Promoting world-class excellence and chievement through The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education


  • Twelfth round Prize-winners announced at St James's Palace 30th November 2017

    Story posted 01 December 2017

    Twenty-one UK universities and colleges of further education were announced as recipients of Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in the current - twelfth biennial - round of the scheme at an event hosted at St James’s Palace by The Royal Anniversary Trust.

    The Prizes are part of the honours system and are awarded every two years by The Queen on the Prime Minister’s advice. UK universities and colleges were invited in October 2016 to submit entries on any aspect of their work for assessment against the scheme’s criteria of excellence, innovation and practical benefit, to the institution itself and UK education, and to the UK economy and society and for public benefit in general.  The Trust, charged by the Palace and the Cabinet Office with the administration of the scheme since its inception in 1994, undertook a process of independent assessment leading to recommendations by the Trust’s Awards Council in September this year. 

    Work recognised in this round is wide ranging and includes rail and aviation engineering, costume design, vision problems of children with Down’s syndrome, parent-infant sleep, climate change and environmental protection, women’s health, the English language, agricultural engineering and dairy productivity, cancer drug discovery and drug safety, film and television training, photonics, food and nutrition for health and education for learners with special needs. 

    For further information on this round’s Prize-winners please contact: Peter J. Chenery, Chief Executive, the Royal Anniversary Trust on 0207 340 8468 or 07969 704671, or

    The Prizes, unique in the honours system in being analogous to honours to individuals but granted to an institution as a whole (irrespective of the area of work recognised), will be presented in February 2018 by a member of the royal family at a ceremony to be held at Buckingham Palace.  As a national honour the prize carries no cash value, consisting of a silver-gilt medallion and a Prize Certificate signed by HM The Queen. 

    Sir Damon Buffini, Chairman of the Royal Anniversary Trust said:
    “The focus of the Prizes on innovation and practical benefitto people and society is a great incentive to our universities and colleges to think critically about the direction of their work and its application and relevance in today’s world.  The national recognition and prestige conferred by the Prizes also enables individual institutions to win support and leverage funding for their future plans.” 


    University of Aberdeen
    Health service research leading to improvements in academic and clinical practice and delivery of health care

    Art University Bournemouth
    Distinguished degree level education in costume design for the UK’s leading creative industries 

    University of Birmingham
    Advanced engineering and innovative technology in support of the developing UK rail industry 

    Cardiff University
    Diagnosis and treatment of vision problems in children with Down’s Syndrome 

    Cranfield University
    Large-scale soil and environmental data for sustainable use of the natural resources in the UK and worldwide 

    Durham University
    Leading influential research on parent-infant sleep, with a widely-used public information service 

    University of East Anglia
    Combined natural, social and environmental sciences to advance understanding and protection of the environment

    The University of Edinburgh
    Clinical innovations to respond to major unmet needs in women’s health

    University of Essex
    Authoritative social and economic research to inform the policies of governments for the improvement of people’s lives

    University of Glasgow
    The Historical Thesaurus of English, a unique resource for scholarship, education and creativity

    Harper Adams University
    Innovative applications in agricultural engineering and technologies to address UK and global food security

    The Institute of Cancer Research
    Pre-eminent work in cancer drug discovery with benefits to patients globally

    University of Liverpool
    A lead role in drug safety, drug design and improvements of existing therapies with outstanding work on HIV 

    The London School of Economics and Political Science
    Training, research and policy formation for cities of the future and a new generation of urban leaders in other countries 

    London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
    Responding to the Ebola crisis with clinical action, local training and new preventative strategies

    National Film and Television School
    Specialist training for film and television to provide exceptional and recognised talent for the UK creative economy

    Newcastle College
    Specialist vocational and commercial training for aviation and rail to meet new employment needs in the region

    Scotland’s Rural College
    Large-scale breeding research for dairy cattle producing improved milk yield and environmental benefits

    University of Southampton
    Innovations in photonics that enhance the global fibre internet, laser manufacturing, next generation computing and new optical technologies

    University of Surrey
    Leading research and teaching in food and nutrition informing public policy on diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis and other dietary related issues

    Weston College
    A leader in inclusive educational approaches to support learners with special educational needs and disabilities