Africa, China, and more recently, Saudi Arabia, and has hosted visits from distinguished academics in these and other countries. Dr Torrens supervises several international PhD students which have also helped to develop links with several other key international institutions.

Most recently, he coordinated the development of a grant proposal together with the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) in Lahore, Pakistan to the British Council to develop teaching links with Pakistan. 

Jenny Walker

I am nominating Jenny for this award because of the extensive work she has led over recent years to: understand and address the issues behind our international rankings, understand and address the issues behind our domestic rankings, manage the University's participation in the QS Stars scheme, and maintain our relationship with compilers.

Jenny works with little fanfare but her work has been pivotal to our progress in these areas. She makes outstanding use of data but is able to connect that to real world actions - allowing us to make tangible improvements to our positions.

Julia Bahnmüller

Over the past year Julia has taken the lead in organising a major international conference to be held in Loughborough. In June 2023 Loughborough University will host the sixth annual Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society (MCLS) Conference.

There are many beneficiaries of Julia’s hard work. The successful organisation of this event will benefit Loughborough academics, researchers and doctoral students through providing the opportunity for them to disseminate their research to a wide international audience.