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26 Jun 2015

Loughborough celebrates energy research

From left: Sir Jonathon Porritt CBE, Professor Tony Marmont and Professor Kevin Lomas

On Wednesday 24 June, Loughborough University celebrated the outstanding research achievements of its academic and support staff across a range of disciplines.

The inaugural Energy Medals awards evening recognised the breadth of original and rigorous research undertaken within the University as well as its far-reaching impacts.

The Energy Medals were awarded to individuals and groups conducting excellent energy research as well as the people who have inspired and supported them in their endeavours.

  • Research Paper of the Year

A persona-based approach to domestic energy retrofit

Dr Victoria Haines and Dr Val Mitchell

  • Postgraduate Student of the Year

Dr Collen Zalengera

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

  • Outstanding Research Project


A Loughborough-led project which investigated a range of energy technologies applicable to domestic refurbishment.

  • Outstanding Research Support

Chris Carter

School of Civil and Building Engineering

The Energy Medal for Lifetime Achievement was awarded to Professor Tony Marmont who has been a tireless campaigner for sustainable development, championing the need for alternative, non-polluting ways to power our lives. He provided generous benefactions to kick-start energy research across Midlands universities, including the Loughborough Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (CREST).

Sir Jonathon Porritt CBE was in attendance to present the awards, and delivered a lecture earlier in the day which explored energy research priorities and considered how best to disseminate key outcomes.

As well as providing examples of exciting energy research currently underway at Loughborough, the afternoon also featured a panel discussion of expert speakers, including Professor Simon Watson, Dr Victoria Haines and Professor Rob Wilby.

The University’s Academic Lead for Energy, Professor Kevin Lomas, says of the awards: “The Energy Medals awards evening showcased the exceptional, ground-breaking work conducted at the University and recognised the achievements of our talented and dedicated researchers.”

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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 has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. It was 2nd in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.

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