Loughborough wins two top accolades at Times Higher Education Awards

Loughborough University won two top accolades at the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards last night (Thursday 30 November), winning Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year and Technological Innovation of the Year.

The annual honours, dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the higher education sector, celebrate outstanding examples of best practice across a range of activity.

More than 1,000 guests attended the prestigious event, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, including politicians, senior figures within the higher education sector and university staff from around the UK.

Dr Matthew Inglis, who is a Reader in the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University, won the Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year award.

The award judges described him as “far more than simply a popular and skilled supervisor”, commending Dr Inglis for ensuring that students acquired the knowledge of cutting-edge research methods and for “professionalising the whole doctoral education experience”.

ACCT – a system that extends the low-temperature operation of AdBlueTM based Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems – won the Technological Innovation of the Year award.

ACCT integrates into existing SCR systems of on-highway and heavy-duty diesel engines, and by extending the system’s operating temperature range it dramatically lowers NOx (oxides of nitrogen) emissions and allows for further fuel efficiency improvements. It was developed by Professor Graham Hargrave and Jonathan Wilson from the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.

The judges said that they were looking forward to the technology “making a difference to all our lives”.

“Scarcely a day goes by without a report of increasing pollution from diesel engines and the health problems that it causes in our cities,” the panel said. “Loughborough’s innovative solution, producing a technology to pretty much remove the worst of it, along with clear technology transfer plans, impressed the judges.”

Speaking about Loughborough’s success at the THE Awards, the University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Robert Allison said: “These awards celebrate and recognise the very best from across the higher education sector, so to win two is an astounding achievement. It is yet further recognition of the incredible staff and research community we have here at Loughborough.”

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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, named the best university in the world to study sports-related subjects in the 2017 QS World University Rankings and top in the country for its student experience in the 2016 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 10th in The UK Complete University Guide 2018. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

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. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.