Celebrating Excellence: New criteria announced for Honorary Awards

Loughborough University is engaging all staff in a new nominations process for its two honorary awards.

All members of the Loughborough community are encouraged to nominate exceptional individuals to receive either a University Medal or an Honorary Degree.

University Medallists celebrate the very best of the Loughborough community; the University Medal is the most prestigious honour that the University can award. Only a small number are given out each year and they are normally presented at a graduation ceremony.

Loughborough University bestows Honorary Degrees on high-profile individuals who have made outstanding contributions to fields which the University has close links with. Areas of contribution could be any academic, business or professional service area, or of particular relevance to the University’s values and strategic vision.

The new criteria support the delivery of the new University Strategy Creating Better Futures - Together.

Vice-Chancellor of Loughborough University Professor Nick Jennings said: “A huge part of the success here at Loughborough University is the contribution we make to society. With our Honorary Degrees, we want to honour those global changemakers who are Creating Better Futures in areas in which the University excels. As the University’s highest honour, our University Medals are bestowed on those who have made a significant impact working together with us here at Loughborough. Opening nominations to all staff is just one way in which we are moving forward together.

Ade Adepitan, Jude Kelly and Gary Lineker are just some of the previous recipients of honorary awards from Loughborough over the last four decades. You can see more of our previous honorary award winners online.

In relaunching the University Honours nominations process there is an initial focus on exceptional individuals to recognise at this academic year's graduations.

Nominations for members of our internal and wider community are now open. The deadline for nominations is 20 September 2022.

If you would like more information on working with previous Honorary Degree recipients, please contact Alison Barlow.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2020 QS World University Rankings and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 8th in The UK Complete University Guide 2020.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.