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Lord Coe Named as Loughborough University's New Chancellor

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Former Olympic athlete Lord Sebastian Coe will become Loughborough University's new Chancellor.

Lord Coe will be officially installed during the summer graduation ceremonies scheduled for July.

A former graduate of Loughborough, he went on to claim Olympic fame after winning gold and silver in the 1980 and 1984 games.

Commenting on the appointment, profession Robert Allison, vice-chancellor of Loughborough University, said: "We are delighted to announce Lord Coe as our sixth Chancellor. As one of the world's most high profile sportsmen and a long standing friend of Loughborough University, he is perfect for the role."

Lord Coe is already the university's Pro-Chancellor and President of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), and acted as chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Loughborough was also recently named as the best university in the world to study sports-related subjects thanks to the latest QS World University Rankings.

President of Loughborough Students' Union, Jon Ako, said: "It's fantastic to have one of our most celebrated alumni take on the role of Chancellor, and I know the student body will join me in congratulating him on this new appointment."