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Loughborough confirmed as official Team Base for Rugby
World Cup 2015

26 August 2014

Loughborough University will be a Team Base for three teams: Namibia, Tonga and the Play-off Winner at Rugby World Cup 2015. A Rugby World Cup 2015 Team Base will consist of an outdoor pitch, indoor training facility, a swimming pool, gym and hotel and will be utilised by the competing teams in the lead up to and during the six week event.

Rugby World Cup 2015


Alumna appointed Head Coach for Loughborough Lightning

19 August 2014

Netball Superleague team Loughborough Lightning has announced today the appointment of Karen Atkinson (PE and Sports Science, 2000) as their new head coach.Many congratulations to Karen on her new appointment! We wish would like to wish Karen and the team the best of luck for the upcoming season.

Alumna appointed Head Coach

Painting of view from student room to be displayed in
major galleries

19 August 2014

Philip Clarke's (Fine Art, 2012) watercolour painting is to be displayed in two major galleries after impressing judges in a national competition.
He has painted the scene he could see from his bedroom window while studying at Loughborough.

Painting of view from student room at Loughborough

Flower bed design commemorates 100 years since WWI

19 August 2014

Over 2,000 flowers were used to achieve the beautiful poppy design outside Loughborough University in Epinal Way. Karen Setchell, the assistant supervisor of the grounds and gardens team at the University, designed the poppy display to pay tribute to 100 years since the start of WW1.

Poppy flower bed design

Graduate's incubator could be a life-saver in disaster zones

15 August 2014

An inflatable incubator for disaster zones that costs just £250 has put James Robert (Product Design and Techonology) in the frame for a major international award.

Inflatable incubator design

Student satisfaction rises at Loughborough

12 August 2014

Student satisfaction at Loughborough has increased again, according to the latest National Student Survey, published on 12 August.
Eight-nine percent of Loughborough’s students, compared with a national average of 86%, are satisfied overall with their course, placing the University in the top 15% of the UK’s 156 higher education institutions.

Very satisfied Loughborough students

Graduate Alex Davis is to join England Sevens

1 August 2014

Graduate, Alex Davis will join the England Sevens set-up ahead of this season's HSBC Sevens World Series. The 21 year old back has signed his first professional rugby contract after been selected to play for England in the FIRA-AER European Grand Prix Series in Lyon this month.

Graduate in England Sevens Team

Graduate wins major award for redesign of stoma bag

29 July 2014

Graduate, Phillip Jackson has won a major award for his innovative redesign of a stoma bag and he is hoping to bring it to market. Phillip, who graduated from the Design School with a first in BA Industrial Design and Technology, was honoured by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) during this year’s Student Design Awards.

Award winning graduate

You is for University

26 July 2014

Alumna and aspiring entrepreneur has a published a poetic A-to-Z guide on university life. Sophie-Louise Hyde, 23, devised the guidebook, You is for University, as a way to prepare students for their time in Higher Education and campus life. The book mixes poetry and handy hints and has contributions from students and alumni around the country.

You is for University

Richard III visitor centre opens tomorrow

25 July 2014

Leicester’s new £4 million Richard III visitor centre will open to the public  on Saturday, July 26. Tickets for the attraction, which will offer access to the former monarch’s  original burial site, go on sale from today. There will be a chance to visit the site of King Richard's burial, and visitors will also be able to see a full-size, 3D replica skeleton created by Loughborough University.

Richard III Centre

Loughborough's Golden Moments at
Commonwealth Games

22 July 2014

On the eve of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, we look back at some of the golden moments and successes achieved by Loughborough athletes at the Commonwealth Games over the last 60 years.

Alumni finest moments at Commonwealth Games

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

14 July 2014

Many congratulations to the 'Class of 2014' - we hope you have a special day with your friends and family.

To congratulate and welcome our recent graduates, Loughborough University Alumni Association will be giving out complimentary drinks at the Hazlerigg/ Rutland Fountain each day between 12noon-2pm. We will also be handing out FREE limited edition Class of 2014 souvenir mugs for the first 125 people to join us at the Fountain. We look forward to meeting you all!


Student set for cycling world record

8 July 2014

James Bowtell of Loughborough University, is endeavouring to become the fastest man to cycle across Europe, a distance almost twice as long as the Tour De France. James will have to complete a staggering 6,226 km in less than 45 days to set the Guinness World Record.

On track for cycling world record

Simon wins third consecutive Santander
Universities Entrepreneurship Award for

4 July 2014

Congratulations to alumnus and founder of Version22design, Simon Lyons, who has just been announced undergraduate winner of the national Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards.

Simon, who graduated from Loughborough with first-class honours in 2013, follows in the footsteps of Ross Kemp (Asap Water Crafts) and Laurence Kemball Cook (Pavegen), who respectively won third and first place in 2013 and 2012.

Third consecutive entrepreneurship award

Loughborough athletes claim national titles

1 July 2014

Former and current members of Loughborough Students' Athletics Club have won national titles at the Sainsbury’s British Championships held in Birmingham.

Current Sports Scholar Niall Flannery claimed his first ever British title and a place at the European Championships as he stormed home in the 400m hurdles, getting the better of training partner Tom Burton in the home straight to clock 49.54.

National title victories for Loughborough athletes

Big Loughborough contingent at
Commonwealth Games 2014

27 June 2014

Over 60 athletes with a connection to Loughborough University have been selected to compete in this years Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. They will be hoping to emulate the achievements of those selected in the 2010 games in New Delhi, where Loughborough based athletes scooped 44 medals - enough to put it in eighth place in the medal tables if it were a country!

Follow Loughborough athletes at the Games

Graduates enterprise celebrated at awards

27 June 2014

Design-conscious pet products, personalised exercise programmes to help heart patients recover and a skills boosting programme for young people in South Africa are amongst the business ventures recognised at Think BIG, Loughborough University’s annual celebration of student and graduate enterprise.

An audience of over 130 gathered to celebrate a wealth of innovative projects developed by the University’s students and recent graduates. Julie Holland, Director of the University’s Glendonbrook Centre for Enterprise Education presented a £15k prize fund to help turn these promising ideas into sustainable businesses.

Winners at Think BIG awards night announced 

Visualisation of Loughborough University in
London revealed

26 June 2014

A new visualisation of the building which will house Loughborough UniversityLondon (LUiL) has been revealed. Based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, LUiL will open in 2015, offering a portfolio of exciting postgraduate study opportunities, ranging from sport management to digital technology.

Postgraduate study opportunities on Olympic Park site

Professor awarded OBE in Queen's Birthday

26 June 2014

David Williams, Professor of Healthcare Engineering at Loughborough University, has been awarded an OBE for services to science and engineering in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

David moved to Loughborough in 1989 saw Professor Williams appointed to the Chair of Manufacturing Processes, and two years later he also took up the role of head of the Department of Manufacturing Engineering.

He was recently been appointed as the academic lead for the University’s Research Challenge in Health and Wellbeing.

Loughborough professor awarded OBE


Local pupils celebrate World Environment Day at
Loughborough University

5 June 2014

More than 100 East Midlands school students got to grips with glaciers, bugs and arctic exploration kit at Loughborough University to celebrate World Environment Day.

The University’s geography department welcomed year 9 and 10 students from six Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire Schools for a packed day of workshops and practical experiments highlighting climate change and disaster management and showcasing the breadth of work carried out by geographers worldwide.

World Environment Day

Finalists degree shows to take place in June

4 June 2014

Alumni will be able to see the amazing work of students from Loughborough University’s School of Arts and the Design School when the degree shows are staged later this month.

The School of the Arts show opens to the public on Saturday June 7 and will run to Sunday, June 15. It is being staged across the School of the Arts sites from 10am until 5pm daily.

The Design School show is staged in the Design School and runs from Friday, June 13 to Tuesday, June 17 and is open to the public every day except Saturday evening which is for family and friends. Opening hours are 10am-5pm except June 17 when it closes at 4.30pm.

Finalists work goes on public display

Guardian ranks Loughborough in UK Top 15

4 June 2014

The Guardian university league table 2015 has confirmed Loughborough University as the region’s leading higher education institution.

The table, released today, ranks Loughborough University 15th overall in the UK and number one in the East Midlands.

The University’s Textiles degree course has topped the national table in the Fashion & textiles category; and a further 10 subject areas have also achieved a top 10 rank, including top five scores in Social policy and administration (2nd), Building and town and country planning (3rd), Engineering: materials and minerals (4th) and Design and crafts (5th).

Leading regional University

Loughborough contingent seeking World Cup

30 May 2014

A large contingent of Loughborough graduates, former players and coaches will be representing the England men’s and women’s teams at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup, taking place from 31 May – 15 June in the Netherlands.
The women’s team, who won the bronze medal in 2010, include former students Maddie Hinch, Laura Unsworth, Hannah MacLeod and Nicola White.

The squad are coached by Loughborough University Sport Hall of Fame member Jason Lee.

Loughborough at hockey world cup

LinkedIn one to watch

28 May 2014

Management Sciences student, Peter Bailey, is one of only 15 students and graduates to be named by LinkedIn as ‘one to watch’.  The accolade came as the business networking site celebrated 15 million members.  Peter was selected for his involvement in not-for-profit and enterprise activities.

The one to watch

Loughborough appoints former
international coach

27 May 2014

A former international head coach, who has worked with players that have won Olympic and World Championship medals, has been appointed to the Loughborough Badminton programme. Andy Wood has been actively coaching badminton, from grass-roots to the elite level, for over 30 years.  He has previously worked at Loughborough initially as Head Coach, and also as Director of Badminton.

Badminton coach appointed

Swimmers selected for Commonwealth

27 May 2014

Ten Loughborough swimmers have been selected by Team England for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Amy Smith, Francesca Halsall, Daniel Fogg, Liam Tancock and Roberto Pavoni, have attended previous Commonwealth Games and all will be looking to add to their collection of medals.

Glasgow bound

VisitEngland Gold award for Burleigh Court

27 May 2014

The Loughborough University-based four star conference centre and hotel Burleigh Court has won Gold in the Large Hotel of the Year category at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014.

“This is a fantastic accolade for the venue and our hard working, customer focused staff,” said head of sales and marketing, Emma Boynton. “In particular, as a university-owned hotel originally built as part of a conference facility, winning what is essentially the country’s leading leisure hotel award is testament to the high standards we aim for and achieve.

Burleigh lands gold

Sports scientists help England footballers
deal with Brazil World Cup heat

22 May 2014

England football manager Roy Hodgson has recruited the services of Sports Scientists from Loughborough University, in a bid to help his England squad cope with the sweltering heat they will face in their opening match of the tournament against Italy in the amazon city of Manaus. 

Building up a sweat

Paratriathlon hub launched at Loughborough

19 May 2014

British Triathlon has launched a new paratriathlon hub at Loughborough University thanks to UK Sport National Lottery funding. The new hub gives paratriathletes access to full-time, world-class coaching and facilities for the first time as they set their sights on their sport’s Paralympic debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Paratriathlete hub launched

Loughborough rises in Complete University

12 May 2014

Loughborough University has risen to 13th out of 123 universities in the Complete University Guide 2015, published today (12 May), comfortably retaining its place as the East Midlands’ top ranked university.

Loughborough has also been rated in the top ten in the country in 12 subject areas, with a top place ranking in the Building table.

Loughborough on the rise

60th Anniversary of Bannister's sub four minute mile

6 May 2014

Today marks six decades since honorary graduate, Sir Roger Bannister made history by becoming the first person to run a mile in under four minutes. See footage of this historic event by clicking on the link below.

Bannister makes history

Enterprise awards celebrate Loughborough's global

2 May 2014

Pioneering noise reduction technology, an app to encourage healthy eating and a celebration of the UK’s thriving animation industry were amongst last night’s winners at Loughborough University’s Enterprise Awards.

Now in their fifth year, and hosted on the University’s Science and Enterprise Parks, the Enterprise Awards recognise the impact of the University’s research partnerships and its game-changing graduates. Enterprise Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Steve Rothberg, revealed the winners which were decided by 12,500 public votes.

Enterprise awards celebrate success

Alumni wins notable Bronze A' Design Award

28 April 2014

Salman Amur Alhajri (Art and Design, PhD, 2013) has won the renowned Bronze A' Design Award at Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Competition for his project on Contemporary Arabic Calligraphy.

Read more here

Loughborough student publishes book about his
Brazilian football experience

17 April 2014

With less than 60 days to go to the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a Loughborough University student has published a book about his unique experiences as a football player in Brazil. Read more

Students in world final of construction competition

16 April 2014

A group of  students has reached the world final of a competition aimed at  finding the construction leaders of tomorrow.

Best of luck to Robert Toon, Jordan Evans, Paul Malkin and Chris Jelfs who are all in their final year studying Achitectural Engineering and Design Management.

To read more click here

Strategy launched at House of Commons celebration

9 April 2014

Distinguished guests from the UK and overseas gathered at the House of Commons in London on 7 April for a special event to celebrate the launch of Loughborough University’s new strategy.

Entitled ‘Building Excellence’, the strategy sets out the University’s ambitions for the next decade.

Strategy launched

Loughborough Sport to compete in the National
Badminton League

9 April 2014

An exciting new, game-changing National Badminton League (NBL) has today been announced by BADMINTON England, aimed at attracting new and regular sports fans and growing the profile of the sport.

Loughborough Sport will be one of six franchise teams, with the others being from Birmingham, Derby, Milton Keynes, Nottingham and Surrey. 

National Badminton league is here

Loughborough cricketers help England women
reach T20 final

4 April 2014

Congratulations to Loughborough's MCCU cricketers, who are are part of the England Women's cricket team to reach the T20 final

Loughborough women help England to final

International Hockey Federation announces
Loughborough University as Innovation Partner

4 April 2014

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced today Loughborough University as its official Innovation Partner. The partnership will deliver significant added value to the FIH as well as driving innovation in the sport of hockey.

Hockey partnership

6 Golds for Loughborough on Big BUCS Wednesday

27 March 2014

BUCS Big Wednesday 2014 saw Loughborough’s Athletic Union clubs bring home six BUCS Gold medals, in a day which saw University Sport played at the highest level. Many congratulations to all those who competed- a fantastic team effort.

BUCS roundup

Dowsett to sign for Rotherham Titans

26 March 2014

Loughborough Students’ Rugby Union player Craig Dowsett is to sign for Rotherham Titans ahead of the 2014/15 Championship season, following completion of his studies at Loughborough University.

Dowsett to play for Rotherham Titans

Alumna wins major prize in national medal

24 March 2014

Former Loughborough student Carrie Dickens, who graduated in 2012 and is now studying at the Royal College of Art, won the Worshipful Company of Founders Grand First Prize of £750. Her medal is called ‘home/here’.

Medal winner

Loughborough Sporting Club Annual Dinner
and Hall of Fame Induction

21 March 2014

The Loughborough Sporting Club Annual Dinner 2014 was held on Friday 21st March to celebrate the history and future on Loughborough Sport coming together. There were a number of sporting superstars inducted to the Hall of Fame including Phil Larder for coaching in Rugby and Malcolm Arnold for coaching in Athletics, both of whom enjoyed their night.

Hall of fame induction

Alumni competing for place at Miss England 2014

20 March 2014

Loughborough beauty, Ashley Crane (Illustration and Visual Communication, 2010) is competing at Miss Every Model 2014 final, on 11 April 2014, for a place in Miss England. To support Ashley in her campaign, like her photograph on her Facebook page here:

University joins MIT in global entrepreneurship initiative

18 March 2014

Loughborough University has been invited to participate in a two-year global initiative, recently launched at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, to promote innovation-based entrepreneurial ecosystems.

MI partnership

School of Arts trio receive Weavers Award

17 March 2014

Three Loughborough School of the Arts students have been awarded scholarships by the Worshipful Company of Weavers, with Nicola Adams being awarded £3,000.

Weavers Award Winners

Patient's Face Rebuilt With 3-D Printed Parts

14 March 2014

The face of a motorcyclist who was severely injured in a crash has been repaired using 3-D printing.Using the latest methods from the Centre for Applied Reconstructive Technologies in Surgery (CARTIS), Loughborough University PhD student Sean Peel and Ffion O’Malley from Cardiff Metropolitan University, laid the groundwork for the operation under the guidance of Dr Dominic Eggbeer.

Face Reconstruction

Science & Engineering Week at Loughborough

11 March 2014

Loughborough University is holding a number of events to mark National Science and Engineering Week, including a Community Day on Saturday, March 15 which is free and open to the public.

Community Day

Loughborough ladies in 'Top 50 influential women
in sport'

8 March 2014

To celebrate International Women's Day, The Guardian devised a list of the top 50 most influential women in British Sport. Over 20% of the list has a connection to Loughborough University, which includes: Liz Nicholls CEO UK Sport (Rec Man 1977) , Barbara Slater, Head of BBC Sport (PGCE 1982), Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, record-breaking paralympian and active member of the House of Lords (Politics 1991, Hon Grad 1993) , Ellie Simmonds, Paralympic medal winning swimmer (trains on campus), Baroness Sue Campbell, active member of the House of Lords, former Chair of UK Sport (Hon Grad 1997, former staff),  Dame Kelly Holmes, Olympian (Hon Grad 2007), Kelly Simmons, Director of national game and women's football, FA (Rec Man 1999), Paula Radcliffe, World Champion Marathon Runner (Modern European Studies 1996) and Tricia Thompson, Director of cycling, BSkyB (Geog and PE 1996). Rebecca Adlington trained on campus.and Chrissie Ohuruogu and Jessica Ennis-Hill have both competed at the Loughborough International Athletics Match.

Top 50 influential women in British Sport

Donnelly to make motorsport debut

7 March 2014

Stefan Donnelly, the son of Former Formula 1 driver Martin Donnelly and current Lougborough University student, will be making his motorsport debut in 2014, competing alongside his father in the MSVR-organised Elise Trophy, Lotus Cup UK and Lotus Cup UK Speed Championships.

Like father, like son

The Enterprise Awards

6 March 2014

The Enterprise Awards celebrate the University’s academic engagement with business, public and voluntary organisations to create social, cultural and economic impact through knowledge exchange as well as the achievements of our graduate entrepreneurs.

Enterprise Awards

University awarded seventh Queen's Anniversary

27 February 2014

Loughborough University has today been presented with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education by Her Majesty The Queen at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Seventh Queen's Anniversary Prize

New LSU Executive elected

21 February 2014

The results of this years LSU Executive elections have been announced. Our congratulations go to all those duly elected to their posts for 2014/5.

And the winners are...

Seb Coe in Sport Relief ‘Clash of the Titans’

18 February 2014

Loughborough graduate Sebastian Coe is returning to his days of athletic prowess by captaining a team of celebrities for a Sport Relief challenge.

Lord Coe – a world record-breaking middle-distance runner who won two Olympic golds and is now Loughborough’s Pro-Chancellor – will go up against a team captained by comic John Bishop for the Clash Of The Titans.

Coe ready for Sport Relief challenge

Alumnus named next Vice-Chancellor

18 February 2014

Congratulations go to Dr Graham Baldwin, who has been announced as the next Vice-Chancellor of Southampton Solent University.

New Vice-Chancellor announced

Balfour Beatty delivers Falk-Egg upgrade

10 February 2014

Balfour Beatty has completed a fast track refurbishment scheme of 520 student accommodation spaces. The £8.8 million refurbishment project of the Falkner Eggington accommodation blocks involved the design, build and fit-out of the existing 1970s buildings with the provision of a new social hub, launderette, bicycle and bin storage facilities.

Falk-Egg refurbishment

Stilwell creates new app 'Line-Up'

7 February 2014

James Stilwell (Management Sciences, 2008) and friends have created a new app, 'Line-Up' ; a personalised, localised, tool which focuses on events in Manchester.

Events app 'Line-Up'

Matt Hampson opens new special school

5 February 2014

Honourary Doctor of the University and former Leicester Tigers rugby player Matt Hampson, will be the guest of honour at the official opening of Ashmount School on Thursday 6th February.

The £9.35 million building in Loughborough offers places for 125 children and young people aged between 4 and 19, and features a hydrotherapy pool, sensory area with interactive floor and art work created by pupils.

Guest of Honour

Taylor ensures Scotland reach Cricket World Cup

31 January 2014

Former Loughborough Student and MCCU cricketer Rob Taylor hit an unbeaten 46 from 37 balls to take Scotland through to the Cricket World Cup.

Alumni Cricket success

You've been 'Luffed'

24 January 2014

A group of friends who met at the University, are hoping to spread a little joy by carrying out random acts of kindness across the town. After an act has been completed, a card explaining the aim of the group will be handed out in the hope that another person will do something kind too.


Vote alumni company 'Shopa' for People's
Choice Award

17 January 2014

Entrepreneur Peter Janes (BSc Sport and Exercise Science, 2002) is one of eight finalists from around the world to be shortlisted for the 'People's Choice Award'. His company 'Shopa', a rewards network that provides members with cash rewards whenever they buy and share from over 150 million products. Votes can be cast on the IBM SmartCamp website.

'Shopa' nominated for People's Choice Award

Reunion Weekend 2014 - 'Save the Date' cards sent

16 January 2014

If you graduated in 1964 or before, we are celebrating your '50 Years and Beyond' anniversary between the 12th-14th September. We have sent a 'Save the Date' card this week. If you have not received this yet, please contact us on or 01509 228649

More infomation about the Reunion Weekend can be found here

Loughborough cricketers help England Women win
Ashes Test Match

13 January 2014

Current Loughborough student and alumni claimed seven wickets as England Women won their Ashes Test Match against Australia in Perth.

Ashes Test victory

Academic's work showcased at National Portrait Gallery

9 January 2014

A portrait of Tony Blair by Loughborough University artist and academic, Alastair Adams has been unveiled by The National Portrait Gallery, London. Alastair Adams is Lecturer in Graphic Communication and Illustration at Loughborough University, practicing portraiture and publishing papers that examine commissioned portraiture, life drawing within a modern educational context, drawing and visualisation and facial difference.

Tony Blair portrait

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