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


  • Round Twelve Prize-winners were honoured at an awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 22nd February 2018

    Story posted 01 March 2018

    HRH The Prince of Wales, with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, presented Queen’s Anniversary Prizes on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen and his Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh to recipients of the award in the twelfth biennial round at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 22 February 2018. Afterwards Their Royal Highnesses gave a Reception for the leaders, staff and students from the institutions, together with other guests .    













    The Prizes are part of the UK 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.

    The institutions honoured with and the subject of their prize-winning work is below:


    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  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