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alumni issue 26 Autumn 2012


An Unforgettable Summer 2012 remembered

Research that matters Loughborough’s long term relationship with Caterpillar

A life in design The Tom Karen interview


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News from Loughborough

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Alumni news Alumni events


Global networks


Loughborough sport

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Features Premiership pretentions 02


Engineering excellence 08


An unforgettable summer 16 My life after Loughborough


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Alumni Association, Hazlerigg, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU, UK Tel: +44 (0)1509 228497 Fax: +44 (0)1509 223983 Email: Web: The views in this magazine are those of the contributors and not necessarily those of the Editor or the University. Editor: Matthew Inglesant, Development and Alumni Relations Office. Publisher: Loughborough University.

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The baton has been passed… Professor Robert Allison joined Loughborough as its eighth Vice-Chancellor in early September. An accomplished academic, Professor Allison lead the Department of Geography at Durham University before being appointed Executive Dean for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health there. Subsequently he moved to be a Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sussex and his time there culminated in the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Professor Allison has an infectious energy and enthusiasm – such that he is likely to stop and talk with students as he walks across campus, quickly adopted Loughborough-branded kit for his personal exercise regimen, and has even been spotted roller-blading with undergraduates! Professor Allison hit the ground running and he needed to, for in his second week he presided over six graduation ceremonies (the summer ceremonies were moved to September to accommodate the Preparation Camp for Team GB held on campus). As a result the self-described ‘new boy’ has now conferred degrees on 3,500 Loughborough students. Two weeks later, Professor Allison welcomed back over 120 alumni and friends for the reunion of Loughborough graduates who completed their studies 50 years ago and more (every other year alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago are welcomed back to campus). A quote from his address to alumni is one that bears repeating, as it surely applies to alumni of all ages: “I’ve heard it said that ‘Loughborough is for Life’ and many of you have a long association with this fine University. Our current and former students are really the heart and soul of the University because it’s you who make us what we are. “I’m personally grateful to you because you are important ambassadors for Loughborough, keeping in touch with us via the alumni association, supporting our endeavours and championing the University in a way that’s important to our standing and reputation. “That’s why I’m keen to listen and learn from you, to hear about your Loughborough experience and why the University’s a special place from your point of view.” Following the reunion, former President of the Alumni Association and former member of the University Council, Max Maxwell, offered the following observation: “I must conclude that I was most impressed with my first meeting of the new ViceChancellor, Bob Allison. The University have made a very wise choice which augers well for its future.”

Dear Alumni... Greetings from Loughborough University and a special welcome and congratulations to those of you who graduated in 2012. We are looking forward to working closely with the new Vice-Chancellor, Bob Allison, who has already shown great support for what the Alumni Association is trying to achieve. Many of you had the opportunity to speak with Bob at our 50th Anniversary Reunion Weekend in September, where amongst the guests was Bob’s father, Gordon, himself an alumnus from the Class of 1955. Our congratulations go to Christine Fisher, who has been elected by members of the Alumni Advisory Board as the new (and first female) President of the Alumni Association. Christine has given invaluable support to the University, most notably as Chair of the Loughborough Sporting Club and I’m sure her tenure as President will be no different. I would also like to welcome onto the Alumni Advisory Board Lawrence Bamber, Rachel Richardson and Lucy Roper, who were elected at the Alumni General Meeting in September. We are really excited to be offering our first ever Alumni Association overseas trip in conjunction with Wasteland Ski and the Students’ Union. We’ll be taking fellow Loughborough alumni and friends on a week-long skiing adventure to the amazing Tignes resort on 23rd March 2013 from only £319. For more details ‘Save the date’ in your diary for the 2nd Loughborough Sporting Club (LSC) Annual Dinner, which will be held on campus on Friday 22nd March. We are delighted that over a 1000 members have already signed up to LSC. A big thank you to all Chairs and Lead members who have given up their valuable spare time to drive this forward – your support is greatly appreciated. We are delighted to see an increase in activity amongst our international alumni, with many reunion events taking place in October and November. Our thanks go to our International Alumni Ambassadors for their time, hard work and support in organising these. For details of our international alumni groups, visit We hope you enjoy the new look we have given the alumni magazine for this, the latest edition. As ever we welcome your feedback on this and all aspects of alumni activity.

Best wishes,

Jim Overend Head of Alumni Relations

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pretentions In October 2011 a social games company co-founded by Loughborough alumnus Oli Madgett, launched I AM PLAYR – a first-of-its-kind Facebook app that allows users to live the life of a professional football player both on and off the pitch.

Nominated for a BAFTA, winner of the prestigious Gold Cannes Lions Award. Brand sponsors include Nike, and to date, 5.2 million users from over 200 countries have taken part in almost 27 million matches and 187 million training drills. After graduating from PE, Sports Science and Recreation Management in 2000, Oli went on to co-found social games company We R Interactive in June 2010. I AM PLAYR is its flagship venture, and its extraordinary levels of success have set the bar extremely high. Thanks to advances in digital technology, the game makes dreams of becoming a professional footballer a reality. The combination of point-of-view video, interactive storylines and 3D gaming that can be accessed globally creates a truly unique gaming experience, where the storyline is dictated by the player’s decisions and actions both on and off the pitch. The story-telling technology is the first-of-its-kind collaboration between video and game production teams, and has created a new gaming format for the online generation. The season starts with players joining the ranks of club Riverpark FC, and to progress they must train hard, play matches, and score goals. Decisions must be made that affect the rest of the game play, and just as in real life, once a decision has been made there’s no going back.

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“When you come up with an idea, you just want to see the idea realised. You just want to find a way of making it happen and it’s taken us by surprise”.

Real life football stars feature in the filmed video content, including Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing, Aaron Lennon, Theo Walcott, Lee Dixon and Andy Townsend. Like those footballers, game players must learn to balance their professional and personal lives. Just a few months into the project the company were already in collaboration talks with one of the most recognisable athletic brands in the world – Nike. The brand has been written into the very core of the game in its interactive storylines, featuring not just on kit provided in the game, but organically in hundreds of video scenes. The game challenges its players to perform well enough to become virtual brand ambassadors and so far over 214,000 players have been signed as Nike athletes. A boot store was created where players can buy from a range of Nike boots and test them out on a 3D training ground, before lacing up for match day. Updates allow the game to mirror Nike’s real-world marketing schedules, and the day that new, real boots go live in retail on the high street, the boot store is updated with its virtual counterpart. Video content is often filmed with real football stars that cameo to launch a new product in the store. To date, over 4.2 million pairs of virtual training boots have been sold. In addition to Nike, other brand partners of the game include Red Bull and Alfa Romeo. Commenting on the thinking behind the game, Oli said: “I started initially working on the concept back in 2009, and wanted to bring together the strengths of filmed narrative content and games. Letting the audience play the life of a footballer created an aspirational back story for users, and also enabled multiple brands to integrate with the content (as a Playr you can sign as a Nike footballer, drink Red Bull to increase your energy levels, buy a Sunseeker, earn the right to drive an Alfa Romeo and wear the latest virtual football boots).

“It’s enabling football fans to have a little window into what it’s like being a professional football player. By bringing in video it’s allowing you to see that world both on and off the pitch which I think is really appealing to people globally. Also, it’s enabling people to fulfil those dreams by meeting people like Steven Gerrard. “When it comes to actually having your chance in the 90th minute for Riverpark FC, it matters that bit more. You care about not letting your teammates, family and friends down. In our game you don’t get to play it again, you don’t get to restart the game, once you’ve made your decision you can’t go back.” Earlier this year the game was nominated for a BAFTA award, which Oli described as “a real honour for all of us.” And if that wasn’t impressive enough, the game won Gold in the Branded Content and Entertainment category for ‘best use or integration of gaming’ at this year’s Cannes Lions Awards for their integration of the Nike brand. The award is the advertising equivalent of the Oscars, and the company beat thousands of entries to be awarded the accolade. “Its personally been great to find a slightly random route to get into working in the world of sport, and some of the high points have definitely been filming with the footballers we’ve been able to integrate into the story. Lee Dixon and Gary McAllister are both investors in our company, and they’ve also helped out in terms of appearing in the game (as a football pundit and coach of the club respectively) and as co-script writers. We’ve also had the support of the likes of Theo Walcott and Steven Gerrard who’ve agreed to make cameo appearances in the game.” Commenting on the game’s success, he added: “When you come up with an idea, you just want to see the idea realised. You just want to find a way of making it happen and it has taken us by surprise.”

As well as continuing to expand and develop I AM PLAYR, WE R INTERACTIVE is developing other games which employ its unique story-telling technology, and further sports games are in the pipeline. The company are taking a step into the world of music with their next first-person perspective project called I AM STAR, which will allow users to live the life of a music icon. They are additionally in the midst of launching a music game on Facebook called LYROKE, which turns music videos into computer games, and is available to preview on the social networking site. Oli would like to give thanks to everyone who has supported the venture and contributed to its success, and added, “Its been a very good journey.”


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New Pro Chancellor Lord Coe appointed as Pro Chancellor of Loughborough University Lord Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and one of Britain’s greatest athletes, has been appointed as a Pro Chancellor of Loughborough University.

Lord Coe played a leading role in winning the bid for the London 2012 Games and was Chairman of LOCOG. He is also Vice Chairman of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

As Pro Chancellor, Lord Coe will be a member of the University’s Council (its governing body), which is comprised of leading figures from local and national organisations and businesses, as well as elected University staff and representatives from the Students’ Union.

Of his appointment, Lord Coe said: “I have always had very strong links with Loughborough, and I am looking forward to being able to contribute to the future of the University which provided me with such support, as both a student and graduate and also in my athletics career.”

Lord Coe is an alumnus of Loughborough University, having graduated with a BSc in Economics and Social History in 1979. He was made an Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech) by the University in 1985.

Lord Coe took up his appointment as Pro Chancellor of Loughborough University in October 2012.

At Loughborough University, he met athletics coach George Gandy, who developed revolutionary conditioning exercises to improve his running. Coe won gold in the 1,500 metres and silver in the 800 metres at both the 1980 Moscow and 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. He also won gold in the 800 metres at the 1986 European Athletics Championships in Stuttgart, and set a total of eight outdoor and three indoor world records. Following his retirement from athletics in 1990, he served as a Conservative MP and, in 2000, was made a life peer. In 2006, Lord Coe was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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Volunteers needed for New study Would you be a willing participant in a world-leading research study at Loughborough University? Male participants are required for a study looking at the influence of short duration exercise on reducing the risk of type two diabetes. Volunteers must be able and willing to exercise for short periods of time at high intensities. Participants must be within the age range of 18-50 years old and have a body mass index of above 27 – defined as obese. They must also have no history of any cardiovascular/metabolic diseases such as diabetes, be a non-smoker, not taking any anti-inflammatory medications and not regularly active. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Ben Kelly at Loughborough University by emailing or calling 01509 226352. All travel costs will be reimbursed and volunteers will receive a detailed health screening and a full comprehensive assessment of their personal fitness.

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National University Entrepreneur 2012 Postgraduate wins title

“Felicity is an outstanding ambassador for student enterprise. She has built up a successful business venture with no financial support whilst excelling in her academic and athletic career. We recognised the merits of her business in our own student enterprise awards and she fully deserves the National University Entrepreneurship title. I wish her every success for the future.” Professor Steve Rothberg, University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise

Loughborough University postgraduate and elite athlete Felicity Milton has claimed the National University Entrepreneur 2012 title for her innovation, a sock featuring medically effective technologies to prepare and repair lower leg muscles and improve circulation. Pitching to a panel chaired by Michael Burke that included leading entrepreneurs Emma Jones and former Dragon’s Den judge Doug Richard, Felicity gained 81% of the votes to claim the top spot from 90 student and graduate entrepreneurs shortlisted from throughout the country. Felicity, a Biomechanics postgraduate from Loughborough’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences wins £5,000 of business support to help launch her 3N1 Recovery & Performance Sleeve into both the sports and the personal healthcare markets. Earlier this year, Felicity scooped a string of awards at Loughborough University’s Business Idea Competition which are helping towards patent costs and the development of her business.

Reinventing the toilet Loughborough experts win Gates Foundation Challenge prize Loughborough University has won a prestigious prize of $60,000 in an international competition organised by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a reinvented toilet that is clean, safe, durable and affordable for the poor without the need for connection to electricity or a sewer. This reinvented toilet should be a viable solution in wealthy nations as well as in the developing world where 2.5 billion people lack access to safe and affordable sanitation. The prize was awarded to the Loughborough team for its prototype toilet which aims to

convert human waste into carbonised material to provide heat, minerals for soil conditioning, and water for flushing and hand-washing. It uses a process called Continuous Thermal Hydrocarbonisation which kills all pathogens to create safe to handle, valuable material and uses power from heat generated during processing. Eight universities from around the world were chosen for the challenge. Loughborough was the only UK university to be awarded a grant, receiving $400,000 for research.

Professor M. Sohail, Loughborough’s project lead, said, “It was the opportunity of a lifetime to present our research to Mr Gates and we are extremely honoured to receive this prestigious award.”

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news Gaining an edge Breathing aid developed at Loughborough plays part in London Olympic medal success A breathing training device developed at Loughborough University helped to prepare Britain’s Mo Farah and America’s Galen Rupp to claim the Olympic gold and silver medals in the men’s 10,000 metres at the London 2012 Olympics. One week later, Farah won the 5,000 metres, running his final lap in just 52.9 seconds. The innovative device fits around the lower chest and ribcage to provide a training load to the breathing muscles as the chest expands during breathing. “RespiBelt acts like a dumbbell for the breathing muscles, loading them without restricting the ribcage. Improved breathing muscle efficiency means more oxygen reaches the exercising muscles leading to increased strength, power and endurance,” said Ross Weir, co-founder and innovation director at Progressive Sports Technologies, a spin-out company from Loughborough University Sports Technology Institute.

The device has been developed over several years at Loughborough and tested with elite athletes including members of the British Triathlon team, based on the University campus. “The benefits of training the breathing muscles have been well researched and validated,” said Professor Mike Caine, co-founder of Progressive Sports Technologies. He continued, “Results have been really encouraging and we are excited that athletes across a wide range of sports are starting to adopt the product.” “We’re delighted with the epic achievements of Mo Farah and Galen Rupp at the Olympics; both produced a killer kick in the final crucial stages to secure their medals and it’s wonderful to know that our invention may have helped them to realise their Olympic dreams,” concluded Ross Weir.

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Loughborough makes honorary awards This year the university awarded honorary degrees to ten outstanding individuals Honorary awards recognise the outstanding contributions individuals have made to local, national and international society. The awards were presented by the University Chancellor, Sir Nigel Rudd, Pro-Chancellor, Sir John Gains and Chair of Council, Sir Peter Bonfield in the presence of the recently appointed Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob Allison. Recipients were: Mrs Joy Spence, a Master Blender at the Appleton Estate of Jamaican Rum, for an outstanding contribution to the Distilled Spirits Industry and her advancement of women in that field. Mr Sebastian Conran, Director at Sebastian Conran Associates, for his work in actively championing the UK Design Industry and supporting the development of Industrial Design within Higher Education. Mr Mihir Bose, Journalist and Author, for his outstanding contribution to journalism and the promotion of equality. Mr Trevor Fletcher, Managing Director, the Hardstaff Group, for his outstanding leadership in developing and applying Innovation in Low-Carbon Transport. Mr Matt Hampson, Founder of the Matt Hampson Foundation, for his outstanding courage and inspiration in dealing with personal adversity and creating, and working for, a foundation which raises money for injured sports people. Mr Peter Keen CBE, Former Performance Director of UK Sport, for his outstanding services to sport and continued dedication to the strategic

development of the UK High Performance System. Professor Alvin Nienow, Emeritus Professor of Biochemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham; Visiting Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Loughborough University, for his international leadership in the fields of Biochemical Engineering and Fluid Mixing Processes. Professor Julietta Patnick CBE, Director of the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, for her outstanding contribution to breast, cervical and bowel cancer screening which has led to the early identification and consequent reduction of disease across these domains. Dr the Honourable David Saul, Director of Fidelity Investments and Former Prime Minister of Bermuda, for his outstanding career in education, politics and international business. Professor Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics for his outstanding contribution to the field of Sociology.

Follow you, follow me You can keep up-to-date with what’s happening at Loughborough by following us via our social media portals. We regularly post on the latest news, developments and events happening both on and off campus – so why not share in the successes of your University and peers and keep us posted on your life after Loughborough – we would love to hear from you. The Loughborough University Alumni group on LinkedIn now has in excess of 8,000 members. We are delighted so many alumni have joined and are benefiting from the networking opportunities this facility provides. Join today to become a part of this growing Loughborough community.

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Developing the perfect


Loughborough University has a long standing relationship with global engineering giants, Caterpillar. In the early 1990s the University developed its first links with the manufacturer Perkins Engines, based in Peterborough. Perkins was acquired by Caterpillar in 1998, and forms part of Caterpillar. Over the last two decades, academics and postgraduate students at Loughborough have worked closely with colleagues from Perkins and Caterpillar to research fuel economy and emissions control, leading to outstanding advances in engine technology that have helped to keep the company ahead of its competitors. Loughborough’s undergraduate students have also been a source of new engineering staff for the company for many decades. Many graduate recruits have previously worked for Perkins Engines and Caterpillar during an industrial placement year. The signing of a ground breaking agreement between Caterpillar and Loughborough University in 2009 formalised the working relationship, establishing the first research partnership of its kind outside of the USA.

In the early 1990s, Dr Taylor returned to Loughborough to become a Visiting Professor in Thermofluids and during this time, substantial links in research and training were developed between Perkins and Loughborough.

In 2010 the University recognised the outstanding contribution and leadership of Tana Utley, Caterpillar’s Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer, through the award of Honorary Doctor of Technology (Hon DTech).

In recognition of his massive contribution to engineering research, Dr Taylor was awarded an Honorary Degree from Loughborough in 2007.

In this article, we celebrate our partnership with one of the world’s most recognisable brands, look at how it has developed over the years, profiling some of those who have been directly involved and explain why Caterpillar chose Loughborough as a key partner.

Background The origins of Loughborough’s activities in this area started when, the late, Dr Doug Taylor began his pioneering research into engine technology using optical techniques. Having completed his undergraduate degree and doctorate at Loughborough, Dr Taylor went on to join engineering group Ricardo in the 1970s, during which time he was a regular consultant for Caterpillar in the United States.

Working as a consultant with Caterpillar from the early 1990s, Dr Taylor established a strong partnership with long-term collaborator Professor Colin Garner. Professor Garner has been a key figure in the development of Loughborough’s relationship with Caterpillar since the late 1980s. In recent years, his expertise has been complemented by that of Professor Richard Stobart, whose links with Caterpillar in the area of electronic control of engines have enabled the relationship to develop further.


Caterpillar Innovation and Research Centre In 2009 the partnership between Loughborough University and Caterpillar was formally recognised by the signing of a collaborative agreement. The agreement was the first of its type outside of the USA and saw the creation of the Caterpillar Innovation and Research Centre (I&RC). The I&RC expanded the working relationship between Loughborough and Caterpillar and was a demonstration of the long-term commitment to ongoing research and development from both sides. In addition to formalising the working relationship, the agreement also provided a platform from which further initiatives and projects have been developed across the University. Current I&RC research projects focus on the deployment of a wide range of technologies to control exhaust emissions, reduce CO2 and improve fuel economy – specifically including laser optics to measure fluid flow. The research agenda is informed by Caterpillar’s extreme environmental requirements. The engines have to be virtually ‘bulletproof’, able to operate reliably in temperatures ranging from -40°C to +60°C – and give over a million miles, or more than 10,000 hours, of service.

Why Loughborough? Loughborough University has the largest group of academic staff working on internal combustion engine research in Europe. This is coupled with the development of engineering graduates, that Caterpillar hold in very high regard. A high proportion of Caterpillar’s graduate intake in the UK is from Loughborough.

The quality of Loughborough’s teaching is also second to none and the company regularly sends their graduate recruits from other universities to Loughborough to study short courses in the specialist disciplines that are vital to Caterpillar’s business. Loughborough has been running short courses for the past 15 years – educating over 200 Caterpillar staff in the process and helping to build and maintain Loughborough’s relationship with Caterpillar still further. As well as the quality of teaching and recruitment potential, Loughborough is able to provide excellent research facilities. The laboratories in use today were completed in 2001 and since then have been regularly updated. The I&RC has regularly secured additional funding to enhance and re-equip the engine test cells. There is also extensive laser based research led by Professor Graham Hargrave which allows fluid flow and combustion processes to be measured in, for example, glass engines and engine sub-systems. The future for the Loughborough University and Caterpillar partnership will certainly be productive and with a commitment made to new, pioneering research through the establishment of the I&RC, it will make a big impact on the engine technology for the next 50 years and beyond.



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Christine E. Fisher new President of your Alumni Association I feel extremely honoured and proud to be elected as the first female President of the Alumni Association, officially taking up this new role on 29th September 2012. For all of my life, sport has been part of what I do and what I take a great interest in. In my earlier days it was hockey playing for Ireland Under 18s, the University, English Universities, Regional teams and ultimately National League. Whilst playing was important, I also coached and managed a number of teams during that journey. Thus developing a broad appreciation of how important the people off the pitch are with their contributions and support. My family and friends have been my off the pitch support, particularly my mum and dad who

ferried me around to my school sport with my sister and brother without any complaints, just huge expectations! So thank you Eileen, Sam, Lynda and Lawrence. After completing three memorable years at Loughborough between 1978 and 1981, studying Physical Education, Sports Science and Recreation Management (2:1), I have long had a passion and place in my heart for Loughborough University. I have had a successful career within local government, working for a number of authorities across the country in Peterborough, Sunderland and Hertfordshire. When I returned to the East Midlands in 2004 to take up my present role as Chief Executive of North West Leicestershire District Council I felt that fate had played its part, returning to live and work so close to Loughborough. I reignited my involvement with Loughborough in 2008 when I was elected onto University Court and then the Alumni Advisory Board,

which I have been actively involved in for the last three years. In 2010, I was invited to Chair the Advisory Group of Loughborough Sporting Club (LSC), which continues to go from strength to strength. Highlights and achievements in recent years include the establishment of the Hall of Fame and the six Friends of Groups with 1,000 members involved. On behalf of the Association, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to my predecessor President, Mark Sismey-Durrant, for everything he has done to progress and develop the Association under his leadership since 2010. Achievements led by Mark, with input from fellow Alumni Advisory Board members include drafting a new alumni constitution, mission statement and establishing the Alumni Advisory Board. Working alongside the Development and Alumni Relations team, members of the Board have played an increasingly active role.

changes to how it is funded, fewer resources and also students being more selective in assessing how the overall package of the University compares against other educational establishments. The alumni is part of the unique selling points of the University and has a key contribution to make. We have an extensive wealth of knowledge, experience and skills (literally from across the world), which can be fully utilised for the benefit of current students, the University as a whole and its alumni. We have the full range of communication channels at our disposal, including social media, the web, publications and face to face contact through our successful networking events. Although great steps have been taken to date, it is imperative that we continue to keep focus and build on the existing momentum of the Loughborough alumni.

The University is entering a new phase of its evolution. This includes

In summary as President, I will work to: 1. Maximise the valued contributions from the Alumni Advisory Board 2. Develop further the relationship with the current Students Union 3. Engage the wealth of knowledge and ideas of the Alumni Members to ensure we provide the best offer in the country 4. Maximise our reach and more importantly our impact within the Alumni Let us all be involved in enhancing the truly unique Loughborough Experience

Best wishes Christine



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Community research recognised

Peddling across Italy Cyclists rise to epic challenge

Strategy wins National Crime Award Earlier this year, Brendan Goffin (Mathematics, 1996) was nominated for the Association of Crime and Intelligence Analysts (ACIA) awards 2011 for his work researching and analysing a long standing problem involving vulnerable adults with alcohol dependencies in Ipswich, and developing a long term, multi-agency strategy and plan for helping them. As a result of this nomination, Brendan was selected as the overall winner and collected the award on 24th May 2012. He was automatically nominated for next year’s International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) awards and is hoping for further success. The objectives of the strategy include providing street drinkers with every possible opportunity to find a positive route out of their chaotic lifestyles, preventing other alcohol dependent individuals from joining the street drinking community and reducing irresponsible alcohol sales and access to super strength alcohol. Asked why he got involved and what the award means to him, Brendan commented: “For several years, Ipswich town centre had suffered antisocial behaviour, nuisance, minor crime, health issues and littering caused by the street drinkers. In 2010/11 the situation escalated as four members of the street drinking community became victims of murder while several others died from health issues caused by their addiction and vulnerabilities. “In February 2011, I was assigned by Suffolk Constabulary’s Assistant Chief Constable to identify the root causes and create the refreshed, multi-agency strategy and associated action plan. This was delivered in June 2011. “I am obviously delighted to have been nominated and selected to win this award but it is important to recognise that this is a team effort.”

Alumna Michelle Dite (PE and Sports Science/ Recreation Management, 1996) and Carmen Rendell (PE and Sports Science/Recreation Management, 1995; PGCE, 1996) recently took part in the Lawrence Dallaglio and Andrew Flintoff Charity Cycle Slam. James Garner (Geography, 1994) also trained for 6 months, but had to withdraw through injury a week prior to the event. The above photos show Michelle and Carmen finishing in Siena after five days of riding across Italy from Bari with Lawrence and Freddie. They took part in the second stage which commenced on the 28th April, taking them across the Apennines, hugging the Adriatic coastline before dipping into the heart of Tuscany.  Day four was the pair’s longest day, starting at 7am and finishing in the dark at 9.20pm, with a gruelling climb for the first 45km taking them four hours, they still had a further 135km to complete. However, ex-England cricket captain Flintoff was there to encourage the pair and keep their spirits up.

Overall about 80 cyclists took part in the event, all of whom were there to welcome Michelle and Carmen home at the end of their stage.

“The experience was phenomenal – one of the best weeks of my life. A mixture of great people, high spirits, physical challenge covering 728km over the five days, unbelievably beautiful views and we also raised over £7,000 for the charity. “I am obviously delighted to have been nominated and selected to win this award but it is important to recognise that this is a team effort.”


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Results beyond time Clocks as a learning tool Students from the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and Design School have taken part in an alumnifunded competition to design a clock. The competition runs alongside an existing project in the Wolfson School that could see over a million school children in the UK learning about horology and clock making. Loughborough University Alumnus and former University Bursar and Finance Officer, Michael Pearson, is a vital supporter of the project and competition and is thrilled by the results. He explains that the idea for the competition first came about around the time of Loughborough University’s Centenary, when following discussions it was decided that a clock designed and made by students would be a perfect way to mark 100 years of education at Loughborough. The winners of the competition were announced as Lewis Jones and Kirsten Read, who have had their clocks placed in the

prestigious Jennings Council Chamber and the Hazlerigg Committee Room.

will see over 1.4 million students learning about and producing mechanical clocks.

The existing project, which has been running for 15 years, spans 24 weeks in duration and sees students designing and producing their own working mechanical clocks. Those taking part generally have no background in horology, with the project initially focusing on methodologies and the use of modern manufacturing design tools.

Commenting on his involvement, Lewis said “Taking part in the competition has changed what I’m going to do with my future and opened my eyes to how interesting clocks are.” Lewis then added “Thanks for the opportunity that alumni and supporters have given me and for their support of the competition and the clock making project.”

The project has gone far beyond the Wolfson School and University Campus. Now, with financial support secured from the British Horological Institute and the British Watch and Clock Makers Guild, coupled with a commitment shown by students, alumni and University staff, a PhD in Horology and Clocks has been established, with one of the competition winners, Lewis Jones, taking up the PhD. Lewis is focusing on introducing and developing a similar project in Design and Technology classes in schools across the country, which

Having received the news of how the project has spread across the country, Mr Pearson added “This has snowballed in a way I could never have envisaged, and I’m delighted to hear it.” For more information, visit

Family receives posthumous award Contribution of past students recognised Senior Development Officer at Loughborough, Susie Cattermole, was delighted to be able to visit alumnus Paul Turner (Industrial Chemistry, 1968) in August this year, to deliver a posthumous honorary degree certificate to Paul on behalf of his late father Geoffrey Turner (Industrial Chemistry, 1928), who sadly died in 2005, aged 99 years. The award of an honorary degree was made in recognition of the contribution made by alumni like Geoffrey, who studied at Loughborough prior to it becoming a University in 1966. Two special graduation ceremonies held in 2009 saw over 2,000 alumni return to campus to receive their honorary degrees in recognition of this contribution and to help celebrate 100 years of education at Loughborough.

During Susie’s visit, Paul commented on how proud his father would have been to have received the award and how he often recounted his time at Loughborough with great fondness. He went on to discuss his own first visit to Loughborough, when he was accompanied by his father to be interviewed for a place studying in the Department of Chemistry. Having subsequently been offered a place within the Department, his decision to follow in his father’s footsteps was sealed following a walk around the beautiful grounds of Loughborough’s campus. On graduating, Paul went on to enjoy a successful career in the trading and manufacturing sectors of the chemical industry.

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Development Trust Scholars start at Loughborough Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends of the University, this September saw the first Development Trust Scholars start at the University. The Scholarship programme provides extra funding for academically gifted students from disadvantaged backgrounds to study an undergraduate degree at Loughborough. The programme is funded entirely by donations to the Bursaries and Student Hardship Fund through the Loughborough University Development Trust.

Innovation in education: Loughborough alumnus celebrates his career at the place where it began On Monday 9th July Dr David Jinks, Honorary Graduate of the University and an alumnus of Design and Technology Class of 1966, revisited Loughborough University to unveil a new display located in the Design School. The exhibit celebrates his professional achievements as a pioneer of Design and Technology in primary schools. The inclusion of Design and Technology in the National Curriculum owed much to the influence of Dr Jinks. He specially designed working models to be made and understood by children, having a great impact upon primary education in the UK. The display includes the Jerwood Laureate Trophy, won by David in 1991 as First Prize of the Jerwood Award for Education. The Jerwood Foundation was established for entrepreneur John Jerwood in 1977 and supports ‘excellence in all areas of human endeavour, principally in the arts, and education in its widest sense’. David Jinks is the only individual to have received the award, and has generously donated the trophy and his prize-winning portfolio of work to Loughborough University.

David chose to share his award with Loughborough Design students to provide a source of inspiration and to play his part in Loughborough’s deserved reputation for training the innovators of tomorrow. He has fond memories of his time at Loughborough, and is thankful for the impact that his studies made upon his career. Dr Jinks was welcomed onto campus by ViceChancellor Shirley Pearce, Professor Tracy Bhamra, Dean of Loughborough Design School and Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Ron Gray. Professor Pearce thanked David for sharing his success with the University and commended him for his ingenious teaching methods, such as the nationally-utilised ‘Jinks Cube’. University archivist Jenny Clark and many staff and students of the Design School were also present to celebrate Dr Jinks’ achievements.

The ten students arrived this term, and are now settling into their new life at Loughborough, and the courses they have chosen range from engineering and science to sport development and the arts. The Development Trust, staff and students alike are very grateful for the responses received for supporting this important initiative and the funds which have been donated and are pledged on an on-going basis. If you would like to learn more about the programme, or make a donation towards the September 2013 intake of students, please visit the alumni website at bursaries


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Plight of a Phoenix

Beating the desert challenge Four alumni have completed the Oman desert challenge, involving an ascent of Jabal Shams, the tallest mountain in Arabia, crossing the perilous Wahiba Sands desert and swimming along the Persian Gulf coastline and trekking deep into the rocky gorges.

Alumni Completes tandem freefall Don Simmonds (Physical Education, 1960) was a member of the Loughborough Gymnastic Team from 1957 to 1960. Amongst other traits, he was famous for his gymnastics antics one of which was to press up into a handstand on a parapet overlooking a 25-foot drop and hold it! Having suffered from Parkinson’s for a number of years he announced at the biannual meeting of his contemporaries at Quorn Hall that he intended to raise some money for the Ashbourne Branch of the Parkinson’s Society (UK). Mike Reilly, an ex Para was one of Don’s contemporaries who continued to be in the vanguard of freefall parachuting throughout his stay at Loughborough and beyond. Sadly, Mike was killed whilst parachuting – it is thought

whilst actually being filmed parachuting into the sea for the film, ‘The Battle of Britain’ – when his canopy overwhelmed him causing him to drown.

Attempting to raise £1,000 for charity, they finally raised £1,480.

Both Mike and Don were PTIs in the Army and Don had much admired Mike’s parachuting expertise so when the opportunity came for him to raise money for Parkinson’s Research and Support by jumping out of a light aircraft, he leapt at the chance. The photograph shows Don on 25th October 2011 in a tandem freefall jump leaving the aircraft at 11,000 feet above Langar Airfield near Nottingham.

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As part of his return to fitness, Ross did a lot of swimming and, when he joined Loughborough, he tried lifesaving drills to extend his rehabilitation. His training made him realise that existing beach lifesaving equipment was out-dated, relying on the strength and skill of sometimes under-trained lifeguards. Rising fuel prices also mean that twostroke petrol jet skis are too expensive for many charity-run lifeguard stations. Added to this, problems readying lifesaving rigid inflatable boats (RIB) cost precious minutes in life-and-death situations.

The development of Asap has been a rip tide ride. In just a matter of months, Ross has developed his idea from the drawing board to fully functioning prototype which has been tested by the UK’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution and championed by David Bamber who heads up seven lifeguard centres in South Africa.

Ross, who currently works as a Product Designer for Vax, also acknowledges the boost given to his venture by his time at Loughborough:

So, Ross decided to use his final year project as an opportunity to investigate alternatives – and Asap was born.

“My degree taught me the fundamentals of design but it was the support from Loughborough that followed that gave me the ability to turn an idea into a viable product and business. When I graduated, I was thrilled to be chosen as one of just 10 graduate entrepreneurs to join the University’s Commercialisation Studio for two years. I’m currently just half way through my Studio tenancy but it’s really given me the opportunity to develop my product and business skills. I have the facilities, financial support and mentoring I need to launch Asap.”

Asap, a motorised beach lifesaving watercraft, is charged using solar energy. A cheaper alternative to a jet ski and easier to launch than RIB, it allows lifeguards to respond more quickly to an emergency and conserve energy during a rescue, whilst keeping a casualty’s head out of the water with their airway open as they are towed to shore.

Earlier this year, Ross was selected to compete in BBC Three’s Be Your Own Boss business show, presented by the co-founder of Innocent Drinks, Richard Reed. Ross successfully worked his way through the show’s early stages which whittled entrants from 5,000 to just 18 who were considered for unique business development support.

“It was an amazing experience to be chosen for BYOB, and Vax have been really supportive,” says Ross. “The show gave me a real incentive to focus on refining my prototype, and have it built at the National Composites Centre in Bristol. I also had to conduct market research, make contact with suppliers, and develop my website. I’ve achieved in six weeks what would ordinarily have taken me six months.”

Ross is now busily working with his Studio finance and business mentors, refining his business plan so that he is ready to pitch for finance to set up his own business. He says: “The plan is to go into manufacture and sell to distributors world-wide who will work with local service providers to maintain the life-crafts to make sure they are ready to save lives at all times. “This is really only the beginning – I have had so many opportunities to turn my idea into something big!” For more information about Asap, please visit

During filming, Ross met Virgin boss Richard Branson who was very enthusiastic about the potential of Asap, offering to fly the prototype out to Bondi Beach for testing with some of the best lifeguards in the world.

photography by: Leo Cinicolo

When he broke his leg in 2007, Ross Kemp (BA Industrial Design and Technology, 2011) never dreamed it would inspire a lifesaving invention.




That was

the summer

of London

2012 Whilst celebrating the fact that London had been victorious in its bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2012, those living and working in the UK when the announcement was made back in 2005 could scarcely have predicted the groundswell of support that erupted leading up to and during the Games. Fears of a double dip recession were temporarily forgotten and a nation’s mood lifted as Olympic fever took hold. Those previously displaying little more than a passing interest in sport were suddenly hooked by the drama. Throughout, Loughborough alumni played a key role in the Games success – from Lord Coe as Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), through to Games Maker volunteers up and down the country standing in driving rain, directing spectators to venues. In this article, we share experiences of some of the many, many of you that took part, whilst also reviewing the part the University played in delivering the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Here’s to the summer of 2012 – never to be forgotten.

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The Kitting out process Loughborough’s Medal Makers team were instrumental in ensuring Team GB were fully ‘kitted out’. Between June and July, nearly all members of the Great Britain squad came onto campus to collect their kit. In total 175,000 items of kit were handed out in 23

different sizes. There were almost 350 different items, with each athlete collecting 70 individual items. Our congratulations and thanks go to the 1,000 Medal Makers who gave up their time to ensure Team GB enjoyed the best possible preparation for the Games.

Torch Relay comes to Loughborough As well as being the venue for its dress rehearsal, on 3 July 2012 the Olympic Torch Relay passed through campus on day 46 of its 8,000 mile trip. Thousands lined the route and provided a carnival

atmosphere to welcome the Relay. Representatives from the British Olympic Association were present, including alumnus and Deputy Chef de Mission Sir Clive Woodward and Olympic Gold Medallists and Team GB Ambassadors David Hemery CBE and Amy Williams MBE. The Olympic Torch took 70 days to travel around the UK and was carried by 8,000 inspirational people. The route came within 10 miles of 95% of the people in the UK, the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey.

Professor Rachel Thomson (Director of the Materials Research School) Loughborough Campus

Rachel was nominated to carry the Torch by former Vice-Chancellor Professor Shirley Pearce, in recognition of her academic achievements and for being a great advocate for the development of early career researchers and for looking to advance gender equality in science, engineering and technology.

Rachel Thompson

“Taking part in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay was a truly amazing experience. I am really honoured and humbled to have had this once in a lifetime opportunity, and am grateful to all of those who supported me. The day itself was superb, with so much

going on around the University campus, a wonderful ‘feel-good’ atmosphere, and fantastic support along the route. As we travelled on the Torch bus through Loughborough and the surrounding villages, it was incredible to see just how many people had turned out to see it. I was incredibly proud to be a Torchbearer, and just kept smiling and didn’t let go of the Torch all day! “I was particularly amazed to see how much young children were excited by the Torch and the Olympics in general, and delighted to see them focusing on the Olympic values as a motto for life. I do believe that the London 2012 Olympics will truly inspire a generation!”


Torch Bearers Alumni and staff from Loughborough were amongst those selected to be Torchbearers during the Relay. In venues up and down the British Isles, they had been nominated in recognition of an outstanding contribution made or for overcoming challenging situations. Some of those involved talk here about their experience and why they were selected:

Jennifer Jones

(Sports and Exercise Science, Expe cted 15 June 2012, Wallsend, Tyne and



“If people ask me about why I was chosen, I’m never sure what to say. I think of sport as a part of my life and that everything I do is for me, not because I want recognition for it. When I was diagnosed with epilepsy around four years ago, it was by far the worst news I had ever heard. I thank it for making me a stronger more determined person, athlete, coach and volunteer. “Sitting in a room having met a group of inspirational people with the most amazing stories I have ever heard, I wondered why I was there. They showed us a video about the relay and what it meant to everyone involved, and the nation. It brought me to tears, and for the first time in a long time I felt so proud of myself, I get to play a part in Olympic history. “The day itself could not have been happier. I was sat on a bus watching each person take their

moment to shine, waving and smiling at the crowds. When it was my moment, I couldn’t keep the smile off my face, people lined the streets waiting to see the flame that I would be carrying. Seeing people I knew meant so much to me, and it felt like the fastest few minutes of my life; the buzz from that day will always be with me.”

Myra Perkins Falkirk

Jen Jones Wallsend

Stuart Gorman Carlisle

Robert Mohan Sleaford

Oliver Hooper

Rich Smith

(Criminology and Social Policy, 2009 ) Dingley, Leicestershire


Daniel Greaves Derby

Rich Smith Dingley

Richard Bebbington Leicester

Sue Campbell Quorn

Ian Henry Loughborough

Rachel Thomson Loughborough

Rebecca Willison Loughborough

Debbie Eagle Melton Mowbray

Myra Nimmo Bracknell

Tragically half way through Rich’s first year at Loughborough, his parents and his sister died in a plane crash. To help his grief, he dedicated his life to their memory, establishing a sports volunteer programme for students, leading a team to raise £15,000 for communities in Zambia. He returned to the country this summer to teach different sports and take part in talks on AIDs and other health issues. “After being selected I was obviously very excited, but also apprehensive. I worried that nobody would turn up to watch. “On the day itself, as soon as I saw the crowds of people cheering me on, including some familiar faces, I was overwhelmed with joy. The whole thing was unbelievable. “I have never been so nervous running 300 yards in my life, but soon realised how unbelievably lucky I had been to get

selected. Afterwards, I could not stop smiling for about a week. “The torch is in my house and most importantly it shows me what I have overcome to get to where I am. It represents my past and future and keeps me firmly grounded on where I have come. “To be involved in the Torch Relay is obviously an unbelievable experience that will stay with me forever, but it’s the reason that I was selected that is most important to me.”


Organisers and Volunteers Thanks to everybody who responded to our request to send in details of their Olympic experiences, where they had been involved in some way with the running and organisation of the games. We have listed a few here, but others can be found at

Asterios (Stel) Grekos James Taylor

Helen Jaques

Louisa O’Riordan

(Sport and Exercise Science, 2008)

(Sports Technology, 2004)

(Sports Science and Social Science, 2003)

Torchbearer Operations Coordinator

Sport Competition Manager for Diving

Director of Stakeholder Relations, Team GB

“I was involved in all aspects of operations, from the process of selecting 8,000 Torchbearers to ensuring all those taking part had received their uniform!

“I worked with LOCOG for two years as the Sport Competition Manager for Diving.

“I had a fantastic team of 14 BOA staff and volunteers and we managed the itineraries for our BOA President, HRH The Princess Royal, our Team GB Ambassadors The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry, and our 27 Team GB Olympian Ambassadors including Sir Steve Redgrave and Dame Kelly Holmes.

“We worked some extremely long days, up at 3am and finishing late into the night. However meeting truly inspirational people made it a pleasure and honour to be part of. “I have many amazing memories. Presenting the Flame and Torchbearer to the Queen at Windsor Castle was an incredible experience. “Seeing the cauldron finally lit inside the Olympic Stadium was brilliant.

“It was my responsibility to design the original competition schedule and to ensure this ran in accordance with FINA (International swimming governing body) rules and regulations, ensuring athletes and technical officials had everything they needed in order for the competition to run smoothly. “I am looking forward to being the Aquatics Manager at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.” Eddie Birch (Industrial Chemistry, 1967) Games Maker RAB

“I first registered an interest in becoming a Games Maker in Aug 2008, applied on the opening day (15th September 2010) and was interviewed in Warwick in July 2011. It was February this year before I heard that I had been accepted.

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“Having seen the impact on each community we visited, it was the moment when I realised that we were ready to host the Games. “I am incredibly proud of the role I played and alongside the success GB had on the track, I feel we definitely inspired people around the country and that is a great feeling to take with me.”

“I was involved with hospitality at the Royal Artillery Barracks (RAB). Because the RAB is the first shooting venue in the history of the games to be located inside a city, it was early start, early finish to avoid noise in the evenings. Nice work – but three of my shifts still involved getting up at 4am for a 6.15 start. “The best job of all was running “take your photo with an Olympic Torch”. It was wonderful to see the excitement and enthusiasm of the visitors”. ithers Matt W

“We looked after any interaction with Team GB athletes during the Games. At Team GB House, we organised over 120 events for some 20,000 people! “I feel very privileged to have been a part of the 2012 Olympics and lucky that I had such a great team to work with who really did give it their all.” Matt Withers (Sports Technology, 2010) Medal and Flower Bearer

“I volunteered about 18 months ago, but it was not until I arrived at the interview that they informed me I was going to be a medal and flower bearer. Although I knew I would be working in the Olympic stadium for the Olympics and Velodrome for the Paralympics, I did not anticipate how amazing the experience was going to be.

you should never take what you have for granted. I want to continue to be involved with Paralympic sport, either as a volunteer or in any other capacity.” Asterios (Stel) Grekos (Recreation Management, 2003) Team GB House

“I was involved in Games Services, which included athlete movements, arrival and departures, team logistics, and other special events or tasks. I’ve been involved with Team GB at three Olympiads – Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, and London 2012 “It was a different feeling being part of a ’home’ Games to others. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it’s special. “As LOCOG’s strapline says, the legacy of 2012 can be to ‘inspire a generation’. On a personal note I hope people from near and far get together through sport, enjoy it, build good lasting relationships and follow the values of Olympism. Not all of us can be world class athletes but we can be world class citizens.”

Jim Thorley (Aeronautical Engineering, 1998) Marshall Team Leader, Rowing regatta

“I volunteered through the ‘Games Maker’ route, back in the autumn of 2010 and was called for an interview and selected from that to help at the rowing regatta. “Being at the rowing lake was great for me as a rower – even when my earliest start meant I got up at 3.45am. “It was fantastic to be at the lake for all of the Team GB rowing gold medals. “Whilst initially sceptical about the slogan of the Games to ‘Inspire a Generation’ I genuinely think that it will for those people, especially children, who were exposed in some shape or form to the events of the Games. “I think minority sports and adaptive sport will also benefit too and I hope that the Paralympic legacy takes sports like these forward in the UK and widens participation at elite and recreational level.” Les Mett (Physical Education, 1963; BSc Hon, 2009) Facilities Management, Athlete’s Village

“I was always heavily involved in sport. At Loughborough I was Captain of the University Judo team. I taught for 40 years and have plans to develop a schools Olympic legacy programme which should pilot next year.

“In the stadium I was rubbing shoulders with the likes of Usain Bolt and Mo Farah and I was fortunate enough to give Usain Bolt his gold medal for the 200m in front of 80,000 people!

“I was a member of the Management Team who looked after facilities in the Athlete’s Village, managing up to a dozen Games Makers covering shifts from 8am until 11pm over a 20 day period.

“I found the Paralympics hugely inspiring – seeing how these athletes overcome such challenging situations makes you realise that

“We were visited by many VIP’s, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lord Coe and former Prime Minister Tony Blair, who shook my hand.”

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Alumni awarded School of Business and Economics recognises Distinguished Alumni On Saturday 13th October, the School of Business and Economics welcomed friends and former students to a celebration dinner and presentation of the first Distinguished Alumni Awards to alumni of the School. Chair of the School’s Strategic Advisory Board, Mr Ian Stopps, CBE presented the awards with the Dean of the School, Professor Angus Laing and Vice-Chancellor Professor Bob Allison. The Distinguished Alumni Awards have been established by Loughborough University to recognise alumni who have demonstrated outstanding inspiration, merit, achievement or commitment in a particular role, or to society, education, knowledge and research. Commenting on the evening, Professor Angus Laing said; “It is a great pleasure to recognise and celebrate the extraordinary achievements of our alumni tonight – our six award recipients are fantastic role models for our current students and superb ambassadors for both the School and the University.”

The recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award for the School of Business and Economics in 2012 are: Mr Mark Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Canaccord Genuity Limited In recognition of his contribution to the finance industry and investment banking strategy. Professor Peter Dawkins, Vice-Chancellor and President of Victoria University In recognition of his contribution and commitment to economic and social policy issues. Mrs Christine Hodgson, Chairman, CapGemini UK In recognition of her commitment to inspiring women in business. Stuart Miller, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of ByBox In recognition of outstanding achievement in enterprising business. Mr Percy Mistry, Owner and Chairman of Oxford International Associates In recognition of his dedication and extraordinary vision in developing innovative approaches to international finance. Jeff Prestridge, Financial Journalist (Personal Finance Editor, Mail on Sunday) In recognition of his commitment and contribution to personal consumer finance.

The Thompson Circle Your legacy to Loughborough… The gift of education In 1935, Mrs Annie Thompson of Belton became the first to leave a legacy to Loughborough. The money she left was to support the sons of clergy, professional men and other residents in the area who wished to be educated at Loughborough College. Her gift has had a lasting effect on the many students who have benefited from her kindness. Today, scholarships and bursaries are still being used in the same way: to benefit our students and enable those from any economic background to study at the University. Legacies to Student Support can have a profound effect on a young person’s life, and help the University make sure that ability, and not the ability to pay, shapes our student population. In turn, the most talented of students will have the opportunity and resources to study at Loughborough, and the chance to realise and achieve their full potential. The Thompson Circle has been established to thank alumni and friends who have included Loughborough University in their Will and to provide information to those who may wish to pledge their support. If you have remembered the University in your Will, we ask if you can let us know, in confidence. If you think you may like to leave a legacy to Loughborough University Development Trust please contact us, again, in confidence.

Christine Hodgson, Chairman of CapGemini accepts her Distinguished Alumni Award from SBE Strategic Advisory Board Chair, Ian Stopps CBE. Alumni enjoy the evening – from left Ian Wilding (PE/Sp Sci 96), Michael Mealing (Geography 96) and Chair of the School of Business & Economics Alumni Council Nigel Kirkland (Acct & Fin Mgt, 96).

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Introducing Ellie Read Loughborough Students’ Union President It has been an amazing start to my year as LSU President, with a very successful summer and a great start to Freshers Week. I am extremely fortunate to be working alongside such a fantastic team of driven and ambitious individuals – the team spirit is amazing. We have added two new positions to the executive team this year. Our first ‘alternative’ Freshers Week, developed by the VP Welfare and Diversity position has been really popular, with ‘sober’ activities including a roller disco, walk and several film nights. Meanwhile, our Community Development Officer has introduced ‘Know Your Neighbour’ which will look to integrate students within the Loughborough community. This year we will be continuing with several successful campaigns as well as launching a few of our own. ‘Better Decisions’, which encourages students to make the better decision about their night time safety and

drinking and ‘Stop Wait Look’ which helps students make a more considered decision when selecting the house they rent are being continued. New campaigns being introduced include ‘Reputation Lasts Forever’, which aims to tackle negative behaviour at sports’ welcome socials or fixtures and ‘We are here’ where Students’ Union Executive members are aiming to raise their profile and be more accessible to students, to enable us to improve their Loughborough experience through the work that we do.

can achieve. We are keen to develop the existing relationship we have with our fellow alumni and would like to thank everyone who has supported projects that benefit current students, including the recent GradGift project which saw the area surrounding the Union building re-landscaped. I look forward to seeing some of you at our many alumni events throughout the year.

As a Union, we had a fantastic result from the latest National Student Survey, taking second place overall with a 91% positive response from our finalists about their Students’ Union. Whilst we are very proud of the result, we are keen to improve – after all, second place isn’t something Loughborough usually settles for! I’m thoroughly looking forward to the year ahead and am really positive about what this executive

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Our events programme for 2012-13 was launched in September – with something for all tastes, we look forward to welcoming you to one or more of the events in the programme very soon.

Alumni Challenge Weekend 2013

Save the Date

Calling all recent graduates – Nearly 200 alumni travelled from all over the country to re-live their Loughborough experience playing in a variety of different sports against the current student teams in the 3rd Alumni Challenge Weekend 4th to 6th May. The weekend has become one of the biggest alumni sporting events in the country. Congratulations to the alumni for winning the Challenge Cup for the first time! Next year’s Alumni Challenge Weekend will take place over the bank holiday weekend of Saturday 4th May. Contact your old team mates to come and compete against the current University sports teams and help the alumni retain the Challenge Weekend Trophy. Sports featured will include basketball, football, hockey, lacrosse, netball, rugby and volleyball. If the demand is there, we can accommodate other sports – plus there will be plenty of other activities for less sporty supporters to enjoy! For more details go to A big thank you to our supporters: Teach First, Sports Development Centre and ASAP promotions.

Reunion Weekend 2012 – 50 Years and Beyond Over the weekend of 28th to 30th September 2012, nearly 150 alumni, staff and guests celebrated the 50th anniversary and beyond of the classes of 1961/2 and preceding years. The event was packed with exciting activities, ranging from informative presentations and updates from the Deputy Director of Sport (Performance), Andy Borrie, and new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob Allison, to unique tours of Engineering, Sport and Design at Loughborough. One of the highlights of the event was the gala dinner, held on Saturday, and a fantastic time was had by all. A full review of this special anniversary event can be found on the Alumni Association website at

If you missed this year’s festivities, or would like to join us for the next 50th anniversary, we invite you to accompany the classes of 1963/4 and preceding years on Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September 2014. Make sure you pop this important date in your diary! If you studied in the classes of 1971/2, 1983/4 or 1988/9, then make sure you join us for the Reunion Weekend 2013, celebrating the 25th, 30th and 40th anniversaries since leaving Loughborough on Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September 2013. Start contacting your old classmates and further details will be sent to you soon!

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BOND (Business Opportunities for Networking and Development) If you are looking for the perfect opportunity to expand your business contacts, reunite with fellow alumni and hear key note speakers from all areas of business, this event is for you. Last year’s programme was extremely well attended and we anticipate the same high demand for places this year. For details of what’s coming up in the BOND programme and how to register your attendance, visit

Coming up in 2012 - 13 December

Coffee Morning

Coffee Mornings

– Annual Christmas Party Wednesday 19 th (Loughborough )


These now well established monthly events are open to all alumni and retired staff and provide opportunities for former classmates and colleagues to make new friends and catch up with old ones, whilst enjoying tours and listening to talks on the latest developments and successes at Loughborough.

Coffee Morning

The Coffee Morning programme for 2011-12 proved to be a huge success, with around 50 alumni attending each event. We put together a wide range of activities to suit all tastes, with fantastic feedback from those in attendance. From unique insights into Olympic training and the annual Christmas Party, to meeting the Students’ Union President and the Vice-Chancellor, a great year of events was enjoyed by all.

Coffee Morning – The Studio Wednesday 27 th (Loughborough )

A full review is available on the Alumni Association website. We launched our exciting 2012-13 Coffee Morning programme in August and will be bringing you a huge array of things to see and do over the coming months. Whatever your interest, why not come along and enjoy your morning with us? If you have not attended a Coffee Morning before, we would love to see you soon. Join us at the annual Christmas Party on Wednesday 19th December.

ski trip Calling all recent graduates, sign up for the first ever official Alumni Skiing Trip on 23rd March 2013 at the fabulous Tignes resort from only £319. For more details and to sign up now go to:

– Optimising Sports Performance Wednesday 30 th (Loughborough )

February March


Sporting Club Annual Dinner Friday 22nd (L oughborough ) ski trip 23rd – 29th M arch (tignes)


BOND – Sir clive woodward obe tuesday 9th (L ondon) Lufbra in London Thursday 18th (London)


Alumni Challenge Weekend Friday 3rd – Saturday 2013 4th (Loughborough )

Lufbra in… Twice a year we hold this informal event in London and have started expanding the concept across the UK, hosting Lufbra in Birmingham in 2011. The event attracts alumni of all ages and job backgrounds, so we hope to see you in London or at a new location soon. In October we welcomed over 40 alumni to the Theodore Bullfrog in Charing Cross for a chance to catch up with old friends and make new acquaintances. Perhaps sharing a Loughborough tale or two along the way. Photographs from this and previous events are available on our website. Save the Date – Our next Lufbra in London event will take place on Thursday 18th April, so come along and enjoy a long overdue catch up with old Loughborough friends.

Independent Reunions

In September Paul Leaney, Hazlerigg-Rutland Hall Warden (Manufacturing Engineering, 1986) held a ‘Rigg-Rut’ Hall reunion, with the help of the Hazlerigg-Rutland Association and the Alumni Association. More than 60 alumni attended this special event with graduating years from 1955 to 2012. The event was spent reminiscing about Hall life, as well as catching up on life after Loughborough. A review of this event, and many more independent reunions, can be found on the Alumni Association website, along with details on how we can support you in setting up your own independent reunion. Be inspired!


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Loughborough Sporting Club Loughborough Sporting Club (LSC) has been a hive of activity over the last six months with some extremely exciting events taking place. Combining sport and social is what Loughborough does best and through this combination we have managed to hit our initial target of over 1,000 registered members. The LSC Advisory Board, chaired by Christine Fisher has developed the LSC concept and we would like to thank the Chairs, Lead Members and Friends of Sports Groups who have helped make it a success.

Event Review 2012 This year we have provided a host of opportunities for LSC members to come along and take part in our extensive engagement programme. Covering many of the sporting disciplines, members have been able to witness visits from sporting greats, be present at the opening of new buildings and be a part of some truly special sporting experiences Starting with the Official Opening of The Graham Dilley Cricket Pavilion in April, our events diary has featured many highlights, including: n

Opening of Loughborough University Stadium: Bob Wilson, Patron of Friends of Loughborough Football hosted fellow members at a special event to coincide with the first match at the new home of Loughborough University FC, who played a Tottenham Hotspur U20s XI

n BUCS Athletics Championships: Almost 100 LSC members

witnessed the first meeting in the London 2012 Olympic stadium and saw Loughborough retain its BUCS title

n Loughborough XV v Barbarians: Friends of Rugby members

enjoyed a barbecue prior to this historic match between Loughborough students and the iconic Baa Baa’s

n Loughborough International Athletics match: Over 150 members

of the LSC were hosted by Patron of Friends of Athletics David Moorcroft and attended the group’s first meeting, before enjoying performances on the track from Olympic hopefuls including Gold medallist Jessica Ennis

n Olympic Torch Relay: Once again, over 150 alumni joined

the University to welcome the Olympic flame onto campus. Those present heard talks by Paralympian Dan Greaves and Olympian Martin Rooney

n Henley Regatta: LSC members attended our marquee

and witnessed a great day of top class rowing. We may need to review the excellent ticket prices next year!


If you played or followed sport at Loughborough and want to meet up with old team mates and friends then make sure you sign up now to the Loughborough Sporting Club. Joining instructions and much more, including full event details are available at

LSC Mission statement “To provide a vibrant, active social-networking club for members, keeping them informed and engaged with sport at Loughborough through an annual programme of events and activities which encourage participation, friendships and support for Loughborough Sport.” How to join Friends of Sports Groups? Members may join any of six specific sports already up and running. These are athletics, cricket, football, hockey, rugby and tennis. A further category is available called ‘Others’, where members can indicate an interest in a sport not yet established as a full Friends Group. Finally, those with an interest in any sport can join the All Sports Group. Members who indicate a particular sport will still have access to all sports.

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Note for your diaries

The President of LSC is Lord Coe and the current Friends of Group Patrons are Clive Woodward, Nick Knight, Bob Wilson, David Moorcroft, David Whitaker and Roger Draper.

Loughborough Sporting Club Annual Dinner. This will take place on Friday 22nd March 2013. Please join us for an evening with Loughborough’s Sporting greats. More details are available on the website.

New LSC Website

Bob Wilson

The new Loughborough Sporting Club website is to be launched in January 2013. Please look out for our email in the New Year with the official unveiling!

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Global Networks Loughborough night in Malaysia… The Malaysian chapter of Loughborough University’s Alumni Association held the latest in its regular series of reunion dinners on 2nd June 2012 in Kuala Lumpur. At what is possibly the largest gathering of Loughborough alumni outside of the UK, the dinner was attended by 120 alumni spanning six decades, plus 28 guests, including Alumni Communications Coordinator, Matt Inglesant, who represented Loughborough University.

For Ir. Viyasan Krishnan (Civil Engineering, 1984), this was the fourth such event he has taken on the responsibility for organising, with numbers growing from the 22 who attended the first event in 2004.

Commenting on the evening, Viyasan said;

Want to stay in touch with Loughborough alumni based in your region? Over 30 alumni ambassadors around the world help to achieve this by acting as first point of contact for fellow alumni and through helping to organise a series of social and networking events.

“It was great to see such an overwhelming response to the dinner with guests coming from all corners of Malaysia as well as from Singapore, Brunei, and Hong Kong. The build-up to the dinner was keenly followed by alumni living in New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Turkey, USA, PR of China and Qatar.”

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As well as an eight course dinner, guests were kept entertained by a number of key note speeches, a quiz, karaoke and a live performance by Viyasan’s band.

Have you been to a recent alumni reunion or are you interested in hosting an alumni reunion event in your country? If so, we would love to hear from you.

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Vice-Chancellor Professor Shirley Pearce, who was unable to be there on the evening, sent a pre-recorded speech, thanking everybody for attending and giving those present an update on current developments at Loughborough.

There are many ways in which we can help you in achieving the perfect reunion – from forwarding invitations to advising on event formats and venues.

Our thanks go to Viyasan and for all those who supported him for all their hard work in helping to make the event such a tremendous success.

For details of your nearest alumni group, plus a list of events coming up and reviews of previous events, visit our website at

For more details on alumni groups, and to see a slideshow of photographs from the evening, go to

Events outside the UK in 2012

For all enquiries, please contact our events team at

June 2nd Malaysian Alumni reunion, Kuala Lumpur

October 17th Indian alumni networking evening, New Delhi

November 3rd Alumni Association of China Launch and reunion event

November 11th Hong Kong Alumni Annual BBQ

November 17th Loughborough Alumni Singapore ‘Celebrate the Games’ reunion

Viyasan Krishnan, the event organiser presenting a souvenir to Matt Inglesant, Alumni Communications Coordinator, Development & Alumni Relations Office and the official representative from Loughborough University

Presentation of the autobiography of the late Lau Teng Chuan (Physical Education, early 1950s) to Loughborough University by Chun Hoy Yuen (Mechanical Engineering, 1979) (centre) on behalf of the Loughborough University Alumni (Singapore Branch) to Matt Inglesant and witnessed by Peter Vellapan (Sports Education, 1962)



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Loughborough contingent enjoy success at 2012 In one of the most competitive Olympics in recent years, Loughborough-based athletes enjoyed mixed fortunes. Whilst it was medal glory for some, others will look to build on their London experience and go on to realise their dreams at a future Games. Congratulations to all those athletes selected to represent their countries in 2012.

Laura Unsworth Bronze medallist, Women’s hockey Laura is a current student studying Accounting and Financial Management.

make sure it wasn’t just a dream that I was living in, it was an incredible experience. And it was made more special that it was in London. The home crowd that came and the support we got were phenomenal. “When they announced ‘Team GB’ the whole crowd would just start to cheer and roar and I would get goose bumps every single time when walking out. The crowd were actually amazing. In hockey you go through ups and down during matches where you are and aren’t playing so well and during those times the crowd really lifted us and got behind us and supported us. We’ve got to thank them for that bronze medal as much as we won it as well. “I can see why people would start crying and get all emotional because the last three years have been so hard and the training has been intense but just standing on that podium has made all the training and all the hard sessions worth it.”

In total, 84 athletes with connections to Loughborough competed in the Olympic and Paralympic Games of London 2012. Special congratulations go to Loughborough’s medallists: Laura Unsworth (Sports and Exercise Science, 2005) Bronze medal, women’s hockey

Having relocated in 2009 to Bisham Abbey, the permanent base for Great Britain’s hockey programme, Laura put her degree on hold for a couple of years. This meant she was fully focused on the Olympics for some time along with two other former Loughborough women’s hockey club players Hannah McLeod and Nicola White. It was all worth it as they came home with the bronze medal. It was fitting that Laura followed in the footsteps of Loughborough academic, Dr Mary Nevill, who captained the last GB hockey team to win a medal, at the Barcelona Olympics back in 1992. Laura still finds it all a bit surreal that it has actually happened. “I have to keep pinching myself just to

Dan Greaves (Sport and Exercise Science, 2006) Silver medal, Men’s F44 discuss Liam Heath (Design and Technology, 2006) and Jon Schofield (Human Biology, 2009) Bronze medals, Men’s K2 200m canoe sprint event Claire Williams (MRes Psychology, expected)

Bronze Women’s F11/12 discuss Full details can be found at

Head Coach appointed Loughborough Basketball unveil Olympian as new head coach Loughborough Basketball has announced that London 2012 Olympian Drew Sullivan has been appointed as the new Head Coach for their men’s team. Drew, who played for Team GB in the London 2012 Olympic Games, will continue to play for the Leicester Riders but will also take his first steps into coaching by working with the Loughborough Student Riders men’s team for the 2012/13 season. Speaking about his new coaching role Drew Sullivan said: “The goal is to develop talent year in year out so we have a number of strong teams. This is hugely important for the programme and its player development as well so guys understand that if you’re playing in the first team and then move to the second team or third team it is not a demotion, it’s a chance for you to play with really good players by giving you the opportunity to develop. That is what Loughborough has always been about, developing high quality talent.” The announcement is the latest development for the ‘Loughborough Basketball Programme’, a thriving partnership between Loughborough University, Loughborough College, Charnwood College and the Leicester Riders. The partnership offers young people from the UK and overseas the opportunity to continue studying in higher and further education as well as developing as a basketball player.



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Stadium opens for business Facility hosts sporting greats

Loughborough University were delighted to be able to host some of sports most iconic names in 2012 with the opening of its new Sports Stadium.

against the legendary Barbarians team. Although starting well, experience eventually told with the ‘Baa-Baa’s recording a 40-7 victory. Recent graduates Will Warden and Chris Pilgrim were selected to play for the Barbarians.

Loughborough University were delighted to be able to host some of sports most iconic names in 2012 with the opening of its new Sports Stadium.

Then in October, Loughborough Students Football once again played hosts, on this occasion to a Manchester United Academy team managed by alumnus Paul McGuinness. The evening was a great success and a fitting occasion to unveil the new Boardroom in memory of Mike ‘The Doc’ Holliday, who sadly passed away in 2008.

A capacity crowd of 3,500 turned out in less than ideal conditions to witness the first fixture at what will be the new permanent home of Loughborough Students’ Football Club, who battled gamely in a thrilling match against an Under 18 XI from Premier League giants, Tottenham Hotspur, eventually losing the game in a tense penalty shoot-out. Former Arsenal and Scotland Goalkeeper, alumnus and member of Loughborough’s Sporting Hall of Fame, Bob Wilson attended as Guest of Honour and talked passionately to the assembled guests about his time at Loughborough as a student Later in the year, the Stadium played host to two giants of sport. In May, Loughborough Students’ Rugby Football Club topped off a fantastic season that saw them gain promotion to National League One for the first time in their history with a match

Mike was a huge supporter of the football programmes at Loughborough. He spent many wet and windy evenings coaching University and College teams to great success over a period of 27 years, as well as being a well-respected lecturer at the University.

New hockey team sponsor Aldi agrees sponsorship deal with Loughborough’s men’s hockey team Discount retailer Aldi has announced that it will be a headline sponsor for Loughborough University’s men’s hockey team during the 2012-13 season. The sponsorship deal represents the latest initiative undertaken by Aldi to support university and grassroots sports, with the aim of recognising sporting excellence and achievement. Aldi’s previous sponsorship campaigns have included the Christie Cup inter-university competition. Aldi’s close working relationship with many UK universities emphasises the importance the company places on student engagement. Richard Holloway, Head of Graduate Recruitment at Aldi, commented:

“Aldi has a strong culture of commitment to excellence which runs throughout the business, and we’re looking for outstanding candidates who can offer something beyond academic achievement. Strong personalities and involvement in sports teams at university are key strengths that we have identified.”


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Life after Loughborough The image to the right was sent in by alumnus Kevin Wormley (Electronic and Electrical Engineering, 1969) and shows Kevin (centre) with fellow students during a course dinner at the Gate Inn in Osgathorpe. Lecturers and tutors were invited to join the students on the evening – on the proviso that they pay for their own meals! The donning of the ‘deerstalker’ hats came about as a result of those on the Electronic and Electrical Engineering course wanting something that would distinguish them from other students on campus. Therefore, following a trip to a gentleman’s outfitters in Loughborough, the decision was made to purchase the aforementioned hats. Kevin resides in Leicestershire and regularly attends our monthly coffee mornings, which we run for local alumni and retired University staff. For more details visit coffeemornings Hugh Lawrence (Physical Education, 1972), Allan Laidler (Physical Education, 1964) and Barrie Truman (Physical Education 1963) had an August get together at Barrie’s place at Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast near Wellington New Zealand. The three have been friends for well over 30 years. Hugh is Senior Advisor in Sport and Recreation at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage that oversees funding of Sport NZ. Amongst other things, he was Chief Executive of Basketball New Zealand in the late 1990s, leading up to the Sydney Olympics in

2000. He lives with wife Deb in Raumati Beach north of Wellington.

Below is a picture of the entire Colleges Students Union Committee from 1972.

Allan is retired and living with wife Anne in Levin, about an hour’s drive north of Wellington. In the 1970s Allan established New Zealand’s first postgraduate qualification in recreation administration at Victoria University of Wellington.

Sitting at the very top of the Watt Engine is Tony Fisher (B.Ed, 1973), who at the time the photo was taken was Union VP, Chairman of the Students Representative Committee, and the Editor of the weekly Union News!

Barrie and Liz have retired to Waikanae after careers on the staff of Wellington College of Education. Barrie had a long spell in the 1970s and into the 80s as national soccer coach, Director of Coaching and as national league coach. Jagat Samanta (General Engineering, 1961) completed his quest to visit the seven continents of the world in 2011, when he boarded the Corinthian II ship to sail to the Antarctic Peninsula. Jagat had previously embarked on a world tour in 2000 that saw him visit five of the remaining six continents – finishing off the set in 2004, with a visit to famous Inca site of Machu Picchu in Peru. Peter Lewis was presented the University Medal in 2007 for outstanding service and retired after 40 years as lecturer in English and Drama at Loughborough College then Loughborough University. Peter has recently been appointed as Chairman of Leicestershire County Council until 2013. Congratulations to Peter on this appointment.

In 1973, Tony married Jayne McAteer (Cert Ed, 1972), and resident of Somerton. They now live in Northern Ireland, have two children, and a grandson.

Kevin Wormley and fellow students

Hugh Lawrence, Allan Laidler and Barrie Truman

Barbara Tildesley (Teacher Training, 1967) arrived at Loughborough as a mature student of Loughborough Teacher Training College at a time when the course was made up of predominantly male students, with Barbara the only female student on her particular course. Barbara came to Loughborough on the advice of the Headmaster at the local school where she worked as School Secretary, having worked in a variety of roles prior to this, including managing an office of six staff, aged just 16.

Having graduated, Barbara started teaching in a local primary school, gaining a scale three post after four years, followed by a Deputy Headship. She spent 10 wonderful years as Head of Hillside School in Norfolk, before retiring 25 years ago. Barbara has a son and two grandsons, one an atomic scientist, the other a Professor of Mathematical Physics and lives happily in Great Yarmouth.

Tony Fisher

James Ritchie (Humanities and Technology, 1971) is pictured below (fourth from right) with fellow alumni outside Cayley Hall in 1971. James spent 20 years in Scottish aerospace engineering, before emigrating to New Zealand where he spent the next 20 years as a livestock farmer. Now retired, James has fond memories of Loughborough, and says of his final year tutor Professor Higgson. “There was not a nicer man on the planet.”

James Ritchie

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Anthony Welfare (Retail Management, 1998) has published ‘The Retail Handbook’ in 2010. For more details, contact Andrew at Cath Weeks (English, 1992) has had her book ‘Mood Ring’ published by Kindle. Having recently become a mum herself, the book explores the darker side of parenting and is available to buy from Amazon. After Loughborough, Cath moved to London where she worked on Cosmopolitan magazine and FHM amongst others, and also spent a year living in Paris. She now lives in Bath with her husband and two young children. Cath has won several writing competitions and been broadcast on BBC Radio Somerset.


Lucy Roper (PE, Sports Science and Recreation Management, 1995) completed a solo crossing of the English Channel on 23rd September 2011. Lucy has completed numerous relay swims including a World Record Three-Way crossing swim with Julie Bradshaw MBE and other past and present Loughborough Students. Dr Andy Wallace (Chemistry, 1992; PhD Electrochemistry, 1997) joined Loughborough University’s Teaching and Learning Support Centre and worked there for three years, before taking up an IT role at a Loughborough University spinoff company based within the University. Based on an idea he had during his PhD research, he has now written and selfpublished a science fiction thriller. His book, ‘ORIGINS’, is based (in part) on the University campus, at the fictional spinoff company, ‘Charnwood Genetics’. The surrounding countryside, in particular, Bradgate Park, also features heavily in his book.

Alumni Will Trott and Ollie Lewis (both Product Design and Technology, 2011) have established a new design consultancy company, Lewis Trott Design, based in Loughborough. The company has built up a client base in Australia, Canada and across the UK and employ a placement student from the University. Further details can be found at Immediately after graduating, Stewart Flaherty (MSc Sport Psychology, 2004) worked as a part-time lecturer at Loughborough College. Having coached local football, he moved to Wyoming, USA to work a 10-week season as Head Coach of a girls’ high school team. His experience at Loughborough helped, with the team breaking the all-time record for wins in a season. He then worked with the Youth Academy at Real Salt Lake who play in the MLS league alongside David Beckham’s LA Galaxy. Following spells at academies in Massachusetts and New Jersey, he has spent the last two years as Assistant Coach at Bates College, becoming a Professor in Coaching Methodology and was recently promoted to Head Coach. To view highlights from last season, visit Katie Lloyd (Multimedia Textiles, 2006) married Ollie Josephson on 6th August 2011.

Katie Lloyd wedding

Amongst the guests were fellow Loughborough University alumni Maria Meek (Multimedia Textiles, 2006), Rachel Garnett (Printed Textiles, 2006), Heather Irwin (Multimedia

Textiles, 2006), Jon Salisbury (Printed Textiles, 2006), Hannah Maunsell (Weave, 2006), Helen Saunders (English, 2006), Samantha Fryer (Multimedia Textiles, 2006), Lauren Levy (Printed Textiles, 2006) and Tom Hall (Geography and Economics, 2007). Gemma Horne (Physical Education and Sports Science, 2002) met Mike Amson (Transport Management and Planning, 2004) as part of the athletics circle at Loughborough in the 2000’s. The couple now live in Melbourne, Australia where Gemma is a teacher at Melbourne Girls Grammar and Mike a charter broker. They got married on 1st October 2011 at Lane End Church in Buckinghamshire, with the reception at the Compleat Angler in Marlow. Temperatures on the day hit 30 degrees, making it feel like they had brought the Australian weather home with them. The couple arrived at the reception on boat, whilst guests sipped champagne on the lawns of the reception venue. The first dance involved a Gorilla and Cadburys chocolate – need we say more – and the night was full of karaoke and typical Loughborough cheesy Echoes dancing. It was a complete blast from the past!! The day was like a Loughborough party, which had played such an important part of their lives and where so many special friends were made.

Tom Paul (Mathematics, 2008) married Sophie Granger (English, 2007) on 4th August 2011 at The Priest House Hotel, Castle Donington.

Tom and Sophie Paul

Several Loughborough graduates attended the wedding, including the bride’s sister Emily Granger (Information and Library Management, 2009), the groom’s sister, Elizabeth Higgs née Paul (Geography and Sports Science, 2004), Helen Briggs (MultiMedia textiles, 2008), Tom Barker (Geography and Management, 2008) and Tom Williams (Product Design and Manufacture, 2009). Geoff Walton (Information Science, 2009) has been chosen as a Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012 for his paper entitled ‘A longitudinal study of changes in learners’ cognitive states during and following an information literacy teaching intervention’, which was published in the Journal of Documentation. The award winning paper was co-authored with Geoff’s former PhD supervisor Dr Mark Hepworth, who works in the Department of Information Science.


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Philip Hodgkins (MSc Engineering Design, 2005; PhD, Sports Technology 2008), married Anna Forbes (Retail Management, 2006) on 17th February 2012 at the Holy Trinity Church, Thurgoland, Sheffield, followed by a reception at Wortley Hall, Sheffield. Bridesmaids were Anna’s sister Emma Jane Forbes (Illustration, 1998 – far left bridesmaid in red) and Anna’s best friend, Ruth Davies (Politics and Economics, 2005 – far right bridesmaid in red). Other alumni in attendance included Natalie Kilgarriff née Wetton (Mathematics, 2005); Matt Kilgarriff (Aeronautical Engineering, 2003); Maria Roberts (Multimedia Textiles, 2005); Felicity Osborne (Publishing and English, 2005); Julie Bentley née Wilkinson (Communication and Media Studies, 2005); Ashley Gray (Sports and Exercise Science, 2005); April Wright (Sports Science, 2005); Joe Santry (Sports Technology, 2006); Ross Weir (Sports Technology, 2003); Dan Toon (Product Design and Manufacturing, 2004); Helen Toon née Harrod (Computing and Management, 2002); Bryan Roberts (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, 2008); Tom Waller (Product Design and Manufacturing, 2000); Jouni Ronaiken (Sports Technology, 2004); Dave Rogers (Business Economics and Finance, 2002); Brad Williams (Sports Technology, 2006); Lucy Jewett (Woven Textiles, 2005); Kate Birch (Mechanical Engineering, 2000); Kelly Cooper (Social Psychology, 2005) and Ian Roach.

Louise McCallum (Physical Education and Sports Science, 2002; PGCE, 2004) married Oliver Chinneck (Accounting and Financial Management (2005) on 9th July 2011 at Berkhamsted School having met in 2001 when they were both part of the Water Polo club.

Sports Science, 2001; PGCE, 2002) and Phillippa Fordham (current student).

Best Men were Michael Duddle (Sports Science with Management, 2003) and Matt Billinghurst (Sport and Leisure Management, 2005) and Bridesmaid was Jo Duddle née Woolley (Sport and Exercise Science, 2005).

They met in Bill Mo hall in 2000 when Zoe was a fresher and James was in his second year. Jenny Barrington nee Lucas (Ergonomics, 2003) was a bridesmaid, and Mark Bazzoni (Politics with French, 2004) also attended.

Other alumni present included Rebecca Mead née Turner (Sport and Exercise Science, 2005); Oliver Mead (Accountancy and Financial Management, 2005); Steven Glasgow (Management Science, 2005); Mark Spiers (Information Management and Computing, 2005); Jon Dean (Geography, 2004); Lisa Forsyth; Dan O’Brien (Computer Systems Engineering, 2004); Natalie O’Brien née Dunman (Chemistry and Sports Science, 2003); Gael Logan (English and PE and Sports Science, 2004); Chris Arnold (Banking Finance and Management, 2008); Simon Arnold (Accountancy and Financial Management, 1999); Tim Betts (Recreation Management, 2002); Adam Hilliard (Industrial Design and Technology, 2008); Anna Kinson née Cluer (Economics with Politics, 2001); Diana Tincknell (Management Sciences, 2002); Leon Jennings (Geography, 2002); Claire Jennings née Roberts (Management Sciences, 2002); Helen Middleton née Martin; Claire Lovell née Taylor; David Lovell (Physical Education and

Jennifer Taaffe (Geography, 2002) and sister Sarah Taaffe (Sports Technology, 2003) were both selected to play for England at the Indoor Netball World Championships in Brisbane. They both hope to compete in the Masters tournament in South Africa in 2013.

Zoe Fryer (Politics with French, 2004) married James Anderton (Ergonomics, 2003) on 31st March 2012 at St Peter’s Church in Brentwood, followed by a reception at Vaulty Manor in Maldon, Essex.

Samantha Starvis (MSc Sport Biomechanics, 2004); Sally McLure; Samira Akram (nee Aslam) (Finance and Management, 2004); Erdal Atakan (Computer Science and e Business, 2006); Benjamin Marlow (Industrial Design and Technology) and Yueyang Guan (Accounting and Finance Management, 2007).

Family and friends (including a few Loughborough alumni) shared their special day. Bridesmaids were Pippa Llewellyn and Hannah Poulton (both Publishing with English, 2004) and Fee MacLellan (Library and Information Management, 2004).

Sarah Lamb (Information Management and Business Studies, 2004) married Oliver Godwin on a sunny day in June 2011.

Louise McCallum and Ollie Chinneck

For more details on Indoor netball, see Rewand Bouji (Furniture Design, 2006) married Jonathan Smith (Product Design and Manufacture, 2002; PhD – Sports Technology, 2007) on Thursday 5th April 2012, at Caswell House in Oxfordshire. Chief Bridesmaid was Rebecca Blakemore nee Ferneyhough (Ergonomics, 2005), Best Man Chris Edmond (Computer Science, 2001) and Usher David Cleaver (Sports Technology, 2004).

Philip Hodgkins and Anna Forbes

James Anderton and Zoe Fryer

Jennifer Taaffe and Sarah Taaffe

Rewand Bouji and Jonathan Smith

Oliver Godwin and Sarah Lamb

Other alumni present included Elizabeth Pummell (Sport and Exercise Psychology 2004, PhD 2008);

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Where are they now? Doug Hooper (Physical Education, 1951) would like to hear from anybody who was in his year group from 1948 to 1951. You can contact Doug on 01738 621018. Richard Knight (Electronic and Electrical Engineering, 1977) and Pamela J. Knight, neé Cross (Civil Engineering, 1978) are trying to make contact after 20+ years with Stefan Janiszewski (Electronic and Electrical Engineering, 1977) and Linda Burgess (Cayley Hall Class of 1977). If you have any information please contact Richard on Lionel Weston (Physical Education, 1969) is keen to hear from alumni who may know the whereabouts of fellow classmate Russell Bostock (Physical Education, 1970). If you can help, contact Lionel at lionelweston@ Scott Crawford (Physical Education, 1966) would like to hear from anybody who knows the whereabouts of Doug Crawley (also Physical Education, 1966). Please contact Scott at

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 we have a presence on. In response to our request for ways in which you have got back in touch with old Loughborough friends, Paul O’Reilly (Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, 1976) commented; “I used Linkedin with its standard search facility and found a list of all attendees either side of my time at lufbra. I then sent emails to those names I recognised, and got responses back. We exchanged life updates and can now follow each other as much, or as little as we wish. I find it a great approach. I also currently follow the lufbra alumni group on linkedin and receive regular emails. I actually think that is how you got me back into your system.”

obituaries Professor Sasha Alexandrov died suddenly on 15th August this year. Professor Alexandrov was Head of the Department of Physics at Loughborough during the 2000’s and retired from full-time employment in 2011. Peter Andow (Chemical Engineering, 1969). Peter had been diagnosed with melanoma and lymphoma in June 2010 and was given 3-6 months to live. However, having tried a new drug from America, he was able to survive for 18 months from diagnosis. Dr.Donald Anthony MBE (Physical Education, 1948) It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Don passed away on 28th May 2012, after a long battle with cancer. Many of you will be familiar with the life story of Don who dedicated his entire life to the dissemination and development of Olympism and sport. He leaves behind many legacies, passions and projects, amongst them his beloved volleyball, Much Wenlock, the Coubertin School Network, the Coubertin Oak Project and his unfinished book “An Ordinary Olympian – extraordinary experience”.

Michael Crisp (Civil Engineering, 1947). Michael enjoyed a highly successful career in Civil Engineering and was project manager for the design and construction of the Tater Du lighthouse in Cornwall in 1963 – the last lighthouse to be built in Cornwall. Duncan Hall (Electrical Engineering, 1950) Fred Harrison (Physical Education, 1957) Klaus Hoel (Aeronautical Engineering, 1954) Howard Jones (Computer Science, 2000) Bruce Longden (Physical Education, 1962). Bruce was a successful athletics coach with Daley Thompson and Sally Gunnell two Olympic gold medallists to work with him. Ian Martin (Physical Education, 1967) passed away 15th December 2011. He met wife Ginny Martin (Teacher Training, 1968) whilst at Loughborough and they were married for 43 years.

Ferdie Bignall (Mechanical Engineering, 1948; BSc (Hon), 2009) died peacefully on 17th June 2011.

John Mitchell (Mechanical Engineering, 1959). John enjoyed a very successful career, working predominantly in the engineering and railway industries and was involved in research for the Advanced Passenger Train Project (APT). He was appointed as a fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in 1990 and after taking early retirement in 1996, continued his work with the railways as Independent Accident Inquiry Chairman to lead investigations into serious rail accidents. John was actively involved with his local church for many years.

Richard Carr (Industrial Design, 2009)

John Needham (Electrical Engineering, 1964)

We hope you all remember Don for his charismatic way, his enthusiasm, and inspiration to others, his ideas and abundant energy to his cause and that he may in some way inspire you to celebrate his life as well.

Bob Parker (Physical Education, 1957). Bob was the first President of the Student’s Union of all four colleges and over 200 guests attended the funeral. Dennis Pass (Physical Education, 1946; Cert Ed, 1952, BSc (Hon), 2009) John ‘Barry’ Robb (Physical Education, 1955 and 1959; BSc (Hon), 2009) Barry spent most of his career working in sport and believed sport should be available to everyone. He is survived by his wife, four children and eleven grandchildren and was their ‘Team Captain’. Ronald Rushbrooke (PGCE, 1949) Dr J Gurcharan (Peter) Sekhon (Eng Math’s MPhil, 1980) went on to complete his PhD at the University of New England and became a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Technology in Sydney. On sabbatical leave in 1976, Gurcharan was encouraged to take his Master’s degree and later a doctorate by Loughborough University Professor A C Bajpai. Gurcharan always considered his meeting with Professor Bajpai as a crucial intervention in his academic life. Gucharan’s research into the importance of industrial experience for mathematics doctoral graduates was very influential in the late 1980s and received much prominence. Subbayya Venkatachalam (Industrial Engineering and Management, 1970)

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Tom Karen is one of the UK’s most iconic Industrial Designers. Born in Vienna in 1926, he was forced to flee his native Czechoslovakia after the Nazi occupation of 1939 and came to England. He was offered a place to study Aeronautical Engineering at Loughborough in 1942, graduating in 1945. In a change of career direction, Tom went to the Central School in London to study Industrial Design. His big break in the field came in 1962, when he was appointed Chief Designer at Ogle Design, where he remained for 37 years. Tom’s design portfolio includes the Raleigh Chopper bicycle, Bond Bug and Reliant Scimitar GTE. He was awarded an honorary degree by Loughborough in 2001.

Tom Karen (Aeronautical Engineering Dip, 1945; Hon D.Tech, 2001)

Main photograph (c) Julia Hedgecoe. Chopper images created by: Allan Brittle.

Susie Cattermole met with Tom recently to discuss his illustrious career and Life after Loughborough.


The Bond bug designed in 1963

Can you tell me how you ended up as an Aeronautical student at Loughborough?

It sounds as if you have always had a passion for design, can you tell me where it stems from?

I left my home in Brno when the German army occupied Czechoslovakia in March 1939. We managed to escape before the war started and reached the UK in 1942.

Arguably, design may have been in my genes: one of my grandfathers was an engineer (the family business was in bricks and cement) and the other was a successful Viennese portrait painter. Design combines art and engineering and I am sure it was the ideal career for me.

I was fortunate to be sent to Loughborough where I spent three happy years. I loved aircraft which were, of course, much more topical than cars during the war. At that time, I didn’t know there existed such a thing as industrial design. I stayed at Barrow Hall – it was all wonderful. I have been back to campus a few times and am hugely impressed with the developments that have taken place. How did you make the transition from Engineering to Design? After graduating I worked in a stress office – I am a lousy mathematician and didn’t enjoy it at all. I managed to move to technical publications. Copying some technical drawings from a library book helped me in this. The job was not very taxing and I occupied myself putting a new body on an Austin 7 and building a little three wheeler. I then made a career change by going to the Central School in London to study industrial design. From there I joined Ford’s Styling Studio where I had four rewarding years which included winning a national car design competition with a radical concept called the ‘Rascal’.

A passion of mine has always been motor cars and my mother loved telling how, aged not quite two, my nanny won 500 Czech Crowns betting that I could recognise twelve different makes. Tell me a little about your design career? A kind of fairy godmother from the Design Council guided my career and advised me to leave Ford and steered me to David Ogle who had a small office in Stevenage. I was then exposed to a different pace of working and tackling a wide variety of products – a valuable experience. But in some respects the shoe didn’t quite fit and I joined Hotpoint. There was a washing machine that had been developed that I had serious reservations about. Our manager didn’t want me to make an alternative proposal so I drew it up and had a model made while he was on holiday. The marketing and engineering people loved my design but I could see my boss would not forgive me so – I moved to a better job with Philips while he won a design award with my model. I wondered for how long I could stand doing white

goods when, in May 1962, David Ogle was tragically killed in a car crash. Two days later I had a call from one of his fellow directors inviting me to a meeting where I was offered the job of MD and Chief Designer – I suddenly had the opportunity of running an established design company. With your career covering such a wide variety of projects, is there a design that you are most proud of? Different designs were satisfying for different reasons: the little orange Bond Bug was huge fun and very original – but didn’t make money. The Reliant Scimitar GTE, a sporting estate with a rising waist line, launched in 1968, influenced every car that followed – it was an important design. The Raleigh Chopper bike was a great seventies icon and made a lot of money. The Kiddicraft marble run, also vintage 1970, has given huge satisfaction to a large number of children and new copies are still coming out more than 40 years later.


We did a lot of work on commercial vehicles and one design for Renault must be the biggest money maker of all our projects. Aside from your design career, what are your biggest achievements since graduating from Loughborough? Having four great children and their children is hugely satisfying – I thank my good luck daily. Making a success of Ogle Design, which I ran for 37 years was an achievement of sorts. We helped design students wherever possible with stages at Ogle, establishing a design bursary with the RSA and offering prizes. I am proud to have Honorary Degrees from Loughborough and Hertfordshire Universities. After retiring, I did a lot of workshops with small children in primary schools, galleries and museums. Latterly I make things for my grandchildren. I also had a work in the RA Summer exhibition. And finally, what advice would you give to people looking to establish a design career? Get a good education, get on a good design course, cultivate your drawing skills because it is your means to communicate – and go to the Royal College if you can – it is a very good club.

SCIMITAR GTE produced in 1963

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