Fiona McLaughlin awarded 2019 University Medal

Fiona McLaughlin, of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences has received the Loughborough University Medal as part of this week’s graduation ceremonies.

Fiona McLaughlin receiving the Loughborough University Medal

The medal is granted to members of the University who have made a distinctive and long-running contribution to the University. Medallists have championed the values of the University throughout long careers and consistently performed above-and-beyond the call of their duties.

The award, which was presented by Vice-Chancellor Robert Allison, recognises Fiona 45 years working at Loughborough University.

Fiona joined the Loughborough family in 1974 working in Academic Registry and has held many key roles at Loughborough. For the last 30 years Fiona has worked as the Programme Administrator for Teacher Education programmes.

She has shown an exemplary level of dedication by providing the very best support to no less than 30 cohorts of trainee teachers and her commitment, caring and supportive nature, has contributed to the success of hundreds of students undertaking initial training.

Fiona has played a pivot role in securing successive ‘outstanding’ Ofsted ratings for the programme.  Moreover, the annual Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey results have been consistently positive, receiving 100% and 98% overall satisfaction in the last two years.

She has built and maintained relationships and friendships with colleagues all over campus and her colleagues describe her as someone who consistently goes 'the extra mile'. To quote them directly: "Fiona is extremely dedicated to her role delivering the highest standards, with a ‘can do’ attitude, and will always go out of her way in support of her colleagues."

Professor Mark Lewis, Dean of Loughborough’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences said: "I am delighted that Fiona had been awarded the prestigious University Medal. Her contribution over a 45-year period to the experience of PGCE students at Loughborough University has been immense."

Speaking about her award, Fiona said: "I am delighted to have received the Loughborough University Medal. I had a wonderful and very memorable day."

Congratulations, Fiona!