Olympic champion Lord Sebastian Coe is set to become Loughborough University’s new Chancellor this summer, once July’s graduation ceremonies are completed.
The famed Olympian, who won gold and silver in the 1980 and 1984 Games, graduated from the University in 1979 and has maintained close ties since.
He will preside over ceremonial functions for the new university year, starting in September, and will aim to ensure the university continues to be known for its sporting prowess.
The University’s vice-chancellor, Professor Robert Allison, expressed his delight at welcoming Lord Coe into the role.
“As one of the world’s most high profile sportsmen and a long standing friend of Loughborough University, he is perfect for the role,” he added.
The President of Loughborough Student’s Union, Jon Ako, described Lord Coe as one of their “most celebrated alumni”.
Having set 12 world records during a glittering athletics career, Lord Coe is currently the university’s
Pro-Chancellor while also holding the role of President of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).
He also had a key role as chairman of the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Loughborough University meanwhile is renowned for its sports-related subjects, having been ranked as the best university globally in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by subject.
The title was shared with the University of Sydney, while the University of Birmingham took fifth spot for sport, highlighting their sporting prowess too.
The rakings focus on academic reputation, research impact and employer reputation and sports-related subjects were included for the first time in the 2017 rankings.
Sports Science, Sports studies, Kinesiology, Sports Psychology and Sports Management were among the subjects considered.
Loughborough University also ranked highly for its student experience in the latest annual Times Higher Education Student Experience survey, finishing second of all UK institutions.