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Alumni Association

Magazine issue 22 autumn 2010

reaching new heights How your continued support is elevating the Loughborough experience

after the earthquake

A look at how Loughborough’s Water Engineering Development Centre is helping the people of Haiti to rebuild their infrastructure

centre for excellence

Loughborough’s new Design School anticipates the arrival of state-of-the-art premises

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Features Sir Nigel Rudd


Sir Nigel Rudd talks about his new role as University Chancellor.

Design enters a new era at Loughborough


How will the Browne Review on university tuition fees impact on Higher Education at Loughborough? We asked the Vice-Chancellor and Students’ Union President for their views.

When the dust settles


WEDC talk about the current situation in Haiti and how their work can help to get this ravaged island back on its feet.

My life after Loughborough


A look at the life of Bob Pettigrew, whose mountaineering adventures have taken him all over the world and form an amazing story.

Alumni Association, Rutland Building, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU, UK Tel: +44 (0)1509 228497 Fax: +44 (0)1509 223983 Email: Web: The views in this Magazine are those of the contributors and not necessarily those of the Editor or the University. Editor: Matthew Inglesant, Development and Alumni Relations Office. Publisher: Loughborough University. Design and Production: Design and Print Services, Loughborough University. Printed by dsicmm Ltd. This publication has been printed on PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) paper by DSICMM Limited who hold the PEFC environmental accreditation. With thanks to everyone who contributed to this issue. T41848 DPS Nov10

In July, Sir Nigel Rudd was welcomed as the University’s fifth Chancellor. We spoke to Sir Nigel about his new role and his hopes for the future of the University.

You are, no doubt, aware of the challenges facing higher education as governments worldwide cut public funding to assist the economy in its climb out of recession – it has dominated the headlines in the UK for months now! Loughborough is not exempt from these cuts, but our excellent relations with industry, our outstanding reputation for research, and strong student demand for the Loughborough University experience mean we are well positioned to weather this storm. One bright spot in these challenging times is the increase of charitable support we receive from alumni and friends, as well as from current students and staff. There are stories about the impact made by your generous support throughout this magazine. On behalf of the University I want to thank you all. Gifts at all levels help us to offer an outstanding student experience and remain competitive with the very best universities in the world.


Loughborough University’s ambitious plans to create a world class facility for design education are well underway with the building of the new Design Centre on campus.

The price of education

I hope that you enjoy the latest edition of the Loughborough University Alumni Magazine. It is a small way for us to keep you up-to-date with the University, even if you have not been able to return to campus for a while. In early September, over 200 alumni and friends attended a reunion weekend. What a pleasure to have so many of you return – thank you to everyone who sent us emails and letters of thanks. The visit to the Mechanical Engineering laboratories and lecture by Professor John Tyrer; the update on 2012 preparation camps provided by Director of the Sports Development Centre, Chris Earle; and the gala dinner in Burleigh Court with guest speaker and alumnus David Moorcroft, former world record holder of the 5,000 metres, were all a big hit. We do not have enough room to have everyone return at once, but will continue to hold reunions annually on major anniversaries. I look forward to welcoming others next year.

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Dear Friends

Sir Nigel Rudd talks about his new role as University Chancellor

Greetings from Loughborough!

Professor Shirley Pearce Vice-Chancellor

The role of the Chancellor The Chancellor is the Chief Ambassador of the University, presides over ceremonial functions, and acts as Chairman of University Court. The Chancellor also confers degrees on graduates of the University. Sir Nigel succeeds Sir John Jennings who retired from the role after seven years in office.

Sir Nigel Rudd, DL Born in 1946, Sir Nigel left Bemrose Grammar School in Derby at 16, and just five years later qualified as Britain’s youngest chartered accountant. In 1982, he founded Williams Holdings plc, where he was Chairman until 2000, establishing it as one of the largest industrial holding companies in the UK. He was knighted in 1996 for services to the manufacturing industry. Sir Nigel has been Chairman of East Midlands Electricity, Kidde, Pilkington and Alliance Boots, and Deputy Chairman of Barclays and NonExecutive Director of BAE Systems. He is currently Chairman of Barclays Private Bank; Pendragon; and BAA, owner of Heathrow and a number of other airports. In 1998, his achievements were recognised by the University with an Honorary Doctor of Technology from Loughborough University. Sir Nigel and his wife, Lesley, have three children and five grandchildren.

Why have you chosen to support education and research? I see education and research as key factors in achieving social mobility and providing the opportunities that enable people to realise their full potential. Equipping people with the very best knowledge, skills and innovations to make a significant contribution to society is an investment in all our futures.

You must have many calls upon your time, why did you find Loughborough’s invitation to become Chancellor appealing? There are many reasons why I accepted this role. I already felt a strong affinity with Loughborough. Around 15 years ago, I assisted the University in a bid for Sports Academy status before the scheme was halted by a change in national government. At the time, I came to appreciate the quality of Loughborough’s work and I have watched with interest the University’s many achievements over the intervening years. I am also committed to the East Midlands, where I was born and still live. I would not have considered supporting a university outside of the region. Loughborough’s strong reputation for excellence, both nationally and internationally, is one I am proud of – it reflects well on the expertise that can be found within the region. Throughout my life, I have been interested in sport both as a participant and a spectator. I greatly admire sporting excellence. I am attracted by how the determination, teamwork, and ability to nurture excellence that characterise sport have crossed over into all aspects of the University. From a purely selfish perspective, I enjoy the opportunity to meet people who are passionate about their subject and to see for myself the innovative work that takes place on campus. I take great pleasure in meeting students and feel inspired by their energy and enthusiasm for the future. The only downside is the ache in my shoulder after shaking hands with so many at graduation – I will be in training before the next ceremony!

I see myself as a roving international ambassador, sharing the Loughborough story in influential circles.

How do you see your work as Chancellor helping the University to further strengthen its profile regionally, nationally and internationally? Loughborough is already a successful, highly regarded University. I see myself as a roving international ambassador, sharing the Loughborough story in influential circles, brokering introductions, and ensuring that the global networks of partners and friends that characterise the University are vibrant and expanding. I am absolutely committed to Loughborough’s strategic goals and will work closely with the Vice-Chancellor and her team to ensure that they are achieved. I hope that I will have many opportunities during my tenure to meet fellow alumni – to share both your memories of campus life and your hopes and aspirations for the future of your University.

design enters a new era at

One of the most

important factors for us as a school is that we continue to make sure our high quality teaching and research meets the needs of industry and society – this is where our alumni can really help us


Loughborough University’s ambitious plans to create a world-class facility for design education are well underway with the building of the new Design Centre on campus.

The Centre has been designed by Nicholas Burwell Architects. The extensive use of zinc cladding and sheer glass surfaces on the external envelope will make it a truly eye-catching building. An internal street will form a main circulation space for students and staff, with glazed roof lights overhead to make the area bright and airy. It will be home to the newly formed Loughborough Design School. Created in August 2010, the Design School brings together the Departments of Design and Technology, Ergonomics, and the Ergonomics and Safety Research Institute (ESRI) to form a new academic structure that will offer greater opportunities to

develop our world-leading research and support some of the UK’s best design teaching. In the latest government Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) the Design and Technology Department, and ESRI at Loughborough were recognised as number one in the UK, with 55% of their research classed as world-leading. The new Design Centre will help us to build on this success by providing both the resources and space to allow greater collaboration between research disciplines, enabling Loughborough to respond rapidly to the changing needs of designers as well as new and emerging areas of research. Our origins in teacher training will not be lost as the new facilities will also help to strengthen the already high-quality teacher education provision in Design and Technology and Science. These are exciting times for Design at Loughborough University. Tony Hodgson, Director of the new Design School, commented:

“With the new academic structure now in place and a new building due for completion in the summer of 2011, we are entering a new era of design education, research and enterprise. One of the most important factors for us as a school is that we continue to make sure our high quality teaching and research meets the needs of industry and society – and this is where our alumni can really help us. We are always keen to hear from alumni who have experience of working as designers, teachers, ergonomists and safety practitioners and are interested in sharing their experience to support our teaching and research programmes.” Visit for more details and to watch a short video simulation of the completed building.

The Design Centre begins to take shape

Photograph courtesy of Nigel Zanker

Standing between the iconic Towers building and the Towers Rugby Pitch, the Design Centre will be a state-of-the-art facility providing students, researchers and staff with the best in equipment, lecture theatres, workshops and research laboratories. Covering 7,760m², the building will also contain offices, computer suites, a cafe and display area.

If you would like to find out more about Design Education at Loughborough and how you can get involved, please contact Leah Graham in the Development and Alumni Relations Office by email or telephone +44 (0)1509 223418

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news from loughborough Loughborough University chosen as headquarters for Team GB’s 2012 Olympic preparation

David Moorcroft leads University relay team

Loughborough University has been selected by the British Olympic Association (BOA) as the Official Preparation Camp Headquarters for Team GB prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Former 5,000m world-record holder David Moorcroft OBE, headed up a Loughborough University team competing in the Round Leicestershire Relay for Anthony Nolan, the charity that takes back lives from leukaemia by recruiting to and managing the UK’s most successful bone marrow register.

The agreement means many of Team GB’s sports disciplines are expected to use Loughborough’s facilities for their pre-Games training.

Moorcroft, the UK Athletics President and Loughborough PE and Sports Science graduate, was part of a team of staff, research students and alumni that included former English National XC winner Angela Newport and current GB XC Team member, Nick Samuels.

It is also anticipated that all members of Team GB will pass through Loughborough University for the official kitting out process. This will provide the essential opportunity to bring together the hundreds of athletes and officials into one unit, and mentally prepare Team GB for competition at the largest scale multi-sports environment in the world. In the months preceding the 2012 Games, the BOA will also base its support services at Loughborough. Of the announcement, Professor Shirley Pearce, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said:

“The University has been the base for the preparation of around 170 British Olympians over the past 30 years, and many of the country’s 2012 contenders are already using our state-of-the-art facilities. “This announcement is confirmation that Loughborough offers the best possible Olympic preparation environment for many of Team GB’s sports. “We’d like to thank the East Midlands Development Agency for the support that they have given us over the years to build a world-leading sports environment here at Loughborough. This success will bring economic as well as sporting benefits to the East Midlands. We are also grateful to Charnwood Borough Council and Leicestershire County Council for their support in putting our bid together.” BOA Chief Executive, Andy Hunt, commented: “Our number one priority is to ensure that Team GB athletes have the best possible preparation environment immediately before the Games in 2012. “We are delighted that Loughborough University will partner the BOA as Team GB’s preparation HQ. We’re confident Loughborough’s excellence in the field of sport will be of huge benefit to Team GB’s aspiration of securing fourth place in the London 2012 medal table.” Councillor David Parsons CBE, leader of Leicestershire County Council, added:

The 13-strong University team completed the 92-mile relay on Sunday 26 September to raise awareness of the importance of the Anthony Nolan charity that relies on public donations to continue saving lives.

The team’s fundraising efforts have topped £5,000 which will pay for 40 applications to be processed and added to the register, which could help save 40 lives.

University staff and members of local club Barrow Runners organised the challenge in support of Dean of Engineering, Steve Rothberg, who is undergoing treatment for leukaemia. This follows a donor drive for Anthony Nolan at the University in May that attracted the highest number of recruits from any UK university to date. Since then, a donor has been found for Steve who is now recovering from his transplant. However, there are 1,400 adults and children in the UK and 16,000 people worldwide still in need of a bone marrow transplant.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shirley Pearce, said: “Bringing together a team of past and present staff and students from the University through a sporting challenge is a fantastic way to support the Anthony Nolan charity.”

Now in its 21st year, the Round Leicester Relay roughly follows the Leicester Round footpath taking in some of the county’s landmarks including the Iron Age fort at Burrough Hill, Bosworth Battlefield, Bradgate Park and Beacon Hill.

“We are delighted that Loughborough has been selected as the headquarters of Team GB’s preparation camp.

“I very much welcome the news that Team GB’s preparation camp headquarters will be at Loughborough University. It is recognition of Loughborough’s world-class facilities and its place as the country’s leading university for sport. This latest achievement will only enhance the University’s international reputation. “Hosting 500 plus athletes will be a major task and the County Council will do everything it can to support the University in giving Britain’s competitors the very best chance of Olympic success.” The GB Badminton Performance Director, Ian Moss, said: “The world-class facilities available at Loughborough University will provide Great Britain’s badminton players with an excellent training base as the team prepares to achieve their best for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games. As a team, we are delighted that the training options open to our athletes now includes this outstanding facility to complete our preparations. “Being a part of the Team GB headquarters will ensure that our athletes are able to benefit from the full range of support services available in the run-up to London 2012, and we look forward to working together with the BOA to fine-tune our planning.”

As well as the BOA, Loughborough University will also host the Japanese Olympic team in the weeks prior to the 2012 Olympic Games. The co-location of two major teams will create a unique environment, with Loughborough likely to have the highest concentration of Olympic activity outside the capital. A partnership agreement, signed by the BOA with the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) in June last year, has already seen the two organisations working closely together on academic research and teaching activity. Japan’s Olympic sports teams will also be using the University’s world-class facilities for training and final preparations before competitions in Europe from now until 2012. Charnwood Borough Council Interim Chief Executive, Geoff Parker, said: “To host two major teams in the build-up to the world’s largest multi-sports event is fantastic news, not only for the University, but for the town of Loughborough and the East Midlands as a whole. “The increase in visitors to the area, including the large media corps that accompanies the squads, will bring huge economic benefits to the town and the region. We are working with our partners to ensure that staff, students and the local community are able to capitalise on the benefits that having these teams at Loughborough will bring.”

In addition to competing for Loughborough University, David Moorcroft presented the prizes at Mowmacre Hill School Sports Hall, Tedworth Green, Leicester. The University team put in a superb performance against some of the county’s finest runners, finishing 4th in the mixed teams – with 39 teams competing.

“This is such a worthy cause that has a personal meaning to so many of us at Loughborough, as a consequence of Steve Rothberg’s engagement with the Trust, and it is great to see such support from across the University including our alumni network. I wish Steve a speedy and full recovery.” For further information about this magnificent team effort, contact Anna Seddon at More details about the Anthony Nolan Trust and the Bone Marrow Register can be found at

Historical furniture funds future students An auction of noteworthy Loughborough University furniture made by former students in the 1930s has raised more than £30,000 towards a scholarship fund for students of creative design. More than 170 pieces of bedroom furniture, including wardrobe sets, desks and mirrors, as well as a small selection of refectory tables, were sold from their former home in Hazlerigg Hall by television antiques expert and Loughborough alumnus, Philip Serrell. The furniture was sold as part of the refurbishment programme of former halls of residence Hazlerigg and Rutland Halls, though multiple sets will be retained for the University’s permanent collection. Close to 150 people registered in person and online for the auction which attracted bidders from as far afield as Jersey and the USA. Auctioneer and valuer Serrell, who trained to become a PE teacher before embarking on his current career, has fond memories of Loughborough and was delighted to see so many former students come back to campus to bid for a piece of the University’s history:

“There were people here in their forties, fifties, sixties and seventies who had returned to buy a piece of their past. The fact bidders could walk away with a piece of furniture they may well have used when studying at Loughborough is really quite something. I hope everyone enjoyed the experience.” Funds raised will go to the Creative Scholarship Fund which supports students in art and design, enabling the most talented to study at Loughborough regardless of their social or economic circumstances, and developing resources and opportunities to help artists and designers realise their full potential. For more info on Creative Scholarships, please email Leah Graham at

PhD student awarded Krystel Howard has been awarded first prize by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) in the field of Fluid Separation Processes, for her technical excellence and outstanding oral presentation skills. Krystel, who is a final year PhD student in the Chemical Engineering Department, received the award at the national research event – What’s New in Fluid Separations organised by IChemE Fluid Separations Subject Group (FSSG) at BP, Sunbury-on-Thames, on 4 June 2010. Krystel has conducted her research in collaboration with AstraZeneca at Loughborough. Her work focuses on the application of process analytical technology for the design, separation and production of quality crystals and has a great potential in industrial applications. The event brought together individuals and organisations from across the country to discover the exciting and diverse separation processes research currently underway in the UK.

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Student experience elevated by balloon purchase Students at Loughborough University will benefit from the generosity of our alumni by taking to the skies in a new University-branded hot air balloon. On Sunday 8 August, a group of current and former Loughborough students, along with a number of University staff, were able to enjoy the balloon’s maiden flight over the town and surrounding Leicestershire countryside. The new envelope – the technical name for the balloon’s inflatable bag – has been donated to the Union by the University. Its purchase was supported by Loughborough University Development Trust, which raises funds from former students and other friends of the University. The Hot Air Ballooning Club is one of the Students’ Union’s 50 or so societies, which enable students to get involved in a range of social activities – and contribute significantly to Loughborough’s award-winning Student Experience. Loughborough’s club is one of just four university hot air ballooning clubs in the UK. It has been flying for over 20 years. During that period, its previous envelope had deteriorated, greatly reducing the number of passengers it could carry. The new envelope will redress this. It is expected that in excess of 1,000 people will fly in it during its lifetime. g rtesy of Marketin Photographs cou

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Stephen Law, Chair of the Ballooning Club, said: “The new envelope looks

really great. We’re all really proud of Loughborough and this is a great way to promote the University right across the UK. And of course it’s also good that it’s enabling us, and other students in the future, to engage in our passion for ballooning.” Bryan Johnston, administrator of the University’s Development Trust, added: “This new balloon is the culmination of many years’ hard work by past and present members of the Club, the Students’ Union and the University. We are deeply grateful to former members of the Club who donated specifically for the balloon, and to the many other Loughborough alumni who donated via the Development Trust.” Andrew Cooney, the University’s Marketing Communications Manager, commented: “We’re really pleased to have been able to support the Ballooning Club, and the Loughborough Student Experience, in this way. It was great to see the University’s name flying high in the sky.” The new balloon will be used at several of the University’s and Students’ Union’s forthcoming events, as well as community events. It will also be flown at festivals both in the UK and overseas. Its most recent flight was at the Astra Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, which saw over 150 balloons take part in the four-day event – the largest festival of its kind in Europe this year.

Timepiece for the 21st century To mark the major refurbishment of Hazlerigg and Rutland and acknowledge their new function as the central hub for the most important administrative functions of the University, students participated in a design competition to find ‘A timepiece for the 21st Century’. The competition was supported by a generous donation from former Bursar and honorary graduate, Michael Pearson. All students in the School of Art and Design, the Department of Design and Technology, and the Wolfson School of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering were invited to submit designs for an innovative and creative timepiece that would symbolise the spirit of the University. After a rigorous judging process it proved impossible for the judges to select a single design from the high standard of entries received.

The judges decided to chose the designs submitted by Kirsten Read and Lewis Hunter. Ron Gray, Director of Development and Alumni Relations and member of the judging panel, commented: “We were overwhelmed by the ingenuity and originality shown by the entries, it was an impossible task to select just one. Our final choices embody the pioneering spirit of the University and will be a fitting commemoration of this important stage in the University’s history.” The winning entries will be located in the newly designated Council Chamber in Hazelrigg and the building’s main meeting rooms. The timepieces are currently in production and will be installed in time for the building’s opening ceremony later this year.

GradGift 2010

Weathering inflation

GradGift 2010 was launched earlier this year and is one of the first of its kind among British universities. The Loughborough Students’ Union worked with the Development and Alumni Relations Office on this student-led initiative that enables graduating students to make a donation to a University project of their choice, thereby leaving a lasting legacy for tomorrow’s students.

The unique weather vane that tops Hazlerigg Hall has always been a campus landmark. It depicts the intrepid Doctor Schofield, founder of the then Loughborough College, departing for America to raise support for his vision of a world-leading educational establishment.

The Students’ Union Executive identified a cause that resonated with many students: the creation of a recreational games area. The University has the best facilities in the country for elite athletes, yet there is great demand for recreational sports space for every sport and every ability. The Class of 2010 Recreational Games Area will be dedicated during the Alumni Challenge Weekend in May 2011. Tas Siddeeque, the Students’ Union Alumni Officer, provided exceptional leadership and energy to GradGift 2010. The campaign slogan, “Don’t Give...Unless you believe Lufbra is for Life” generated awareness and interest across campus. Ron Gray, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, praised the effort: “I have never seen a student-led initiative capture the imagination of the senior management at a university the way GradGift 2010 has – not only did 100% of the Students’ Union Executive give personally to this campaign, but nearly 80% of the University Executive Management Group made a charitable contribution as well.” Vice-Chancellor, Shirley Pearce, said: “I want to offer my congratulations to the Class of 2010 and the Students’ Union Executive for making the Class of 2010 Recreational Games Area possible, and thank all our alumni, parents, friends, and staff who contributed to raise more than £14,000. In this challenging financial environment it is especially meaningful to have our students see the value of a project and help make it a reality.”

In recent months, the building has undergone a major refurbishment and this autumn the Vice-Chancellor and many of the University’s central functions, including the Development and Alumni Relations Office, will be moving in, putting the Hall at the centre of campus life. During the refurbishment, Hazlerigg’s iconic weather vane has been restored for the first time since July 1984. Today’s builders were surprised to find a message from their 1984 predecessors tucked into the brickwork that supports the weather vane. Back in 1984, the estate workers had the foresight to leave behind a note of contemporary prices as an intriguing time capsule for their successors. This now tatty scrap of paper has been passed to the University Archivist for preservation. With faded ink and torn edges it has become difficult to read but, for those who are interested, in 1984 £1.00 was worth $1.3470, the FT Index was 817.9, a pint of beer was just 62p and you could drive away a Ford Escort for £4,853.

Lord Wolfson of Marylebone (1928-2010) – a friend to Loughborough University Education has always benefited from the visionary philanthropy of individuals. In May, Lord Wolfson of Marylebone, one of the most influential philanthropists of his generation, sadly passed away. Lord Wolfson was a Founding Trustee of the Wolfson Foundation in 1955 and, since 1972, acted as Chairman. He was also Chairman of the Wolfson Family Charitable Trust. Under his leadership, both organisations supported excellence, generally through the funding of capital infrastructure in the fields of science and medicine, health, education, and the arts and humanities. During Lord Wolfson’s lifetime, over £1bn (in current values) was invested in a wide range of charitable activities. Lord Wolfson first became involved with Loughborough University in 1972 when the

Foundation generously supported the recruitment of two engineers to accelerate the development of Loughborough University’s Computerised Information and Drawings. Since then the Foundation has supported a further nine projects and invested almost £5m in the work of the University. The Foundation’s most recent contribution of £1.5m supported the Health, Exercise and Biosciences Building which was completed in 2008 and opened by the Princess Royal. Lord Wolfson always took a keen interest in the projects the Foundation funded and, from time to time, visited campus to see what he had helped to achieve. In 2003, the University recognised his personal achievements in philanthropy and business with the award of an honorary degree.

The impact of Lord Wolfson’s work both at Loughborough and throughout the UK research community has been tremendously significant. The support of the Foundation and Trust has been instrumental in securing the UK’s position as a world-leader and resulted in life-changing research that will touch countless lives for generations to come. Vice-Chancellor Shirley Pearce observed: “Lord Wolfson was a loyal and long-standing friend of the University, and I am proud to say that his kindness and generosity will not be forgotten. The support of the Wolfson Foundation has been instrumental in helping Loughborough to compete with the very best universities world-wide. We are most grateful.”

• Lord Wolfson was a director, managing director and chairman of the Great Universal Stores and was chairman of Burberry’s Ltd. • Wolfson College, Oxford and Wolfson College, Cambridge were both founded after generous donations from the Foundation. • Lord Wolfson was president of the Jewish Welfare Board (19721982), a trustee of the Imperial War Museum and a patron of the Royal College of Surgeons. • He was knighted in 1977 and was created a life peer, in 1985. He also inherited his father’s baronetcy, created in 1962.

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Stanley Evernden (1906-1992) Stanley Evernden is widely regarded as the founder of undergraduate drama at Loughborough. His love of drama began at an early age as an active member of his school dramatic society, receiving excellent reviews for his talented work. An Oxford graduate, Stanley became a teacher and joined Loughborough in 1950. For over 20 years he taught drama and staged productions for the College and local community, inspiring many students. His work extended beyond the lecture theatre. He wrote a number of plays and poems, and was heavily involved with the Theatre Centre, London, which took his productions

into schools to engage young audiences. Indeed, throughout his career, Stanley was committed to drama and the positive impact it could have on the lives of young people. To commemorate his achievements and the contribution he made to drama, the University held the Stanley Evernden Memorial Evening on Thursday 10 June. His family, former students and friends came together to remember Stanley and watch the final year drama students in their performance of The Virgin Spring – a stage adaptation of the film by Ingmar Bergman.

Loughborough University wins major award for innovation

This enjoyable evening was instigated by former student Peter Cox (Physical Enducation, 1957) and marked the launch of the Stanley Evernden Memorial Fund created to support drama students taking their productions to festivals and events around the UK. According to Peter: “Stanley would have been proud of all those involved with the performance, presented, as it was, from the coursework of a Drama Department he created and nurtured in those early years.” We would like to thank everyone who has supported the Stanley Evernden Memorial Fund to date. Supporting our

Loughborough University has picked up a prestigious award for innovation. The award, for Best Small to Mediumsized Enterprise/University Collaboration, was presented by Wayne Hemingway, one of Britain’s best known designers and champions of innovation, at this year’s Sustainable Construction Innovation Awards ceremony. Organised by the Sustainable Construction Innovation Network (iNet), the awards showcased innovation in the construction industry in the East Midlands and were held at Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire in April, during the East Midlands Innovation Festival (iFestival).

students to take their productions to festivals and events around the UK will allow them to showcase their talent, develop their performance skills and provide them with the

The future of engineering education “Loughborough University hosts both the Engineering Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Engineering Subject Centre and therefore represents a current centre of gravity for engineering education in the UK.” Extracted from a White Paper: UK Approaches to Engineering Project-Based Learning by Doctor Ruth Graham, sponsored by the Bernard M Gordon MIT Engineering Leadership Programme

With an international reputation for excellence in engineering and a long history of successful partnership with industry, Loughborough is a leader in engineering education. Founded in 2005, the Engineering Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (engCETL) draws together and builds upon Loughborough’s acknowledged cross-disciplinary expertise in this area, developing and sharing effective teaching practices to push the boundaries of engineering education in the UK. With the support of industry, the engCETL is working with engineering departments to train graduates who are employable, entrepreneurial, productive and innovative and who have the ability to shape the future of UK engineering. Centres for Excellence in Teaching (CETLs) were originally funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to raise teaching standards and maintain the UK’s position as a world-leader in education. After a competitive bidding process, HEFCE funded over 74 centres nationwide, selecting Loughborough’s engCETL as the only one devoted to engineering education. Over the last five years the Centre has developed many practical, proven teaching aids such as online simulation tutorials to explain complex engineering concepts and computer aided coursework assessment systems to improve feedback to students. These aids are integrated in teaching, enhancing the student learning experience and ensuring that Loughborough’s engineering graduates remain among the most sought after in the UK. The value of this work is undisputed. Now that the five-year funding period has ended, the University is continuing to fund this work to ensure that students continue to benefit from innovations in teaching and learning. With many thousands of Loughborough engineering graduates working across the world in multiple sectors, engCETL would be delighted to hear from those who are now in a position to contribute to this process of continuous advancement in engineering education. If you are interested in learning more about our work in this area, please contact the Development and Alumni Relations Office who would be happy to introduce you to colleagues at engCETL.

opportunity to meet with influential people in the industry. Above all, the Fund will ensure that Stanley will continue to inspire future generations of drama professionals.

The award was in recognition of the work undertaken by Loughborough University in collaboration with the universities of Nottingham and Northampton on a joint project, Sustainable Homes Innovation Network of Excellence (SHINE). The project is an attempt to evaluate energy performance in a domestic setting and to assess the effectiveness of sustainable technologies over a number of years in new and existing homes.

Making your gifts work harder

Doctor Paul Rowley, who accepted the award on behalf of the SHINE project team, said: “We are thrilled to receive the award – the SHINE project is a model of how universities and business can work together to develop, test and benchmark sustainable technologies.

Thank you to everyone – alumni, friends of Loughborough University, charitable trusts and companies – who have made donations to the Loughborough University Development Trust since the start of the Government Matched Funding Scheme in August 2008.

“Not only has the SHINE project brought together leading businesses and universities from across the region to work on holistic solutions for sustainable technology in buildings, it has allowed these organisations to network and develop future projects.”

We are delighted to report that the University is already in receipt of an additional £765,000 from donations that have been matched from the first year of the Scheme – donations to projects like those highlighted on these pages and many, many more. Engineering alumnus John Hanford observed that: “I believe that most of us are incredibly proud of our education at Loughborough and will do whatever is within our power to help support the institution today. The Matched Funding Scheme increases the value of one’s gift, and I hope that everyone takes advantage of this opportunity to support the University.”

Speaking after the awards, Director of the Sustainable Construction iNet, Doctor John Liddle, said: “This high level of collaboration within the SHINE project meant iNet was able to secure a Collaborative Research and Development grant to support the project, in partnership with funding from the Technology Strategy Board. SHINE has made excellent use of the support and advice available through the Sustainable Construction iNet and that should be an encouragement to everyone working in the construction sector.”

The Big Bang East Midlands is a big hit with young people Almost 300 young people from across the East Midlands visited the University in June to take part in a special celebration of science and engineering. The annual Big Bang East Midlands, which was hosted this year for the first time by the University, aims to ignite young people’s interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and inspire them to follow careers in these rewarding fields. All those who attended presented projects they had completed in one of the STEM areas, which were judged by industry and University experts. A selection of the prize winners will now compete at the live finals of the National Science and Engineering Competition taking place at the Excel Centre in London next year. The event also featured a host of fun and engaging hands-on activities and workshops, including a chance to measure kicking speed using high-tech cameras, and a pit stop tyre change challenge with the University’s Formula Student team. Popular TV personality Des Coleman, who is best known for his entertaining weather forecasts on BBC East Midlands, also joined in the fun. He met with some of the young people at the event, learning more about their projects before presenting prizes to the competition winners. Loughborough University’s event coordinator, Lesley Davis, said: “The Big Bang East Midlands was a fantastic day that was enjoyed by all. It was great to meet so many young people who are passionate about science, technology, engineering and maths. I hope this event has inspired them to pursue their studies in these areas.”

Improved email for alumni Since the initial launch of alumni email we have conducted further development work and, in July 2010, were delighted to offer an enhanced service. Now, when students graduate, their current student email is translated to an alumni account – retaining their emails and contacts at a key stage of their career. The new system, which uses Google, allows all alumni to have an email account – rather than

just the forwarding email address we could previously offer – with addresses taking the format: <name>

University email address are manifold and this initiative strongly supports the philosophy that ‘Loughborough is for Life’.”

Ron Gray, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, said: “Our alumni are key members of the Loughborough University community, and we are delighted to offer a seamless transition from student to alumni status. The benefits for graduating students of keeping their

If you left Loughborough before 2010 and would like an alumni email account, please send your name and your student number to using the subject line: Email account request. Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)1509 228497

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£15,000 Harvey Ingram donation benefits enterprising students Law firm Harvey Ingram has further cemented its commitment to supporting enterprise and nurturing innovation with a three-year £15,000 donation to Loughborough University. The sponsorship will support the University’s enterprise and commercialisation activities through sponsorship of flagship events including the Enterprise Awards, Da Vinci Health Technology Awards and Student Business Plan Competition. Loughborough University Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise), Professor Phill Dickens, said: “We are delighted that Harvey Ingram, one of the most prestigious and successful law firms in the region, has made this commitment to the University. It highlights its value and position as an active member of our community.” The award was formally agreed between Professor Dickens, Harvey Ingram Managing Partner Simon Astill and Partner John Stobart. Simon Astill said: “Loughborough University has an impressive track record in commercialising research that impacts positively on society and the economy. The entrepreneurial achievements of its researchers and graduates are well recognised. We’re delighted to offer our support and look forward to developing closer links with the University during the coming years.”

Information Science welcomes Professor Amanda Spink Professor Amanda Spink has been appointed to a Chair in Information Science. She joins the Department of Information Science from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia, where she was Research Capacity Building Professor of Information Science. Professor Spink’s research focuses on developing theories, models and empirical studies of information behaviour, and she has over 330 publications and six books. Her most recent book, Information Behaviour: An Evolutionary Instinct (Springer), provides a new evolutionary and interdisciplinary theoretical and research framework for understanding information behaviour. Professor Spink has been noted as an intellectual leader for Library and Information Science and for having the second highest citation h-index in the field. She has also recently been appointed Editor of the Emerald Library and Information Science book series. Speaking about her appointment, Professor Graham Matthews, Head of Loughborough’s Department of Information Science, said: “The University and Department are extremely pleased to have appointed Professor Spink, a renowned scholar in the field. With an international reputation for research in information science. Colleagues are looking forward to working with her when she takes up her appointment in September. We are looking for her to make a considerable impact.” Loughborough’s Department of Information Science is ranked as the top institution in the UK to study Library and Information Management (Times Good University Guide 2009) and has consistently achieved very high ratings in the National Student Survey and the Research Assessment Exercise. The Department offers a range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level within the broad area of Information Science, including Information Management and Business Studies, Information Management and Computing, Publishing with English, Web Development and Design, Information and Knowledge Management, Information and Library Management, and Information Management and Business Technology.

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Loughborough students achieve historic 30-year sporting win

School of the Arts officially launched On 2 August 2010, The School of the Arts, a newlynamed school that consolidates the research and teaching strengths in art and design at Loughborough, was launched.

On 16 July 2010, Loughborough University’s students were presented with the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) overall trophy for the 30th year running.

Established from Loughborough University School of Art and Design (LUSAD), known for its pioneering arts research, The School of the Arts provides exceptional teaching, research supervision and unique facilities for students across a wide range of art and design subjects.

BUCS is the national governing body for higher education sport in the UK. Each year over 100,000 students and more than 4,000 student teams compete in 50 sports as part of the BUCS programme of competitions, leagues and events.

Marsha Meskimmon, Director of The School of the Arts, said:

This year Loughborough enjoyed wins in a number of fields including Rugby Union, football, swimming, athletics, table tennis and netball, as well as contesting finals in a whole range of other sports.

“I am delighted to announce the new School, a landmark event in the long and proud history of art and design at the University.

The final points tally for Loughborough was 5585.5, a record under the new BUCS system. The second placed institution gaining 3368.5 points. Collecting the trophy on behalf of Loughborough, Athletic Union President Richard Smith commented: “It was a massive honour to receive the trophy on behalf of everyone involved in BUCS sport at Loughborough University. The competition at the top gets tougher every year, and it is testament to the hard work and commitment of everyone that this year we won by a record number of points. “We have a fantastic culture on campus that spreads wider than just sport, and it’s our tremendous strength in depth, with our 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams regularly contesting the higher BUCS leagues, that keeps us at the top.” At the event Loughborough swimmer Liam Tancock was named BUCS Sportsman of the Year. He said: “I really enjoy competing for my club, the University and my country and it is such an honour to have been recognised by BUCS. I want to say thank you for the support that Loughborough University, British Swimming and my coach have always given me.”

LUMotorsport launch 2010 Formula Student Car On Tuesday 6 July 2010, Engineering alumni, sponsors and guests met in the Stewart Miller Building for the official unveiling of this year’s Formula Student car.

business side of running a motorsport team.

At the launch, guests had the opportunity to hear how the car was designed and built, and could discuss with students their racing plans Each year, Loughborough for the season. The car’s first University students are test was at Silverstone on challenged to design and build a single seat racing car the weekend of 17-18 July where the team experienced and compete in a series of mixed results. The Sprint static and dynamic events. event was successful, with LUMotorsport, one of the LUMotorsport managing UK’s premier Formula 16th overall and third Student teams, comprises UK University. students studying a wide This gave them a good range of degrees, spanning seeding for Sunday’s Automotive Engineering Endurance event. The to Finance and Business team managed four laps Management. The team is of the event, averaging 63 organised and operated by second laps, placing them the students with guidance third overall. Unfortunately from the academic and this was short lived, as technical staff. The team they were forced to retire is responsible not only for through rear calliper failure. producing a brand new car every year, but also all finances, health and safety, as well as the

Involvement in Formula Student can provide the vital experience needed

for those hoping to build a career in motor sport. Alumnus Steve Walker (Automotive Engineering, 2009), who was part of LUMotorsport (200709) has recently been recruited as a graduate engineer for Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines. Talking of his experience of Formula Student, he said: “When I first started Formula Student I felt out of my depth, but persevered knowing that the experience could only benefit me.” Steve was chief designer for the 2008 car, and although he stepped back to concentrate on his studies in his final year, he still played a large role in the design of the 2009 challenger. To follow LUMotorsport’s progress, visit their website at

“The achievements of our staff, students and graduate alumni demonstrate the important role in the creative industries and intellectual life of the country that the arts at Loughborough continue to play in the 21st Century.” The School of the Arts continues to offer all the courses previously provided by LUSAD, and an expanding suite of Masters programmes and PhD supervision.

Alumni Relations welcomes back former Art and Design students In 1998 the Loughborough College of Art and Design merged with Loughborough University. At the time, records for former students of the College were paper-based and there was no capacity within the Alumni Relations Team to transcribe them. The Team has now completed a mammoth project which added over 6,000 former College students to our alumni database. The records span a 30-year period, covering the 1960s–1990s. We are currently in the process of validating addresses and trying to contact as many Art and Design alumni as possible. If you know someone who studied at the College of Art and Design between 1960–1998, please get in touch either by email at or by post.

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Engineering excellence recognised Undergraduate teaching and research at Loughborough University has been recognised by a new award from Ametek Inc/Taylor Hobson Ltd. AMETEK Inc’s Ultra Precision Technologies Division, which includes Taylor Hobson, won the Group’s annual leadership award. Part of this award is a donation to the academic institution of their choice. They selected the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering because of its reputation for excellence and important role in developing engineering talent. The £16,000 award will be used to recognise student achievement and help to provide further investment in teaching facilities. Wolfson School undergraduate student achievement on final year engineering leadership modules will be recognised by the Helmut N Friedlaender Leadership Awards. Meanwhile, all Wolfson School undergraduate students will also benefit from further investment and development of laboratory equipment for teaching activities. Commenting on the award, Professor Rob Parkin, Head of School, said: “We are delighted to receive this award from Ametek Inc/Taylor Hobson Ltd in recognition of the engineering activities here at Loughborough University. We expect it to help us reward student achievement, and allow us to further prepare undergraduate students for careers in engineering”.

Loughborough University awarded major grant for nuclear materials research

Hop your way to stronger bones

Loughborough University is joining forces with five other academic institutions to help enhance our understanding of the performance of the materials used in the next generation of nuclear reactors.

Osteoporosis will eventually affect one in five older men – and one in two older women – meaning that bones become brittle and fracture more easily, with hip fractures causing particular problems.

Energy security concerns and the need to limit carbon emissions have put replacement of the country’s nuclear power stations back on the agenda.

A team from the University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS) has found that specific exercises, such as hopping for just a couple of minutes each day, can increase bone density of the hip.

This £1.75m EPSRC-funded project will allow researchers to investigate improvements to the long-term structural performance of materials where service conditions at nuclear plants are exposed to high temperatures, aggressive chemical environments, radiation influences and complex load histories. It is critical under these conditions to understand the materials’ stability and degradation and monitor their condition.

In this new study, researchers are collaborating with University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) to discover whether similar exercises can affect bone shape as well as bone density.

The output from the research will greatly benefit industrial partners and the UK engineering and science community. As nuclear fission expands, there will be an increased need for the development of future designs, life extension for maximum economic impact and improved techniques for safety assessment.

“This collaborative research will allow us to do an extra bone scan to measure the bone shape at the hip and find out whether exercise can affect the regions of bone that are particularly important for preventing fractures.”

The project is being led by The Open University and features academics from Imperial College London and the universities of Bristol, Manchester and Oxford, as well as Loughborough. Mike Fitzpatrick, Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust Professor of Materials Fabrication and Engineering at The Open University, said: “We will integrate our work on the long-term behaviour of materials to gain a better understanding of their performance. This is especially critical if future nuclear fission technologies are to operate at high temperatures and for the long lifetimes required to be economically competitive with other less sustainable options for electricity or heat generation.”

Male volunteers are needed to take part in a major Loughborough University study looking at whether exercise can help reduce the risk of osteoporotic fractures.

“Exercise can produce small increases in bone density but seems to have larger effects on bone strength,” explained lead researcher Doctor Katherine Brooke-Wavell. “This may be because exercise affects bone shape as well as bone density.

Twenty-five men are already taking part in the study, however many more volunteers are needed. “We are very grateful to the men from around Loughborough who are already taking part in the research which has helped us to develop a suitable set of exercises,” said Sarah Allison, who is coordinating the study. “We are now looking for additional men aged 65-80 years old who would be willing to take up the exercises, and have bone scans and measurements of their muscle function. “As well as helping to provide information on prevention of hip fractures, the men who take part receive information on their bone density, muscle function and diet.” Anyone interested in taking part in the research can contact Sarah Allison ( on 01509 228154 or Doctor Katherine Brooke-Wavell ( on +44 (0)1509 222749.

Prestigious award for Centenary Ceremonies On 27 May 2010, the Loughborough Alumni Association received a Gold Award from Euro RSCG HEIST, whose awards for marketing are often referred to as “the Oscars of Higher Education”. The ceremony, held at the Palace Hotel, Manchester, and hosted by Dame Kelly Holmes, was attended by representatives of universities and colleges from across the UK and recognised outstanding achievement across a broad range of categories within Higher Education marketing. Loughborough beat five other short-listed HE institutions to claim the Gold Award, which was made in recognition of the planning, organisation and execution of the Centenary Graduation Ceremonies, held as part of the University’s Centenary celebrations in 2009. The ceremonies were attended by over 3,750 alumni and their guests, and saw former students return to campus, in some cases, for the first time in over 50 years. The events provided an opportunity to catch up with friends from their time at Loughborough and a chance to see how the University had grown and developed during the ensuing years. Former Alumni Association President Max Maxwell attended the ceremony and said that receiving the HEIST award was the ‘icing on the cake’ to the Centenary year. The cake, however, was the overwhelming

Photograph courtesy of HEIST

response received from the alumni for both ceremonies in July and December 2009 and the wonderful letters, emails and phone calls that were received by the Alumni Association afterwards.

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Top class accommodation, events and business facilities right on campus Loughborough University ergonomist receives prestigious award The life-saving work of Loughborough University ergonomist Professor Alastair Gale has been recognised with the award of the President’s Medal by the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (IEHF). Head of the University’s Applied Vision Research Centre, Professor Gale established the Personal Performance in Mammographic Screening scheme (PERFORMS). This has helped radiologists from across the country carry out their breast screening role more effectively. In recent years, he has also applied lessons learnt in the medical imaging field to identify problems encountered by airport security officers conducting X-ray screening of luggage. His role in contributing to the research and development of better screening systems saw him presented with the Medal at the Institute’s annual Conference in April.

PM praises £1m student fund-raisers

Volunteers needed to help in breast cancer study

The Prime Minister has praised Loughborough students who raised more than £1m for good causes in a year.

A Loughborough University study on the effect of chemotherapy on memory and concentration is looking for female volunteers, who have no previous history of cancer.

David Cameron hailed the efforts of Loughborough Students’ Union RAG, which collected £1,042,126 in just 12 months. The students finished the academic year as the top union in the UK for fund-raising, and Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan raised their success during Prime Minister’s Questions during July. She said the students had been the embodiment of the “big society” – a Conservative idea coined during the election campaign which suggested community groups and charities could often be more effective than Government in tackling society’s problems. Mr Cameron told MPs: “Sometimes students can get a bad press for what they do, but you can see in Loughborough that they have been focused on doing things for other people, raising money for charity, and they should be congratulated.” The cash has been given to good causes in Leicestershire and across the UK. Loughborough Students’ Union president Rob Hulme said: “It’s really nice to have someone praise you – especially if that someone is David Cameron.”

The study is being carried out by researchers in Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences in conjunction with Leicester Royal Infirmary and Nottingham City Hospital. Its main aim is to discover more about how treatment affects breast cancer patients. Existing research suggests that some patients receiving chemotherapy may experience side effects which impact on their memory and concentration. This study aims to explore these suggestions and investigate their validity. Lead researcher, Catherine Lawrence explains the importance of the study in understanding the effects of chemotherapy and the need for non-cancer patients to clarify results. She said: “Inclusion of the control group will help to map out any treatment effects more clearly, providing a better understanding of any effects of chemotherapy on memory and concentration in breast cancer patients.

imago has a close partnership with Loughborough University, offering a number of fantastic events and packages exclusive to alumni members, including a range of discounts when you book accommodation at Burleigh Court, our renowned four–star hotel. With up to 35% off standard weekend rates and access to its top class restaurant and luxury spa, it makes the ideal location for a relaxing break whilst catching up with old University friends. Jim Overend, Head of Alumni Relations, said: “The joint initiative between imago and the University has been incredibly important in being able to provide top-class facilities to alumni members when they are visiting us, all at an exclusive discount. “imago has a wide portfolio of fantastic venues based right here on campus, so it has made sense that we work together to develop an exciting calendar of events. We hope that our alumni will not only return for big celebrations such as the popular reunions, but to relax and simply enjoy Burleigh Court’s four-star services.”

imago has two other venues in addition to a number of facilities on campus. Holywell Park is an all-purpose conference and exhibition centre. With its flexible, open plan layout and smaller state-of-the-art meeting rooms, it is perfect for everything from large scale events and celebrations to professional meetings. imago has recently made a £1.5m business investment in The Link Hotel, adjacent to the campus on Ashby Road, which boasts 94 bedrooms, all fitted with designer features. With its range of budget accommodation options, The Link Hotel is ideal for a night’s stay after one of the many alumni events. A calendar of events continues to roll until the end of the year, with seasonal cheer expected at the Christmas alumni coffee morning on 15 December. Complete with mulled wine, mince pies and the University string quartet, the morning will be the perfect festive treat. You can keep up to date with alumni events by viewing the online calendar at

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“We would like women to get the support they need to continue performing their everyday tasks successfully and identify where any minor adjustments are necessary.” The study requires participants to fill in four questionnaires over a 12-month period, focusing on the themes of tiredness, memory and concentration. Any women over the age of 18, who have no previous history of cancer or cancer treatment, are invited to participate. All participants will receive a summary of the research findings and will be kept up-to-date with the experiences of the group.

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price of education Universities have been in the spotlight of late. The long-awaited Browne Review of tuition fees and students’ financial support was published last month, followed swiftly by the Government’s much-talked about Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). And just days before the Alumni magazine went to print, the Government revealed its plans for the future of student fees. So, what are the implications for universities in England and, particularly, for Loughborough? What does it all mean for students? The Alumni Office got the views of Vice-Chancellor Professor Shirley Pearce and the Students’ Union President, Lucy Hopkins.

The University perspective The students’ view Professor Shirley Pearce

Lucy Hopkins

Why does the current system need to change at all?

How do you feel about students having to pay more for a university education?

Demand for university places is growing, but the Government is reducing the amount of money it’s giving to universities, as part of its plans to reduce the national debt. So far, it’s cut higher education’s budget by £660m, and in its CSR it announced that funding for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, which is responsible for higher education, was to be cut by 28% over the next four years. We won’t know the extent to which higher education, or Loughborough, will be affected by these latest cuts until the New Year when the Higher Education Funding Council has had a chance to do its analysis. But if UK universities are to continue competing on the global stage, we need to find ways to address this shortfall, and increased tuition fees is one of the ways being considered by Government.

How are universities funded at the moment? Proportions vary between universities, of course, but at Loughborough in 2008-09 we received 30% from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE); 27% came from the fees students currently pay; we received 16% from research grants and contracts; and the remainder was generated from various sources, such as imago and the University’s other income-generating operations.

How much might Loughborough’s fees be?

Obviously we’re not happy about it. We understand the need to plug the gap left by the huge cuts in Government funding, but students shouldn’t have to shoulder the bill. This will turn students into true ‘customers’, which is not the type of relationship a university should have with its students. If fees do go up as the Government plans, it’s crucial that the quality of the education universities provide goes up too. The additional income from tuition fees needs to be ploughed back into teaching and learning, rather than being diverted into other areas of university activity.

Do you think the prospect of huge debts at the end of university will deter some from applying? I’m sure some students will think twice about it, especially those from poorer backgrounds who perhaps haven’t had family go to university. The idea of such enormous debt will make it feel like it isn’t an option. Now more than ever students will want to make sure they have the best possible chance of getting a good job when they graduate, so universities will have to work hard to show how they can boost students’ chances of employment. I believe Loughborough will continue to be a popular choice, for its high student satisfaction and the overall experience you gain here.

at a glance

the Government’s plans for tuition fees

Tuition fees, currently set at £3,290, would rise to £6,000 per year, with an upper limit of £9,000 Graduates would begin to repay the cost of their fees when their earnings reach £21,000, rather than the current £15,000 Outstanding payments would be written off after 30 years – currently 25 years A £150m National Scholarships Programme would be established to encourage bright students from poorer backgrounds to apply to university All universities that charge over £6,000 per year in fees would have to participate in the National Scholarships Programme and show how they would support students from disadvantaged backgrounds Maximum maintenance grants, which don’t have to be repaid, would increase from £2,900 to £3,250

It’s too early to say. In conjunction with the Students’ Union, we’ll be giving the issue very serious consideration.

The media have suggested that higher fees will mean lots of very able students won’t be able to afford to go to university – do you think that will be the case?

Part-time students would be eligible for loans on the same basis as full-time students

When would the new fees come in?

I’d hate to see that happen. Every student who’s achieved the grades to go to university should be able to do so. They shouldn’t be put off because they think it’s too expensive.

All universities would be expected to publish a standard set of information about contact hours, teaching patterns and employment outcomes

According to the Government’s plans, students beginning university in 2012 would be the first to pay the higher fees.

If fees go up, won’t it be harder to recruit students? Not necessarily. We already work hard to ensure we attract good quality students and I think our strengths are those that really matter to students. For instance we have always tried to ensure that our graduates are best-placed to find employment – 65% of our courses offer a work-placement that offers valuable work experience and many of our degrees are designed and sponsored by industry, meaning our students develop the knowledge, skills and qualities required by business. It’s going to become increasingly important for students to be able to maximise their chances of gaining employment on graduation, and I think we’re already well-placed to do that.

It’s really important that universities offer a range of bursaries and scholarships that will help to support able students from all backgrounds. We don’t want to be in a position where students choose the university they can afford rather than the one they really want to go to. Students should be able to apply to the very best, based on no other factor than their academic ability.

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alumni news Revolutionary water bottle wins alumnus place in Dyson Award final

Thank you for the best job I’ve ever had! We previously reported on the Honorary Degree Ceremonies held during our Centenary year (Issue 21, Spring 2010), but what of those who were unable to attend? Well, writes Bryan Johnston – Development Executive, we hit the road, visiting around 300 alumni to present their awards.

A water bottle designed for adventure tourists, giving them access to clean, sterile drinking water anywhere in the world has bagged its inventor Tim Whitehead (Industrial Design and Technology, 2010) victory in the UK leg of the James Dyson Award, along with a place in the global final.

I was hugely privileged to make many of these in absentia calls and was received with enormous warmth and generous hospitality. My visits prompted reflection, laughter, deep gratitude and, in some cases, tears. I movingly met with the families of late alumni whose sadness was tempered with great pride in their loved ones’ achievements.

The Pure Water Bottle works using a combination of filtration and UV sterilisation, removing the need for sterilisation tablets that are both unpleasant tasting and slow working. The total processing time involved with the Pure bottle is five minutes. The bottle filters water to 4micron particle size and uses wind up technology to power it.

Many things have stayed with me from my travels.

Treasured tutors Countless staff had a huge impact, and I was treated to some extraordinary tales... Basil Stamatakis instructing hammer in the days before safety cages was not for the faint-hearted – students’ throwing could be wayward, so all spectators applauded from behind the elms. Jumping from the balcony into the shallow end of the original student-dug pool during Bert Kinnear’s unforgettable swimming lessons certainly tested his students’ mettle. The exacting standards set by Edward Barnsley caused heartache, but beautiful results. I heard about Mr Ockenden, John Peck and, of course, Herbert Schofield. Our conversation, recalling the many memories of my time at Loughborough and Quorn Hall – really brought to life the claim that ‘Loughborough is for Life’ – those happy memories last forever.

Fun... Such rich times! Dances in the basement at William Street and the Victory Hall back in the early days when there were so few female students ladies were bussed in from nearby colleges to make up the numbers. The annual tug of war across the River Soar between the now defunct halls of Quorn, Barrow, Dower, and Soar. The losers, of course, won a chilly dip.

...and games Such high-spirited jinks! They did make me chuckle, but don’t try these at home. Engineering students once dismantled a car and rebuilt it on a College roof. They also discovered that water poured from the 20th floor of Towers into a favourable wind arcs round the building to soak anyone using the main entrance.

My years at Loughborough were some of the best years of my life and gave me lifelong and an experience which I shall never forget.


Sporting prowess One cannot talk of L’boro and not mention sport! I heard of fierce competition for the Rosebowl, now the Pat Stone Trophy, and met Loughborough pugilists – which explains the boxer in the stunning stained glass window in Rutland. Countless UAU finals (now BUCS) were re-lived by victorious Loughborough sports men and women... Clearly, our sporting standards have long been outstanding.

Roger Trayhurn (left) receives his honorary degree certificate and medal from Bryan Johnston

The winner of the overall competition wins the James Dyson Award Trophy, a visit to a Dyson Research and Development Centre – also automatically awarded to each national award winner – plus £10,000 to themselves and a further £10,000 for their university department. Commenting on how he came up with the idea, Tim said;

Thank you for taking the time to travel... to present me with my honorary degree and medal. It was unexpected... people are not usually prepared to spend time on such niceties, but I should have known better – it is Loughborough after all.

Handi-at-crafts Many stories were lovingly told of the handicraft skills honed here, and I admired handsome student pieces that still grace homes. The lessons learned have since shaped exquisite things: domestic furniture, altar tables, and full house restorations.

Life after Loughborough? The unique L’boro experience appears to provide excellent foundations for life. Many alumni I visited had trained as teachers, and I was humbled by accounts of careers devoted to education, often in demanding conditions. Others were engineering graduates who have worked across the globe on a wild array of projects, including Spaghetti Junction! Of course, some moved on from their academic discipline to make significant contributions in other fields. I learnt too that L’boro provides many cross-curricular legacies: creaking knees, iffy hips and aching backs from too much sport and heavy craft – as well as decades-old friendships and a rich tapestry of memories!

Giving something back What impressed me deeply was the huge number of alumni who have spent their free time serving the community as JPs; school governors; and office holders in clubs, community groups, and NHS Trusts. In at least one UK parish, whenever something has to be done the cry goes up, ‘Ask the L’boro gang – they’ll do it.’

Thank you! My sincerest thanks to all who welcomed me – thank you for the best job I have undertaken in my 40-year career. One cannot but feel proud of the graduates who have gone out from this amazing institution in its first 100 years.

“While travelling in Zambia, I realised there was a need to quickly and easily access clean sterile water. On returning home, I began to investigate if this was possible and how it could be done. I researched a number of options but I decided that UV was the best form of sterilisation and didn’t take up much volume within the bottle. With the help of the Water Engineering Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough, I was able to test and prove that UV was an effective form of sterilisation. For UV to be successful, however, the particles in the water need to be below 10micron in size. I therefore began to develop a filter which could do this. The filter I designed was successful and reduced the particle size down to 4micron. The addition of a wind-up generator allowed the product to be used in extreme environments without the reliance on batteries or other power sources”. The news that he had won the UK leg broke whilst Tim was travelling in Malaysia as part of a study-abroad programme. “My Dad received a phone call for me from Dyson, who said they were trying to contact me as the BBC wanted me to be on Newsnight. This was a big surprise as we didn’t even know I had won the UK leg at this point. I have been conducting interviews since by phone, email and skype. It is all very exciting!” Asked about his plans for the future, Tim commented: “I have always had a real passion for teaching and am staying on at Loughborough to complete a PGCE. I am by no means giving up on this or any future project. I hope to be able to work as a teacher and inspire young people in the field of design and engineering, while continuing to pursue my own projects and ideas.”

Loughborough alumna appointed as one of country’s youngest further education principals Peterborough Regional College have announced the appointment of Angela Joyce (PE and Sports Science/Recreation Management, 1995) as its Principal. The appointment makes Angela, at 36 years old, one of the youngest principals in the UK. An accomplished athlete, with a number of marathons under her belt, whilst a Loughborough student she was a member of the same athletics team as former world champion marathon runner Paula Radcliffe MBE. On graduating from Loughborough, Angela began her career in education by taking up posts in comprehensive schools across Leicestershire. Rising to the rank of Head of Girls’ PE, her attention turned to teaching in Further Education and she moved to Moulton College in Northamptonshire as co-ordinator of their Sports Science programme. After eight years, and having been promoted to the role of faculty director, she made the move to Peterborough Regional College, again rising through the ranks until her appointment as Principal in July.

By the time you receive your Alumni Magazine, the winner will have been announced – to find out how Tim fared, visit Find out more about Tim at

Alumnus appointed Head Coach Loughborough alumnus Bob Chappell (Physical Education, 1970), has been appointed head coach of the England Senior Men’s Basketball Team. Bob takes charge of the senior squad, having served as coach of the U18 squad for the past two years. With over 40 years’ experience and involvement in top-level basketball, Bob had the following to say regarding his appointment: “It is a great honour. Who would not be flattered to be appointed manager of the national team in a sport they love?” Our best wishes go to Bob for his tenure as National Senior Men’s Coach.

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Origins of the purple tracksuit

Easy steps to greener energy

Warwick Dixon (Physical Education, 1962) reflects on Loughborough’s association with African Violet “Around 1960, PE students at Loughborough were becoming increasingly unhappy with the College’s tracksuit. It was maroon, baggy and had an embarrassingly low crotch. Staff at the time were looking at the new England football suit made by Umbro as an alternative. Made from a mercerised cotton which had an oily sheen, earning it the nick-name of the “boiler suit”, it was not liked. “Four of us went to see Mr Bridgeman, the principal, to negotiate a change. A meeting of staff and students was convened. As Chairman of the Student Council, I elicited design features that we wanted. It was agreed that we search for a stretch fabric and fixed a maximum purchase price of £5. Colour was not mentioned at this

stage though mythology had it that because Mrs Bridgeman had been to a ‘purple’ school and hated the uniform, that was the only colour that we could not have! “I now had a mandate and set about collecting box files full of correspondence and material samples from America and all over Europe. The breakthrough came from a firm called Hough, Horsford and Terry based in Nottingham, who were keen to enter the tracksuit market. They created a two-way stretch fabric and incorporated all our design features. They came in on time – almost – and on budget, delivering the tracksuits in boxes diplomatically labelled “African Violet”.

“In 1961, very soon after queuing excitedly in the Vicky Hall to buy our new tracksuits, the annual Loughborough Colleges v AAA Athletics match took place, with everybody proudly wearing their new attire. When I ran down the slope in front of the pavilion and across the track to the Hammer circle, shining like a purple beacon in the evening sunlight, the approval of the students was shown in the roar of applause. The rest is history.” Warwick Dixon is still coaching and competing at 75, winning the British Masters in Cardiff this year.

Loughborough alumnus Laurence Kemball-Cook (Industrial Design and Technology, 2009) has come up with an ingenious innovation that generates greener electricity by harnessing the energy created by human footsteps. On graduating from Loughborough, Laurence set up Pavegen Systems and started work on the manufacture of a rubber paving slab. Having patented the design, he spent three months creating a prototype capable of lasting five years. The slab, made from rubber taken from recycled lorry tyres, lights up an LED pad when stepped on, generating electricity which is stored in a battery for up to three days and can be used in any low-power application, including bus shelters, shop frontages and automatic doors.

Loughborough Students’ Association Football Club Alumni mark 10th Anniversary with Charity Bike Ride This year heralds the 10th anniversary of the Loughborough Students’ Association Football Club (LSAFC) Alumni. As a concept originated by the University a decade ago, aimed at getting graduates to reconnect with their sports clubs and create their own alumni network, the Football Club took up the challenge and has grown to a wide network of over 250 alumni going back to the 1960s. It also has strong links with Nottsborough, the very successful London club of LSAFC and Nottingham Alumni. The objective of LSAFC Alumni has been to provide a network through which former players and club members can stay in contact, and keep up-to-date with and support the current Student Football Club. Many former LSAFC players have gone on to have a strong influence in the football scene, working with professional and national football teams, associations and organisations across the world in various capacities ranging from playing, coaching, sport science, physiotherapy, media, managerial and education. A Loughborough graduate can often be spotted on the benches at a professional game, including Premier League matches. A focal point for LSAFC Alumni is its annual five-a-side tournament, where teams of former and current students compete against one another, and alumni have the chance to catch up on old times. The tournament started 10 years ago and created a fitting tribute to former first team player Eddie Gregg (PE and Sports Science, PGCE 1994-1998), who tragically passed away due to Leukaemia aged only 24. Former players going back to the 1980s still come to play each year, resulting in some amusing

To mark the 10th year, members of the LSAFC Alumni and close friends of Eddie Gregg completed a two-day bike ride from Bristol, Eddie’s home town, to Loughborough University. The seven strong team (pictured below) included former Loughborough Student football players, Liam Kane, Lee Margerison, Joe Whibley (all Physical Education and Sports Science, 1997), Tom Curtis and Chris Kerr (Geography and Physical Education, 1996), Chris Jones and Tony Strudwick (Physical Education and Sports Science, 1995). The bike ride and tournament between them raised over £20,000 for Leukaemia Research and The Willow Foundation.

The group, who have been meeting regularly since graduating nearly 50 years ago, enjoyed a weekend of banter, the opportunity to catch up and chat, and the chance to see how the Loughborough campus has continued to develop in the years following their graduation. As always, chief organiser David Johnston (Physical Education, 1962) did a great job in drawing alumni from far and wide to attend, including fellow alumnus, former Arsenal and Scotland international goalkeeper and founder of the Willow Foundation, Bob Wilson. During dinner on the Friday evening, David had the pleasure of presenting Bob with his Honorary Degree. Having been unable to attend the ceremonies held in the University’s centenary year, Bob was delighted to receive his award and expressed his continued pride in being a Loughborough alumnus. He also thanked those present for raising much needed funds for the Willow Foundation, which provides special days for seriously ill 16-40 year olds.

David would like to thank everybody in attendance for contributing to a fantastic weekend and hopes to see you all again next year – dates and venue to be confirmed!

Olympics post for Loughborough alumna

Memorial to Mike Holliday

If you’d like to find out more about the LSAFC Alumni, please contact Pete Simmons or Ross Emery at Follow the progress of the current LSAFC teams at or on Facebook at

Over the weekend of 11-13 June, alumni from the Physical Education (3 Year Diploma) classes of 1961-66 gathered in Loughborough for one of their regular reunion events.

On the Saturday morning, Bryan Johnston from the Development and Alumni Relations Office conducted a campus tour, which took in a host of world-class sporting facilities including the Sports Technology Institute, the floodlit First XV Rugby pitch, the National Gymnastics Performance and Research Centre, and the magnificent 50 metre swimming pool amongst other sporting highlights.

scenes both on and off the pitch – though the legs are getting slower, the desire to win and the banter are still very much intact!

Alumni also marked the memory of former student, lecturer and manager of the Loughborough Student Football programme for 25 years, Mike Holliday, who following his retirement from Loughborough, sadly passed away in 2008. Mike’s memory was honoured with a memorial plaque donated by the LSAFC Alumni and current student club to be placed on campus. The plaque was received on behalf of the University by close friend and former head of the PE, Sport Science and Sports Management programmes, Doctor David Bunker.

Phys Ed Classes of 61-66 reunited in Loughborough

It is estimated that the average paving stone on a busy street is stepped on up to 50,000 times a day, so the commercial potential of the Pavegen slab is enormous. Final testing is being carried out to ensure that it will be able to withstand the pounding of the footsteps it will receive in its lifetime. Laurence is currently in negotiation with local authorities, transport companies and large shopping centres interested in purchasing his product. He has assembled a team of government level advisors and experienced entrepreneurs to join the Pavegen management team. With expectations that the product will take off in the UK, Laurence has global ambitions for the slab, and hopes to provide greener energy solutions to countries reliant on high pollution fossil fuels. Pavegen Systems are currently seeking investment to take the product to the next stage and into scalable production. For further details, visit

Loughborough alumna Doctor Eleni Theodoraki (Phys Ed and Sports Science, 1989), has been given a key role in helping to ensure the smooth running of the London 2012 Olympics, with her appointment as Core Commissioner for a Sustainable London 2012. The Commission assures the work undertaken by the main bodies delivering the Games and its remit covers all Games facilities across the UK. For the Commission, sustainable development and the Games means making the most out of

the social, economic and environmental benefits that will come with hosting such a major sporting and cultural event and creating a positive legacy for the future. In her role, Doctor Theodoraki will attend regular meetings and provide expert guidance and commentary to assist with the Commission’s assurance programme. Doctor Theodoraki said: “Hosting of the Olympic Games in London presents a once in a lifetime opportunity in Britain to pursue significant urban, social and sport development challenges. With the volume of investment currently

estimated at £9b it is fundamental that sustainability objectives are taken account of within all the planning and development and that post-games venue plans are carefully drawn up to ensure maximum use after 2012 and minimum financial burden. “As Core Commissioner, I intend to support planners and organisers to spot missed opportunities for sustainable growth and pre-empt negative impacts that invariably accrue from the many challenges of organising the world’s biggest event.”

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Innovative exhibition space really takes off

Royal Charter Prize winner

Unique etched brass panels created by Loughborough alumna Helen Sheldon (Multi-Media Textiles, 2008) were recently displayed at an exhibition held at East Midlands Airport.

Grace Smalley (Materials Engineering, 2009), who graduated with first class honours, has won the IOM3 Royal Charter Prize as the best materials student, regardless of discipline, for outstanding performance during her course of study.

The airport has recently launched a new art gallery in the terminal building as part of its DepARTures scheme. The scheme, designed to provide passengers with an added cultural experience, offers local artists and designers the chance to display their work. Speaking about the exhibition Helen said: “I am thrilled to be working with East Midlands Airport and delighted that my work has a wider viewing audience at the DepARTures Gallery. I have received a number of enquiries for commissions as a result of the exhibition and I hope my work is enjoyed by everyone who sees it. Many thanks to the airport for this great opportunity.” From translating her drawings onto fabrics, Helen’s interests have expanded to include glass, plastic and metal. After completing her degree, Helen went on to study a Masters and now creates her pieces in her own workshop. The DepARTures scheme is an ongoing project and interested artists should email: community@eastmidlandsairport or call 01332 818414 for more information on future submission deadlines. Helen Sheldon can be contacted at

Alumna becomes youngest female elected to Royal Academy of Engineering The Alumni Office was delighted to learn that Eur Ing Jane Victoria Atkinson neé Tapper (Chemical Engineering, 1994) had been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers on 5 July 2010. Her election at the age of 38 makes her the youngest female ever to be elected to the Fellowship. Jane, who is currently employed as VicePresident of Utilities Operations at SembCorp Utilities UK Ltd in Teesside, received the following

citation in support of her election: “Distinguished for the development of technology transfer techniques within the iron and steel industry in the UK and USA, her troubleshooting capabilities and outstanding approach to adopting best practice in engineering has led to the resolution of steel slab cracking, electrostatic precipitator fires in sinter plants and recycling of redundant equipment.

a prestigious award, especially due to the calibre of the other students from top Universities competing.

“I have really enjoyed my time in the Department of Materials and must thank Doctor Higginson and Professor Thomson for all of Grace was presented with their support, not only during her award at the Prestigious projects but throughout my IOM3 (Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining) London degree. Their kindness and support was invaluable”. Headquarters, by Mr Barry Lye, President of the IOM3. Grace – whose other Grace’s final year project, “Investigation of gas turbine valves”, was undertaken for RWE nPower, and supervised by Professor Rachel Thomson and Doctor Rebecca Higginson. When asked about her award and her time at Loughborough Grace said: “I am honoured to win such

interests include fire and performance dancing, started a PhD in Prosthetics here at Loughborough at ESRI early in 2010 – added: “I hope to use my materials knowledge to benefit others by applying it to prosthetics with an aim to improving the prostheses given to patients by the NHS.”

Jane is renowned for her engineering leadership and plant optimisation, increasing output of all assets she is responsible for, including the UK’s first commercial green energy biomass boiler. She is exceptional at developing links between industry and academia and supporting young women considering or entering into an engineering career”. Our congratulations go to Jane on this magnificent achievement.

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On the weekend of 10-11 July 2010, Civil Engineering alumni and guests gathered at Burleigh Court, on the Loughborough University campus. The occasion marked 50 years since they met at the start of their Civil Engineering diploma. Many thanks to Chris Tunaley (Civil Engineering Dip, 1963) for organising the Reunion, and for tracking down some of our lost alumni. Photographs can be viewed at

Alumni complete stage of tour de France in support of Beating Bowel Cancer

Now is the time to gain the leading edge

On Saturday 31 July, four Loughborough Alumni completed a gruelling and emotional 185km stage of the tour de France as part of a team of amateur cyclists to raise money for a national bowel cancer charity. Starting in Lavelanet in the Pyrenees at 6.45am, the peloton braved intense heat of up to 38°C and arduous mountain terrain to finish in Narbonne on the south coast within 11 hours. Amongst the cyclists was 34-year-old Ian Ratcliffe (PE and Sport Sciences, 1997) who lost his brother, Jon, very suddenly to bowel cancer in 2008. Also completing the arduous ride were Ian’s father Rob Ratcliffe (BEd PE and Geography 1974) and two of Ian’s closest Rutherford Hall friends Ian Whatley and Jacob Low (both Industrial Design, 1997). The four took up the challenge to honour Jon’s all round sporting prowess, and to help their chosen charity, Beating Bowel Cancer. So far, £15,000 has been raised by their endeavour whilst the total raised by family and friends since 2008 has topped £50,000. Ian said: ‘To witness this all coming together after eight months of training and organisation was amazing and extremely emotional. It was a fitting way to honour Jon’s memory and everything on the day went perfectly. We had unbelievable support from over 20 well-wishes who followed us from start to finish, and luckily there were no punctures or crashes! To finish within 11 hours was beyond our expectations and the scenery that we enjoyed in the Pyrenees and Corbieres mountains was absolutely breathtaking – as were the climbs! For further information, contact Ian Ratcliffe at Rob Ratcliffe can be contacted at

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dust settles Most of you will recall in graphic detail, the terrible images coming out of the Caribbean island of Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the powerful earthquake that left hundreds of thousands dead, over a million homeless and a nation’s infrastructure completely destroyed. For many though, it may have become a distant memory, lost amongst a catalogue of similar disasters from across the globe. For Loughborough University and its Water Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) however, the work will continue for many months to come as they play their part in trying to rebuild an infrastructure vital to the continued existence of the people of Haiti. The Alumni team met with Andrew Cotton, Director of WEDC and Bob Reed, Senior Programme Manager, to talk about the current situation in Haiti and how WEDC’s work can help to get this ravaged island back on its feet.

When the Haitian earthquake struck in January 2010, it left a trail of destruction in its wake that few can imagine. The loss of human life and destruction of housing and infrastructure was felt across all sections of society. Even the Presidential palace was destroyed. The quake itself, though powerful, was not on the scale of those experienced in similar disasters elsewhere, but the number of lives lost was far higher. This can be attributed, to a great extent, to the poverty of Haiti as a nation and the poor quality of buildings sitting on this fault line. On arrival in Haiti as part of the relief effort, one of the first problems Bob noted was that although many survivors had been provided with shelter in the form of tented accommodation, they had become scattered across the island, with over 1,000 individual settlements in the capital Port-au-Prince alone. Conditions within these settlements were very basic and sanitation soon became a major concern. Sixty per cent of settlements didn’t have any sanitation at all and in those that did, each toilet was shared by up to 1,000 survivors. Working conditions were poor and relief facilities limited, with the WEDC team housed in a UNICEF tent at the end of the island’s runway. In addition to problems caused by the resulting living conditions, there was little central organisation involved in co-ordinating the relief effort. The effects of the earthquake were to render an already weak political system non-existent. Non-government organisations (NGOs) arriving to help received little by way of guidance or structure as to how best the resources provided could be used. Also, there appeared to be a shorttermism about what was being provided, with initial support provided by emergency relief workers, followed further down the line by intermediate

support from consultancy aid workers, but then little further in place to maintain the momentum of Haiti’s long-term drive to recovery. Bob’s work with WEDC in Haiti has been in an advisory capacity, giving guidance and structure to NGOs in their work with water and sanitation and ensuring that work carried out meets the requirements of the Humanitarian Charter, the aims of which are ‘to achieve defined levels of service for people affected by calamity or armed conflict, and to promote the observance of fundamental humanitarian principles’. A significant number of Loughborough alumni who studied modules or a full MSc through WEDC are already involved in the relief work and are based in Haiti. In addition, WEDC have provided staff from relief agency Médicin Sans Frontiéres, also present in Haiti, with essential education and training for many years. In the long term, WEDC hopes to increase the base level of knowledge in communities vulnerable to natural disaster, through the Infrastructure in Emergencies Distance Learning Course. This can be in the form of a single module or full MSc. They are also looking to make information freely available to those who need it, through the provision of WEDC factsheets, both hard copy and online. To facilitate these aims and objectives, funding needs to be secured to support scholarships for members of those communities affected, and also to create and distribute invaluable factsheets. Thank you to all alumni who support WEDC, through single and regular donations. To find out more out more about the work of WEDC, please visit

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of WEDC in 2011, we are delighted to invite you to our base at Loughborough University, for the 35th WEDC International Conference, to be held from 6-8 July 2011. The Call for Papers is now available. For further information, please visit:

Left: a typical city camp; above right: a basic settlement toilet; above: the Presidential Palace

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events at loughborough Special annual reunion weekend launched In September, the University held its first annual reunion weekend to mark the 30th, 40th and 50th anniversary of graduation from the University or one of its constituent colleges. Anyone who graduated more than 50 years ago also joined us. Plans are in place to hold these weekends annually to provide at least three reunion opportunities for alumni to return to Loughborough. We will be inviting the classes of 1961 and before, 1971 and 1981 to attend our reunion weekend in September 2011. Please ensure your contact details are up to date, to ensure you receive your special invitation.

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Over 200 alumni and their guests attended the inaugural weekend 10-12 September, travelling from as far afield as Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, North America, and Switzerland. A host of activities were enjoyed by our guests, including campus tours, a lecture series, and a 1st XV Rugby match.

Alumni test fac s at Sports Technologyilitie Institute

The weekend culminated with a celebratory gala dinner hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Shirley Pearce and University staff, with Loughborough alumnus and former 5,000m world record holder David Moorcroft OBE appearing as guest speaker for the evening. Professor Pearce commented:

“I was delighted to see so many of our alumni back on campus for the launch of DARO’S reunion weekend programme. From speaking with many of you over the course of the weekend, it was clear how much you enjoyed yourselves and despite many years passing since graduating, that Loughborough and your time here remains very important to you”.

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Loughborough Sporting Club

Coffee mornings

The Loughborough Sporting Club is a joint initiative of the University’s Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) and the Sports Development Centre (SDC).

Open to all retired staff, local or passing alumni, our monthly coffee mornings have proved popular since their launch in 2009. Activities held to complement the coffee mornings have included tours of the Sports Technology Institute and the Water Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC), plus guest speakers including Vice-Chancellor Professor Shirley Pearce and Loughborough University’s Director of Arts, Nick Slater. Please come and join us. Details of future coffee mornings are available on our online events calendar at

Its mission is to provide a vibrant, active social-networking club for members keeping them informed and engaged with sport at Loughborough through an annual programme of events and activities which encourage participation, friendships and support for Loughborough Sport. In the first instance the SDC has identified seven priority sports to pilot, although over time it is hoped that all sports will engage. The seven sports are athletics, cricket, football, hockey, rugby, swimming and tennis. The University is honoured that Lord Coe has agreed to serve as the President of the Loughborough Sporting Club, setting the tone for this outstanding organisation that will benefit our alumni and all friends of Loughborough University Sport. Look out for the launch early next year. We are also working towards a formal Loughborough Sport Hall of Fame which will honour individuals who have retired from competition. Initially, 25 sporting alumni will be inducted, with further three-five alumni being inducted each year thereafter.

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Looking for the perfect business networking opportunity? We are launching our Business Opportunities for Networking and Development (BOND) event programme at the Royal College of Surgeons on 16 November 2010. An extensive and diverse series of business networking evenings are planned, with further details being available soon on our events calendar at For more information regarding the Loughborough BOND, please contact Lyndsay Hutchinson at


Alumni Challenge Weekend is a winner

The May Bank Holiday weekend saw the launch of the Alumni Challenge Weekend, a new sports and social initiative to be run annually in conjunction with the Students’ Union’s well-established Freefest event. Over 100 recent graduates formed teams and returned to campus to compete against the might of the current Loughborough squads. Alumni also had the chance for a bit of nostalgia, with special Hey Ewe and Friday Night Disco (FND) events laid on to take them back in time. Having recovered from the exertions of FND, Saturday saw alumni and students battle it out for bragging rights and to get their hands on the Alumni Challenge Cup. Seven matches were played across six sports and, with the event tied at three wins apiece, the fate of the trophy hung on the result of the women’s hockey match – which ended in a draw! With pride at stake and neither team wanting to share the Alumni Challenge Cup, both teams selected a member to arm wrestle for the title of Challenge Weekend Champions, which the current student team won. Although not crowned Challenge Champions for 2010, the alumni team have vowed to return in 2011, with stronger triceps and biceps, to win the Challenge Cup. Alumnus and ex-SU President David Goss (Politics with European Studies, 2007) presented the Challenge Cup on behalf of the alumni to the residing Athletic Union president Rich Smith, who accepted the trophy for the students. The rest of the evening was spent celebrating in style with a hog roast, jazz band and an exclusive, old school alumni Hey Ewe. We would like to thank all alumni who joined us for the weekend – we hope to see you next year to win the Challenge Cup!

If you are a recent graduate and interested in entering a team for our second

Alumni Challenge Weekend on Saturday 7 May 2011, please email the events team at

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loughborough sport It’s time to enter

your team for Corporate Games 2011

On 14 July, Loughborough University will open its door to hundreds of businesses as it hosts the Corporate Games – a four day multi-sports festival for participants from across Leicestershire, the UK and Europe. Play sport, take part in the celebrations and reconnect with old friends from halls, student clubs and societies. Participate alongside your work colleagues for a university experience they’ll never forget, as you make use of internationally renowned facilities and services. It is anticipated that thousands of office workers will flood onto campus to participate in one of 22 sports available on the programme as organisations battle it out for corporate medals and awards to recognise their achievement.

Getting your team together Teams can comprise employees, clients, family and friends. And with no restriction on athletes’ age or ability, competing organisations are making investments of a different kind, building team spirit, morale and fitness in the workplace.

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What a year for IMS at Loughborough University. The passion for this programme is evident in the culmination of the year at the IMS Presentation Evening, where all events and leagues are celebrated.

Thornton (Stan) Wigmore was a proud Yorkshireman. He had a happy childhood living in the tightknit mining communities of Kiveton and Wales. A conscientious scholar and talented sportsman, he was awarded a West Riding Scholarship to Woodhouse Grammar School. He enjoyed his school days, winning prizes for mathematics – and sport. In 1937, he attended The City of Leeds Teacher Training College where he excelled at sport and met his future wife, May.

He was a star student taking the football team to the UAU Championship and playing inside right for England Students.

In 1940, he joined the Royal Marines and served his country with distinction, winning the Atlantic Star, the Burma Star and the FranceGermany Medal. He served on the battleship HMS Revenge and in the Eastern Fleet. By 1944, as Captain Wigmore he led G-Troop of the Royal Marines Armoured Support Group in the Normandy landings on Gold Beach.

In November of last year, 2009, Stan was awarded an Honorary Degree in Sports Science by Loughborough University in recognition of his contribution to higher education in Loughborough.

Amlin, ASDA, Cooperative Financial Services, Ernst & Young, Fujitsu, HBOS, IBM and Intel represent some of the organisations travelling to Loughborough for the Games. The core message and value of the Games is simple: enter teams and become part of the worldwide corporate games community. Michelle Breach, Team Leader of Intel, Swindon, stated: “Intel has been competing in the Games since 1999 – this is my 4th year and I’ve loved it each and every time! Our team is pretty diverse – the wide range of sports available brings colleagues of all ages together from the entire company – it’s a great way to get our people talking to one another.” Relive your Loughborough Experience by taking part in the action, celebrating the games both on and off the pitch. When not competing, athletes can enjoy the Great Games Party, a night that will attract thousands to the doors of the Students’ Union after the Grand Parade of Athletes around the University campus. This is your chance to take part in Europe’s largest corporate multi-sport festival. Enter now and create your own team, tiny or tremendous – building confidence, fitness, team spirit and reuniting old friends along the way.

For the ultimate mix of sport and business, why not join in? For more details, contact or visit

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Calling all Loughborough alumni! Dust off your football boots, limber up those legs and swap your ties for tennis rackets – your University needs you as we celebrate the arrival of the 18th UK Corporate Games Loughborough in 2011.

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Highlights of the year include the Athletics Competition, which saw all 16 halls taking part in the event, the IMS Swimming Gala which involved 300 competitors and spectators, and the expansion of IMS All Stars. This event saw the best talent from halls competing against the basketball, football, hockey and netball clubs. All games were close with the IMS team just missing out on the win. This showcased some of the exceptional sporting talent outside of the University club structure. As always, the competition for the overall winner of IMS was fierce. This year Faraday proved to be the strongest Hall, closely followed by Cayley, with Rutherford in third. Congratulations to all halls on their effort this year in making the programme a highlight of the University calendar. Looking ahead to next year, we are planning to introduce more sports to the programme. These include men’s indoor five-a-side football and softball. Our thanks to Accenture who have sponsored the IMS programme for many years. Their generous support ensures that Loughborough’s IMS programme remains one of the best in the country.

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After he was demobbed, Stan attended Loughborough College to study physical education, taking up a place deferred from 1939.

his generation. He travelled widely, representing the British Council, advising national bodies in Europe and Africa on sports facilities. As a Hockey Association staff coach he attended the Olympic Games at Mexico City (1968) and Munich (1972) as part of the Great Britain Hockey team – and numerous World Championships.

The Principal at Loughborough, Mr Bridgeman, offered him a job on the staff, and Stan accepted, teaching physical education at Loughborough for the next 30 years until he retired in 1980 – first in the Department of Physical Education at Loughborough College and then in the faculty of Sports Science at the University.

Stan and May raised 10 children – two girls and eight boys. He took great pride in his children entering higher education – and pursuing successful careers from dentistry to oceanography, around the world in Australia, Brazil, the Middle East, Norway and Switzerland.

Stan was a natural athlete and an exceptional coach, but his first love was football. He scored many goals playing for Corinthians, Yorkshire Amateurs, Bath City, the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, and Brush Sports. As a Football Association staff coach he worked with the finest footballers and coaches of

He enjoyed a long and happy retirement. He loved to visit his family and enjoyed numerous holidays across Europe, Wales and Scotland. His 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren gave him great pleasure. Tragically in 1999, May died, which dealt a heavy blow. But Stan picked himself up and put his best foot forward and enjoyed

a full and active final chapter – playing golf right up to his 88th birthday. Towards the end of last year, his health began to fail and after a short stay in hospital, he moved to a nursing home where he lived comfortably, until he passed peacefully on 8 June. He will be sorely missed by family and friends.

Santander International Internship Programme Launches In 2010, the Sports Technology Institute welcomed its first students on the Santander International Internship programme. At the beginning of the year, a group of Malaysian students spent six months studying at the Institute. They were followed in the summer by students from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Gihan Amarasiriwardena and Kristen Railey (pictured) and one from Georgia Tech, Sarah Anderson who had this to say about her experience: “My summer placement at the Sports Technology Institute (STI) at Loughborough University was a very hands-on experience that exposed me to the academic research and industry rigors of the sports engineering field. The knowledge I gained, the people I met, and the experiences I had while working abroad this summer have redefined my academic goals and I am now looking to pursue postgraduate education in the UK. Thank you Santander for helping to make this happen!” The project is funded by the agreement Loughborough University has with Santander Universities, with MIT contributing the travel expenses. We look forward to welcoming many more international student interns to the Loughborough Campus over the two next years.

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Alumna officiates at Women’s FA Cup Final

History in the making for Helena

Loughborough alumna Una Hong (Sport and Exercise Science, 2010) was chosen to referee this year’s Women’s FA Cup Final.

Current Loughborough University student Helena Wong made history at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi by becoming the first ever woman weightlifter to be selected by Singapore to take part in a major athletic event, having only been involved in the sport for just over a year.

The South Korean national took charge of the game between Everton and Arsenal Ladies at the City Ground on 3 May 2010. She followed this up in July by participating in the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Germany. Una, who is a FIFA qualified referee, has officiated at several major tournaments, including the Beijing Olympic Games, the Doha Asian Games, the FIFA U20 Women’s Championship and the FIFA U19 Women’s Championship. In the UK she is a level four referee, regularly officiating at semi-professional men’s matches. Most recently she has started refereeing The FA Women’s Premier League. Her selection follows her earlier success in 2009, when she won an award as Asia’s top female referee at the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) annual awards ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur. Una, who received support from the Loughborough University Sports Scholarship Programme to help with her studies, thanked the University during her acceptance of her award:

“I am so happy to be here today for this award. I would like to thank my University and the FA for helping me achieve my goals, and my family too. I didn’t expect to receive such an award.”

Initially self-coached having been introduced to the sport by UK Athletics strength and conditioning coach Tommy Yule, Helena has been under the guidance of Cyril Martin since March, and has literally gone from strength to strength. Helena’s first competitive outing saw her entered in the womens 53kg category at the English Weightlifting Championship in February lifting a total of 119kg. By her second outing, at the British Senior Weightlifting Championship in Kilmarnock in June, Helena had increased that to 132kg to claim second place, just 14kg behind winner Joanne Calvino from the Crystal Palace Club. Twenty-two year-old Helena said: “I was overjoyed on hearing I had been selected. I originally set myself a goal of making it to the international stage within a year. Initially I didn’t think it was realistic, but over time I came to believe that maybe it was, and now I’ve had the news that I have been selected.”

Keeping Loughborough on the global agenda We have a number of active international alumni groups, who arrange regular reunion and social networking events. If you are one of our international alumni and would like to meet up with fellow alumni at one of these regular events, please contact our International Alumni Ambassadors. We are always looking to increase the groups we have worldwide, so if there is no ambassador in your country, why not volunteer to become an Alumni Ambassador? For further information, contact the alumni office at

Doctor Eng Yoon Tan

1 January 1928–30 January 2010 Physical Education, 1955/58 and Loughborough University Honorary Doctorate in Technology, 2005


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Doctor Eng Yoon Tan was a rare individual who excelled and fulfilled a distinguished career in every sphere, in sport in general and in track and field athletics in particular. He was the illustrious son of Singapore who won many honours as a track and field athlete at both national and international level, an Olympian, a highly respected national coach, a beloved teacher and a dedicated Sports Administrator in his 60 years of exemplary service. He was awarded numerous study scholarships, beginning with a Singapore Civil Service Scholarship that took him to Loughborough Training College in 1955 where he was the first overseas student to graduate top of his year; and later to Germany and The United States of America on study grants. As a British AAA Senior Coach and an IOC Olympic Solidarity Lecturer/Coach, he regularly gave lectures and coaching courses in Asian and South East Asian countries.


He represented Loughborough in winning the triple jump event at The UAU Championships for three successive years, selected as the first overseas student to ever hold the captaincy of Loughborough Athletic Club in 1957. Academically he was a first class honours graduate whose thesis entitled: “Research into The Hop, Step and Jump Event” was referenced by several well-known authors in track and field athletics in the UK and USA.

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He served as the Director of the National Stadium Corporation of Singapore in the early 1970s, and in 1973 continued as the Deputy Director of the Singapore Sport Council with the major task of implementing The Master Plan of Sports Facilities and its sports promotion until his retirement in 1988. For his dedication to duty he was awarded a Public Administration Medal (Bronze) at the National Day Honours in 1977.



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The ultimate accolade in his career must be the Loughborough University Honorary Doctorate Degree in Technology awarded to Doctor Tan in 2005, in recognition of his all-encompassing contributions to sport and education in Singapore.

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Singapore sports mourns the loss of this illustrious icon in a tragic traffic accident.


Obituary kindly provided by Doctor Teng Chuan Lau (Physical Education and Sports Science, 1956; Honorary DTech, 2003)

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Alumni reunion in Brunei

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A group of Loughborough alumni recently gathered for an inaugural reunion dinner hosted by Haji Sapawi Bolhassan at the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club.


Among those present were Deputy Minister of Defence Pehin Datu Singamanteri Col (L) Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Hj Umar; RBAF Commander Major General Hj Aminuddin Ihsan Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Datu Seri Paduka Hj Abidin; Caroline Wade from the International Office of Loughborough University; as well as other graduates from Loughborough University, Loughborough Technical College and Loughborough Cooperative College.


The evening opened with welcome remarks delivered by Hj Sapawi and was followed by Ms Wade giving an account of the recent developments at the University.

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life after loughborough In each edition of the Alumni Magazine, we will profile one of our alumni, looking at their experiences following graduation. Our first feature looks at the life after Loughborough of Bob Pettigrew, whose mountaineering adventures have taken him all over the world and form an amazing story. Here, Bob describes encounters with jungle lions, being caught in avalanches, sea-snake bites, his time at Loughborough, and his love affair with the Indian Himalaya.

Mountaineering has been a passion of yours for well over 60 years, but where did it all start? Mountaineering became a passionate interest whilst I was at Nottingham High School. It had an excellent library with an astonishing range of mountaineering books. It encouraged me to form my own library and that really must have sparked it off. After sixth form, my National Service was with in the RAF Mountain Rescue Service so I swiftly joined my first club, the RAF Mountaineering Association. Our chief patron was the brilliant, but eccentric, Professor T Graham Brown. He was a diminutive but tough Scot who became my alpine mentor and despite the disparity in age – he was 67 and I was 18 – we teamed up for the guideless ascent of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe at 15,770ft by the Dom de Gouter route. However, he forgot the rope and the outcome was that, as an alpine novice, I made my first ascent of an alpine peak solo! That experience wedded me to the sport. You were at Loughborough in the early 1950s, did you enjoy your time here? I dearly loved the life of a student in an institution universally regarded as Britain’s finest university for sport and recreation. I took an active role in student politics and was elected chairman of the Students’ Representative Committee and that brought me into regular contact with our Principal, Mr Bridgeman. Do you have any outstanding memories? My climbing partner was a fellow student named Trevor Panther with whom I made several first ascents in the mountains of the Lyngen Peninsula of Arctic Norway. Since this was reported in the Norwegian media it was picked up by Reuters and duly reported in Loughborough which enhanced our reputation for mountain exploration. That was fortuitous because Trevor was a born rebel who was eventually carpeted before Mr Bridgeman who nevertheless treated him compassionately. Subsequently, Mr Bridgeman told me with wry amusement that the interview had been fraught until Panther suddenly asserted that he felt closer to God on the summit of a mountain than in the Principal’s office! That remark broke the tension and Panther was pardoned.

Left to right: Climbing the Ramchukor Peak, 18,000ft Crossing High Pass Sara Umga Pass linking India to Tibet, 16,000ft

I also represented Loughborough at cross country running and some of the courses we ran were seriously taxing! The hardest course was over Sheffield University’s Ringinglow Moors, but perhaps the greatest satisfaction was beating Oxford and Cambridge in a tripartite match! With my love for mountaineering ever increasing, I became Chairman of the Mountaineering Club. We mounted three expeditions to Arctic Norway, which set me on course for subsequent mountain exploration in the Punjab Himalaya of India. When did your love affair for India start? Family connections in the British Indian Army, school and National Service had combined to give me a life-long passion for India and the unimaginably vast Great Himalaya Divide on its northern frontier. It is the greatest land mass physical feature on Earth: place the west end of the Himalayan chain on London and the east end would reach Moscow. It’s nearly 2,000 miles in length whilst the middle section is 150 miles wide. I was based in the old British Province of Kathiawar which I revisit regularly. Nearby is the Sasan Gir jungle sanctuary containing the only lions in Asia which I successfully photographed during my time as a British Council Officer, posted to the Rajkumar College cantonment on attachment. The Indian jungle is nearly as fascinating as the Himalaya! What is the most hazardous adventure you’ve had? Well actually, two spring to mind. The first was during a voyage from Malacca to Pankor Island, in the Straits of Malacca, in a 14ft Wayfarer class sailing dinghy named “Flamin Go” when working for International Outward Bound. Knocked nine nautical miles off-shore by the force of the ebb flow of the Kuala Selangor river – running at seven knots – I was forced to use the outboard motor to regain the shore and I ran out of petrol. I moored up against a particularly hostile looking mangrove swamp and equipped with the fuel container stepped boldly into the swamp intent on replenishing the petrol supply. As I withdrew my left foot, a banded sea-snake was hanging from my instep! Remembering the advice of Baden Powell in Scouting for Boys I sat on the

bank of a tributary stream, used my sheath knife to cross-cut the fang marks and pulled my left instep up to my mouth and sucked out the venom. I tied a tourniquet above the wound with my neckerchief. About to cross the tributary stream of the Kuala Selangor to reach the interior I heard two distinct plops: two baby crocodiles. Warily I waded the tributary and limped off into the jungle. Traversing the leech-infested swamp to the first-aid post took four hours. The British surgeon laconically observed that had the sea-snake been venomous I would have been dead in 20 minutes! The compensation was being transported back to my dinghy in the governor’s launch! The second hazardous adventure was on an expedition to climb Papsura, the Tibetan name for the 22,000ft Peak of Evil. During the first assault, which was defeated by a colossal ice-boss on the summit ridge, my rope of three was pulled off when the third man lost his footing and we fell together like three rag dolls 2,000ft down a steep couloir until stopped abruptly by the bergschrund, the large crevasse which encircles the base of the mountain separating it from the neve – the massive snow basin which feeds the glacier. Against the odds, we all survived though a dislocated femur put me out of action and confined me to camp. Notwithstanding the accident, two of the team subsequently reached the summit, making the first ascent. At 18,000ft, our advance base was above the operational height of Indian Air Force helicopters at that time, so I was evacuated on a stretcher which took 15 days. Fortuitously, a Sikh professor of orthopaedic surgery was on holiday with his anaesthetist in the mission hospital at Manali and he treated me successfully.

You have achieved so much in your life – is there an ambition you’ve yet to fulfil? As the old adage goes: “Of the making of books there is no end!” A new challenge would be to incorporate the many articles I’ve written in my Alpine and Himalayan journals to form the substance of a book. What would be its title? When you start on a Himalayan trek with your Ladakhi porter companions you give the order: “Chelo!”: ‘Let’s go’. So I suppose I could call it ‘Chelo the Himalaya’! As a veteran mountaineer are your climbing days over? Definitely not! I am planning a trek next October to a veritable “Shangri La” in the Punjab Himalaya of India. The Dhaula Dhar range contains peaks, passes and glaciers of great scenic grandeur and the remarkable village of Bara Bagahal at 8,500ft, which lies in the gorge of the great River Ravi, one of the five rivers giving the Punjab its name: “Land of the Five Rivers”. It is a true mountain fastness populated by a sturdy and self-reliant community of hillmen and women. I am leading a small group of veteran mountaineers through mountains which are the haunt of the ibex and brown bear. The region is my second home. Chelo!

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Pictured, right, are final year students from the class of 1960 in Mechanical Engineering. Kindly forwarded by Robert Legg (Mechanical Engineering, 1960).

Marsha Singh (Language, Politics and Economics of Modern Europe, 1976) was elected as Labour candidate for the seat of Bradford West in the 2010 UK General Election. He comfortably defeated the Conservative candidate with a majority of nearly 6,000 votes.

Eur Ing Doctor Phebe Mann (Civil and Building Engineering, 1985) was commended for her article “What can UK’s construction law learn from US copyright law in the protection of intellectual property rights of architects and engineers?” entered for the Society of Construction Law Hudson Prize 2009.

Alison Dutton (Economics with Accounting, 1997) married Jaime Richardson at St Thomas a Becket Church in Shirenewton, South Wales on 4 July 2009, followed by a reception at the Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel and Spa in Usk. Their first child was born in September 2010.

Kathryn Singleton née Williams (Business Economics and Finance, 2003) married Luke Singleton (Sports Science and Maths, 2003) at St Peter and St Paul Church, Hockley, Essex on Saturday 18 April 2009. Best Man was Richard Harris (Sports Science and Maths, 2003), several other Loughborough graduates were also in attendance. The couple met on their first day living in The Holt hall of residence back in September 2000.

Stephen Beaumont (Library Studies, 1967) is pictured in receipt of his honorary degree certificate and medal, forwarded following the Centenary Honorary Degree Ceremonies in 2009. Stephen took further degrees at the University of East Anglia and the University of York, then in 1975 he and his family moved to Adelaide, South Australia, where they still live. From 20,000 kilometres, he had great fun watching the webcast of the December ceremony, and was delighted to see former friends, and subsequently to be back in contact with them. Tony Bayliss’ (Physical Education, 1969) novel, entitled ‘Past Continuous’ has been published by Sparkling Books. Having been heavily involved with the arts and poetry whilst at Loughborough, Tony went on to teach and inspect in schools for nearly 30 years, before becoming a full-time writer. Further information on Tony and his novel can be found at David Brown (Mechanical Engineering, 1966) has recently published two books with Harper Collins in their Business Secrets series: Negotiating Secrets and Dealing with Difficult People. Peter Miles (Physical Education, 1964) has produced an e-book for aspiring lawn bowlers, entitled It’s just a draw. Copies can be downloaded by visiting http://lawnbowls

Mechanical Engineering class of 1960

Stephen Beaumont

Tony Bayliss’ book

Three Loughborough alumni met up recently, with their wives, on a cruise from Vancouver to Alaska. The three, pictured right are, Barrie Brickle, Jan Konarzewski and Ian Gilchrist (all Aeronautical Engineering, 1963). Barrie now lives in Hove, UK; Jan lives in St Albert, Alberta, Canada; and Ian in Bellevue, Washington, USA. The friends have kept in touch since graduation and meet for a reunion every few years either in the USA, Canada or the UK.

(Left to right) Barrie Brickle, Jan Konarzewski and Ian Gilchrist

The pictures below show, from left to right, Martyn Delbridge and Patrick Dixon (both Electronic, Computer and Systems Engineering, 1981). The top photo shows Martyn and Patrick during their time at Loughborough whilst the bottom one shows them at a reunion held in Bristol last April. At the reunion, the pair recalled many of their Lufbra adventures, including Martyn being thrown in the river by the Forest Gate pub to celebrate his 22nd birthday.

Doctor Paul Denton (MSc Computer Integrated Manufacture 1995, and PhD, 2003) recently married Isis Hreczuk-Hirst at the top of Whistler Mountain in Canada after 15 years together. Paul was also a TCS Associate in the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and long-time water polo player. Several past students and staff sent their best wishes.

Alison Dutton

Annabelle Louise Perry

Daniel Perry (Computer Science, 2003) and Fiona Perry neé Wood (Social Policy, 2002) are pleased to announce the arrival of Annabelle Louise Perry on 7 May 2010. The birth followed the sad loss of their daughter, Ella.

Doctor Paul Denton

Jez Murray (Civil Engineering, 1992) is managing rock band Jagged Lexicon. For more details visit jaggedlexicon

Kathryn and Luke Singleton

Stephen Prest (Electronic and Electrical Engineering, 1999) has been made Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy and has recently taken up the post of Weapon Engineer Officer on HMS Westminster. Matthew Haynes (Economics, 1993, and PhD, 1997) works in IT Support at GL Noble Denton Loughborough and in his spare time has self-published several novels. Of interest to Alumni may be The Magpie Diaries trilogy, which follows the fictional lives of six characters at Loughborough University in the mid-90s. If you’d like a trip down memory lane, have a look at Matthew’s Facebook page for further details.

Pete Hubbard and Ella Mae

Simón Ignacio

Professor Margaret Evans

Ella-Mae Hubbard neé Molloy (Systems Engineering, 2005) and Pete Hubbard (Systems Engineering, 2005) were married in Blackpool on 26 June 2009. Joining the happy couple on the day were other Loughborough alumni, including Helen Bayley neé Walkden (Systems Engineering, 2005), Katy Watson neé Heal (Systems Engineering, 2005), James Watson, Lucy Haskell (Systems Engineering, 2005), Graham Lund (Systems Engineering, 2005), Isabel Smith (Ergonomics, 2004), Beverley David (Psychology, 2001 and 2008), James Silcox (Applied Sports Science, 2008) Katryna Kalawsky (Psychology, 2005), Martin Haw (Mathematics with

Economics, 2005), and Lindsey Cooper and Bryan Roberts (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, 2008). Margaret Evans, Dean of Science (1998-2000) and Professor in the Department of Information Science (1994-2000), works as Chair of her local branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind. She hosted Loughborough student Andrew Williams, secondyear Art and Design, and his two housemates as they undertook a sponsored walk from Nottingham to Skegness during the Easter vacation on behalf of Guide Dogs. Their overnight stop near Newarkon-Trent enabled them to meet up with Jeanette Stevens and dog Beattie, and other members of the Newark Branch. They hope to raise hundreds of pounds for the charity. Amy Houghton (Multimedia Textiles, 2000) is a professional artist based in Bath. Her work currently uses animation, video and porcelain to explore the hidden and revealed histories and stories related to old textiles and photographs placed in the context of our lives in the present. Amy currently has work displayed at exhibitions that can be viewed at http://makingaslow revolution.wordpress. com/ and www.axisweb. org/atSelection. aspx?AID=2418 Simón Ignacio (Mechanical Engineering, 2001) recently married María Teresa Armengol in Valencia.

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00s Kate Steed Geography and Sports Science, 2003) and Graham Drury (Geography, 2003), both of Stanningfield, Bury St Edmunds, are pictured after their wedding at Stoke Ash Baptist Church, Stoke Ash, Eye, Suffolk, on Thursday 5 August 2010. Manuel Costa (Management Science, 2006) is pictured with Toby Bailey (Politics, 1998) opening the batting for the St Georges First XI in Beunos Aires. The pair went on to share a century partnership. Manuel is our International Alumni Ambassador for Argentina and met up with Toby and fellow alumnus Ian Tate (Physical Education, 1978) during the summer. Toby has recently been appointed as Head Coach of the Argentinian cricket team. Our congratulations to Toby on his appointment.

Kate Steed and Graham Drury

Manuel Costa and Toby Bailey

Anthony Hayes and Yvette Le Riche

Ralph Van Os and baby Jora

Anthony Philip Hayes (Accountancy and Financial Management, 2004) and Yvette Sarah Le Riche (Mechanical Engineering, 2003) were married on the 17 July 2010 at Emmanuel Church, Loughborough. Ralph Van Os (Security Management, 2003) is pleased to announce the arrival of baby daughter, Jora Dina Elisa van Os, on 19 May 2010. Ralph is also our International Alumni Ambassador for The Netherlands. Our congratulations go to Ralph and wife, Jolande.

Stuart Earle and Helen Tully

Mark Stewart and Alexa Gray

Helen Tully (Sport and Exercise Science, 2004 and PGCE, 2005) married Stuart Earle (PGCE, 2005) at Stoke Gabriel Church followed by a marquee reception on Helen’s parent’s farm in Devon on 24 July. Helen played for the hockey first team and resided in Cayley Hall, whilst Stuart played football for Loughborough Dynamo. Both loving their games, ‘welly wanging’ and ‘guess the name of the calf’ entertained guests during the day! Nicola Joy (Sport and Exercise Science, 2004) was one of four bridesmaids and Dave Harris and Tom Brown (both PGCE, 2005) were best men on the day. Mark Stewart (BEng Manufacturing Engineering & Management, 2003) married Alexa Gray (Chemistry & Forensics, 2006) in Tetbury on 5 June 2010. Also present were Tim Monk (Manufacturing Engineering & Management, 2004) – Best Man; Gemma Fuller (Management Science,

2003); Victoria L’OsteBrown (Chemistry & Sports Science, 2006) – Maid of Honour; Phil Laslett (Information Management & Business Studies, 2003); Stephen Rooke (Mathematics and Computer Science, 2003); Emma Norton (Ergonomics, 2009); Rachael Guckenheim (Chemistry with Forensic Analysis, 2006); Justin Daglish (Chemical Engineering, 2001); Aysha Warrak (Product Design & Manufacture, 2003); Jenna James (Chemistry with Forensic Analysis, 2006); John Wetton (Civil Engineering, 2006); Olivia Perkins (Civil Engineering, 2010), and Chris Bushe (Geography, 2009). Ian Atkins (Geography, 2003) married Helen Hannah (English, 2004; MA, 2005). Ian and Helen honeymooned in Malta and Gozo. Matthew Brook (Industrial Design and Technology, 2005) married Emily Bowen–Jones (Industrial Design & Technology, 2005) on 17 July 2010.

Three generations study at Loughborough James Linehan (Handicraft, 1953) established the first technological workshop in a Warwickshire secondary technical school. He returned to teach education at Loughborough in 1961, staying until he retired in 1989.

Helen Hannah and Ian Atkins

Matthew Brook and Emily Bowen-Jones


where are they now?

Professor Bob Bell passed away peacefully on 22 February 2010 in Leicester Royal Infirmary. He joined the Department of Engineering Production in January 1978 as Professor of Manufacturing Technology and served as Head of Department from 1986-91. One of his first tasks was to initiate the Department’s name change to Manufacturing Engineering. He offically retired in September 1998, but continued on a part-time basis until his final retirement in September 2001.

Each edition, alumni ask for help in contacting former Loughborough friends and colleagues that they have lost touch with over the years and would like to be reunited with. Can you help? If so, please get in touch.

Arun Roy Choudhury (Mechanical Engineering, 1959) passed away on 28 July 2010.

Eric Payne (Mechanical Engineering, 1963) would like to hear from anybody who knows the whereabouts of Mike Hull, Frank Harding and Frank Burrell who were based in The Holt between 1959-1963. You can contact him at

John Crisp (Physical Education) passed away on 26 October 2009. Peter Cullen (Physical Education, 1955) passed away on 13 August 2010. Peter worked at Loughborough after graduation and was an exceptional athlete, throwing javelin for Great Britain in the 1956 Olympics held in Melbourne. Claire Darton neé Green (Materials for Industry, 2006) passed away suddenly on 11 April 2010. Claire leaves her husband, Peter, her parents and younger sister, Elaine, and brother, Keith, who are devastated by their loss. Tony Ford, formerly of the Department of Chemical Engineering, passed away on 13 February 2010. Suresh Galal (Civil Engineering, 1979) passed away peacefully on 22 February 2010. Pete Goodman (Mechanical Engineering, 1961) passed away on 9 January 2010. Mr J Harrop (Handicraft, 1938) passed away on 4 December 2009. Raymond Heathfield passed away on 8 April 2010. He joined the University staff in July 1954, retiring from full-time employment in September 1984 and working part-time until his retirement in September 1994. Ronald Hutchinson (DLC, 1945) passed away 8 January 2010. Peter Knott (Physical Education, 1955) passed away peacefully on 14 September 2010. As a Rugby coach he excelled and was, for many years, the inspiration behind the consistently impressive achievements of the prestigious Judd School, Tonbridge, where he worked for 32 years. Derek Leatherbarrow (Civil Engineering, 1968) passed away on 3 April 2010. Derek was a committed family man who loved running and enjoyed a successful career in the mining industry. Peter Lofthouse (Physical Education, 1955) passed away on 9 September 2009. Pauline Mistry née Earnshaw (Social Science Utilization, 1969) passed away on 3 April 2010. Anthony Sheldon (Civil Engineering Dip, 1952) passed away on 14 June 2010. Robert Tagg, who lectured in Loughborough School of Art and Design until his retirement in 1993, passed away on 15 June 2010. Eng Yoon Tan (Physical Education, 1958) passed away on 30 January 2010 (full obiturary on page 31).

Mark Alexander Linehan (Recreation Management, 1991) is currently Chief Executive Officer at the Abbey Centre in Westminster.

Ken Topley, former Photographic Technician in the Mechanical Engineering Department, passed away at the Derby Royal Hospital on 18 February 2010.

Jake Alexander Scanlon is currently studying Sports Science.

Jenny Wenham, who worked as Information Manager in the Careers Centre (1975-2004) passed away on 1 July 2010.

Martin Richards (Production Engineering and Management, 1971) would like to hear from anybody who knows the whereabouts of John Aitken (Production Engineering and Management, 1971). Please contact Martin at Denis Crooks (Handicraft, 1955) would like to hear from anybody who knows the whereabouts of Thomas Richard Parkin (Handicraft, 1955). Please contact Denis at or by telephone at 01865 739242 Tek Choy Kok (Applied Polymer Engineering, 1978) would like to hear from anybody who knows the whereabouts of Theodorus Hendriks (Applied Polymer Engineering, 1978), Paul Upperton (Applied Polymer Engineering, 1979) and Panteleimon Papageorgiou (Applied Polymer Engineering, 1981). You can contact Tek Choy at Madhu Reddy (Power Electronics Engineering, 1980) would like to hear from anybody who knows the whereabouts of R Bhaduri (Power Electronics Engineering, 1979). You can contact Madhu at

John Farrar (Physical Education, 1961) would like to hear from anybody who knows the whereabouts of David Kenneth Mortimer Ford (Physical Education, 1962) and Reginald Selwyn Price (Handicraft, 1962). If you have any information, please contact John at Gordon Steel (Civil Engineering, 1981) would like to hear from anybody with contact details for Ray Christian, Rob Lamerton and Mark Weaver (all Civil Engineering, 1981). Please contact Gordon on John Glover (Chemical Engineering, 1962) would like to hear from anybody who was on his course during his time studying at Loughborough. You can contact him at Paul Nash (Economics with Accounting, 1984) would like to hear from anybody who knows the whereabouts of Jonathan Harris (Mechanical Engineering, 1985). You can contact Paul at Chris Burgess (Analytical Chemistry, 1969) would like to hear from anybody who knows the whereabouts of Rajesh Sinha (Electronics and Electrical Engineering, 1970). You can contact Chris at

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