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alumni issue 29 Summer 2014


Seven Magnificent

Loughborough scoops seventh Queen’s Anniversary Prize

Towards 2020 University Strategy looks to ‘Build Excellence’

Happy 20th Birthday Alumni Association celebrates a milestone

Welcome I am delighted to introduce the spring edition of the alumni magazine and to update you on our achievements so far this year. Firstly, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support of the Alumni Association; whether that be by attending one of our events, supporting our annual fund or contributing memories and stories from your time here at Loughborough. As I approach the end of my second year as Alumni President, I can only reflect on what a pleasure it has been to meet so many of you and to witness first–hand the passion and enthusiasm that lives on for this great University. In my role as President, I have been working with our Alumni Advisory Board to develop a clear purpose and focus for our operations. This has resulted in the establishment of a number of Task and Finish sub–groups which are contributing ideas and expertise to support specific areas of the University’s alumni relations work. Additionally, we have recruited corresponding members to the Board to enable those alumni who were not elected as full members to play a valuable role in the development of our plans and in support of the University. I am truly grateful to these members who volunteer their time and expertise to ensure that the Loughborough Alumni Association continues to go from strength to strength. Volunteering is a fantastic way both to reconnect with and give something back to Loughborough and its current students. Alumni can get involved in a number of ways, such as offering career mentoring or placements, becoming a class champion for reunions or even setting up an international alumni group in their own country. If you’d like to get involved, then please do contact the Alumni Relations team. I am also proud to serve as Chair of Loughborough Sporting Club Advisory Group. Our annual dinner in March was a great success and we inducted a number of new members into the Hall of Fame, including John Mantle (rugby), Olivia Murphy (netball), Malcolm Arnold (athletics) and Dario Gradi (football). If you played sport either at amateur or professional level during your time at Loughborough, then the Sporting Club really is your opportunity to reconnect with individuals who share common interests and enables you to continue to engage in Loughborough’s leading sporting success. This year’s Reunion Weekend in September marks the anniversary of alumni who graduated over 50 years ago from Loughborough. It promises to be a great weekend and a chance for friends to meet up and share memories of their time here, as well as finding out how Loughborough has changed and progressed over five decades. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible over the course of the weekend. Finally, I mentioned earlier the work of our Task and Finish Groups. One of our priority areas of focus is communications. The Alumni Association exists solely to serve you at whatever stage in your life you may be at. I would therefore welcome your ideas and suggestions on how we can keep improving our communications to benefit our alumni across the world. If you would like to share your ideas with me, please send me a message at: Best wishes

Christine Alumni Association President, Christine Fisher


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Contents 04

Regulars News from Loughborough


Alumni News


Alumni Events


Global Networks


Loughborough Sport


Life after Loughborough






Features Loughborough University in London


Magnificent Seven


Happy 20th Birthday Alumni Association


My life after Loughborough




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Editor: Matthew Inglesant, Development and Alumni Relations Office. Publisher: Loughborough University.

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Interviewer: Sharmila rmila Brown

Z O E R A D N O R I S A S S O C I AT E D E A N F O R T E A C H I N G F O R L O U G H B O R O U G H U N I V E R S I T Y I N L O N D O N ( L U i L ) Q: What excites you the most about expanding to London?

Q: What work experience opportunities will these study programmes provide?

A: It’s a fantastic opportunity for Loughborough University to really place itself on the map, both on the international stage and also nationally. We are building on the incredible reputation we already have for first class undergraduate provision, including the excellent student experience which has consistently been voted the best in the UK. The London campus gives us a fresh opportunity to create that same reputation for excellence in teaching at postgraduate level and to offer a different, but equally excellent, student experience.

A: LUiL is situated close to a large innovation centre which is going to house a significant number of SMEs as well as companies situated on the Park, including BT Sport. There will be lots of opportunities for students to get involved with these enterprises and organisations and placements and internships will be available for those approaching the end of their Masters.

Q: What will make the programmes offered in London different to other providers? A: We will focus on three elements. Firstly, all study will be interdisciplinary, so even if you’re taking a single subject programme, you will have to do a second complementary subject, providing you with exposure to other disciplines. For example, if you’re taking a programme aimed at entering the Media and Creative Industries, you will have the option to study an introduction module in Entrepreneurship, Digital Technologies or Design Management. There will be a whole suite of programmes to choose from that complement each other and ensure cohesion throughout a student’s programme of study. All programmes will also feature an integrated group project that will give students the opportunity to work with peers in their own subject discipline, and also with those across different disciplines. Secondly, there will be a very strong enterprise element to all our programmes. Being market driven in our programme development, we work closely with industry and will offer the students visiting speakers, company visits, associate lecturers with experience in industry, projects and opportunities to work in industry and access to small, large, public, private, voluntary and for profit enterprise organisations — all of which will help students to develop employability skills. The final element we offer is a full campus experience. Many London based universities have teaching centres located in the centre of London in office buildings. On the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, we can offer not only greener surroundings but world-class sporting and entertainment venues and facilities with incubation space and learning resources.

Q: How accessible will academics be to students outside of the classroom environment? A: It’s critical that the ‘student experience’ in London is as positive as it is on the Loughborough campus. We’re not providing a teaching centre, we’re establishing a learning environment that is about the opportunity to learn in the classroom and also beyond. The physical structure of the building and the links we make with other partners around the Queen Elizabeth site will further enhance that learning provision. We provide excellent pastoral support for students and look forward to continuing this equally great service at our London campus.

Q: Will there be part-time or evening programmes for those who wish to continue to work full-time? A: Yes. The way programmes will be structured gives a level of interlocking that allows part-time students to pick modules up and develop those as they go through. There will be intense blocks and weekend blocks offered as an option too. Another important part of the portfolio is our Executive Education, which provides opportunities for organisations to fund or commission us to run courses for them. This will also involve open events that others can be invited to join. We look forward to running summer school programmes in key subject areas. All programmes will be accredited at certificate and diploma level as well as Masters level so students can choose to come on to the diploma without having to do the final project for example. What is really important is creating a whole learning environment in which people can engage.

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THE PARK NEIGHBOURHOOD THE INSTITUTES AND PROGRAMMES Loughborough University in London (LUiL) will offer a range of postgraduate teaching programmes specifically designed to expose students to real industry challenges, presenting a collaborative platform to work with those in industry, by way of completing an integrated real group project. Our contemporary programmes include enterprise-based learning and theory-rich lectures and seminars delivered by subject specialist academics, entrepreneurs and guest speakers. Students will have a choice to study on a part-time or full-time basis, providing the opportunity to advance their knowledge and develop specialisms in one of six institutes. Programmes are structured so that students will broaden their expertise through interdisciplinary study by electing a module from other subject areas which complement their main field of study.

Loughborough University in London (LUiL) is currently being developed at the former International Broadcast Centre on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The University, situated in the north-west of the Park, is part of a much bigger vision that will see the creation of new neighbourhoods, complete with schools, restaurants, accommodation, shops, businesses and other amenities. Chobham Manor, the first of several new neighbourhoods being developed, will have 850 new homes, along with community and ancillary facilities, nurseries and a clinic. This will open to residents in 2015.

A particularly exciting opportunity for LUiL will be the development of East Wick. Planned for family housing with a school and community centre, this enterprise and creative district will have strong links to higher education and business, making it a primary employment zone in the whole E20 postcode. Each neighbourhood will have its own distinctive character with plenty of green spaces and squares to enjoy, all within striking distance of world-class sporting and entertainment venues.

WORLD-CLASS VENUES With such historical monuments to the London 2012 Olympics within a fiveminute walk from LUiL — such as the ‘box that rocks’, officially known as the Copper Box Arena — students and staff will have no shortage of choice when it comes to choosing which Olympic venue to catch a game at, train at or visit. Four out of the five Olympic and Paralympic venues have been converted for community and elite sports use, and are now open to the public: Copper Box Arena, Aquatics Centre, Lee Valley Velopark and the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. The Stadium which is currently closed to the public, will host its first event in 2015 with the Rugby World Cup Final.

The six institutes to open in September 2015 are:

Design Innovation Digital Technologies Enterprise Development & Entrepreneurship Sport Business Media & Creative Industries Virtual Engineering







ith the significant changes that have occurred in Higher Education in the past few years, we began a review of our current operational plan at the end of 2012.



Following a year–long consultation, we were delighted to launch our new strategy in April at a reception for key stakeholders at the House of Commons.


Entitled ‘Building Excellence’, our revised strategy has as its basis four central pillars: investing in staff; educating for success; growing capacity and influence; and raising standards and aspiration. Embedded in each pillar are the University’s core functions of research, teaching, enterprise and sport, helping us to achieve five key goals by 2020. To get to this stage, the University embarked on an extensive programme of consultation, involving our staff, students, alumni, external organisations and partners. This process enabled those key stakeholders to put forward their views of what they believed the University’s priorities and goals should be for the next phase of its development and how they could be shaped. Director of Planning, Fidelma Hannah, who has been part of the team central to the strategy’s development, commented:

“We talked to over 400 staff and more than 200 students — this strategy has really been shaped by those who will play an important part in delivering it.”

Here, Vice–Chancellor Professor Bob Allison talks through the reasons for reviewing the existing strategy and how the goals it sets will be achieved.

“Changes in the higher education sector in the past few years have seen a reduction in government funding, a rise in student tuition fees and research funding increasingly focused in world–leading areas. “Our sector has become increasingly competitive and this review will allow us to establish the direction we need to take to keep us ahead of the competition.” WILL WE ACHIEVE THE OBJECTIVES OF THE STRATEGY? “They’re certainly challenging but I believe so. We have made outstanding progress to date and should be proud of the University’s many achievements, but we have to keep moving forward; we cannot afford to be complacent. “The strategy has been developed as an online publication which will be under constant review, giving it the flexibility to be developed as and when needed and enabling it to evolve rather than become quickly out of date.” HOW CAN LOUGHBOROUGH’S ALUMNI HELP THE UNIVERSITY REALISE THE AMBITIOUS STRATEGY? “Alumni are vital to help us achieve our ambitions. They can act as advocates and ambassadors for the University, spreading the word about our success and raising our reputation right across the globe.

OUR FIVE KEY GOALS ARE: A distinctive inte rn reputation for ex ational cellence A life shaping st udent experienc e Outstanding pa rtner deliver social, ec ships to on and cultural pros omic perity A culture of deliv ering excellence in al l that we do One outstandin g university: two vibrant cam puses “There are also many ways our alumni can help us achieve the specific goals in our operational strategy, from enhancing the student experience by offering their guidance, expertise and work experience to current students, through to partnering with us in business and research areas. I hope as many of our alumni as possible will embrace our new strategy and continue to support us to make Loughborough even greater and more successful year on year.” For more information visit the strategy gy website at:


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LOUGHBOROUGH RISES TO 16th IN INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE TABLE Loughborough is one of the world’s leading universities under the age of 50, according to new QS World University Rankings. In the 2013–14 table, Loughborough ranks 16th, a rise of three places from last year, and is one of just three UK universities to appear in the league. The QS Top 50 under 50 ranks institutions according to their position in the QS World University Rankings, which look at factors including academic and employer reputation, research, student to staff ratios and international students. Loughborough was awarded its Charter in 1966, becoming Loughborough University of Technology –

the country’s first technological university. It was renamed Loughborough University in 1996. Housed on the largest single–site green campus in the country, Loughborough has an international reputation for excellence in teaching and for world– leading research and innovation. It is also the country’s premier university for sport, with an outstanding record of achievement in performance at every level and in sport’s underpinning academic disciplines of exercise and health sciences.

Loughborough student life ‘60s-style Charnwood Museum, in Loughborough’s Queen’s Park, has a new display showing a slice of Loughborough student life in 1966. The display features some of the original furniture from Hazlerigg, bought by Leicestershire County Council Museums service when the hall was converted into offices in 2010. Money raised from the sale of the furniture went towards a scholarship fund for students of creativee d design. esig es ign. n.

“One of the Friends of Charnwood Museum alerted us to the sale. We purchased the furniture, as the College, and later the University has played such a large part in Loughborough’s development. We started to think about how we could bring it to life as a display. We chose 1966 as that was the year Loughborough College of Advanced Technology became the University. As the furniture came from Hazlerigg, H which was an all male hall in the 1960s, our o imaginary student had to be a boy. He is studying st electronics, and enjoys music and sport, much m like students today. He has a transistor radio, ra a record player and one of his hobbies is photography. p We looked at archive photographs of student st bedrooms, but they did not look very ‘lived in’! in Our student has just arrived and is unpacking and a making his room feel more homely.” If you were you at Loughborough in the 1960s and would w like to share your student memories, contact us u at, or write to DARO, Hazlerigg Building, B Loughborough University, Leics LE11 3TU.

Museum The display at Charnwood

The furniture was designed by Peter Waals (1870–1937), a Dutch cabinet maker associated with the Arts and Crafts movement, who worked with Leicester–born Ernest Gimson. In 1935 Waals was invited to act as a consultant in design at Loughborough College which was the main centre for training handicraft teachers in England. The furniture, as well as other fittings throughout the College, was built by final year students under his direction. Fiona Ure, Collections Access Officer for Leicestershire County Council, was given the task of getting into the shoes of a student in the 1960s.

Find F out more about Charnwood Museum by visiting w or on Facebook at A student room in the 1960s

Professor Clyde Williams

Loughborough academics named in science top 100 Two of Loughborough University’s greatest scientific minds have been named in the Science Council’s list of the UK’s 100 leading practising scientists. Professor Clyde Williams, an emeritus professor in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS), was named within the Council’s developer/translational scientist category and was recognised for developing sport science in higher education. He has been at the forefront of the development of sports science at Loughborough University since joining in 1978. He established Loughborough’s Sports Science Research Group and in 1986 he became the UK’s first ever Professor of Sports Science. Professor Williams was the founding chairman of the British Association of Sports Sciences (now the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences — BASES) and is an Honorary Fellow of BASES and a Founding Fellow of the European College of Sports Science. Alongside Professor Williams on the list was alumnus Nira Chamberlain (MSc Industrial Mathematical Modelling,1993), who works as Optimisation Lead for Npower SME Optimisation and Insight. Nira was recognised for developing mathematical modelling applications for industry. He is a Chartered Mathematician and Chartered Scientist and is a Fellow and Council member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. The Science Council list celebrates the many different types of scientist and hopes to change the perceptions of government, media and public to science. The list is split into 10 different ‘types’ of scientist and gives a broad picture of the many different ways people work with science.




















‘WHERE THE NEED IS GREATEST’ Our students and staff have brilliant ideas. Your support helps them to become a reality.


Having the freedom to invest in creative and innovative ideas that have an immediate impact is crucial to a successful university with an unrivalled award-winning student experience. Since 1999 alumni have donated over £750,000, funding more than 200 extraordinary projects across the campus.







Donations to the Loughborough Fund are distributed annually to initiatives that will have a significant impact on the campus environment, teaching and learning facilities, and activities available to enhance the student experience at Loughborough.


Here are just some of the projects supported by the Loughborough Fund over the last 15 years:






















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Donations making a difference Loughborough is very lucky to receive invaluable support from alumni and friends for a wide variety of projects and initiatives across campus. Here are some me examples of how donations are making a positive difference to Loughborough students:

Dr. The Hon. David J. Saul aul Reading Area Alumnus and friend of the University, Dr. The Hon. David J. Saul has generously donated towards the transformation of the Pilkington Library. This project, completed in the summer of 2013, has increased the number of study spaces available and nd improved access to information and communications ons technology for library users to make a significant improvement to the student experience. Dr Saul’s gift has enabled the creation of the ‘The Hon. David id J. Saul J.P., PhD. Reading Area’, where a number off non–academic books are available for students, staff taff and alumni. Other areas of the library have also been een transformed by donations from alumni and friendss of the University. y.

The Thompson Circle Loughborough University is honoured to have received legacy gifts from alumni and friends who believe that the next generation of students will benefit from an enriched ‘Loughborough Experience’.

David enjoying his reading area

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The Fund Th d ffor Excellence ll Thanks to donations to the Fund for Excellence, six students were able to travel to South Africa to take part in the ‘South Africa Challenge’. Led by Loughborough Management Sciences student, Peter Bailey, the South Africa Challenge is a project–led practical leadership programme based in Durban. The Challenge offers students the opportunity to learn and practice problem– solving, creativity and innovation, sustainability and venture creation in a culturally intelligent manner. The project was a huge success with participants able to develop as individuals, leaders and entrepreneurs, whilst also making a positive difference to communities in South Africa.

S Since 2009, the Creative Students Fund has ssupported talented students suffering financial hardship with funding their practical projects. This h year 13 individuals and groups from the Design ye School and the School of the Arts benefitted from S ggenerous gifts given to the Fund. Projects ranged from a walking aid for children with Cerebral Palsy, fr to a folding road bike and a theatre production.

“Without the Creative Students Fund I would not have been financially able to produce the body of work I have done. I have also been offered a job straight out of university as a result of the work that I created in my final project. I owe much of this success to the people who kindly donated towards this award. I am extremely grateful and thank them in their support of my creative career.”

Legacy gifts are extremely important to Loughborough and can benefit almost any area of the University. Recent legacy pledges from Thompson Circle members will support many different projects and initiatives including: academic departments, scholarships, the University Library, student hardship and the overall student experience. Legacy gifts are essential for the future of Loughborough and staff and students alike are truly grateful for the difference they make. If you would like more information or to speak in confidence about legacy giving, please contact Susie Cattermole on 01509 228681 or at

I have decided to leave a legacy to Loughborough because of the impact Loughborough University has had on my life. Not only did it provide me with the qualifications and skills I needed to succeed in the workplace. It was there that I met many lifelong friends who I still see and treasure memories with today.” – Anonymous

Sharan Chana – Creative Students Award Winner 2013

More information on the projects featured here will be available in the new ‘Your Gift’ magazine to be published in July 2014. ‘Your Gift’ is sent to all of the University’s donors to highlight the impact their gifts have on many different areas across campus. The most recent edition can be found online




School of Business and Economics ranked in top 1% worldwide The School of Business and Economics has achieved accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), placing it among the top 1% of business schools worldwide. This latest accolade means that Loughborough is now among just 16 UK business schools to be triple–accredited from all three major international accrediting bodies; with AACSB accreditation adding to its EQUIS accreditation (from the European Foundation for Management Development) and AMBA accreditation (from the Association of MBAs) for its renowned MBA programmes. AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s 15,000 business programmes. Dean of the School of Business and Economics Professor Angus Laing said: “AACSB accreditation assures students, parents and corporate clients that we provide top–quality education and research, and produce graduates who are ready to perform in today’s demanding global business environment. “The global recognition that AACSB accreditation brings will help us continue to recruit the very best students and staff, as well as open up further impressive research opportunities for the future.” Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer of AACSB International Robert D. Reid said: “AACSB accreditation represents the highest achievement for an educational institution that awards business degrees. “Through accreditation, Loughborough has not only met specific standards of excellence, but has also made a commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver high quality education to its students.”


Reflections of the past: Loughborough Technical Institute Instructional Factory 1916–18 With 2014 marking one hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War, we look back through the University archives to establish the role Loughborough played during the conflict. When the First World War broke out a hundred years ago few people realised the transformative effect it would have on the modern world. Millions of people from many nations lost their lives and the world was changed forever. WWI shaped the early years of engineering teaching at the University and left a lasting impact on its cultural heritage. When Herbert Schofield became Principal of Loughborough Technical Institute in September 1915, there was an urgent need for trained workers for the wartime munitions factories. Schofield immediately offered to provide training and the College workshops became an instructional factory for the Ministry of Munitions. Schofield also secured contracts for high explosive shells and other war material and introduced a novel scheme of ‘training on production’, whereby the trainees learned their craft by turning out the shell cases, gauges and other parts needed for the war effort. The first trainees, all women, came to Loughborough in January 1916 and within a year Loughborough had become the third largest technical institute in the country training munitions workers, the majority of them women. From early 1917 discharged disabled soldiers were also enrolled as trainees. New engineering workshops were built at the College by the Ministry of Munitions and when the demand for aircraft increased, the old Congregational Chapel in Orchard Street was taken over as an assembly shop where aircraft wing frames were made. Several large houses in town were converted to hostels to house the trainees, like this one for women (pictured, top left) on Forest Road. A ‘Lady Supervisor and Welfare Matron’ was appointed at Loughborough’s Instructional Factory, responsible for interviewing female candidates and for their general accommodation, discipline, health, and safety. In the wartime munitions factories the work of the female Welfare Supervisors for the female workforce served to improve conditions for men too. First–aid rooms and canteens originally introduced for women, came to be shared with the men. At Loughborough there was a well–equipped ‘surgery’ and a canteen where trainees, staff and students, male and female, ate together. During the First World War more than 2,300 men and women were trained in the Instructional Factory. After the war the new engineering workshops built by the Ministryy of Munitions were handed over to the College, g , enablingg it to expand and develop.


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Loughborough University– led research team wins global road safety award

Alumni named in Honours list

Loughborough’s Transport Safety Research Centre (TSRC) has been presented with the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in recognition of its groundbreaking work in improving road safety.

Many congratulations to all our alumni whose achievements have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list for 2014. They include:

The TSRC — part of the Loughborough Design School — is dedicated to reducing traffic casualties through its world-leading research to understand the causes of crashes and propose safety measures.

■ Professor Shirley Pearce, the former Vice–Chancellor of Loughborough University, Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Higher Education

The award recognises achievements and innovations which will improve road safety, and each year, the most outstanding examples of international road safety initiatives are given public recognition through the scheme. Previous winners include Sweden, the Russian Federation, the Government of Oman, Royal Dutch Shell and Michelin. Led by Professor Pete Thomas at the TSRC, the development of the observatory was funded by the European Commission and involved 18 international partner organisations. Speaking about the award Professor Thomas said: “We are all absolutely delighted that this groundbreaking project has been recognised by such a high profile award, and it is a testament to the team that has worked on it both here at Loughborough and across Europe.”

■ Professor Dame Celia Mary Hoyles, OBE, Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Education (Honorary Graduate, 2008) ■ Dr Jane Elizabeth Doughty, CBE, Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Education (MA Education, 1988) ■ Mrs Karen Atkinson, MBE for services to Netball (BSc PE, 1999 and MSc, 2000) ■ Mr Rod King, MBE for services to road safety (Automotive Engineering and Design, 1971) If you know of somebody we have omitted from this list, please contact us at

We’re going digital! Looking for an alternative way to read your alumni magazine? From now on, iPad and iPhone users will be able to download a digital version of the magazine via the App Store. The digital version will feature content from the hard copy, whilst providing a more interactive reader experience with opportunities to share and feedback on stories and user friendliness. To get your copy, go to alumni/publications and click on the ‘Available on the app store’ icon. To enable us to record who has downloaded the magazine, please allow us to share your information when asked to do so. We will then forward a request asking if you wish to opt in or opt out of receiving your hard copy version. The digital magazine is not currently available to download on Android devices. We are looking at the possibility of introducing this option, so keep checking for availability and we will let you know if and when this happens. We hope you enjoy reading the digital version of the magazine and welcome your feedback to help us develop and improve future issues. If you have a comment to make, contact

Academic’s portrait of former Prime Minister unveiled A portrait of Tony Blair by Loughborough University artist and academic, Alastair Adams, has been unveiled by The National Portrait Gallery, London. The painting was commissioned by the Gallery as part of a project to acquire portraits of all former British Prime Ministers.

in the Society’s 122 year history. He is also a Co-Director of the contemporary drawing research group and journal, TRACEY.

The large oil painting (four feet by three) shows the former British Prime Minister in dramatic close-up. The first sittings took place at Tony Blair’s home in Buckinghamshire in 2011, where Adams was able to begin working on sketches to establish a definitive pose.

As well as Tony Blair, Alastair has painted many other notable subjects, including a number of Lords and former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Ian Blair. Closer to home, Alastair also painted portraits of the University’s former Chancellor Sir John Jennings and former ViceChancellor Professor Dame Shirley Pearce, these portraits are on display in the Hazlerigg Building. Alastair comments: “I believe in creating natural, unassuming paintings based on an incisive, observational drawing practice.”

Alastair is Lecturer in Graphic Communication and Illustration at Loughborough University, practicing portraiture and publishing papers that examine commissioned portraiture, life drawing within a modern educational context, drawing and visualisation and facial difference. He trained as an illustrator which developed his interest in figurative and portrait painting. In 2002 he was elected a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. In 2008 he was made President — the youngest

Tony Blair by Alastair Adams went on public display on 13 January in Room 32, The Balcony Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, London. Admission is Free.

Alastair Adams’ portrait of Tony Blair




ALUMNI ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS RE-ELECTION NOTICE Later in the year, four existing members of the Alumni Advisory Board will stand for reelection onto the Board for the second of two three year terms allowed under Loughborough University’s Alumni Association constitution. The Alumni Advisory Board is made up of the Alumni President and fifteen members of the Alumni Association and represents alumni in dealings with the University and its Development and Alumni Relations Office. Full details will be available soon via our website. You can also find out more about what being a member of the Alumni Advisory Board entails and how to get involved when new places become available in 2015, by visiting


Over 500 schools sign up to pioneering science outreach initiative A pioneering initiative to support excellence in practical science education has seen over 500 schools and colleges sign up to use the free service since its launch in May 2013. Thousands of samples, synthesised by students as part of their studies, have been submitted and analysed using modern laboratory techniques.

to see them applied to their own samples helps make it more real.”

Analytical and chemistry research company RLC–Lab — based on Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Parks — teamed up with the University to promote the national initiative.

Professor Steve Rothberg, the University’s Pro Vice Chancellor (Enterprise), said: “The University is committed to supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education in schools. I’m so excited that this innovative project has achieved such an important milestone. I want every A–level Chemistry class in the country to be accessing this excellent free service.”

Dr Mark Jones, Director RLC–lab, explained: “Most schools and colleges have limited opportunity to use modern laboratory techniques. The service gives ves teachers and students access to the real thing, bringing the theory to life with real data generated from their samples.” The service — supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the University — has received a highly hly positive response from schools throughout the UK.. Dr Claire Badger, Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, said: “This has been of real benefit to our students. These methods are on the syllabus, but

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Each registered school is sent sample vials and return packaging. When the samples are returned the analysis is completed and data reported. Each school has a unique login account that teachers and students can use to view and download their data.


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Could you play HOST to an international student from Loughborough? However much they enjoy their studies in the UK, international students often feel the loss of meaningful contact with family and community life beyond the University. This is where the well–established charity, HOST, steps in, linking students with volunteer hosts all over the country, who offer one–off invitations for a day, a weekend, or three days at Christmas. Alumna Bee King (2003) who has been involved with HOST comments:

“HOST is a truly rewarding experience. You learn so much about other cultures and can end up making lifelong friends. I would highly recommend giving it a go.” If you could host a student please visit

LECTURER’S INTRODUCTION N TO WEAVING PUBLISHED Ever fancied designing your own fabrics from scratch? Loughborough University lecturer, Jan Shenton’s book, entitled ‘Woven Textile Design’ was published in April and offers a comprehensive introduction to weaving forr all those wishing to design and produce a wide rangee of fabrics. Starting with the basics of woven textile design, the book explains how different types of cloth are constructed. From the most basic of plain weaves, to more complicated designs created with extra threads woven in; a wide range of patterns are covered.. Illustrated throughout with diagrams, weaving planss s, and beautiful examples from contemporary designers, the book also includes tips on using different yarnss and colours to create stunning and unique designs.

“The purpose of this book is to introduce weavers to basic weave structures and inspire them to use their creative talent so they can develop their own designs and produce beautiful, original fabrics. It encourages experimentation and pushing the boundaries of what is possible.” Jan’s designs are bought by manufacturers and design houses including Louis Vuitton Vuitton, Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren.

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The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education are awarded biennially, in recognition of the excellent work of UK universities and colleges in areas of service and benefit to the nation. The awards are part of the UK’s national honours system and as such they are the most prestigious form of national recognition open to a UK academic or vocational institution.

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This reputation attracts the very best academic and teaching talent. It is reflected in the extensive network of partnerships with industry, leading to pioneering and innovative work benefiting all areas of society. Earlier this year, the University’s particular strengths in High Value Manufacturing (HVM) received the royal seal of approval with the award of a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. This is the seventh time Loughborugh has been awarded the prize – an achievement only exceeded by the University of Oxford.


Loughborough’s international reputation as a centre of research excellence has been achieved partly through carrying out research that is relevant and accessible to industry and society – research that matters.

Dick Elsy, Chief Executive, High Value Manufacturing Catapult

HIGH VALUE MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING AT LOUGHBOROUGH HVM applies leading edge technical knowledge and expertise to the creation of products and production processes which have strong potential to bring sustainable growth and high economic value to the UK. As an acknowledged leader in HVM, the University makes an important contribution to the health of manufacturing in the UK, supporting economic growth and creating new jobs. It does this not only through its research but through the training of skilled engineers and through working with industrial partners to drive innovation in the manufacturing sector. This important work has implications for multiple industries. For example researchers at the University have been working with health care professionals and using additive manufacturing to create complex models of human biological systems from patient data. These models are revolutionising surgical training, with surgeons able to plan and practice difficult operations without risk to the patient. Other projects include working with high street retailers on manufacturing processes capable of recycling the 20 billion pairs of shoes produced annually. Currently only 3.5% of shoes are recycled and the remainder are disposed of in landfill sites. The University has also developed reduced emissions engines in partnership with Lotus and Continental Powertrain and automated assembly optimisation with Bosch Rexroth, Ford Motor Company, ThyssenKrupp System Engineering and Schneider Electric.

Of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize award, Professor Bob Allison, Vice-Chancellor said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this ‘Magnificent Seven’. We have long been renowned for the relevance of our work, which contributes at the very highest levels to new knowledge and understanding, helping business anad industry to compete more effectively. The Queen’s Anniversary Prize is testament to the impact our research, innovation and teaching have on the manufacturing industry.” Professor Steve Rothberg, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Enterprise, added: “Demand for new products — made more quickly, more sustainably and for lower cost — drives economic growth. By supporting industry’s response to this demand the University is helping to create the economic growth, new jobs and the technological advantages which will help the UK to remain globally competitive. “This award recognises Loughborough’s significant contribution to this crucially important area.”


Awarded in recognition of the University’s vehicle, road and driver safety research (2007)

For outstanding and widely-respected work in evaluating and helping develop social policy-related programmes (2005)

In recognition of the University’s position as the country’s premier institution for sports development and its world-leading role in sports research and education (2002)

For pioneering research in optical engineering (2000)

Awarded in recognition of work in developing countries (1998)

For collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies, particularly Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems (1994)

To find out more about the latest research being carried out at Loughborough, visit





Alumna wins internationall ation award sport dissertation Congratulations to Dr Rachel Arnold (Sport and Exercise Science, 2008), who received the Dissertation Award from thee Association for Applied Sport Psychology gy (AASP), an international professional organisation that promotes the field of sport and exercise psychology. The award, which ich recognises the completion of an outstanding nding dissertation by an AASP doctoral student nt member, was presented at the organisation’s ation’s recent annual conference in New Orleans. ns.

R Rutherford alumni gather ffor 50th anniversary A group of fifteen alumni from the intake of ’63 gathered in 2013 to celebrate the fifty years of friendship which began when they arrived at Loughborugh. th The reunion event took place in South West France where five of the group Th live within a ten mile radius of each other, with fellow alumni travelling from liv as far afield as Canada and Australia to join them. Th group arrived at Loughborough in September 1963 and were based in The Rutherford Hall. After graduation, many from the year group met up for Christmas Ru ba balls and other reunions at Loughborough, but, as careers and families grew, attendance dropped off. at

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Dr Arnold earned her bachelors, masterss and doctorate degrees from Loughborough. Her award–winning dissertation examined and assessed the organisational stressors that sport performers encounter. Dr Arnold, in commenting on her award said:

“I would like to thank Loughborough University for its support during my PhD. Particular thanks must go to my doctorate supervisors, Dr David Fletcher and Professor Kevin Daniels, who provided fantastic support throughout the dissertation process.”

During the 1980s, members of the group started meeting up from time to time at Du each other’s houses, sometimes with children in tow. In 1992, two of the group ea went into business together and purchased an old cognac estate in South West we France, developing it into a country club. Their old Loughborough friends were Fr some of their first customers, with some loving the area so much that by 2004 so they too had relocated. th With levels of contact growing, the group started having regular reunions W in France. Many also met up in Loughborough in 2012 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rutherford Hall, which inspired them to arrange their own 50th an anniversary gathering in 2013. At the end of this event the parting comment was, an “See you next year!” “S For them Loughborough/Rutherford really has been “for life”. Fo Our thanks go to Derek Barry (Industrial Chemistry, 1967) for forwarding Ou details of the reunion. If yyou are p planningg or have attended a reunion at de Loughborough, Lo oughborough, we would love to hear from you.

Sir Arlington Butler recieves highest International Olympic Committee Award In November 2013, at a ceremony attended by local dignitaries and illustrious international leaders in the Olympic community, Sir Arlington Butler (Physical Education and Maths, 1964), was presented with the ‘Pierre de Coubertin Award’ in recognition of outstanding service to The Bahamas Olympic Association and The International Olympic Committee between 1973 and 2008. After Loughborough, Sir Arlington served with distinction as teacher, legal counsel, Speaker of the House of Assembly, government minister, and ambassador. As a fitting closure to his contribution to sports participation and administration, he was inducted into The Bahamas Sports Hall Of Fame on the 22 November 2013. Shown at the awards ceremony in the attached photo are left, Dr Eric Bourne (Physical Education tion and History, 1964); Sir Arlington (centre) and right, Keith Parker (Physical Physical Education, 1958). Bourne and Parker are still very active in the coaching and administration ion of sports. Bourne is President dent of The Gym Tennis Club and nd director of its instructionall programme. Parker is involved lved with the Bahamas Athleticc Association as Senior Track ck Coach and manager on international competitions. s.

Taken at a reunion in 198 8 (25 years after meeting as freshers in 1963). Left to right: David Hall, Stephen Coombs, Bill Dawson, Rick Peacock, Derek Barr y.

Left to right top: Derek Barr y, Colin Richardson, Bob Rick Peacock, Stephen Coo Dudley, mbs, Colin Hillyer, John Gar side, Peter Buck. Bottom: Mike Stubbs, Mik e Bell, Bill Dawson, Dick Pen son, Waheed Rabbani, Roger Thur man, Bob Urie.




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Loughborough’s entrepreneurial graduates ess help drive the global digital economy The UK is hailed as one of the world’s strongest internet economies and Loughborough graduates are behind a number of its most promising companies. Future Fifty, the government’s fast–track programme run by Tech City UK, has selected a number of these high–growth companies to receive concierge–style support from mentoring to export assistance and strategic advice. The Loughborough graduates listed below all have significant roles within Future Fifty companies: Simon Cobby (Human Geography with Economics, 1994) is General Manager at MOO, an online print and design business founded in 2004. Today, it prints millions of business cards a month for hundreds of thousands of customers in over 180 countries. MOO has won three Webby awards (Web Oscars).

Graham Corfield (Accountancy and Financial Management,1991) is the UK Managing Director at Just–Eat Group — the UK’s No.1 online takeaway food ordering website. Just–Eat launched in 2001 and is now active in 13 countries, generating nearly £700 million in revenue per year for the restaurant industry. Sarah Rickwood (Art Foundation, 2003, Illustration 2006, MSc, Marketing and Management, 2007) is Head of Online at PhotoBox Group, Europe’s leading digital consumer service for personalised products and gifts. Andrew Fisher (Economics, 1991) is Executive Chairman of Shazam, which launched its music recognition service in the UK in 2002 and is now one of the top ten most downloaded apps, connecting more than 400 million people worldwide to music, TV shows and adverts. Having recently launched the X Factor voting system, Shazam is now using the 15 million identifications it makes each day to predict music’s next big artists and accounts for over 10 per cent of worldwide digital music sales. Speaking about his time at Loughborough, Andrew said: “My years at Loughborough gave me a great start in life and gave me the confidence to be more entrepreneurial in my career. I constantly utilise the skills I developed both on my course and when I was Chairman of Royce Hall which have proved invaluable.”

Andrew Fisher, former CEO of Shazam

Peter Janes (Sport and Exercise Science, 2002) launched Shopa in August 2012, having previously built and sold The Post Network, a content distribution platform with fellow Loughborough graduates Paul Stewart and Charlie Cooper. Shopa was recently awarded the title of European start–up of the Year 2013 at IBM Smartcamp. Shopa is a rewards network that provides members with cash rewards whenever they buy and share from over 150 million products. Professor Steve Rothberg, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise at Loughborough said: “I congratulate these graduates on their achievements which reinforce our strong tradition of student and graduate enterprise. Today, we actively support this potential through the Glendonbrook Centre for Enterprise Education and our graduate commercialisation Studio to encourage the next generation of business leaders.”

TO School names sports hall in honour ALUMNUS HOLD SPORTS of Loughborough Alumnus CAMP ON CAMPUS After graduating from Loughborough, Humphrey Long (Physical Education, 1963) joined Raines Foundation School in Tower Hamlets in London – a small inner city school with 300 pupils – as Head of Physical Education, remaining there for 39 years before retiring in 2002. During that time, the school managed, with limited facilities, to excel in sporting activities at international, national and local levels. Two former pupils went on to represent Great Britain, including Michael Varah (Physical Education, 1968) who was a member of the 4 x 880 yard world record relay team. Perhaps the best known of the athletes to benefit from Humphrey’s coaching was Phillips Idowu, who won the English Schools triple jump (he still holds the event record) and went on to win Commonwealth, European and World titles and who competed in four Olympic Games for Team GB.

Despite not having a suitable gym (playing every game away from home) the school excelled at basketball, winning 14 national schools’ titles over five decades and five gold medals at the London Youth Games. Twenty pupils of the school became England international players and as a result of this success, Humphrey became an England age–group basketball coach. To honour Humphrey’s contribution at Raines, a ceremony was held in July to name the newly built sports hall after him. The event was well attended by local dignitaries and education officials, plus many former pupils that had won honours in the various sporting activities listed above. In his speech, Humphrey praised the training he received during his attendance at Loughborough. Our congratulations go to Humphrey on many years of continued success that make him a worthy recipient of this honour.

Those of you looking for an outlet for your children’s pent up energy over the summer may be interested in an alumni–led initiative to be hosted on campus this August. Matthew Lord (Recreation Management, 1999) has devised Let Me Play, a sports and education organisation that delivers programmes across the UK. Let Me Play was established to provide opportunities for young people to play their chosen sport in a safe and secure environment and includes intensive sports, dance and educational experiences that combine a professional structure designed to teach and motivate each young person to reach their maximum potential with the simple concept of having fun. To find out more, visit





Loughborough graduate claims fuel cell research award Loughborough PhD graduate, Samuel CruzuzManzo (Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, ing, 2013), was one of just st three recipients of the 2013 Dr. Bernard S. Baker Student Award for fuell cell research. Samuel was invited to the Cellll S Seminar h FFuell C i and d Energy Exposition in Ohio to receive his award, and was the only UK recipient amongst a strong field of US-based finalists. The Award — which recognises exceptional students in fuel cell research from across the globe — was inaugurated in 2005 in memory of Dr Bernard S. Baker and his contribution to fuel cell research and energy. A pioneer in the field of electrochemistry, Dr Baker’s research now underpins the power generation systems in commercial and industrial facilities throughout the world. Samuel said of his success: “It was a great pleasure to be amongst the top three international research students in this field. I want to thank the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering and Professor Rui Chen for giving me the opportunity to complete my PhD studies at Loughborough as well as the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (Conacyt) for sponsoring me. I hope my achievement will inspire research students at Loughborough to deliver world-class research.”

King & Jennings take national badminton doubles title Dr Mark King (Sports Science and Mathematics, 1993) a Reader in Sports Biomechanics in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, and playing partner Carl Jennings stormed to victory in the Masters English National Championships, men’s doubles over 40s’ event. On the way to the final Mark and Carl, who represented Leicestershire, beat the number 1 seeds in convincing fashion before comfortably beating the number 2 seeds in the final 21–16, 21–16.

Polynesian challenge for alumnus David Loughborough alumnus and travel journalist, David Constable (Modern and Contemporary Writing, 2007),, recently flew to Tahit Tahititi to complete an assignment for Tatler Magazine. In it, David found himself competing in the Heiva i Tahiti (hei means ‘to assemble’ and va means ‘community’) — the games and d celebrations of the Polynesian islands, which have long seen tribess and communities compete in order to both celebrate and settle tribal feuds. euds. Events included the javelin, coconut tree–climbing, stone lifting, and d fruit–carrying (over 75 pounds of bananas, coconuts and tree trunkk for some 1500 metres).

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Although David regularly finds himself being sent to exotic locations, h he ffound this particular d thi ti l competition titi and experience a challenge, saying:

“The first explorers noted the importance of these manifestations and the great fervour Polynesians had for such festivities, particularly dancing and feats of athleticism. I wasn’t prepared for some of the gruelling events, especially being barefoot and running, climbing and throwing in temperatures of over 40 degrees. My inexperience in tribal games gave me away. Immediately. All the tribal bodies were the colour of walnuts, inked with tribal symbols and warrior vernacular. My milky limbs were always going to stand out from the crowd.”

We want your memories! A big thank you to John Rutterr (Chemical Engineering, 1971)) who sent these photographs from om his time at Loughborough. Included are shots of John with fellow Royce Hall mates from 1968 968 (John, second right). Also featured red is a view from Whitworth Hall, looking across campus and thee golf course, a popular addition to campus. If you have any photographs from m your time here, we would love to o have a copy for our archive. Please ase forward to or to the address listed at the front of the magazine.




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WALKING HIS WAY TO A GREENER FUTURE Laurence Kemball–Cook (Industrial Design and Technology, 2009) — founder and CEO of Pavegen Systems — was the youngest delegate to accompany Prime Minister, David Cameron, on his state visit to China last December. Laurence’s role was to promote the UK’s clean tech products and green innovations, and introduce Pavegen to the Chinese market. His award-winning, energy-harvesting company manufactures pioneering flooring tiles which convert the kinetic energy from footfall into renewable electricity that can be stored or used to power street lighting, advertising displays, and communications technology — as well as Christmas tree lights in Sydney!

The innovative technology has been successfully installed worldwide in partnership with key international brands at prominent events — the London 2012 Olympic Games, the 34th America’s Cup, the Paris Marathon 2013, the Bestival Festival, and the WWF Earth Hour in Singapore. Pavegen attracts significant international media interest and Laurence is a regular speaker at various high–profile events on technology and entrepreneurship, including Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED), the UN’s +20 climate conference, Nerve, O2 Campus Party and the Stadium Business Design and Development Summit. The company has also collected a number of prestigious awards and accolades — in recognition of Laurence’s business acumen and the company’s drive to develop sustainable energy — including three People and Environment Achievement (PEA) Awards 2013; inclusion in the Nominet Trust’s top 100; the World Technology Summit’s Energy Prize; the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) British Export of the Year Award 2012; and a place amongst the finalists of the Shell Livewire Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Interest in the Pavegen technology is growing, and the company is rapidly expanding. Laurence now manages a team of 30 — headquartered in London

— several are Loughborough alumni. This year, the company is set for a big push on recruitment. Professor Stephen Hawking featured Pavegen in his Channel 4’s Brave New World series as a leading energy harvesting tool and solution to the energy demands of future cities. With support from eminent thinkers, we could soon all be walking the Pavegen way. To find out more about Pavegen Systems, please visit

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n December 2014, Loughborough University’s Alumni Association will reach the 20th year since its formation. Things have certainly moved on since the Association’s early years, with over 150,000 members now able to enjoy the benefits of free membership to an organisation dedicated to maintaining a link between alumni and Loughborough.

As an alumnus of Loughborough, you are automatically part of the Alumni Association — thank you for making it something to feel proud of.



The origins of the first former student associations can be traced back to the Class of 1922, who formed Loughborough’s first ‘Past Students’ Association’. A mandatory subscription was charged, with the money accrued used to buy land surrounding the campus perimeters.

Looking after the interests of thousands of alumni, aged between 21 and 96, in over 180 countries is now the responsibility of Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO). Its aim: to ensure that alumni are kept fully informed about the development of the University; to offer a wide range of programmes, events and benefits which meet alumni needs; and to foster links between the office and alumni wherever they are in the world.

In 1966, when Loughborough College of Technology was awarded university status, the Past Students’ Association became ‘The Guild of Loughborough University Students’. Membership became voluntary, with a £10 subscription fee charged. Much of the money paid by members in subscriptions went towards supporting the current Students’ Union building project in 1979. In 1986, Vice–Chancellor, John Philips, wrote to former President of the Guild, Peter Davenport to discuss the establishment of the Alumni Association. The University created a role for former librarian Professor Tony Evans to provide a point of contact for alumni with the university. In the late ‘80s, Professor Harry Thomason set up an external relations office and working with Peter and others, put together papers in support of the establishment of an Alumni Association. This was submitted to the then Vice–Chancellor, David Wallace,, who ggave the idea the ggo ahead 994. in 1994.

THE SITUATION TODAY: A GLOBAL COMMUNITY Thanks to the amazing efforts of over 30 ambassadors in running international alumni chapters from Canada to New Zealand, you can always maintain a link with the University and friends you made here.

We can also put you in touch with old friends or help you set up your own reunion event — just get in touch and we will do what we can to help. If you are in contact with alumni who have not heard from us for a while, forward their details and we will make sure they receive regular updates too. GOVERNANCE: THE ALUMNI ADVISORY BOARD DARO works closely with an elected President and members of the Alumni Advisory Board. The President represents the Alumni Association at University Council meetings and other committees as agreed. The Alumni Advisory Board is made up of fifteen elected alumni members who act as strong advocates of the University, representing it at events and proactively promoting the University’s work, helping to develop its reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research.

YOUR MEMBERSHIP: WHAT’S INVOLVED? Membership is FREE. As well as your alumni magazine we also keep you updated via our e–newsletter and website. Ensure you receive these regularly by updating your contact details — either online via our website or by contacting us. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


Benefits of membership include access to the University’s Careers and Employability Centre, including advice and mentoring opportunities and details of our events programme, including reunion or network opportunities with alumni working in your w our sector.

DARO is also extremely grateful to the thousands of alumni who have pledged financial support to the many projects occurring on campus through Loughborough University Development Trust. Your support is helping improve the student expe experience for current students who will bec become the next generation of alumni.

Thank you to everybody who has helped in the organisation and coordination of alumni events or provided invaluable careers advice to current students.

Find out more at www

DECEMBER 1994 On 21 December, the Alumni Association was officially launched ched following approval by Senate.

APRIL 2013 We reached 5,000 alumni donors. Since the creation of Loughborough University Development Trust, you have donated millions towards improving the student experience.

JULY & DECEMBER 2009 Honorary degree ceremonies were held to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of education at Loughborough. Over 2,000 alumni of the former Loughborough colleges returned to campus to renew old acquaintances and receive an Honorary Degree in recognition of the part they played in Loughborough’s growth and success.









Reunion Weekend

12 – 14 September 2014

This year we are inviting back the class of 1964 and all preceding years to celebrate their 50th anniversary and beyond, and we would love you to join us. This annual event is eagerly anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed by the many alumni who come along. It is a special opportunity to renew old Loughborough friendships and get reacquainted with a campus that retains many memorable features, as well as to learn about all the new campus developments. The weekend offers a variety of activities, tours and discussions with something for everyone. From lab visits to view the latest technology and insightful talks with leading academics and sports coaches, to sharing memories and a celebratory gala dinner. You can check out your class lists online and contact old friends you have lost touch with. Please also send us your memories, we would love to share them with fellow alumni at the event. Official invitations have been sent out in the post. If for any reason you have not received yours, please get in touch.

Meet your Class Champions: These alumni volunteers are helping us ensure the Reunion Weekend is a huge success and as special as possible for all who take part. Here’s a few things some of the Champions had to say about their memories of their time here: “During Rag day in 1951, a group of us conspired to leave a fellow Hall member stranded in Loughborough dressed in his blue tutu leaving him no option but to catch the service bus back to Quorn… needless to say he wasn’t pleased!” Keith Horne (Physical Education, 1952)

“I am fond of the lifelong friendships forged from Hall life and tutorial groups and I especially remember the inter–Hall rivalry, including Rag weeks and sport matches.” John Lewis (Handicraft with English, 1964)

“Overall it was the camaraderie of the College and the friendliness of Hall life that is my greatest memory of Loughborough.” Bob Castle (Physical Education with Geography, 1963)

INDEPENDENT REUNIONS JUNE 4th 11th 25th JULY 3rd 22nd 30th

CHAMBER ENSEMBLE English Music for Strings (On campus) OF LONDON 3D Printing: Rediscovering INAUGUR AL LECTURE the Power of Making (On campus) IS HARR ELL RUSS R PROFESSO UK in A Minimum Income Standard for the us) COFFEE MORNING 2014: How much is enough? (On camp


LET US KNOW IF YOU AND A GROUP OF FRIENDS ARE COMING BACK TO CAMPUS. WE ARE HERE TO HELP. In the last few months, we have been happy to support:


Rutherford Hall: 1963 Intake – Derek Barry (Industrial Chemistry, 1967)

(On campus)

Royal Aeronautical Society Lecture

(Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire)

Geography: Class of 1983 – Jack Buckner (Geography, 1983) Rutherford Hall: Cheese and Wine Evening



(On campus)

To find out more about the help and advice we can offer you, or to take a look at reviews from previous alumni–led reunions, visit the website.


BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR NETWORKING AND DEVELOPMENT NT If you are looking for the perfect opportunity ith to expand your business contacts, reunite with m fellow alumni and hear keynote speakers from all areas of business, then BOND is for you..


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This year Loughborough Students’ Union is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the current Union building. As part of the celebr ations it would like to invite all former Exec members, staff, student staff, volunt eers, friends of LSU and anyone who has been involved with the Union back for a reunion dinner on the evening of Saturday 28th June 2014. If you would like to attend please email David Goss for full details at goss.d g avid@ id@liv .uk. k. Register at

The 2013–14 series built on the success ess b ber of previous years, kicking off in November vid when we welcomed Professor David ng Llewellyn, Professor of Money and Banking he at Loughborough University and Chair of the Board of the Banking Stakeholder Group at the European Banking Authority, who spoke on Outlook for the British Economy: Optimism or Pessimism?



eil In March we had an evening with Neil nd Stansfield, Head of Knowledge, Innovation and ce Futures Enterprise at the Ministry of Defence who talked about National Security in an ever– changing world: A behind the scenes insight into innovation at the MoD and the complex power of information in the Digital Age.

Coffee Mornings

Than you to everyone who came along in April Thank and helped make spring’s Lufbra in London social even event such a success. Over 50 alumni popped alon along and heard first–hand the exciting plans for Loug Loughborough University in London, opening on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2015.

We are always looking for alumni involvement in our events. If you have access to an office with meeting facilities, or are part of a club or society who does, we would love to hear from you and discuss the potential of hosting a BOND there.

Join local retired staff and former students for insightful updates on Loughborough.

The Students’ Union Executive team hosted some entertaining quiz questions and the assortment of ages and backgrounds of the alumni made for a great friendly evening.

The 2013–14 calendar has showcased a variety of topics and interests, from Design and English & Drama to Science, exciting campus developments and the annual Christmas Party.

If you missed out on the most recent Lufbra in London event, be sure to join us in October for autumn’s gathering.

We are busy looking into future topics and speakers. If you have not received an invitation to BOND events this academic year and are interested in future business inspired events, please get in touch to be added to the invitation list.

“It was an excellent evening and the speaker was inspirational. It was also very good to meet a wide range of people.” Paul Drummond, Director of Partpulse Ltd (Mathematical Studies, 1979)

“Thank you for a fabulous evening, everything about it was wonderful — the talk, meeting new and old friends, the conversations — great!”

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Over 70 alumni attended an insight to the Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit and the historical talk hosted by two of our very own alumni, former members of staff Len Cantor and Ernie Miller, was equally popular.

GOT A TALENT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE? We are keen to offer an ‘open mic’ opportunity at Lufbra in London. Why not showcase your talent and get involved? We’d love to hear from you.

This year’s Coffee Morning programme continues, so there is still plenty of opportunity to join us. Why not take part in the Annual Summer Trip in June where we will be visiting Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire. If you have not received a postcard outlining the forthcoming Coffee Morning events and would like to find out more, please contact us. To register for an upcoming event, please visit the website below.

Neil Scotton, Co–Founder of The One Leadership Project (Mechanical Engineering, 1986)


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Global Networks HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH OUR INTERNATIONAL ALUMNI CHAPTERS We have alumni ambassadors based in over 30 countries from Argentina to New Zealand, who coordinate regular events for alumni based there. For full details on a group local to you, visit No group in your country? Contact us at for details on how to get involved.

Vice-Chancellor receptions in China and Hong Kong In November 2013, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob ong Allison, visited China and Hong Kong for a series of alumni dinners and receptions.

Steering Committee formed to establish Loughborough University’s official India Alumni Chapter W Work to establish the first official Lo Loughborough University India Alumni (L (LUIA) chapter is underway. At an al alumni gathering hosted in Delhi on 3 30th November 2013, a steering co committee was established to guide th development of the official the al alumni chapter.

Professor Allison was accompanied on his visits byy Director of Development and nt,, Alumni Relations, Sue Sargent, y’s and members of the University’s International Office. This was the first time that Professor Allison had visited China in his role as Vice– d Chancellor. The visit provided him with the opportunity to meet gh with and talk to Loughborough tly alumni about what is currently happening at the University and ces to hear about their experiences while studying here.

D Lisa Blenkinsop, Loughborough Dr U University’s Senior International O cer, attended the occasion for Offi th second year in a row, along with the the two grand old men of Indian alumni, Ranji Prama Bhandari (Mechanical Engineering, 1950) and Jamshed Desai (Automotive Engineering, 1957). The steering committee comprising initially of four members will be headed

SINGAPORE ALUMNI AND GUESTS MEET TO SEE IN LUNAR NEW YEAR TO USHER IN THE YEAR OF THE WOODEN HORSE, LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY ALUMNI (SINGAPORE) (LUAS) ORGANISED A LUNAR NEW YEAR LO–HEI LUNCH GATHERING AT ANUSS GUILDHOUSE, SUNTEC CITY ON THE 9th FEBRUARY 2014. President, Dickson Ang, gave a warm welcome to all alumni, families and friends and thanked them for their support of LUAS. A sumptuous buffet lunch was kicked off with traditional Yu Sheng or Lo–Hei, an appetizer symbolising ‘good luck’ for the New Year. The process of preparing and eating Yu Sheng is a traditional ceremony to mark the start of a prosperous new year. Those present gathered around the table to toss the shredded ingredients into the air with chopsticks to usher in good luck. It is believed

by the India alumni ambassador, Management Aman Dhall (Sport Management, 2011), with help from Aditi Sharma (Industrial Design, 2011), Ahmar Abbas (Retail Management, 2004) and Gaurav Thadani (Mobile Communication, 2010) who will be playing the roles of secretary, treasurer and PR Officer respectively. Speaking about the initiative, Aman said: “This is our first step in a multi– step process to create a sustainable alumni network in India. Overall, the response received from the alumni has been overwhelming. Though many could not attend the gathering in Delhi due to travel or time constraints, they all sent their messages supporting the effort to set up an official alumni chapter in India.”

Focus on our Greek Alumni Chapter The Development and Alumni Relations Office was delighted to be able to meet with Nick Tsoligas (Electronic and Electrical Engineering, 1977), when he returned to campus for the first time in over 30 years in January. Nick (pictured centre) was in the UK to celebrate his granddaughter’s 1st birthday and took the opportunity whilst visiting to drop by and see how things had changed since leaving in the 1970s.

the higher you toss the ingredients, the greater your fortunes will be. Guests of the event were also treated to a presentation by Loughborough alumnus, Sie Chye, a specialist practitioner in Feng Shui and Bazi. The gathering provided an excellent platform for Loughborough alumni, families and friends to get together and network for a prosperous and healthy year ahead.

Nick is ambassador dor for our alumni chapter in Greece, who meet regularly arly throughout the year at special reunion events. Iff you are based in Greece reece and would likee to get involved with h our Greek chapter, please lease contact Nick at


Loughborough Sporting Club Loughborough’s finest celebrated at Sporting Club annual dinner Nearly 200 people attended the Loughborough Sporting Club annual dinner to celebrate pa past ast and present successes, and to honour the latest additions to the Sporting Hall of Fame. The evening, compèred by David Moorcroft and Christine Fisher, saw nine new names inducted into the Hall of Fame. Former Loughborough Lightning player/coach and England international captain Olivia Murphy became the first representative from netball to be inducted. Speaking about her time at Loughborough Olivia said: “The people here understand how important sport is in people’s lives. I was an international netballer when I first arrived, but I had no idea what it was going to be like to make that transition from junior to senior. “So the beauty of this place is that you bump into those people who have similar experiences all of the time, whether it’s a staff member supporting you or another student having the same experiences. That was the biggest thing for me; the support being here gave to me.” Other athletes to be inducted were Welsh international rugby players from the 1960s, Alun Pask and John Mantle, also Duncan White — the first Ceylonese (Sri Lankan) athlete to win an Olympic medal with a silver in the 400 metres hurdles at the London 1948 Games. For the second year running the value of coaching was recognised by the Hall of Fame. Hurdles coach Malcolm Arnold who has worked with the likes of Colin Jackson and Dai Greene, and Phil Larder — the defence coach in England’s victorious 2003 Rugby World Cup squad — were both in attendance to accept their awards. Looking back at his time at Loughborough Malcolm Arnold said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Loughborough and I’ve been back many times. So it’s great to be associated with a night like tonight. Initially it gave me knowledge. The lecturers were good at passing on their knowledge, it was a very inspiring place and it lit up my life. “I’m still working and out six days a week, working with the athletes and looking forward to the Commonwealth Games and European Championships.” Speaking about his induction to the Hall of Fame Phil Larder added: “It took me by surprise and something that I never considered. To be associated with guys (fellow Hall of Fame members Clive Woodward and Andy Robinson) who are icons, and the fact people put me in the same category as them is very humbling.” Also inducted on the night was the Director of Football at Crewe Alexandra, Dario Gradi, who said:

“Somebody once described me a teacher-coach, and d I think that I probably am. I spend more time teaching ngg individuals than I do working out strategies or on team m plans. Loughborough was a teacher training college, so being there would have helped me.” One of the final two inductees was athletics coach Geoff Gowan, who worked with a golden era of athletes in the 1960s. These included alumni Robbiee Brightwell, John Cooper, John Sherwood and John n Whetton. John Whetton kindly accepted the award on behalf of Geoff’s family. Finally Bert Kinnear, an Olympian himself at the 1948 London Games who went on to become r re Loughborough’s first swimming coach and a key figure n at the Amateur Swimming Association. Bert’s son Ian accepted his accolade. ed As well as celebrating success the event also provided an opportunity for former team mates and friends to reunite with each other. The Friends of Football group p were well represented with the UAU Championship winning team from 1970-71 in attendance. There was also a large contingent from the Friends off Tennis group, who the following morning relived past glories by arranging a session in the Dan Maskell Tennis Centre. The evening included an after-dinner speech from Ian an Drake, the Chief Executive Officer of British Cycling, who oversaw the success of Team GB at the London n 2012 Games and who has helped to increase participation in the sport in the UK. Ian, himself a graduate of the University, described Loughborough as ‘the only place that I wanted to go o to’ and ‘the sporting centre of the world’. Ian also talked passionately about how the University ity had played a key role in his cycling journey, and how w he had joined Loughborough Students’ Cycling Club b at the start of his second year. In bringing the evening to a close Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob Allison said: “What this evening proves to me, more than anything else, is that sport is part of our DNA at Loughborough. It is what we are known for and it is what makes this University special. It is one of the things that make me proud to be Vice-Chancellor, and I hope that it makes all of you proud too.” The Loughborough Sporting Club is a joint initiative between the University’s Development & Alumni Relations Office and the Sports Development Centre. The Club aims to provide a vibrant and active social networking club for members, keeping them informed and engaged with sport at Loughborough.

Join us for free If you’re not already a part of the Loughborough Sporting Club, a membership organisation aimed at giving you the opportunity to reconnect with old classmates, colleagues and sporting friends, you can join by visiting loughborough–sporting–club/ @LboroSportingC Loughborough Sporting Club Loughborough Sporting Club






SUPER SIX FOR LOUGHBOROUGH ON BUCS BIG WEDNESDAY BUCS Big Wednesday 2014 saw Loughborough’s Athletic Union clubs bring home six BUCS Gold medals at the universities championships. A scintillating performance from Loughborough Badminton saw both the Men’s and Women’s teams retain their BUCS Championship titles. The men took a 7-1 victory over Leeds Met, whilst the Women’s final was a closer affair, with a final score of Loughborough 4-4 Birmingham. Loughborough took gold as they won more legs in the match. In tennis, the Women’s team recorded an impressive 12-0 victory over Cardiff Met, while the Women’s Squash team defeated Birmingham to win BUCS Gold. There were also gold medals in matches played on the Loughborough campus, with the Rugby League Men’s 3s recording an 18-12 victory over Warwick, and the Women’s Lacrosse 3rd team defeating Nottingham Trent 9-3. In addition to the gold medals, there were other terrific performances. In Men’s Football, Loughborough Students 1st XI were narrowly defeated 2-1 by the University of Stirling, whilst Loughborough Students Rugby League 1st team lost 38-18 to Leeds Met, who recorded their eighth consecutive Championship. In the Men’s Basketball final, Loughborough took on a Worcester team who had won the three previous BUCS Championships but whom they had beaten in both previous meetings during the 2014 season. It was the holders however who came out of the blocks strongest, opening up a 23-15 lead after the first quarter and maintaining this to the final whistle. The men’s second team who were playing against Oxford Brookes faired better and took the Midlands’ Conference Cup title. Loughborough Men’s Tennis 2nd team were also in action and took silver against Leeds Met, as did the men’s Volleyball 1st team.


Former England cricket supremo to take on Loughborough-based elite coaching role

Flower stood down as England Team Director at the end of January after five years of unprecedented success and the ECB were keen to retain his services and coaching knowledge.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that Andy Flower has been appointed as Technical Director of Elite Coaching, based at the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough University.

“H “His record over the last five years speaks for itself and the ECB and Andy are excited about the future.”

Flower will have a wide-ranging role which will incorporate working with the next generation of England players and coaches as well as being charged with creating a leadership programme for young England players.

Pa Paul Downton, Managing Director of England Cricket, sa said: “The ECB is delighted that we are able to retain a man of Andy Flower’s experience and quality.

Opened in 2003 on the University’s campus, the National Cricket Performance Centre has become the cornerstone in the development of cricketers across the England representative squads. The facility is also utilised by current students involved in the Loughborough Cricket men’s and women’s programmes.

LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY TO HOST EUROPEAN CLUB HOCKEY TROPHY Y TROP PHY Loughborough will be hosting international hockey on campus after er being announced as the venue for the Women’s European Club Trophy 2014. The event will run from 6-9 June and will feature teams from Belgium, Ireland, Spain, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, as well as hosts Leicester Ladies. Ben Aherne, Business Development Manager for Sport at Loughborough University said: Loug “We’re delighted to have been awarded the European Trophy in June ne 2014 and we are excited to welcome Europe’s eight leading ladiess 201 teams to our campus. team “The competition will utilise our hockey playing facility which has identical properties to the surfaces used for hockey in London 2012. iden will be a great opportunity for supporters across Leicestershire “It w watch first class ladies hockey and show their support for to w Leicester Ladies Hockey.” Leic More details, including event schedule and tickets, are available via the LLeicester Ladies Hockey website k



UNIVERSITY INVESTS IN A NEW HEALTH AND FITNESS DEVELOPMENT Work is underway to build a brand new health and fitness centre on campus. The £5.6 million investment by the University will improve its health and fitness provision, creating a new centre overlooking the Loughborough University Stadium and the picturesque landscape at the West end of campus. In the 860sqm health and fitness gym there will be over 80 items of cardio-vascular equipment and 50 plus fixed and free weight stations, alongside a core stretch area. Also included in the development are two fitness studios, and a new sports hall that will provide four badminton courts, basketball, netball and d volleyball activity. There will be separate changing rooms for the sports hall and the fitness complex, as well as a lounge and break out areas. The investment is not only significant in developing the University’s health h and fitness provision, but will also support the ambitious target of having 75% of students being physically active at least three times a week. Mark Davies, Strategic Manager for Sports Operations at Loughborough University, who is overseeing the project said: “The fact that the University has decided to fund this development demonstrates how we continue to lead the way in offering the best sport, health and fitness facilities, not only to our students but also to staff, partners on campus and the wider community.” The new centre is scheduled to open in October 2014 in readiness for the new academic year.


Loughborough Alumni take on Twickenham

Current Loughborough MCCU players have played their part in helping the England cricket team retain the Women’s Ashes in Australia.

On Sunday 9th March, England made history by winning their first Triple Crown title in the Rugby Union Six Nations in 11 years.

England won the Women’s Ashes with two games to spare, following a nine wicket victory in the first Twenty20 (T20) international. The win gave England an unassailable 10-4 lead in the multi-format event. Victory in the test match, worth six points, and in the first One-Day International (ODI) had given England a strong advantage over the hosts. Australia rallied to win the second and third ODI’s to put them back in contention, and take the match score to 8-4. But a composed performance in the T20 match in Hobart gave England the win, and two crucial points to retain the Women’s Ashes.

Marking the occasion was Loughborough University graduate Bob Reeves, who as President of the RFU hosted Loughborough Sporting Club Hall of Fame members Gerald Davies CBE, Ray Williams OBE and Lord Sebastian Coe. The four alumni were said to have had a great day and, although the result went the way of the English contingent, there was great respect for how both sides played among these sporting idols.

The England squad includes Loughborough current students Anya Shrubsole, Natalie Sciver, Georgia Elwiss, Amy Jones and Lauren Winfield. Salliann Briggs, Women’s Cricket Head Coach and Performance Manager at Loughborough MCCU said: “I’m unbelievably proud. This is a pivotal moment in their careers. To win the Ashes on home turf in the summer, then to go to Australia in a completely new environment for some of them and to play the quality of cricket they’ve played. They are overjoyed!”

Reeves and Lord L-R: Gerald Davies, Ray Williams, Bob




My life after gh u o r o b h g Lou

Wilfred Chan studied Civil Engineering at Loughborough between 1953 and 1957 graduating with First Class Honours. He was awarded the D.Tech (Hon) in 1991 when Sir David Davies was Vice–Chancellor. In his early career, Wilfred worked for petro–chemical giants Shell and Esso. He rose to be a Board Member of Esso Hong Kong before he set up his own firm of management consultants in 1986. Wilfred lives in Hong Kong and is the founder and former Chairman of the Hong Kong branch of the Guild of Loughborough University.

Wilfred (pictured centre) at surveying camp in Wales, circa 1956

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What made you choose Loughborough? Was this the first time you had been to England and how was your journey here?

After World War ll and with the physical world needing rebuilding, my grandpa thought that engineering would be an ideal profession to pursue. My grandpa was a die–hard anglophile. He told all his grandchildren that we should go to England to obtain our tertiary education. As a result, five of his grandsons all went to Loughborough. We were first cousins and all studied Civil Engineering between 1951 and 1959, which must be a record for any family.

What was your ‘Loughborough University experience’ like?

Whee I was a student in the 1950s, Shell used to send their scholarship students to When Loughborough and they were the richest scholars on our campus. In the 1950s, there were not many buildings on the main campus. In fact, the Schofield Building was the only specially built building with proper lecture halls. We had students from many countries and other than getting an excellent engineering education, Loughborough gave me two wonderful lifelong friends in Richard Evans and Cato Haugland. Richard looked after my son and daughter when they went to public schools in England. Our two families are still close friends to this day. Cato very sadly died about 10 years ago. His Norwegian family and mine met a number of times in Hong Kong and Oslo. If I were not a student at Loughborough, I could never have hoped to have two great friendships.

When I flew to England in September 1953, it took me nearly three days as we had to stop at seven cities on the way. But as the aircraft only took 40 passengers, I had a great time on the flight. The seats were wide and had plenty of legroom and the food was excellent too!

After Loughborough, you worked in engineering – can you tell us more about your career?

After Loughborough, I mainly worked in the oil industry for Shell and Esso. I learned all my management skills from them. I was initially involved in petroleum related engineering projects before I branched out to management.

You’ve enjoyed a very successful career. What advice would you give to your fellow alumni?

The advice I would give is have a never–say–die spirit, but be humble. Always be generous and helpful to those who cross your path. Whenever you participate in any negotiation, please remember to leave a few pennies on the table — be fair–minded. Be responsible for all you do and don’t ever forget your friends — high and low.

What would you say is your greatest achievement, either in life or your private life?

I have been fortunate enough to have achieved the three goals I have set for myself. I always wanted to be on the top of my profession, my social scale and run my own business. I believe I have achieved all three.

Always conscious of spreading Loughborough’s name, I became very involved with the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) when I was with Esso. I rose through the ranks to become the President of HKIE which encompasses all the various disciplines of engineering. Pres

I became the President of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers in 1985 and was awarded the Honorary D.Tech by my Alma Mater in 1991. In 1984, I became the first Chinese citizen to serve on any committee of the Hong Kong Club (established by the British in 1846 and still the most prestigious Club in Hong Kong — no Chinese members were admitted until 1965!), when I was invited by the Chairman to serve in the House and Building Sub–Committee. I became the Vice–Chairman of this Club before resigning in 1997 due to ill health. I was very proud of this particular achievement, being so well accepted by the high and mighty in Hong Kong society. I started my own management company in 1986, thus working for myself and fulfilling the last wish of my life.

You were involved in establishing a chapter in Hong Kong of the Guild of Past Students – what made you want to get involved with your alma mater and why should alumni stay connected? ed? Despite all your success, what ambitions would you like to realise?

In the 1950s and 1960s, society in Hong Kong was dominated by University of Hong Kong graduates. Very few people had heard of Loughborough, so I started a branch of the Guild in 1961 to try to counter this trend. One initiative was to get members of the Guild, including the late CHAN Nai Keong, CBE, JP, FICE (the most senior engineer in the Hong Kong Government) to give blood to the Red Cross. Awarded a D Tech (Hon) by Loughborough University, Dr Chan was the first Chinese citizen to become Secretary for Lands and Works in the Hong Kong Government and was in charge of thousands of engineers, architects and surveyors. When he participated his photo appeared in all the newspapers in Hong Kong, giving the Guild great publicity. I sincerely hope that our graduates will not forget their heritage. Go out and spread the name of our university and make an impact. My last ambition is to see Loughborough again before I kick the bucket. As I am now 80, the chance of this happening is remote. But there is no harm in dreaming.







Life after Loughborough After initially teaching, Reverend Canon John Young (Physical Education, 1960) went on to be ordained as a Church of England vicar. Recently he interviewed Reverend Prof (Sir) John Polkinghorne, a former Professor of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge University. The resulting CD, entitled ‘Hawking, Dawkins and GOD’, is available from Each year, a group of alumni friends from Rutland Hall (1954-1960) meet at the RAC in London for lunch. Pictured from left to right are Dywn Pugh (Mechanical Engineering, 1955); John Roper (Civil Engineering, 1958); Malcolm Hinkly (Chemical Engineering, 1959); Jim Cooper (Mechanical Engineering, 1957); Tony Simpson (Mechanical Engineering, 1960); and Roger Ellis (Mechanical Engineering, 1959). Others from that period would be welcome to join them and should contact Tony Simpson on 01728 723114.

Share your news with us! We are always happy to hear from alumni about their Life after Loughborough. If you have news you would like to share, then please get in touch at and we will do our best to include your story.

Terry Wildman (Chemical Engineering, 1964) married wife Barbara on graduating and in September 1965 they emigrated to Canada. Terry’s career focus was on Project and Construction Management, particularly in the Oil and Gas industry. Involvement in major projects in such places as Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Texas, New Mexico and Libya required extensive travel and much personal dislocation. After more than 25 years and 18 different addresses, Terry retired from ‘Big Oil’ and bought a cattle ranch in the foothills area of Central Alberta near Pigeon Lake. Besides running the ranch, Terry maintained his contacts in oil and consulted on major projects for a number of clients. Now retired from consulting and full–time ranching, Terry continues to pursue his passion for Quarter Horses, Vaquero horsemanship and traditional ranch roping. As regards family, Terry and Barbara have two daughters, both of whom live and work in San Francisco. Also they are blessed with two grandsons; Saxon (pictured with Terry) and Ryder. You can contact Terry at

In issue 28 of the alumni magazine, we featured an update from Rod Cooper. Please note that Rod completed his course in Physical Education in 1966 and not 1996 and that he is a Fellow and not a Member of the Royal Geographical Society. Our apologies for any confusion caused.


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After more than 15 years running his translation and language– teaching business in Norway, Howard Gaukrodger (Modern European Studies, 1978) settled in New Zealand in 2000 and married in 2006. He and his wife Belma had a son, Brandon, in 2007. The family visited the UK/France in 2012, and met, for the first time since 1978, classmates Sarah Branquinho née Barrett and Michael Weatherseed. In 2012, Howard completed a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ. Since then, he has been rekindling his company, NetSalience Ltd, which focuses on the translation of online advertising, translation of website content, and the writing of website content and social media. Derek Clements–Croome (Civil Engineering, 1978) was awarded a DSc honoris causa by the University of Debrecen on 30 November 2013 for his work on intelligent buildings.

Henry Liu (Civil Engineering, 1979) is pictured marking his 30th wedding anniversary on 8 February 2014 in Hong Kong. More than 200 friends, colleagues and Loughborough alumni attended to join Henry and wife Claire in their celebrations. The photograph features alumni who attended Loughborough between the 1960s and 1990s.


Jan Sprenger (Creative Design, 1980), under the pen name of Rosie Dean, has released her first comic novel, Millie’s Game Plan. Set in Hampshire, Millie’s Game Plan is about a woman whose life/ work balance is so out of whack, even her mother tries to fix her up with their priest’s dozy and perspiring nephew. Spurred into action, Millie sets about finding Mr Right at local cricket clubs, with some entertaining and alarming results — not least being held hostage by local criminals. Finally, she does discover Mr Right, but only after chasing Mr Wrong. With a nod to her time at Loughborough, Jan gave her heroine an address at Bridgeman Villas, and named a local park Clavering. After a spell teaching Art and Pottery, Jan spent the bulk of her career writing training courses and marketing copy. Her first loves have always been writing stories and performing in amateur theatre — characteristics echoed in her book’s heroine, with Millie running an amateur youth theatre, where Jan also drew on her experience of teaching teenagers. The book is available on Amazon in both paperback and kindle versions. It will be followed by a second novel in March, called Vicki’s Work of Heart and a short story to be published by Harlequin in their anthology Truly, Madly, Deeply, due out in February. The author’s website is: www.rosie– Simon and Alison Ridd née Caton studied Physical Education and Sports Science, graduating in 1984 and 1985 respectively. Both were residents of Rutherford Hall and married in 1986. Simon has worked for Sport England since September 1989 and Alison works for the NHS. They have a son, James (25) who is a Primary School teacher and a daughter, Zoë (23) who is just completing a Masters degree in Chemistry and Forensic Science. The photo is from the 2012 Olympics in London supporting the triathlon in Hyde Park.






Life after Loughborough Eur Ing Dr Phebe Mann (Construction, 1985) has received an Honorary Fellowship from Bradford College in recognition of her contribution to civil engineering and construction law and her efforts to encourage more women to enter the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) industries.. Phebe’s research at Loughborough University on construction contracts was supervised by Professor Ron McCaffer. Phebe is a civil engineering senior lecturer in highway and transportation, construction and planning law at the University of East London.


Ray Mo (Computing and Management, 2008) and Estelle Mo née Mills (Sociology, 2007) were married on 1 June 2013 at Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park, London. Ray and Estelle became a couple in their first year at Loughborough, after meeting in the dining room of Hazlerigg Rutland. They were also residents at Rutherford Hall for their remaining two years at the University. Fellow Loughborough graduates were amongst the guests that helped the couple to celebrate their special day, including best man Waqas Zahid (Mathematics, 2007). Ray Mo and Estelle Mills

David Beeston (Economics, 1990) has recently had his book Hospitable, Generous England published. The book analyses anti– semitism in Britain during the First World War and its aftermath. The book is an updated and expanded version of a doctoral thesis that David completed at Loughborough University earlier in his career.

Getting back in touch with old friends We have a number of ways in which you can make contact with each other — through attendance at one of our many events, via the search facility on our website or through searching the various social media sites on which we have a presence. For more details, visit:

Helen and Rory in Las Vegas

Katie Cox née Hinds (Fine Art, 2010) married Adam Cox on 14 July 2013 at Breadsall Priory, Derby. The pair had been together throughout Katie’s Loughborough experience for almost eight years.

On Wednesday 30 October 2013, Helen Smith (Geography, 2006) married Rory Smith (Geography, 2008) at The Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. They were joined by friends, family and notably fellow Loughborough graduates: Alex Mason (Mechanical Engineering 2009, Mechanical Engineering PhD 2013); Emma Seddon (Geography 2008, Geography PhD 2013); Cat Beales née Walton, (Ergonomics, 2008); and Tim Beales (English and Sports Science, 2007). Helen and Rory met across the swimming pool at Loughborough in 2005.


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Inspired by his work on the basketball committee in 2009, Daniel Nixon (Psychology, 2009) has continued with a career in sports development and has created playing opportunities through London Rec Basketball, a social basketball league Dan is considering expanding London Rec to new areas and new sports. If you are interested in getting involved, contact him at Emma James née Rollason (Retail Management, 2008) and Mark James (2008 Sports Technology) met in Royce Hall back in 2005 in their first year as freshers. They married at Tewin Bury Farm in Hertfordshire, not far from their home in St Albans.

Emma Rollason and Mark James

Also in attendance were bridesmaids Rachel Evans (Retail Management, 2008) and Lisa Brown (Accounting, 2008); Ushers Tom Rogers (Management Sciences, 2008), Sam Thomas (Management Sciences, 2008) and Steve Parker (Banking and Financial Management, 2008), plus guests Jon Oke (Management Sciences, 2008) Katie Daly (Management Sciences, 2008) Ohema Abrefa (Management Sciences, 2008) Katie Agnew (Accounting, 2008) Laura Kennedy (Management Sciences, 2008) Polly Lince (Retail Management, 2008) Ally Pearson (Product Design, 2008) Reece Jacobs (Sports Science, 2010) Alex O’Gorman (Management Sciences, 2008) James Wales (Accounting, 2008) Paul Stratford (Management Sciences, 2008) and Joe Cole (Sports Technology, 2007).

Natalie Smith née Clark (Modern European Studies, 2005) married Ryan Clark (Business, Economic and Finance 2005) on 5th October in Prestbury, Cheshire.

Mr and Mrs Border

Tom Border (Physics and Mathematics, 2006) and Laura Border née Mitchell (Politics, 2006) got married at St Mary’s church in Bury St Edmunds on 21 September 2013. They were joined by university friends at the ceremony: Kerrie Gallagher (Criminology and Social Policy, 2006); Kelly Martin née Bryant (Criminology and Social Policy, 2006); Michael Purdue (Politics, 2004); and Best Man, Phil Cotton (Chemical Engineering, 2007). For the evening reception, more university friends joined them, including: Becky Milnes (Sports Science, 2006); Andrew Marlow (Computer Science, 2005); Richard Feder (Economics, 2005) and Matt Gallagher (Ergonomics, 2006). They had an absolutely wonderful day and it was great to share it with people who were there from the start of the relationship. Rohit Pandey (Sport Management, 2012) has registered and started a company in Dubai. Influence Consulting Research and Mediaworks FZ–LLC is a sports consulting and sports research company helping clients from within the sports ecosystem in their commercial, legal and administration needs. For more details, visit Dr. Elesa Zehndorfer (Sport and Exercise, 2006) has had her book, ‘Leadership: A Critical Introduction’ published. The book is available to purchase via Amazon.

Other alumni in attendance were father of the bride, Ian Smith (Chemical Engineering,1968; PhD, 1971); brother of the bride Andrew Smith (Chemical Engineering, 2003); bridesmaid Rebecca Crowther (Accounting and Financial Management, 2008), Sam Johnson (Communication and Media Studies, 2005); Sam Wood (Communication and Media Studies, 2005); Drew Elsey (Management Science, 2006); and Greg Atkinson (Business, Economics and Finance, 2005).

Natalie and Ryan Smith with their guests

James Markey (International Relations, 2012) and Emma Markey née Carne (Accounting and Financial Management, 2012) married on 26 October 2013. They were both in Telford Hall in 2008 where they met for the first time. There were about 30 other Loughborough alumni at the wedding.





Life after Loughborough Tessa Crowder neé Day (Sociology, 2005) and James Crowder (Mathematics, 2005) married first on 20 September 2013 in a ceremony attended only by their parents. They then held a second wedding ceremony on the 21 September 2013 in Thruxton, Hampshire, where friend Barry Woolgar (Computer Science and eBusiness, 2005), who introduced the couple, led the ceremony as their ‘Registrar’. Nic Redhead (Geography, 2005) and Henry Yip (Computer Science and eBusiness, 2005) were two of the three best men. Other alumni featured in the photograph below from left to right are:

Chris Benn (Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying, 2006) married wife Hannah, a licensed football agent on 2 December 2013, at the Church of St Nicholas on the Wasing Estate in Aldermaston, Berkshire..

Where are they now? We are often asked by alumni to put them back in touch with classmates and friends who were part of their time at Loughborough. Unfortunately, we don’t always have contact details to facilitate this. This is where you come in. If you are in contact with any of the people mentioned below, please get in touch. We would also like to hear from alumni who have contact details for alumni they know we are out of touch with.

Barry Woolgar; Oliver Dodgson (Industrial Design and Technology, 2005); Edward Ward (Mechanical Engineering, 2005); James and Tessa Crowder; Henry Yip; Gemma O’Brien (Computing and Management, 2006); Phil Retsas (Industrial Design and Technology, 2005, Marketing and Management MSC, 2007); Paul Jenkins (Business, Economics and Finance, 2004; MSc Financial Globalization, 2006) and Nic Redhead. Those in attendance met in Butler Court Halls over 10 years ago, and James and Tessa have been together since their second year at Loughborough. This photo was taken at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta this summer. Hannah Bunn (Illustration, 2008) was so excited seeing it float into view she shouted “Take a picture of me! Take a picture of me with the Loughborough balloon!” So somebody did!

The Development and Alumni Relations Office’s very own Emma Rossiter (Social Psychology, 2012) is pictured below with Loughborough friends at her Graduation Ball. From left to right are Claire Levy (Social Psychology, 2012); Emma, Hannah Ditchfield (Communication and Media, 2012); Victoria Wilkinson (Social Psychology, 2012); Becca Peck (Social Psychology, 2012); and Gina Silverman (Social Psychology, 2012). They are still the best of friends and will always be freshers at heart. Richard Davies (Automotive Engineering, 2008) married Sarah Davies née Clark (Sports Science with Management,, 2007; MSc Sports Management, 2008) on 7 December 2013 at St Cuthbert’s Roman Catholic Church, Chester–Le–Street.

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Chris Carter (Management Sciences, 1977) If you can help Chris Bulleid (Electrical Engineering and Physics, 1977) get back in touch with Chris Carter, you can reach him at

Simon Taylor (Business Administration and Language, 1980) We have had a request from Claudia Flesch for anybody who knows the whereabouts of Simon to get in touch. You can contact Claudia at

“Thank you for putting Ken Miller and myself back in touch. Ken was in athletics and I in engineering. We have had a lively exchange of emails all day. He is the first alumnus from that era who has ever contacted me. Thank you for this.” Charles Neville (Mechanical Engineering, 1945)

Spotted our balloon? Let us know!

Richard and Sarah Daviess


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Obituaries Reuban Agabeg (Aeronautical Engineering, 1953) William (Bill) Boley (Aeronautical Engineering and Design, 1973) Bill gained a first class degree having begun his course in 1969. He was the Falkner Prize winner in 1972. Bill initially worked for British Rail before returning to Loughborough to do some research sponsored, by The Royal Society. He then worked for many years at National Nuclear Corporation, initially in Leicestershire and later in Cheshire. In 1994 he joined The Safety and Reliability Directorate as a Consultant to the Navy on the safety of nuclear submarines where he remained until he died on October 16 2013.

Sir Christopher Chataway (DLitt, 1980) was the man who set the pace for Sir Roger Bannister to run the first sub four minute mile. He later served in the governments of Harold Macmillan, Lord Home and Edward Heath. He was a pioneering broadcaster and served as Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority.

Doug Hooper (Physical Education, 1952) Roger Johnson (Handicraft, 1956) David Lawson (Information and Publishing Studies, 2000) John Ree Lindstad (Mechanical Engineering, 1964)

Mick Matthews (Chemistry and Polymer Science, 1975) died on 28 December 2013 after a three month battle with pancreatic cancer. He met wife Catherine whilst skiing in France. Mick had retired from his job as He loved his work as a teacher and was Technical Superintendent at Australian well liked by his colleagues and pupils. He Paper. He was very involved with playing served the community in many ways and bowls, being on the bowls club board. was a preacher at the local Baptist Church. He played percussion, guitar and was Many people will remember him as a funlearning euphonium with a concert band Malcolm Brown (Auto Engineering and loving smiling man of God always fair in his and building sets for musical society Design, 1971) died on 12 September dealing with situations. productions. He enjoyed gardening and 2013 after a long battle with cancer.  He was delighted to receive his honorary was beginning the restoration of a He is very much missed by his wife, degree in 2009 as part of the University’s Mark 1 Jaguar. children and grandchildren. centenary celebrations. Robert ‘Bob’ Millard (Teacher Training, Kenneth Burford Harry Clark (Handicraft, 1933) 1948) returned to Loughborough (Handicraft 1944–46 and 1956–57) Harry was awarded a MBE and made Training College in 1953 as a teacher Kenneth was a Lecturer at Loughborough a Fellow of RSA and died peacefully on and remained at Loughborough for the Training College from 1962 to 1969. 4 January 2014, aged 100. Harry was rest of his working life, becoming Whilst at Loughborough he was warden Champion athlete (‘Victor Ludorum’) at Head of Creative Design at of Soar House and then Towers. He left Loughborough in 1933 and played football Loughborough University. Loughborough to join Her Majesty’s for Manchester City, Accrington Stanley Bob was a Member of Churchill’s Inspectors of Schools, where he worked and others. secret British ‘Resistance’ during WWII, until retiring in 1987. Kenneth received Harry taught and later became which was primed for action when an honorary degree from Loughborough Headmaster at Camden Square School Hitler invaded. To read more about this in 2009 and was Chairman of Governers in Seaham and was a past president fascinating account, visit www.lboro. at two primary schools and a Board of Durham County Federation of Head member of the Community Property Trust. Teachers’ Associations. He was a John Morley (General Engineering, Jack Callender 30 November 1919 to 4 national pioneer, consultant and NAHT 1964) December 2010.  Jack was apprenticed representative for school computer to C.A. Parsons in Newcastle upon Tyne, timetabling during a fine career and 60 Barry Morris (Handicraft, 1957) transferring in 1948 to their Experimental year association with Durham County George Newton (Handicraft, 1946 Research Workshop. Council, before retiring aged 80 to become Michael Roper From 1957 Jack was a lecturer in a leading active environmental and (Chemical Engineering, 1966) Loughborough’s Mechanical Engineering community campaigner until aged 100. David Shaw Department. He retired in 1983. Brian Dewbury (Design, 1957) (Physical Education 1969) Died Jack was a cheerful, unassuming man Dr. John Arthur Harrop following a prolonged battle with cancer and a loving husband to Lily. (Chemical Engineering 1969) died on 17 July 2013. Arthur Chapman (DLC, 1963) died peacefully on 15 January 2014 aged 73. After graduating David pursued a 1 March 2014. Arthur was an excellent Research carried out by John whilst teaching career and played rugby for all-round athlete (rugby, athletics, at Loughborough, on the behaviour of Yorkshire and Leicester Tigers before gymnastics, squash) who became a certain gases in aerosols and specific taking up coaching. He then joined prominent movement scientist (MA, environments, is still accredited by the the RFU Coaching Department in Kinesiology, Ohio State University; Institute of Chemical Engineers as which he fulfilled a number of roles. PhD, Biomechanics, London University; ‘leading edge’. He was responsible for much of the Professor Emeritus, Simon Frazer implementation of the present coaching John worked for British Steel and British University, British Columbia). Arthur structure as well as coach assessment. Nuclear Fuels before retiring to become leaves his wife Stella, two children, a consultant for the Institute of The enthusiasm for life that had been so and four grandchildren. Chemical Engineers. evident during his Loughborough years remained with him throughout his life. Anthony Childs (Handicraft, 1960) took up a post in Nottingham before coming back to Loughborough in 1963 to the then Loughborough College School, from where he retired in 1996.

Mark Sesay (Physical Education and Sports Science, 1997) was a precocious 800m talent and was one of only two under 17 British athletes to have broken the 1minute 50 barrier. He represented GB and N.Ireland in both the 1997 and 1999 World Championships. Probably his best international performance was a 3rd place in the 1997 European Cup Super League for Britain in Munich. Unfortunately, illness and injuries prevented Mark from developing further his undoubted talent. Though after retirement he remained in touch with his many athletics colleagues and friends. With his infectious sense of fun he had many of these. Our deepest sympathy goes to Mark’s family and young daughter Lilly. Tricia Tape was a retired member of staff who had worked in the University over 20 years, (originally with the MDC in Rutland) and then the Business School for over 14 years dealing with placements. William Tidey (Physical Education, 1948) Dr John Waller enjoyed a long and rewarding career at Loughborough where he taught History for 32 years, initially as a lecturer at Loughborough College of Education (1959–1978) and subsequently as member of the University’s Department of History (1978–1991).  Teaching was his life’s work and his dedication to his students remains an inspiration to his younger son who continues to work in Higher Education. He particularly enjoyed the opportunity to work with some students studying PE and History who subsequently became household names, including Gerald Davies and Bob Wilson. John passed away in July following a short stay in hospital and is sadly missed by his family and friends. Philip White (Mechanical Engineering, 1963).  Elizabeth (Betty) Williams (Teacher Training, 1967) passed away 7 July 2013. Betty was a mature student when arriving at Loughborough and went on to teach at Lodge Farm School in Loughborough, becoming Deputy Head.

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Alumni issue 29 summer 2014  
Alumni issue 29 summer 2014