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Our alumni’s best of 2017

15 December 2017

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The #LboroFamily is for life and our graduate community has seen a great 2017, both on campus and further afar. Here are some highlights from the year’s alumni activities.


The year began with a bang as an incredible 14 alumni and four honorary graduates were recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours, two alumni were named Guardian Rising Stars of 2017, and an alumnus featured in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for his work on Candy Kittens with Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing.


More alumni success as GB Hockey coach Danny Kerry was named Male Coach of the Year! We also got all emotional as alumni shared their stories of finding love at Loughborough for Valentines Day.


An exciting month for our alumni as we hosted our first ever Donor Day to celebrate the support that donors provide to the University. Alumnus Terence Yeo also won a prestigious British Council Award.


April brought a real first – the first alumnus ever pictured on currency! (As far as we know, anyway…) Alumnus Marc ran the London Marathon in aid of the University’s arthritis research, and in honour of his Grandad. And for #ThrowbackThursday we shared an impressive panoramic view of the changes on campus.


The Vice Chancellor hosted another successful annual reception for alumni and friends of the University, and alumnus Bob Wilson was honoured for his achievements in football.


We saw four Olympic stars honoured in our Hall of Fame and more alumni and honorary graduates received honours from the Queen! June was also a good month for foodies, as alumna Lope released her debut cookbook, and an alumna’s cookie dough cafe went viral; featuring in Buzzfeed, Time Out and more!



Love Island stormed the twittersphere, and one of our graduates made it to the finals! We also celebrated #LboroGrad2017, the installment of Lord Seb Coe as the University’s Chancellor, and welcomed alumnus and Strictly Champion Ore Oduba back to campus to receive an honorary doctorate.


August brought the exciting news that Loughborough would once again be represented on Strictly Come Dancing, and your votes chose four new members of the Alumni Advisory Board.


This September we welcomed alumni who graduated 40-50 years ago for our annual reunion weekend.


We launched our new #LboroFamily pages, and have already had 100s of alumni share their stories of love, friendship, and life after Loughborough! And an amazing year of successes for the University continued as we were named in the top 10 once again in the Times ‘Table of Tables’.


We were flying high in November as a second alumnus joined the RAF red arrows, another alumnus was nominated for a British Council Award, and Loughborough-based Paralympian Jonnie Peacock went from strength to strength on his Strictly journey.


December brought the amazing news that we now have a Strictly winner and X Factor winner amongst our alumni! We also celebrated alumna Ozak winning an Engineer of the Year Award. And of course, the festivities on campus officially began with our annual carols service, and campus was transformed by snow.

Here’s to an equally amazing 2018!

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