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

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  • Winners of the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes announced

    Story posted 03 March 2014

    • Obstetrics and neonatal practice; safeguarding of children; environmental and manufacturing engineering; human anatomy and surgery; bio-engineering and prevention of strokes
    • 17 universities and 3 further education colleges win highest national honour in education

    Twenty institutions have tonight been announced as winners of the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education.  The announcement was made by the Royal Anniversary Trust, at a reception hosted by the Trust at St James’s Palace by kind permission of Her Majesty the Queen.

    The Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, said, “I warmly congratulate the twenty universities and colleges honoured in The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education. I welcome the role that the Prizes play in enabling our institutions to publicise their successes.  Britain’s ability to compete depends on the quality of the teaching and research undertaken by our universities and colleges; and particularly on the translation of that work into real benefits for society, business and the growth of the economy”

    The 2012-14 (tenth) Round winners of the prestigious biennial Prizes include seventeen universities and three further education colleges from across the UK.  One hundred and twenty institutions submitted entries in the scheme.

    The Prizes recognise and celebrate outstanding innovative work within UK higher and further education institutions and its beneficial and practical effect.  They are the highest form of national recognition open to a UK academic or vocational institution.  The winning entries represent work by individual departments and research groups, major infrastructure and enterprise projects, vocational and technical training programmes and the application of cutting-edge research.

    Professor Graham Henderson, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Teesside University, said, “Winning this honour means the absolute world to Teesside University and myself.  To receive this wonderful accolade as recognition of the way in which my University’s academic expertise, research, knowledge transfer and business start-up and business support services have contributed so fundamentally to the repositioning and re-igniting of the Tees Valley economy, through the creation of a digital media ‘super-cluster’ on Teesside, is just truly wonderful and will serve as a real incentive to everyone involved with this type of work going forward.

    I have followed the Queen's Anniversary Prizes for many years and marvelled at the world class quality of the university and college winners. To join that group, in an area so central to our mission of supporting the digital sector and developing highly-employable graduates, is a source of huge pride to the whole Teesside University community.    I really cannot thank the Royal Anniversary Trust enough for honouring us with this award.”

     

    Entries undergo a rigorous process of independent external assessment.  This includes review by national and international experts and specialists covering the relevant disciplines, reference to government departments and UK devolved governments with a particular interest in the fields of work under consideration and to professional and other bodies and sources.  The final decisions on recommendations for the Queen’s approval are made by the Awards Council of the Trust.

    Winning institutions focus on applied research in a range of areas including:

    • Multidisciplinary work on environmental, ecological and economic challenges: Cardiff University; Cornwall College; Newcastle University
    • Innovation in surgery training, human anatomy and forensic ID and ground-breaking applications in archaeology: The University of Edinburgh; University of Dundee; University of Leicester
    • Manufacturing techniques and processes and industrial design: Loughborough University; The University of Manchester; University of the Arts, London

    Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor, University of Leicester, said, “Winning The Queen’s Anniversary Prize is a great honour as it provides wide recognition locally, nationally and internationally to the profile of the University.  We are delighted to win this prestigious award on a third occasion which highlights a programme of multi-disciplinary work.  The work demonstrates how research can capture the imagination of the public and encourage people to engage with a series of exciting developments that draw on history, heritage and scientific analysis.  All these elements of research come together in exciting new developments in the teaching programme.  A Queen’s Anniversary Prize recognises research excellence which impacts on the whole community.”

    Sue McLeod, Principal, MidKent College, said, “We are absolutely delighted to receive our second Queen’s Anniversary Prize.  MidKent College Training Services has been recognised as a UK leader in the creation of personalized learning solutions in both construction and engineering training.  As a result of the innovations in training design and delivery, Royal Engineer trainees are now able to progress through high quality courses significantly faster than previously.  This work illustrates how effectively Further Education colleges can compete in the commercial sector, and by doing so, we have been able to provide significant, tangible investment in education for the benefit of our students in both Kent & Medway”

    The tenth round presentations, to representatives from the winning institutions, will be made in February 2014 at a Buckingham Palace honours ceremony.

     

    TENTH ROUND PRIZE WINNERS:

     

    UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON

    Industrial and product design contributing to the strength of the creative economy  

     

    UNIVERSITY OF BEDFORDSHIRE

    Applied research on child sexual exploitation influencing new safeguarding policy and practice                                                                   

    UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

    Obstetrics and neonatal practice: saving babies’ lives around the world                                                                  

    CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

    Geoenvironmental solutions to major challenges of land, groundwater quality and regeneration 

    CORNWALL COLLEGE

    Vocational training for land-based industries empowering and developing the local rural economy                                                                

     COLEG CAMBRIA

    Vocational and engineering training in aircraft production and maintenance for Airbus and UK aerospace

    UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE

    Research in human anatomy applied to forensic and victim identification worldwide                                                                 

    THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

    Extending professional and academic skills in surgery through international online training at Masters level

     

    UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

    Research on links between human activity and animal ecology, bringing international health benefits                                                                  

    UNIVERSITY OF KENT

    Improving the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities                                                               

    UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER

    Inter-connected research and expertise in history, heritage and archaeology, highlighted by the discovery of Richard III  

     

    LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY

    Research and skills development in High Value Manufacturing creating new products, processes and economic growth

     

     THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

    New techniques in x-ray imaging of materials critical for power, transport and other key industries                                                                 

    MIDKENT COLLEGE

    Engineering and construction training for the Army producing a major contribution to the local economy                                                                  

     

    NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY

    Long-term research and new strategies for the rural and social economy 

     

    NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY

    The Student Law Office: a distinctive contribution to legal education providing access to justice in the local community

     

    UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

    Practical and cost-effective improvements in prevention of stroke

     

    UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING

    Research into the impact of product marketing on children’s health which has widely influenced international policies      

     

    TEESSIDE UNIVERSITY

    Growing digital business start-ups by  graduates and creating entrepreneurship and opportunity in the local economy 

     

    UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

    Creating the bioprocess engineering base for converting research into new medicines