NEWS: Ore awarded Honorary Doctorate of University


Nine years after his graduation, Ore was today awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Loughborough University “In recognition of his contribution to British television as a news and sports broadcaster”. The degree was conferred upon him by new Loughborough University Chancellor Lord Sebastian Coe.


Ore’s career in broadcasting began in 2008 just two weeks after leaving Loughborough with a degree in Sports Science and Social Science. Speaking about his time at the University,Not only did it give me the skills and education I needed to go into the world, it’s where I met my wife, Portia.

At the time, I was in the hockey first team, but I was also honing my skills in the Students’ UnionMedia Centre – hoping that one day I’ll get my big break.”

In his oration, Professor Rachel Thomson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Teaching, said:

“At Loughborough, we seek to develop our students as creative, confident and adaptable 21st Century citizens, who will go on to make a significant impact in the next chapter that follows their graduation. This notion is supported by our students’ dedication to achieving the best they can, and their resilience when faced with a challenge.

“Today I have the pleasure of presenting to you a Loughborough graduate that is a true reflection of exactly why we take this approach.”Ore_Oduba_Strictly_LboroUni_010

Asked to reflect on the achievement, Ore said, “To return within 10 years of leaving and receiving this honorary doctorate is, quite honestly, amazing – especially because I get to share the experience with my wife, and mum and dad who are here with me today. I have so much to thank this University for.”

For a behind the scenes look at Ore’s return to Loughborough, click here.