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Issue 6

Your Gift

Taking Loughborough Forward

Welcome It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the sixth edition of our donor magazine, Your Gift. Over the last few years, we have been delighted to receive donations from Loughborough’s alumni community, staff, parents and friends. I would personally like to say thank you to each and every one of you for your kind support that enables the University to continue to flourish on an international stage. With your generosity, we have been able to reach new levels of success and further deliver our standing as a world-leading university. I hope you enjoy reading the impact your donations have made in the last 12 months and thank you once again for everything you do to support the University.

Professor Robert Allison Vice-Chancellor and President of Loughborough University

— “Whenever I come into contact with another individual with a connection to Loughborough there is an immediate sense of pride attached to their association with the University. “And we have reason to be proud. Significant growth over the last few decades has led to Loughborough becoming one of the UK’s strongest, leading higher education institutions.” —

Making a difference Donor statistics for 2016/17 DONATIONS BY SCHOOL















Impact of donations celebrated at Inaugural Donor Day In March 2017 we held our Inaugural Donor Day to recognise and celebrate the generosity of the University’s supporters. Over 80 guests attended and were given the opportunity to meet with students and academics to hear first-hand about the impact of their donations. Guests were also treated to exclusive tours of some of the new developments on campus, which further illustrated the impact their support has had on the University. We also hosted the annual Donors and Scholars Reception, where we celebrated donors who had supported over 220 scholarships in 2016/17. The next Donor Day will be held in 2018 and will allow donors to see the areas that their donations have helped in the last two years.






Supporting students into higher education Global health and well-being Sport Where the need is greatest Why I give to Loughborough

Cover story Over the last year, donations to the Loughborough Fund have supported community outreach programmes, with the aim of encouraging children up to the age of 18 to get involved in a range of subjects at the University. Isaac, aged five, is being shown a circuit board and how it works in one of the STEM sessions.

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Supporting students into higher education The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Trust This year, Loughborough University is celebrating 10 years of partnership with the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Trust. Since the Loughborough University Development Trust Africa (LUDTA) was first launched in 2006, the scheme has provided funding for 51 postgraduate students from Africa. The support received has had a tremendous impact on students and their vision for the future. The scholarship recipients speak enthusiastically of the memories and relationships they have formed at Loughborough and the lasting inspiration they have taken into their careers – all made possible through the Trust.

“The scholarship gave me a different insight to life where technology is at the forefront of solving vast issues in modern society, ranging from health, education, ecommerce, and other applicable areas. “My family and I are profoundly grateful for your kind gesture. My dream of pursuing a master’s degree was made a reality by the scholarship and has given me a great reason to always stretch a helping hand to those in need.” Daniel Perez Fiadzeawu MSc Internet Computing and Network Security

Student Hardship Fund Thanks to the support of our donors, during the 2016/17 academic year the University has been able to help 42 students suffering from personal and/or financial hardship, through the Student Hardship Fund. The support this year included a grant from the Peter Cruddas Foundation, a generous donation which contributed significantly to increasing the number of students we were able to support. We thank the Foundation for their continued support. The fund has a positive impact on students who are dealing with a mixed variety of circumstances. This year they included: • A PhD student who had to deal with an armed burglary at his family home. His family had to move out of the house while it was made safe for them to return home, and the grant helped the student to pay the cost of staying in alternative accommodation in the meantime. • Another PhD student whose mother passed away, which resulted in unexpected financial problems as they had to

cover the funeral costs and also travel home to support the rest of the family. • A student who has mental health problems and is estranged from his parents, who was finding it difficult to support his studies financially. Donors who specifically support our international students via the Student Hardship Fund have also played a vital role supporting students in difficult situations, including a student from Turkey who had received a scholarship from the Turkish government, which was unfortunately stopped due to political unrest in the country. Thanks to the fund, the amount the student would have received through the original scholarship was covered, enabling her to continue with her studies.

Stanley Evernden Prize This year’s Stanley Evernden prize was awarded to Sophie Tomlins and her team for their show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The £750 prize is awarded to help fund an outstanding production by students of the School of the Arts, English and Drama that has been successfully submitted to either the National Student Drama Festival or the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Hewson Legacy The University was honoured to receive a significant legacy from Reginald WJ Hewson, which has enabled us to create and offer a new undergraduate architecture course for 2017/18. The £2.5 million gift is the largest the University has ever received, and has allowed us to create an innovative course that is grounded in early real-world experience and practical applications. The course was created as a direct response to the changing needs of architectural practice. It is one of only a select number of BArch degrees in the country, which brings together elements of a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science to allow creativity to flourish with a sound technical understanding. This gift has also allowed us to transform the Keith Green Building into a stunning devoted home for the new subject area. Refurbished labs in the building will be named the ‘Hewson Laboratories’ in recognition of his gift. The course will be part of the School of Civil and Building Engineering, which has been renamed the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering. Being part of a multidisciplinary school, the course will benefit from added value and unlimited potential, covering building science, business acumen, and digital design and fabrication, in addition to architectural discipline. Hewson’s legacy is helping to shape and expand Loughborough’s offering to future students and will enable us to train the next generation in exciting subjects.

The transformed Keith Green Building: The devoted home to architecture, providing two levels of open plan studio space.

Legacy gifts are extremely important to the University and we are very grateful to everyone who remembers Loughborough in their Will. It shows that they are pledging their belief in our future, and means that they want to ensure students continue to benefit from the University beyond their lifetime.

Development Trust Scholarships The Development Trust Scholarships provide vital support to academically gifted students who face challenging personal and financial circumstances. Since last year, the University has seen an increase of 108% in applications, and with thanks to your kind gifts we have been able to award 22 scholarships for students starting at Loughborough in autumn 2017 – a significant increase compared to last year.

“The Development Trust Scholarship transformed my time at university. Without it I would have struggled financially, which consequently would have stopped me from enjoying university, but instead I have been able to focus on my degree and engage in extracurricular activities. “Through University events I have met donors and been able to thank those who have contributed to my time at Loughborough. However, for those of you I have not met I will say that I am so grateful for the contribution you have made to my scholarship and I hope you can tell that the difference it makes is huge.” Ryan Cosgrove MEng Aeronautical Engineering




Global health and well-being Thank you for helping us face dementia as a family Earlier this year, we launched our dementia research appeal, to help us face and fight the devastating impact of dementia. The response we have received has been overwhelming. Our researchers, Professor Eef Hogervorst, Professor Liz Peel and Professor Sue Hignett and colleagues have been deeply moved by the letters, phone calls and donations from our Loughborough family and friends, many of which have been to share their personal stories. Your generosity, both in gifts and in story sharing, has spurred on our researchers to fight this disease even more than before.

Your support and its impact When this publication went to print, we had received support from over 250 donors – which is an incredible figure. Your donations are helping us to achieve two important things: 1. Supporting outreach activities which bring the findings of our research directly to dementia patient and carer groups in the community. We think that an estimated 30,000 lives a year could be saved by making simple changes to diet and exercise patterns to slow the onset of dementia. Already our research into nutrition has proven that something as simple as changing the type of flour a person uses can reduce the risk of dementia and improve memory in older age. 2. Showing the big funders – such as charitable trusts and national funding bodies – that you are behind us all the way. This will help us win sustainable funding in the future; meaning the power of each individual gift is even greater. The appeal is still ongoing at the moment, so we will be delighted to showcase in more detail the impact of your gifts to our dementia research at Donor Day in 2018. We will also be creating a special memorial at Donor Day for those who have donated in memory of a loved one or friend.


The race to fight arthritis Current staff member and 2016 Sport Management graduate, Marc Alner ran the London Marathon on 23 April 2017 to raise funds for another pioneering area of health and well-being research at Loughborough University, arthritis. Arthritis affects the lives of more than one in six people in the UK. Scientists at the University are working to take the pain away for people living with all forms of the disease, helping them to remain active, and doing the things they love. Completing the challenge in just over four hours, Marc raised over £2,000. Gifts to support Marc’s marathon run have been used to support a number of studies in the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM) that look into the effects of exercises which strengthen bone on joint structures that may be affected by arthritis and osteoarthritis. The University thanks both Marc and those that supported the appeal.

Looking after the next generation Through research, the University aspires to improve the health of everyone. The world faces a wide range of health and well-being challenges, and our multi-disciplinary approach to research in this area creates solutions that can directly benefit society. Donor support for our health and well-being research ensures that we can continue to have an impact and create change. One area that the University is currently focusing on is child eating habits, the importance of family mealtimes and the impact it can have on mental health. Dr Emma Haycraft, of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, is a leading academic focused on this area. Her work looks at caregiver-child interactions, particularly in the context of feeding, eating and mealtimes. This has led to influential initiatives such as Kids FIRST, a British Heart Foundation funded project looking at ways to reduce the co-occurrence of sedentary screen-viewing behaviour and unhealthy snacking in young children, which is happening more commonly as changes in children’s screen use occur. From speaking with caregivers and professionals, Dr Haycraft and her colleagues have found that there is a lack of credible support available to help caregivers with feeding children. In response to this, the team have developed the Child Feeding Guide digital support resources, through which they share research-informed tips and tools to help promote healthier eating. The team are currently updating the Guide website and app and are also developing online training courses for health professionals and childcare staff. Looking ahead they will be exploring more about children’s emotional eating behaviours – so eating more or less in response to emotions like feeling happy or sad or bored.




Sport Sport scholars dominate at London 2017 The Loughborough Sports Scholars Fund works to support students who are balancing the demands of competing as a talented sportsperson alongside studying for a degree. Scholars have access to first-class coaching, sports science and sports medicine support, and indoor and outdoor training and competition facilities. With thanks to your donations, 130 awards were made to sports scholars in 2016/17, including a number of current students who competed in this summer’s IAAF World Athletics Championships and the World Para Athletics Championships in London. These included: first year student Morgan Lake, who placed sixth in the women’s high jump final; Jessica Judd, who made the 1500m semi-final; David Omoregie and Jess Turner, who made their World Championship debuts in the 110m and 400m hurdles; and Zac Shaw, who placed fourth in the 100m T12 semi-final. A number of former Loughborough scholars were also in action during the championships including Robbie Grabarz in the men’s high jump; Meghan Beesley in the 400m hurdles; Guy Learmonth in the 800m; Jake Wightman in the 1500m; Harry Aikines-Aryeetey in the 4x100m relay, and Dan Greaves in the F44 discus final. Medal-winning performances from former scholars included Martyn Rooney who took bronze in the men’s 4x400m relay, and Emily Diamond who took silver in the women’s 4x400m relay. These are just some of the examples of how your gifts really do enable scholars to achieve their dreams of competing on an international stage.

David Omoregie made his World Championship debut in the 110m hurdles.

Athletic Union Club and Supporters Fund Thanks to the ongoing support to our Athletic Union and Club Supporters Fund, clubs across campus have been able to develop their facilities and services, and build on their success as a result. Here we share with you examples of the essential resources and activity that donations from this year will contribute towards, for some of the clubs that are in receipt of the funds.

Lifesaving Donations will be used to help restock first aid kits for competitions throughout the year and support the ongoing training of coaches to help continue to produce great performances, through courses such as Survive and Save.

American Football Last year the American Football team had an incredibly successful season, making it to the semi-finals. Donations will be put towards replacing some equipment that the club has spent the last few years saving for.

Fencing AU Fencing had their best season in recent memory, with both the men’s and women’s teams finishing top of their leagues. The men’s team also achieved promotion

to Premier North and took silver in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) trophy. Donations from the supporters fund will be put towards equipment costs to kit out the club’s brand new men’s and women’s second teams.

Badminton Loughborough Students’ Badminton Club had another very successful year in the BUCS competition. Six teams were entered, with five finishing league winners and one as league runner-up. For individual competitors, Loughborough won a staggering seven out of 15 medals. The club intends to use donations to purchase a set of speakers that can be used in training, as well as a tablet that will be used to live stream matches to alumni and provide video analysis to players. Additional court time will also be purchased for the development section of the club.



Morgan Lake, first year student, placed sixth in the women's high jump final.

Vice President sports funds Members of our VP funds provide essential support year on year in helping the University to create the best sports development programme in Europe. Their commitment to helping their chosen club, and close involvement, is helping to take talented young players to the next level. New facilities for hockey

Rugby update

Thank you to all hockey alumni who have contributed towards the installation of a new scoreboard on the University’s hockey pitch.

Loughborough Students’ Rugby Football Club would like to thank all the donors that have supported the club through the VP fund over the last 12 months. 2016/17 proved to be another highly successful season for the team, both in terms of performance and development. The men’s side consolidated their position in National One, the third tier in English rugby and competed strongly at the top of the new BUCS Super Rugby competition, which brought together the eight best men’s university sides in the country in a new competition with significant RFU backing. The women’s programme has now become a full performance programme, winning a place in the RFU’s new Tyrrells Premier 15s competition. This has brought us Rhys Edwards as Head Coach of the women’s programme and current World Player of the Year and England Captain Sarah Hunter as a performance coach. Our new partnership with Leicester Tigers brings coaching and playing engagement with the Premiership side as well as engagement of development pathways across our support services. This further enhances the club’s high quality training environment and assists with the growing demands of competing successfully in National One and BUCS Super Rugby simultaneously.



Where the need is greatest Student prizes across the University Thank you to all the donors who have supported the University through student prizes over the last year. Prizes provide motivation for students and recognise their achievements whilst studying at Loughborough. The prizes awarded this year, across various schools, include students with the highest marks in their final year, most improved performance and best final year project. We have been delighted to welcome some of our donors to present their prizes to the winning students.

Murray Chapman (left) Prize for the Most Significant Performance in Civil and Building Engineering

Bechtel Prize for the Best Civil and Building Engineering Student

Ford Motor Company Fund supports new ‘Girls into STEM’ residential In July 2017, the School and College Liaison team hosted a four-day residential on campus for a group of Year 10 girls from schools within the Midlands, thanks to funding from the Ford Motor Company Fund. The programme was primarily aimed at developing the students’ interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and their understanding of the opportunities available to them in this area. The initiative also helped them develop a range of key skills that are critical for their future, such as team working, problem solving, analytical and presentation skills. The girls attended workshops and talks in STEM subjects and used the information they gained to develop a plan for a sustainable community for the future. On the final day, the girls presented their results to a panel of judges which included representatives from Ford. The University’s thanks go to Ford Fund for making the residential possible.


Opening our inclusive community to all Making the decision to attend university can be a daunting prospect for any student, but for care leavers there may be additional concerns and questions – who will help with the cost? What support is available? Where will they live during vacations? These concerns have the potential to cause barriers for care leavers; barriers that we aim to remove. At Loughborough we offer a fully inclusive learning environment. Each year we welcome thousands of new students from a range of different backgrounds and experiences to our campus and we strongly believe that having a diverse student body leads to an enriched learning environment for all. For this reason, we are passionate about providing advice and encouragement to students leaving care, to help them develop their ambitions and realise that higher education is an option. We offer comprehensive support packages so that care leavers with the potential and motivation to enter higher education can do so without some of these additional worries, and when required we are able to offer individually tailored pastoral support to ensure that all barriers to study are removed. However, we wouldn’t be able to provide this level of support without the generosity of our donors.

With thanks to you, we are able to offer a wide range of support for young individuals leaving care to start their journey at Loughborough. This includes bursary packages of up to £4,500 per year; support during their studies; a designated University contact; and 52-week accommodation. Your continuous support also allows us to run a series of on-campus taster events, for students from care who haven’t decided where they would like to attend university yet, but wish to visit our campus as part of their research. This includes a non-residential University Summer School which gives students a realistic and enjoyable taste of university life. The residential runs every year in collaboration with the University of Leicester and De Montfort University, for young people in care, aged 16 and older, across the East Midlands. We believe that anyone with the potential to study at university should have the opportunity. Thanks to your support, we’re able to make this belief a reality.

“Being a care leaver you realise that there are small obstacles in your way to come to university, and you have a lot more worries than maybe the average student has. “There’s a lot of different support that I can get from Loughborough. I was able to receive a cash bursary and I also get a reduction in my tuition fees. That has covered simple things like shopping and having to buy textbooks – it’s really filled in the gap that might have been there otherwise.” Vannessa Second year Politics student




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Thank you for supporting our creative minds

Santander has supported Loughborough University, its staff and students for many years through various grants and funding.

The University gives thanks to all donors who have supported the Creative Student Fund during 2016/17.

Their support during 2016/17 extended out to benefit those that are yet to experience Loughborough. Loughborough Students’ Union was awarded a £5,000 Santander Discovery Grant to run a two-day residential with overnight stay at the University, that will help school pupils (aged 16 and 17) to understand good spending and saving habits in a fun and engaging way. The residential, which will benefit pupils across Leicestershire from disadvantaged backgrounds, will include real-life challenges such as catching a train for the first time, buying groceries and making a nutritious meal on a designated budget, as well as team building challenges and quizzes, to equip them with crucial budgeting skills and prepare them for their future.

STEMLab is complete! Our incredible new state of the art learning facility, STEMLab, is now open and benefiting students here at Loughborough. The University is thankful to all donors who have contributed to making the project possible.

The fund is essential to ensuring that the most able students have the opportunity to study creative subjects at Loughborough, and supports them in developing key projects.

“My project was the accumulation of a nine month research and design process, so to hear that I’d won a Creative Student Award was wonderful. “I want to say thank you to the donors for supporting the awards. The standard of work in the Design School and the School of the Arts is amongst the best in the country, so you have no idea how much it means to have been recognised in this way. “I used my award to recoup the costs towards my ambitious project of creating a product that challenges the conventions of how we perceive and consume digital media. The award has really helped, especially as I’m starting to forge my own career in the design industry, and acts as a boost and validator for the last few years of hard work.” Raymond Ng BA (Hons) Industrial Design and Technology

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Why I give to Loughborough Ex-RAF test pilot Captain Desmond Penrose has long been a supporter of Loughborough University and over the years has given generously to support various initiatives and developments at the University. This year he made a generous donation which will fund a two-day residential engineering course at the University for 50 girls, aged 14 to 15 years old.

The goal of the initiative is to encourage more youngsters to consider STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects as a future career. Specifically female youngsters, although Captain Penrose is clear that the distinction is purely academic. “Why shouldn’t I donate some money for the furtherance of women in engineering? This country needs more engineers” he says. “I don’t feel that there’s a male and female difference in engineers. The challenge is encouraging girls to be interested in the subject from an early age. We need to enhance the possibility of women choosing engineering over other subjects. The preconceptions that females can’t make it in STEM subjects should be put completely to one side, it’s just rubbish. I’m certain that if we can get more females involved in engineering it would be for the advancement of our country.”

“I have always said, over the years, that Loughborough turned me from a callow youth into somebody who could confidently go out into the world. “I went straight from Loughborough on a direct entry commission into the Royal Air Force, and I felt in many ways that the young officers I was with at the time had not received as good an education as I had.” Now, Captain Penrose, 87, is looking to the future of British engineering, and he sees women as a big part of that journey. “It’s a privilege to donate this money in the name of my mother, Margaret Penrose,” he says. “She gave me so much support in the absence of my father, who was away in the Army during the war, and encouraged my ambitions. Now, I want to see the same level of motivation given to all school pupils, not just females, to be engineers.” Desmond’s donation will be extremely useful for bridging the gap in engineering and we thank him for his generosity. The two-day residential will take place in the summer of 2018.

Captain Penrose’s own engineering roots lie here at Loughborough. In 1951, he graduated in Aeronautical Engineering.

— “I have always said, over the years, that Loughborough turned me from a callow youth into somebody who could confidently go out into the world.” —

Donor Wall 2016/17: Showing our appreciation We would like to thank everyone who has supported Loughborough University. Your donations really do make a difference to our work and the generations of students who are currently or will be studying at Loughborough. Our Donor Wall recognises the generosity of Loughborough University’s alumni, friends, parents, students and staff members who have supported the University during the latest financial year (1 August 2016 to 31 July 2017). The 2016/17 Donor Wall can be found online at If you are unable to access the Donor Wall online, please contact the Philanthropy Team on 01509 223419 or by emailing and we will be happy to send you a printed version.


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Loughborough University Your Gift  

Welcome to the sixth edition of our donor magazine, Your Gift. Over the last few years, we have been delighted to receive donations from Lou...

Loughborough University Your Gift  

Welcome to the sixth edition of our donor magazine, Your Gift. Over the last few years, we have been delighted to receive donations from Lou...