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12 December 2008 - PR 08/167
University honours distinguished people
At Loughborough University’s winter graduation ceremonies, which will take place on Monday 15 December, honorary degrees will be conferred upon four distinguished people in recognition of the outstanding contributions they have made to sport, the University and business.
At the morning ceremony, which will take place at 10.30am, the University’s former Director of Estates Roy Hill will be presented with the award of Honorary Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv), in recognition of his services to the University.
Professor David Hughes – Managing Director of the Business Innovation Group LLP – will also receive the award of Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech), for contributions to technology management and government policy on innovation.
In the afternoon at 2.30pm, Professor Phil Roberts, the University’s former Deputy Vice Chancellor, will be given the award of Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech), for his outstanding service to the University and to design education.
The Founding Chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency, Richard Pound, will also be presented with the award of Honorary Doctor of Letters (Hon DLitt), in recognition of his sustained leadership on the issue of ethical sport.
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- Members of the media are welcome to attend the
graduation ceremonies, which will take place in the Sir
David Wallace Building on the University campus. There will
also be opportunities for interviews, photography and filming of
the honorary graduates in the Sir
John Beckwith Centre for Sport (Lecture Theatre) thirty minutes
prior to the start of each ceremony. You are asked to access the
campus via the main University entrance on Epinal Way. Please inform
the Public Relations Office on 01509 222224, in advance, if you
wish to attend.
- Loughborough is one of the country’s leading
universities, with an international reputation for excellence in
teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled
It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.
It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.
Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.