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Loughborough Kia Super League Success

22 August 2016

This summer The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) launched the Kia Super League following the success of The Big Bash League, the Australian equivalent, which was launched last year.

The Kia Super League aims to bridge the gap between women’s amateur and professional cricket. By introducing a super league players of county standard are able to experience playing cricket at international level.

Loughborough is the only University to host its own team, Loughborough Lightning. The other five teams are county based. Twenty eight players, over a third of those who compete in the six Kia Super League teams, are current students, alumni or former staff members.

The Loughborough Lightning team includes four current England players, including recent Women’s World T20 squad members Rebecca Grundy, Georgia Elwiss and Amy Jones. Three international players Ellyse Perry, Dane van Niekerk and Sophie Devine were also part of the team. Matches have been hosted at the ECB Academy on The University Campus. The team has took eight points from five games and qualified for finals day.

This weekend saw the tournament draw to a close at The Essex County Cricket ground on Sunday 21st August. Loughborough Lighting narrowly lost to Western Storm in the semi-final, Southern Vipers were the eventual winners.

The league has gained a lot of attention this summer and congratulations to all the Loughborough linked players taking part.

Loughborough University soars into UK top five

23 May 2016

Loughborough University has been ranked 4th in the 2017 Guardian University League Table.

The table ranks the country’s 119 universities by scoring each institution for the aspects of university life that matter most to students, such as course and teaching satisfaction, staff to student ratio, spend per student, average entry tariff and employability.

Loughborough has climbed seven places from last year, with 16 of its courses being ranked in the national top 10.  The 4th place ranking marks the University’s highest ever league table position and makes it the top ranked university in England after Cambridge and Oxford.  It comes just weeks after Loughborough secured 7th place in The UK Complete University Guide 2017.

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 Ennis-Hill to start Olympic campaign at Loughborough

17 May 2016

Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill will kick-start the defence of her Olympic heptathlon title at the Loughborough International Athletics (LIA) match on Sunday 22 May.

Ennis-Hill has long been a fan of competing at Loughborough University, having used the LEAP meeting as her final tune-up before Olympic glory in London four years ago. In her first outdoor competition of the season, the Toni Minichiello coached athlete will throw the javelin, as she did at the LIA in 2015.

Last year saw Ennis-Hill use the Loughborough International as one of her first competitions back, having not competed in 2014 due to the birth of her first child, Reggie. Her return couldn’t have gone much better as she went on to win her first World title three months later.

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 MBA graduate Kerrine Bryan and the Butterfly Effect

17 May 2016

Butterfly Books publish award-winning career-based children's picture books and is run by brother and sister duo Kerrine Bryan and Jason Bryan.

Kerrine, who founded the company, is a chartered electrical engineer and holds an MBA from Loughborough University. She has a passion for inspiring the young and introducing them to the career options available to them. In 2014, whilst studying for an MBA at the School of Business and Economics, she was listed as one of the UKs top 35 women in business under the age of 35 by The Sunday Times and Management Today.

The butterfly is a symbol of transformation and Butterfly Books hopes to transform the way in which youngsters (the books are aimed at children aged 3 to 7) perceive various careers, with titles such as ‘My Mummy is an Engineer’ and ‘My Mummy is a Scientist’.

In addition, The Butterfly Effect refers to the theory whereby a minute localised change in a complex system can have large affects elsewhere and this is the hope of Butterfly books.
“Companies are increasingly worried about the UK's skills gap,” explains Kerrine. “A survey of businesses, employing a total of 1.5m people, by the CBI employers' organisation found that 58 per cent were not confident they would have enough highly skilled staff available for their future needs. By raising awareness of careers from a young age Butterfly Books aims to reduce the national skills gap problems as well as promote gender equality and reduce any gender bias in various careers.”

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 Loughborough alumnae selected for the Paralympic Games

13 May 2016

The British Paralympic Association (BPA) has announced the 12 athletes who have been selected to compete in the women’s wheelchair basketball team at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

Loughborough alumnae, Clare Griffiths (nee Strange, BSc in Recreation Management, 20013), Laurie Williams (BSc in Social Psychology) and Jude Hamer (former student)  have also been selected as part of the squad. Griffiths, or Strange as she was whilst a student at Loughborough, will be competing in her fifth Games.

Amongst the 12 athletes selected, Amy Conroy is a current Loughborough University Student studying Social Psychology, who has taken a one-year sabbatical from her studies to focus on the Paralympic Games. Loughborough University have supported her with a Sports Scholarship and also allowed her to take the year out, enabling her to fully commit to her training whilst still obtaining a great degree in the process.

The BPA has additionally announced the Wheelchair Rugby squad for Rio, who often utilise Loughborough’s fantastic facilities in the National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine (NCSEM). The athletes attend the Peter Harrison Centre within the NCSEM at least once a year to undertake their physical testing, with some of the athletes also assisting with research projects at the University.

Of her selection, Griffiths said:

“Rio 2016 will be my fifth Paralympic Games but I never get tired of hearing the news that I have made a Paralympic team. I got really quite emotional when I found out I’d made the team, it is just so exciting.

“To compete at this level for your country is something that so few athletes get to do, and to know that you are one of those who will be getting on that flight and pulling on the coveted Paralympics GB team top is an absolute honour. I can’t put it into words and I can’t wait to get out there and compete.”

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 Tears of joy for Sonia Samuels

26 April 2016

After 20 years of hard work, Loughborough resident and University graduate Sonia Samuels has finally achieved her dream – becoming an Olympian.

Second British woman across the line in Sunday’s London Marathon, Samuels fulfilled the British Athletics selection criteria, and will now represent Team GB in Rio this summer.

Heading to London, Samuels knew a top two finish was all she needed, after running a swift 2.28.04 personal best at the Berlin Marathon in September, which was almost three minutes inside the British Athletics selection standard of 2.31. That performance, the fastest time by a Brit for four years, had filled her with confidence.

Running in a group with the other four British contenders, Samuels stayed strong throughout, finishing just eight seconds down on Alyson Dixon, and securing her top two spot with a 2.32.00 performance.

That means the 36 year old, who has trained at Loughborough University ever since she graduated over a decade ago, has finally fulfilled her dreams.

Talking through tears of joy post-race, Samuels said:

“It feels amazing – I don’t really know what to say. I’m just so excited to have finally done it. It’s been 20 years of waiting and to finally have a dream come true is amazing.

“We went off at a decent pace (2.28 pace) but it slowed down quite significantly at around eight miles. At 16 miles Aly and Charlotte (British rivals) started to push the pace and I knew those were the moves I had to watch and go with. It was then a case of just hanging on in there until the end.

“It’s been a fantastic journey that I’ve shared with my husband (Nick, also a Loughborough graduate) and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

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 Graduate business chosen by Google as Top 30
Agency in the UK

26 April 2016

Loughborough alumnus and Automotive Engineering graduate, Nick Light, has been voted as one of the top 30 digital agencies in the UK by Google for his business, Studio-40.

Based in Loughborough, Studio-40 has helped hundreds of businesses to rank at the top of Google's search results over the last 16 years.

Studio-40 was selected out of 20,000+ applicants in the UK to take part in a program designed specifically to help 30 high potential digital agencies transition to the next stage of growth.

Nick comments: “We work with owners and directors of businesses who understand that they need to be at the top of Google but do not have the knowledge and time to do it.

“Most of our clients had problems ranking in Google organically and had relatively poor ROI from paid advertising. We get under the bonnet of the business, create a bespoke plan and then consistently deliver excellent results. By doing this we’ve been chosen by Google as one of the Top 30 agencies in the UK for 2016.”

 Loughborough University leaps to leaps to 7th in
The Complete University Guide 2017

25 April 2016

Loughborough University has leapt to its highest ever ranking of 7th place in The UK Complete University Guide 2017 – the fastest riser in the top 20 and the top ranked university in the Midlands.

The league table is based on ten measures: student satisfaction, research quality, research intensity, entry standards, student to staff ratio, spending on academic services, spending on student facilities, good honours degrees achieved, graduate prospects and completion. It includes 127 institutions.

This is the first time Loughborough has entered the top ten of the guide, passing the universities of Warwick, Lancaster, Surrey and Exeter.

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 MIT host Loughborough University in Trans-Atlantic
sport challenge and academic exchange

8 April 2016

Loughborough University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have competed in the latest Trans-Atlantic sporting challenge - a three day tennis match taking place on MIT’s iconic campus in Cambridge, Boston.

Following on from the success of last year’s Women’s Lacrosse match played at the University Stadium, Loughborough Tennis retained the Challenge Trophy for the visitors with a thrilling 13-3 victory.

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Loughborough launches Crowdfunding appeal to
support high achieving students on their university journey 

7 April 2016

Loughborough University is asking its graduates and supporters to contribute to a scholarship fund through a crowdfunding appeal to help the next generation of Loughborough students.

The campaign, on the Crowdfunder website, is aiming to generate £10,000 of funding, which will provide support for high achieving students from lower income backgrounds who might find it more difficult than others to finance their education.

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Loughborough Lightning land four England cricket
internationals for inaugural Kia Super League

6 April 2016

Loughborough Lightning is delighted to announce that four England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Women’s Performance Squad members will play for the team in the first edition of the Kia Super League this summer.

Georgia Elwiss, Becky Grundy, Amy Jones and Beth Langston will link up with Lightning Head Coach Salliann Briggs, having all been Loughborough students.

Both Elwiss and Grundy featured in the recent Women’s ICC World Twenty20, with Elwiss taking two wickets against Pakistan in their final group game of the tournament, which they won by 68 runs.

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Loughborough graduate and Studio member, Ali Foroughi,
has launched the first print edition of his magazine, Jungle

21 March 2016

Following seven online and on-demand print editions, Founder and Creative Director, Ali, has launched the first official printed version which features singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas, model Anja Konstantinova, photographer Mariell Amélie and many more.

With a background in fashion photography, Ali identified a huge lack of exposure for up-and-coming talented artists within the industry.

During his final year of studying Mechanical Engineering (MEng), the idea for a unique platform to showcase this undiscovered talent began to crystallise, and boutique magazine Jungle was born.

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Loughborough alumnus Rob Gandee launches Linccup 

11 March 2016

Loughborough alumnus Rob Gandee (Automotive Engineering, 1992) and Linccup CEO launched his company, along with his cofounders, in 2014.  The first version of the app was released in November 2015.

Linccup is a free location based networking app, currently available for the iphone, with an android version coming soon. To find out more, visit Lincup's website:


A different transatlantic challenge . . . 

3 March 2016

In September 2015 Loughborough graduates and former School of Sport and Exercise Sciences employees Debs Butler (32) and Jo Welford (35) pedalled out of Leicestershire to begin a ride they hope will take them around the world. Since then they have cycled 5000 miles from Measham to Tirana to Lisbon and all that lies between.  Averaging fifty miles per day on loaded bikes Jo and Debs have ridden in all weathers, on varying surfaces and learned how to ask for food in several languages. The most difficult days tended to be those against the wind - Jo was blown off her bike in Montenegro and the girls had a strength-zapping two weeks of headwinds in Spain.

Both played football at Loughborough and before touring New Zealand in 2012 only cycled for commuting, Jo to her research job at Loughborough, and Debs to her PE teaching job in Birstall. They have completed several short cycling trips and decided it was time to challenge themselves with this much longer ride. Unsupported and self-funded, they carry kit for camping, cooking and filtering water. Jo says:

"Travelling by bicycle is the best - you go slow enough to see everywhere properly and meet lots of people, but fast enough to get around."

They have been fortunate to enjoy some beautiful scenery over the relatively mild winter, and list the Andalusian scenery and crossing the Alps in the snow as trip highlights. With British flags on the bikes, Jo and Debs often get local people coming to chat and ask them about the trip. Most don't believe they have come all the way from Leicestershire by bike, but overwhelmingly people are kind, friendly and helpful to the crazy English girls on bicycles.

The duo began the second leg of their trip on 14 April - a continent crossing of North America beginning in Boston, MA. This will be a 6000 mile ride from East to West and then South following the Pacific Coast Highway. Aiming to finish in California in October, Debs and Jo will then decide where to ride next as they take the long way home via Asia.

They recently came back the UK for a short break, Debs and Jo have been visiting schools and youth groups to talk about their journey and will do the same as they continue the trip internationally - please get in touch if you would like to arrange a visit. You can follow their travels at and on Twitter @brakesandcakes. They would love to hear from you and always look forward to meeting new people. 


Successful launch of Inaugural Donors and Scholars event

26 February 2016

On Thursday 25 February, the Vice-Chancellor was delighted to hold the Inaugural Donors and Scholars Reception to celebrate the support that alumni, staff and friends of the University have given to Scholarships.

Donations to Scholarships for Loughborough students have enabled over 200 scholars to come and study at the University and embrace higher education.

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Loughborough graduate publishes self-help book

25 February 2016

Congratulations to Loughborough graduate Peter James Barkley on the publication of his book Stop Floating Start Swimming. Peter reflects on his time at Loughborough with great fondness and has witnessed the success of many former classmates and friends including:

• Adam Smith performing on Soccer Am every Saturday
• Robbie Simpson scoring for Oldham Athletic F.C against Liverpool F.C.
• Siobhan Chamberlain representing England in football
• Many elite athletes like Daryl Selby (GB squash player) competing in the Olympics
• Ore Oduba currently hosting the National Lottery Live and reporting for the BBC

However, life just like University can be a rollercoaster and Peter found himself floating along and not achieving the dreams he had once planned. So he came up with an idea to change this and designed five codes to live by, producing dramatic results that changed his life. Stop Floating, Start Swimming is available on Amazon and Kindle

More than 75 postgraduate research studentships
available at Loughborough

25 February 2016

Loughborough University is offering more than 75 studentships to postgraduate research students who begin their programmes in 2016.

The studentships, which are available across a broad range of disciplines, provide funding to cover the full cost of tuition fees and a tax-free stipend of approximately £14,000 per annum towards living costs.

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Loughborough Lightning to play on opening
day of Women's Cricket Super League

25 February 2016

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced the playing schedule and team names for the six hosts that will compete in the inaugural Women’s Cricket Super League (WCSL).

Loughborough University was recently announced as a host for the WCSL and today are pleased to announce that the team will be called Loughborough Lightning and will play in the league’s opening match away against Yorkshire Diamonds.

The team will play three home matches at the Haslegrave Cricket Ground on the Loughborough University campus, starting against Lancashire Thunder on Wednesday 3 August. This will be followed two days later by a game against Western Storm on Friday 5 August, coinciding with the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The final home match of the season will be against Surrey Stars on Friday 12 August.

In joining the Loughborough University family of sports, the team will play under the Loughborough Lightning name, joining the successful Netball Superleague team in using the Lightning brand.

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Our ambition to break into the World Top 200

4 February 2016

The Vice-Chancellor is inviting Loughborough graduates to have their say on which universities are the best in the World. As part of the annual World University Rankings, QS are seeking opinions on which universities best prepare their graduates for the workplace and excel in terms of research strength.

First published in 2004, the QS World University Rankings has become one of the most widely used resources for international students and is globally recognised as an indicator of an institution’s quality and profile.

One of the metrics used by QS to calculate the rankings is their Academic and Employer Reputation Survey. This involves employers and academics from around the world completing a short online survey with their opinions.

The calibre of Loughborough’s teaching, research and student experience has been consistently recognised by the many accolades we have been awarded in recent years. Our next step is to gain recognition on an international platform and your support in helping us achieve this would be greatly appreciated.

Sign up for the Employer Reputation Survey (for those employed in business/industry)
Sign up for the Academic Reputation Survey (for those employed in academia)

The details of those who sign up will solely be used for the purpose of conducting the QS Academic and Employer Reputation Survey and responses will only ever be used in aggregate form.

Graduates launch first British snowboarding
and ski brand for women

3 February 2016

Loughborough alumni Susie Beere and Sophie Kelly have successfully launched Snooks, the first British snowboarding and ski brand designed specifically for women.

Born in The Studio, Loughborough’s graduate incubation hub, Snooks offer female riders well-fitting outerwear, designed and manufactured in Britain, that combine protection, freedom of movement and style.

Find out more about their vision and to view their new range here.  

Loughborough Lightning secure impressive
victory on Super Saturday

2 February 2016

Loughborough Lightning got their 2016 Vitality Netball Superleague campaign off to the perfect start on Super Saturday (30 January), as they secured a convincing 65-34 victory over Yorkshire Jets.

Taking place at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, Super Saturday saw all eight teams in action, with Sky Sports showing this celebration of netball live for over eight hours. 

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PhD graduate encourages us to grow, connect
and share with new venture

1 February 2016

Loughborough Design School graduate, Dr Rose Deakin is on a mission to reconnect communities through the joy of growing with her new venture, The Crop Club.

Born in The Studio, Loughborough’s incubation hub, The Crop Club aims to encourage people to grow their own food, share their knowledge and experiences, and promote biodiversity.

Inspired by her success growing food in containers while living in rented accommodation, Rose has applied her PhD knowledge in Sustainable Materials Selection to launch a range of sustainable grow your own kits for adults and children.

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Loughborough graduates prepare for 
Rio 2016

25 January 2016

With 200 days to go until the 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games kick off in Rio de Janeiro, Loughborough University launched its dedicated website which will follow the progress of current and former students on their ‘Road to Rio’.

With two Loughborough graduates already selected as part of Team GB, Loughborough is expecting to have an extremely strong presence in Brazil next summer.

After podium finishes at the Rio Test Event and the World Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago, Vicky Holland has secured her spot as one of the three female triathletes going to the Olympic Games. Joining her on Team GB is slalom canoeist and 2008 Olympian Fiona Pennie.

The British men’s and women’s hockey teams have also secured their 2016 Olympic berths, and whilst there will almost certainly be Loughborough presence, the final squad has yet to be announced. Like most sports, this announcement won’t come until much closer to 5th August, when the Olympic Games get underway.

On the Paralympic side, Loughborough won six medals at London 2012, but could well win more in Rio. Subject to selection alumnus Dan Greaves will be going for an incredible fifth straight Paralympic medal in the F44 discus, which would mark the end of a sterling Paralympic career.

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Loughborough University design graduates voted
most employable in the UK

21 January 2016

Loughborough University Design School creates the most employable graduates in the UK, a new industry survey has found.

Led by the British Industrial Design Association (BIDA), the survey invited over 1,000 design practitioners to say which design schools they felt created the most employable industrial or product design graduates.

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Loughborough University wins
popularity contest

17 December 2015

Loughborough University is the most popular first choice for students researching their higher education options through course comparison site

More than 8,000 students have submitted their UCAS choices via’s Final 5 tool this application cycle, and Loughborough University has been their number one choice more than any other UK institution.

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Loughborough alumni duo take on world's
toughest rowing challenge

15 December 2015

On 15 December, Dan Parsons (30) and Olly Clark (31) set out from the Canary Islands to row across the Atlantic Ocean to raise awareness and in support of the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF), the soldiers' charity and Prostate Cancer UK, with a target of £250,000.

Rowing more than 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean, the various teams will set off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands heading to Antigua, the final destination of the epic voyage. After leaving the safety of the harbour they will be faced with the challenges presented by the vast ocean and all that it presents, at the mercy of the elements.

The Trans Atlantic crossing is renowned to be one of the toughest challenges on earth, made more difficult by raging seas, howling winds, sharks, blisters, salt rashes, sunstroke and sleep deprivation, there is little wonder that a mere 500 people have ever completed the epic crossing. Almost ten times as many people have climbed to the summit of Mount Everest and nearly twice the number have been into space.

Dan (who graduated in 2008 with a B.Eng in Materials Engineering) and Olly (who graduated in 2008 with a B.Sc in Design with Materials Engineering) will be challenged physically and mentally whilst rowing a constant, relentless shift-pattern of two hours on and two hours off, using their down time to eat, make water, repair any damage sustained to the ocean rowing boat and hopefully catch up on sleep deprivation, all whilst in a boat not much bigger than a standard family car.

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Loughborough ranked top five for graduate
employability in the UK

27 November 2015

Loughborough University has been ranked top five in the UK for graduate employability in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

The rankings, launched this year, considered 1239 universities worldwide. Loughborough was ranked 39th in the world.

The primary aim of the rankings is to help students make informed choices for their educational futures, based specifically on the ability of their chosen university to help them succeed in the employment market.

Universities are judged on five key criteria: employer reputation; partnerships with employers; alumni outcomes; employers’ presence on campus; and graduate employment rate.

Loughborough was ranked top in the UK for partnerships with employers and employers’ presence on campus.

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Loughborough rated as Outstanding Global
University for sport science in international report

26 November 2015

Loughborough University has been ranked as one of the Outstanding Global Universities for Sport Science in a new report published by the University of Tsukuba in Japan.  

‘World University Comparisons in Sport Sciences, Physical Education and Kinesiology 2015’ aims to evaluate, for the first time, the quality and impact of teaching, research and competitive sports provided in these subject areas by universities around the world.  

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Graduate becomes first Asian Woman Footballer
of the year in England

24 November 2015

Loughborough graduate MSc student, Aditi Chauhan, has created history by becoming the first Asian Woman Footballer of the year in England.

The awards, supported by the English Football Association (FA) and the Asian Football Project, recognise achievements of British Asians in football.

Having graduated with an MSc in Sports Management at Loughborough, Aditi kick started her football journey when her school coach asked her to participate in the under-19 team trials. Playing for the Loughborough Students Women’s Football Club (LSWFC) over the last year, Aditi now turns her focus to playing for West Ham United Ladies in the FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division.  

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Work begins on STEMLab at Loughborough University

16 November 2015

Work officially began on 16 November on the new STEMLab building on campus, with Professor Rachel Thomson, the academic lead for the development, turning the first turf on site.

Loughborough has been awarded £5 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) towards the development, and a further £250,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation, which will support the delivery of a suite of teaching programmes in bio-science and bio-engineering – fast growing disciplines that use traditional engineering and science techniques to address biological and medical issues. Graduates from these programmes will help to address major societal challenges relating to healthcare and healthy living. 

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Talented English graduate performs in sell-out poetry tour

30 October 2015

Loughborough English graduate, Shruti Chauhan, will be going back to her roots when she performs at Loughborough Students’ Union next week.

Shruti is currently travelling around the country on a national sell-out poetry tour. She embarked on a career in performance poetry after being encouraged to do so by her Creative Writing tutors. Following her graduation in 2013, she began shaping her dream and performing locally in her hometown Leicester.

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Business Minister officially opens Advanced Technology
Innovation Centre

26 October 2015

Business Minister, Anna Soubry, officially opened the Advanced Technology Innovation Centre (ATIC) today. She was joined by senior representatives of Charnwood Borough Council, Leicestershire County Council and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, all key partners in the expansion of Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Parks (LUSEP).  

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Remembrance memorial created on campus

22 October 2015

Loughborough University and Loughborough Students’ Union have joined forces to create a memorial on campus to honour those who have lost their lives serving their country.

The structure, which is located on the Hazlerigg-Rutland Lawn, is being showcased ahead of Remembrance Day on Wednesday 11 November. It has been created in conjunction with the Royal British Legion and the aim is for the lawn to become a field of poppies creating a true mark of respect for fallen war heroes.

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Loughborough graduate joins Red Arrows

22 October 2015

Loughborough graduate, Flight Lieutenant Si Taylor, has become one of two new Red Arrows pilots.

Flt Lieutenant Taylor graduated in 2002 with a BSc in Ergonomics and joined the RAF in 2003.  He will now begin six months of intensive training and practice sorties in preparation for the 2016 display season.  He said: "I can't imagine a bigger professional honour than putting on a red suit and flying as part of the team.  Like every pilot in the RAF, you always want to be the best you can and for me the Red Arrows always epitomised the height of professionalism and flying ability."  

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Loughborough English graduate publishes Rolling
Stones book

20 October 2015

Richard Houghton, who graduated from Loughborough in 1981 with a BA (Hons) in English, has published his first book: ‘You Had To Be There: The Rolling Stones Live 1962 – 69’. 

Richard, 55, has worked for more than thirty years in social housing, where he is now a director of Operations.  He said:  "My degree has been useful throughout my career because I have been writing reports and strategies in various roles that I've held.  But the reason I chose Loughborough is because of the creative writing module on the course, and I've finally got something to show for those studies more than thirty years ago."

The book, published by GottaHaveBooks, gives a front row perspective on the group’s early live shows, as it contains over 500 first-hand accounts of the group's performances in towns up and down the UK in the early 1960s.  It tells the story of the group's rise to fame beginning with their very first performances in pubs and clubs in and around London and taking in dancehalls and theatres across the country before culminating in their 1969 Hyde Park show.

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Loughborough rises to 12th place in 'Table of Tables'

15 October 2015

Loughborough University has risen again in the Times Higher Education 2016 ‘Table of Tables’, taking 12th place.  The league table is based on the combined results of the UK’s three main domestic university rankings.

Loughborough is ranked in the top 15 in each of the most recent national league tables, cementing its status as one of the country’s leading higher education institutions.

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England star Jade Clarke returns to Loughborough

29 September 2015

Loughborough Lightning is delighted to welcome home Jade Clarke after five years playing netball in the Southern Hemisphere.

A world class mid-court player who was one of England’s stars at this summer’s Netball World Cup, Clarke played for Loughborough Lightning for the best part of a decade whilst studying at Loughborough University. Graduating in 2006 with a 2.1 in Sport & Exercise Science, Clarke was a model student-athlete and benefited from the support of a sports scholarship and a flexible degree programme.

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 Graduate House now open 

23 September 2015

Gifts to the Loughborough Fund have supported the redevelopment of the Angela Marmont Building, transforming the space into the University’s first dedicated area for Postgraduate students. The facility opened on 23 September and can be used by postgraduate students of all disciplines for learning, teaching and researching purposes.

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 Loughborough to host 2016 School Games 

8 September 2015

The University is delighted that it has been chosen to host the 2016 School Games National Finals after a competitive bidding process.

Loughborough beat competition from numerous other sporting cities to win the bid, following detailed consideration from an independent panel, Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust. The event brings together 1,600 of the UK’s best young athletes for four days of sporting competition and will take place 1-4 September 2016.

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 Loughborough graduates win EuroHockey Championships 

30 August 2015

Loughborough University and College graduates have helped England’s women to win the EuroHockey Championships after dramatic shootout claimed victory over the Netherlands. 

A sensational goalkeeping display from University graduate Maddie Hinch, including three saves in the shootout, ensured that England were victorious and they picked up the trophy for the first time since 1991.

The Netherlands, who are World and Olympic Champions, took a two goal lead in the final, played at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

But England fought back to equalise to send the match into a shootout.  A strong start from the hosts saw them surge into a 3-1 lead, and when Eva De Goede was unable to beat Maddie Hinch England were crowned EuroHockey champions.

The Loughborough contingent in the England squad also included Giselle Ansley, Laura Unsworth, Hannah Macleod, Nicola White, and Head Coach Danny Kerry.

 Loughborough graduates help England win Gold in EuroHockey Championships


 Loughborough players excel at Netball World Cup 

22 August 2015

Loughborough alumni Jade Clarke and Jo Harten played key roles as England secured Netball World Cup bronze on Saturday morning in Australia. Jo Harten shot an incredible 52 goals from 59 attempts in the crucial third-fourth place play-off, to ensure the side saw off the challenge of Jamaica, who’d they beaten once already in the group stages. Playing a starring role at centre, Clarke made sure the intensity remained high, feeding Harten on numerous occasions to keep the goals coming.

Loughborough netball players help England win bronze in Netball World Cup

 Lord Sebastian Coe elected as IAAF President 

19 August 2015

We are delighted that our Pro Chancellor Lord Sebastian Coe has been elected the new President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Graduating from Loughborough University in 1979 with a BSc in Economics and Social History, Seb went on to win 1500m gold at both the Moscow and Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984 as well as breaking no fewer than 11 world records during a dazzling athletics career.

Lord Sebastian Coe elected as IAAF President

 LDS graduate designs exhibition space at London's
Design Museum 

16 August 2015

Loughborough Design School graduate Benjamin Hubert designed exhibition space at London’s Design Museum.

Benjamin and his team were selected to plan and design a space at this year’s Designs of the Year exhibition.

Design School graduate Benjamin took on the challenging brief and created displays for all 76 of the shortlisted projects ranging from architectural projects to cars, apps and fashion displays.

Benjamin Hubert designed space at the London Design Museum

 Generous donation from the Garfield Weston Foundation
for the new STEMLab 

14 August 2015

We are delighted to announce that the Garfield Weston Foundation has kindly donated £250,000 to Loughborough University for the new STEMLab building. The state-of-the-art development will enable the University to enhance its teaching and learning facilities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics – known as STEM subjects. We are very grateful to the Foundation for supporting this vital development; STEMLab will greatly enhance the educational experience of our students, as well as play a crucial role in encouraging the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

Garfield Weston Foundation donates £250,000 for the new STEMLab   

 Design graduate appears in UK top 100 entrepreneurs list 

14 August 2015

A Loughborough Design School graduate has appeared in the UK’s top 100 entrepreneurs list, along with Richard Branson and Lord Sugar.

Design graduate Laurence Kemball-Cook, who is the founder of innovative company Pavegen, came 84th in the list.

Laurence Kemball-Cook appears in UK top 100 entrepreneur list

 Loughborough graduate receives special
Hong Kong commendation

3 August 2015

Mr Mo Ka Hung Joseph, who graduated from Loughborough with a BSc in Computer Science in 1980, has received an Award of Chief Executive's Commendation for Community Service (行政長官社區服務獎狀) 2015, in recognition of his significant contribution to the Youths Leadership training and the Against Youths Drug Abuse programme, as well as his extensive work on the Crime Frighting committee at the District Office, Hong Kong.

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 Graduates set for World Athletics Championships 

29 July 2015

Recent graduates Niall Flannery and Meghan Beesley have been announced in the GB & NI team for the World Athletics Championships, taking place in Beijing from 22 - 30 August.

The 400m hurdle duo, who both still train at the university under the guidance of Nick Dakin, Director of Athletics, will travel to China as part of 62 strong British team, which includes no fewer than 22 athletes with a Loughborough connection.

Graduates Niall Flannery and Meghan Beesley set to go the World Athletics Championships

 University among student top five 

27 July 2015

Loughborough University is amongst the top five UK universities according to online review platform, StudentCrowd.

Launched in 2014, the website provides students with the perfect arena for sharing their reviews of just about everything.

Loughborough University among student top five

 The Class of 2015 honoured at graduation ceremonies 

14 July 2015

Amongst those graduating this time are three Development Trust Scholars. The Development Trust Scholarships are supported by donations from alumni and friends of Loughborough University and enable academically gifted students from disadvantaged background to study at the University.

To date, 38 scholars have studied a range of undergraduate programmes including Hayley Johnson and Oliver Gilbank studying Sport and Exercise Science and Ciara Wang studying Architecture Engineering & Design Management.

Hayley, speaking about how gaining a scholarship has motivated her to achieve her full potential, said: “The funding from the scholarship has hugely contributed to the incredible time that I have had at Loughborough.

“Having the financial burden removed has enabled me to pursue my passion for ballet by joining the Students’ Union Dance Club. Being involved has equipped me with many skills as well as so many lovely memories that I will hold close to my heart.”

Oliver adds: “I really like the atmosphere that Loughborough has throughout Halls and the campus. It’s like a family unit; a community within a community.”

Ciara, who also came through on the Scholarship programme, is planning on continuing her Loughborough experience. She said: “’I am pleased To have received an offer on a course at Loughborough University’s new London campus where I plan to earn my Masters degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.”

As part of the graduation ceremonies, the University will also present honorary degrees to seven distinguished individuals from the world of sport, business and education. Further information is available here

Loughborough University's Class of 2015 

 Graduate awarded 10K and reaches national final for
innovative invention

14 July 2015

Product Design Engineering graduate and founder of Version 22, Simon Lyons has made the final shortlist for The Inclusive Technology Prize 2015.

Nimble, the one-finger packaging opener, was shortlisted from over 200 applications to make the final 10 winning £10k in the process.

Simon Lyons shortlisted for The Inclusive Technology Prize 2015

 Loughborough alumni to be honoured at graduation

13 July 2015

Two Formula 1 engineers and a RAF test pilot are amongst the honorary graduates to be celebrated during Loughborough University’s graduation ceremonies this week (14-17 July). 

Neil Oatley - Director of Design and Development at McLaren Racing, and Rob Smedley - Head of Performance Engineering at Williams, are amongst seven distinguished individuals to be recognised.

Rob Smedley, who studied Mechanical Engineering at Loughborough in the 1990s, is presented with the award of Honorary Doctor of Technology in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Formula 1 and race engineering.

Neil Oatley graduated from Loughborough with an automotive engineering degree in 1976. He will be made Honorary Doctor of Technology in recognition of his inspirational leadership in motorsport and dedication to build McLaren Racing into a Formula 1 institution.

Royal Air Force test pilot and aircraft engineer Desmond Penrose has dedicated his life to the aviation industry. He achieved an Aeronautical Engineering degree from Loughborough in 1951 and was the first ever student to receive a Direct Entry Permanent Commission. He also receives the award of Honorary Doctor of Technology, in recognition of his significant contributions to aviation safety and his support of the University.

Mathematics and Computation graduate Tushara Canekeratne established of one of the world’s top information technology service providers in consulting, technology and outsourcing services. She receives the award of Honorary Doctor of the University in recognition of her significant successes in global information technology and for her outstanding contributions to a range of charitable organisations.

Graduation 2015

 Global sporting success for Loughborough graduates 

6 July 2015

It was a magical weekend for Loughborough sport as current and former students won national and international medals in no fewer than seven different sports.

Leading the way were the Lionesses, who bounced back from their injury time semi-final defeat to beat Germany and secure Women’s World Cup bronze medals. Stealing the hearts of the nation over the last month, women’s football has really been thrust into the limelight, and it was great to see graduates Laura Bassett, Claire Rafferty and Siobhan Chamberlain enjoying the celebrations!

Sporting success all over the world

 Three Loughborough Lionesses in England Women's
Football World Cup semi-finals 

29 June 2015

Loughborough graduates Laura Bassett, Claire Rafferty and Siobhan Chamberlain were among the winning team this weekend beating host team Canada in a gripping match in the Women's World Cup, resulting in England going through to the semi-finals for the first time in their history. They play Japan on 1 July.

Siobhan Chamberlain studied Sport & Exercise Science and went on to gain an MSc in Nutrition. Capped 33 times already, the goalkeeper has represented England at the previous three World Cups and played for Vancouver Whitecaps earlier in her career.

Claire Rafferty, an Economics graduate who plays for Chelsea, has nine Lioness caps to her name and now juggles football with working as an analyst for Deutsche Bank in the city.

Laura Bassett graduated in 2004 with a BSc from the School and Sport and Exercise Science.

England Women's Football World Cup

 Loughborough hockey graduates are bound for Rio 2016

25 June 2015

It was a memorable weekend for the Great Britain women’s hockey team as they not only qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games but also lifted the World Hockey League trophy.

Lining up in the Great Britain team were no fewer than five Loughborough graduates; Giselle Ansley, Maddie Hinch, Hannah McLeod, Laura Unsworth and Nicola White. All five Loughborough graduates played an active role in making sure the team progressed and will now have their sights set firmly on a trip to Brazil in just over a year’s time.

Five Loughborough hockey graduates to go to Rio Olympics 2016.

 Pavegen sets crowdfunding record

26 May 2015

Graduate company Pavegen has made crowdfunding history by becoming the fastest grossing clean-tech company with Crowdcube – funding 50% of its set target in the first 24 hours of campaigning and currently standing at double its original £750,000.

Crowdfunding success for Pavegen  

 Loughborough has risen to 11th in the Guardian
University League Table

26 May 2015

In the national 2016 Guardian University League Table, Loughborough moved up four places to improve on its 15th place finish in 2015.

12 Loughborough courses are ranked in the national top 10, with six of those (Fashion and Textiles, Materials, Business, Design, Social Policy, Sport Science) finishing within the top five.

Chemistry and Art have made substantial leaps forward in the tables, claiming a top 10 spot for the first time in over three years. 

The Guardian University League Table ranks the country’s 119 universities by scoring each institution for the aspects of university life that matter most to students, such as course and teaching satisfaction, staff to student ratio, spend per student, average entry tariff and employability. 

Loughborough moves up the Guardian University 2016 League Table.

 Walking Works Wonders project wins Enterprise award

21 May 2015

As part of a large research project, entitled ‘Working Late’, the Work and Health Research Centre (WHRC) developed an intervention called Walking Works Wonders, shown to be highly effective in terms of increasing people’s physical activity and improving their health. Funded by the Enterprise Project Group, the WHRC are now developing Walking Works Wonders as a commercial enterprise. 

Walking Works Wonders - which is led by Professor Cheryl Haslam, Director of the Work and Health Research Centre in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences – comprises innovative health education materials to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour at work. It was piloted with more than 1,000 participants in ten workplaces across the UK and was shown to be effective in reducing BMI and sickness absence, increasing productivity and improving health and quality of working life.

The Loughborough Fund supported some of the Walking Works Wonders project last academic year and since then the project has won a Loughborough University Enterprise Award.

More information can be found here and an exciting video on the project can be seen here.

Enterprise Awards 2015.

 Enterprising engineering graduate wins prestigious award

21 May 2015

Ali Foroughi (who graduated from the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering) accepted the Graduate Enterprise Award for Jungle – a boutique magazine with global reach, featuring the work of established and aspiring creatives. Supported by the Studio, Jungle is fast developing a worldwide readership and contributor network.

Loughborough University celebrated its annual Enterprise Awards on Tuesday 19 May. Amongst the winners were the patented technology underpinning next generation aircraft engines; an animation project with a healing touch; and an innovative intervention to reduce sedentary workplace behaviour.

Hosted on the University’s Science and Enterprise Parks, the Enterprise Awards – now in their sixth year – recognise the impact of the University’s research partnerships as well as its game-changing students and graduates.

Enterprise Awards 2015.

 Loughborough's athletics greats inducted into University
Sporting Hall of Fame

19 May 2015

Athletics greats Frank Dick and Paula Radcliffe have been inducted into the Loughborough University Sporting Hall of Fame, which coincided with the annual Loughborough International event.

Frank Dick who graduated in 1965 after completing a Diploma in teacher training, specialising in physical education and mathematics, has been inducted into the Hall of Fame for his services to coaching. 

Paula Radcliffe graduated from Loughborough University in 1996 with a first class Honours degree in modern European studies and has been inducted for her many achievements over long distance events.  Paula has recently retired from competitive athletics.

Latest Sporting Hall of Fame inductees.

 Five alumni to row English Channel for charity

18 May 2015

A group of adventurous London friends, including five Loughborough University Alumni, have formed a crew named ‘Waves4Hope’, committing themselves to the extraordinary challenge of rowing the Channel at its widest point on 13 June 2015.

The team will have to defy physical and mental exhaustion to complete the crossing, which will require rowing for over 50 miles consecutively, in the world’s busiest shipping channel. The fact that none of the crew has any rowing experience between them makes the challenge all the more significant.

Setting off in a traditional Cornish Pilot Gig from the Belgium town of Nieuwpoort the ‘Waves4Hope’ crew will be hoping to arrive on the shores of Ramsgate in Kent 16 hours later, welcomed by family and friends.

Not content with this huge challenge, the team have also pledged to raise £20,000 for three cancer charities - Saving Faces, Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign and Sail4Cancer.


 India alumni chapter appoints new regional chairs

17 May 2015

The Loughborough University Alumni Association India Chapter (LUAAIC) have recently appointed two new regional chairs for the region of Bangalore and Chennai.   We are delighted to announce that Aparna Ravichandran (MSc Sport Management, 2012) and Jones Bennette Yesudoss (MRes Analytical Chemistry, 2010) have emerged victorious in Bangalore and Chennai region respectively.  The new regional chairs will be leading the India alumni chapter's efforts to grow and strengthen their presence in the southern region of the country.

LUAAIC Chair, Aman Dhall has expressed great satisfaction and delight at the positive turnout for the election. "The number of nominations received and the voter turnout is a positive sign that we are heading in the right direction. We had set ourselves the goal in the beginning of last year to expand our existence beyond Delhi. Mumbai was the first city outside Delhi where we organised two events last year and now we are looking at having events in two more cities."   You can contact the Loughborough University Alumni Association India Chapter (LUAAIC) at and follow them on twitter

 Loughborough alumni named in England Women's
Football World Cup squad

12 May 2015

The FA has announced their squad for the Women’s World Cup in Canada next month and it includes University alumni Siobhan Chamberlain and Claire Rafferty.

Siobhan Chamberlain, who plays for Arsenal Ladies, studied Sport & Exercise Science before going on to earn an MSc in nutrition. Capped 33 times already, the goalkeeper has represented England at the previous three World Cups and will feel at home in Canada having played for Vancouver Whitecaps earlier in her career.  

Claire Rafferty, an Economics graduate who plays for Chelsea, has just nine Lioness caps to her name, no thanks to three anterior cruciate ligament ruptures, which would have ended the career of many lesser women. None-the-less Claire, who now juggles football with working as an analyst for Deutsche Bank in the city, heads to Canada in good form and will be keen to make up for lost time.

England begin their World Cup campaign against France on 9 June in Moncton, before further Group F matches against Columbia and Mexico.

Loughborough alumni in Women's World Cup.

 Loughborough graduates shortlisted for prestigious
enterprise award

30 April 2015

Emily Whitesmith, Ali Foroughi and Simon Lyons have all be shortlisted for a prestigious award in recognition of their graduate start-ups.  These three members of the University’s graduate commercialisation hub, the Studio, have been shortlisted in the Graduate Enterprise category for their entrepreneurial talent and business skills – and the public are invited to vote for the winner. 

Loughborough University’s 2015 Enterprise Awards shine a light on the University’s external partnerships and its game-changing graduates who turn ideas into thriving, award-winning businesses.
Loughborough University's 2015 Enterprise Awards.

 Loughborough University subject areas ranked among
the best in the world

29 April 2015

Communication and Media Studies, and Art and Design at Loughborough University have been ranked in the top 50 in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. 

The QS World University Rankings by Subject highlight the world’s top universities in a range of subjects. Published annually since 2011, the rankings are based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact. More than 3,500 universities worldwide were evaluated for the 2015 QS World University Subjects Rankings.
Loughborough ranked among the world's best universities in several categories.

 Haydn Coley Celebration Match

28 April 2015

Many of you will know and remember Haydn Coley from your time at Loughborough. This season has been Haydn’s 20th with Loughborough Students RFC and during that time he has coached, managed and mentored many teams and players.

As a way to celebrate this milestone we would like to resurrect the old Alumni v Students match (on Sunday 9 May) and this season would like to play the University 1st XV against a strong Alumni team made up in the main of players currently playing national league rugby.

Read more.

 Loughborough alumni and staff take on London's
Green Belt Relay

27 April 2015

Alumni James Smith and Emily Ault are among the Loughborough team who are taking part in the 220-mile race on 16 - 17 May to raise fund for the Anthony Nolan charity.  The team of staff and alumni runners will be led by the University’s Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, Steve Rothberg, who was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2009. After 18 months of treatment, Steve received a life-saving bone marrow transplant after a donor was identified through Anthony Nolan’s register.   

Loughborough team take part in London's Green Belt Relay.


 Loughborough named University of the Year 2015
in Whatuni awards

24 April 2015

Loughborough wins the title University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice awards, which are voted for exclusively by more than 20,000 UK students and celebrate universities’ excellence, with Loughborough also being voted the winner of the best students’ union and accommodation categories.   

Loughborough wins Whatuni Student Choice awards.


 Loughborough alumna appointed as University's new
Tennis Programme Director

9 April 2015

Graduate Helen Reesby a former professional player who is currently the national girls junior coach and the under 14 age group captain - based at the Lawn Tennis Association - has been appointed to lead on an ambitious new programme aimed at increasing student participation in tennis.   

Helen Reesby appointed new Tennis Programme Director.


 Loughborough graduate launches new parent-brand

9 April 2015

Graduate, and founder of The Student Wordsmith, Sophie-Louise Hyde has launched In2Collision to showcase her ever-growing, award-winning, literary and publishing platform. 

Sophie-Louise Hyde launches new parent-brand.


 Loughborough PhD graduate receives outstanding
research award

1 April 2015

A Loughborough University PhD graduate has won an award from the British Psychological Society for her research on the stresses of performance sport.  

Dr Rachel Arnold wins research award

 Loughborough alumnus Lyons wins national
Design for Life award

25 March 2015

Simon Lyons, a graduate from the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, has won the acclaimed national Design for Life award to find the next big idea to help people living with disabilities to improve their quality of life.  Simon is also a finalist in the Graduate Enterprise category of the University's annual Enterprise Awards. 

Entrepreneur Lyons wins national Design for Life award

 UK Export Finance appoints Margaret Eyres as
first Head of Direct Lending

24 March 2015

UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s export credit agency, has appointed Margaret Eyres as its first ever Head of Direct Lending.

Margaret, a graduate from the School of Business and Economics, was formerly the Head of Export Finance UK at Societe Generale focussing on major British exporters. During her tenure there, she also managed the bank's export finance relationship with EDC, the Canadian export credit agency. Since 2011, Margaret had also represented the Export Finance and Trade Committee of the British Bankers' Association at the Brussels-based European Banking Federation’s Export Credit Working Group.

Read the full news release from UK Export Finance

 Rail award for engineering graduate

10 March 2015

A Loughborough University civil engineering graduate has been presented with a top award in recognition of her dedication to and passion for the rail industry. 

Pippa Higgins, Senior Design Manager at Taylor Woodrow, was judged to be the most outstanding woman working within the UK rail industry and walked away with the Women in Rail Individual Award 2014 from the Rail Business Awards.

Pippa Higgins receives prestigious rail award


World's No 1 university challenges Loughborough 
in a unique sporting event

10 March 2015

Representatives from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), currently rated Number 1 in the QS World University Rankings®, are to visit Loughborough University this month to play an historic first ever sporting fixture between the two institution. 

Historic sporting event on Sunday 22 March


  Loughborough Design School lecturer creates 3D
bouquet for alumna

9 March 2015

Dr Guy Bingham, Senior Lecturer in Product and Industrial Design, has designed what is believed to be the world’s first 3D printed wedding bouquet for Loughborough Alumna Dr Candice Majewski. 

3D bouquet created for Loughborough Alumna

  Engineering alumni create a 'smart' kettle

6 March 2015

Entrepreneurs Robert Hill, 29, and Richard Hill, 31, who graduated from  the School of Civil and Building Engineering in 2006 have created an 'intelligent' kettle utilising the latest technology. 

Engineering graduates create an 'intelligent' kettle


  Loughborough students dominate BUCS nationals

24 February 2015

Loughborough’s students dominated at the BUCS Nationals held in Sheffield. In athletics Loughborough Students AC retained the indoor men’s and women’s titles.  In swimming Loughborough retained their men’s, women’s and overall titles. In badminton Loughborough students claimed four of the five titles on offer and the largest ever medal haul by one University in BUCS history. 

Loughborough students dominate BUCS again


Loughborough student saves the life of a one-day-old baby

9 February 2015

Mike Hardy, aged 21, who is in his final year studying Systems Engineering, is part of the Shepshed Community First Responders. A call was received from a house near Loughborough Grammar School, where a one-day-old baby was choking and turning blue and Mike's quick response saved the baby's life.  

Loughborough student saves baby's life


Graduates on Design Council's Ones to Watch list

6 February 2015

Two Design School graduates - Ross Kemp and James Molkenthin - have made it into the prestigious Design Council 70 Ones to Watch list. 

Design School graduates make it into the Design Council 70 Ones to Watch list


Graduate launches climate control running glove

21 January 2015

Ross Weir (Sports Tech 2003) has launched a Kickstarter campaign to manufacture a running glove with instant temperature regulation and moisture wicking. His patented invention is also touch screen compatible, smaller than a tangerine and weighing less than 6 grams! The glove should be available by March.

Graduate launches climate control running glove


Loughborough PhD student invites you to take the
One Pound Challenge

20 January 2015

When he graduated, Alan Radbourne set himself the challenge of turning £1 into a year's salary.  Now he has published a book about his experience and what he learnt along the way.

One Pound Challenge taken by Loughborough PhD student


Participants needed for rugby research study

19 January 2015

A new and exciting area of research is currently looking into gaining a better understanding of what a professional career in rugby is like.

If you are a retired ex-professional player, we are looking to utilise your great knowledge to gain a better understanding of how you make sense of your playing career and beyond.

If you are interested in taking part in the study, please contact Sabrina Heimler (  More information regarding the study can be found here.


  Science and Enterprise partnership helps launch MeArm
- a mini robotic arm

23 December 2014

The University's graduate hub The Studio, the department of Computer Sciences and Des19ncor, a design consultancy based on Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Parks have all collaborated in the development of the amazing robotic MeArm.

Launch of mini robotic arm - MeArm


  Honorary degrees to be presented at Loughborough
University’s winter degree ceremonies

11 December 2014

Loughborough University will award honorary degrees to Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, and Simon Denyer, Joint Chief Executive Officer at digital media company Perform, at its winter degree ceremonies on Monday 15 December.

Professor Dame Sally Davies will be presented with the award of Honorary Doctor of Science (Hon DSci) in recognition of her contribution to public health and health research.
Simon Denyer will receive the title of Honorary Doctor of the University (Hon DUniv) in recognition of his contribution to sports and digital media.

Honorary degrees awarded at winter degree ceremonies

Guinness World Record?

10 December 2014

More than 1,000 people gathered at the new Shirley Pearce Square, near Martin Hall, on 10 December to take part in the Christmas Jumper world record attempt in aid of Save the Children. “We did beat the current, verified, world record of 639 and we raised at least £2,500 for Save the Children – it was a fantastic day!” said event organiser, Sarah Harr. 

Spirits were high among the 1,175 as they waited for everyone to be counted in, singing along to Loughborough Campus radio and enjoying food and drink from the surrounding Christmas market stalls.

We’ll have to wait for a while yet to find out if we officially broke the Guinness World Record but confidence is high!

Guinness World Record? 

Loughborough to host English Artistic Gymnastics

8 December 2014

The country’s top gymnasts are set to compete on campus next year at the 2015 English Artistic Gymnastics Championships, which will be staged at the Sir David Wallace Sports Hall, home to our graduation ceremonies, from 13 – 15 March.

The senior gymnasts will not only be seeking national titles but also selection for the European Championships in Montpellier in April and the World Championships being held in Glasgow in October.

Loughborough to host English Artistic Gymnastics Championships   

Loughborough Alumna wins national literary award

8 December 2014

Sharon Bolton (Drama, 1982) has won the CWA Dagger in the Library 2014; an annual award that celebrates an author’s body of work, rather than an individual title. Previous winners include Mo Hayder, Stuart MacBride and Alexander McCall Smith.

Alison Joseph, chair of the Crime Writers’ Association said, ‘The Dagger in the Library celebrates what we crime writers do best: great story-telling. It is judged by readers, for readers. It is also a reminder of the central importance of libraries to the world of books and to the lives of readers and writers. Congratulations to Sharon for this well-deserved win.’

Loughborough Alumna wins national literary award 


£0.5 million scholarship package announced for
Loughborough University in London

1 December 2014

Loughborough is investing over half a million pounds (£0.5m) in scholarships and bursaries to support students studying at Loughborough University in London in 2015, including Alumni Bursaries offering 20% off tuition fees.
Opening in autumn 2015, Loughborough University in London is an inspiring new campus, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which will offer cutting-edge postgraduate taught programmes, research (including PhD study) and partnerships focused on innovation.

£0.5 million scholarship package announced for Loughborough University in London


 Loughborough University Design graduate receives
tremendous kickstart for Avo

1 December 2014

Loughborough University Studio tenant Suzy Shelley has smashed her crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter, raising over £99,000 for Avo - the world's first self-maintaining fish tank.

Suzy – who is supported by the Studio, Loughborough University’s graduate commercialisation hub – sought to raise £60,000 to launch Avo next September.  A global surge of extra pledges has enabled Suzy to offer fish-keeping enthusiasts a stylish cat proof lid for the fish tank, and she is already working on an automatic feeder, in time for the product launch.

Loughborough University Design graduate smashes her crowdfunding goal 


 International award for low cost inflatable baby incubator

7 November 2014

A Loughborough University graduate has won the International James Dyson Award with his life saving low cost inflatable baby incubator for use in the developing world.

James Roberts, who recently graduated from the Loughborough Design School with a BSc in Product Design and Technology, has won £30,000 to invest into further prototyping and testing, with a view to further cost reductions and ultimately seeing MOM mass produced.


International Award for James


 Loughborough University in London to host Advanced
Propulsion  Centre’s first Spoke

6 November 2014

Loughborough University in London is to host the first ‘Spoke’ of the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), Dr Vince Cable MP, the
Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, announced today (6 November).

The APC was established to position the UK as the global leader for the production and development of low carbon propulsion technology,
forging partnerships between those who have good ideas and those who can bring them to market.
It operates on a ‘Hub and Spoke’ model. The APC ‘Hub’ is located at the University of Warwick, with ‘Spokes’ as centres of excellence
throughout the UK to realise the concept of a Propulsion Nation – a coordinated national resource of facilities and expertise.


Loughborough announced centre of excellence for Advanced Propulsion Centre


 Loughborough tops Lloyds Bank Quality of
Student Life Survey

3 October 2014

Students at Loughborough University have the best quality of student life, according to a national survey conducted by Lloyds Bank.

The annual University Quality of Student Life Survey aims to quantify where student satisfaction and living standards are highest by ranking individual institutions' performance across a range of indicators.


Loughborough tops survey


 Manchester United return to Loughborough

1 October 2014

A ‘Manchester United Youth XI’ is returning to play at Loughborough University Stadium against the Students football team on
Tuesday 21 October.

A United youth side played Loughborough Students two years ago, completing a 6-2 victory in front of a crowd of 1,500.

The team that played in 2012 included Mats Daehli, a senior international who played for Norway against England at Wembley
earlier this year, and Jack Barmby who has been signed by Leicester City.


Loughborough to take on Red Devils


 Loughborough University leaps to 13th in Times
Good University Guide

19 September 2014

Loughborough University has risen to 13th place out of 121 UK universities in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015, cementing its status as one of the country’s leading higher education institutions.

Loughborough was also shortlisted for the coveted title of University of the Year 2014-15, which recognises all-round excellence. It was awarded the honour in 2008 and has now been shortlisted a further five times, more than any other university, which reinforces its position among the UK’s academic elite.

 Loughborough moves up the rankings  





 Graduate company creates sustainably powered
football pitch

17 September 2014

Loughborough University graduate company Pavegen has just delivered its most ambitious project to date – a sustainably powered football pitch in one of the most deprived favelas in Rio de Janeiro.

In partnership with Shell, Pavegen installed 200 tiles into the redeveloped pitch at Morro da Mineira which was recently opened by global football legend, and Shell ambassador, Pelé. The pitch is lit for ten hours during the night by a unique combination of Pavegen tiles, which convert the energy from footsteps into electricity, and solar panels.



Running up power


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