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  • 11th Round Prize-winners' Dinner at Guildhall 24 February 2016

    Story posted 08 April 2016

    The Royal Anniversary Trust hosted a Reception and Dinner at the Guildhall, City of London, on 24 February 2016 to mark the award of Queen’s Anniversary Prizes to 21 universities and colleges in the eleventh biennial round of this national honour.  Chairman of the Royal Anniversary Trust Damon Buffini gave an address welcoming the guests and Martin Donnelly, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills also spoke.  Between courses and as a finale a newly-formed choral group from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, “Rubythroat” led by Linda Hirst, performed a sung grace arranged by their Gold Medal student Harry Palmer and a varied repertoire of songs including works by Le Jeune, B...
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  • 11th Round Prize-winners announced at St James’s Palace 19 November 2015

    Story posted 08 April 2016

    Twenty-one institutions have tonight been announced as recipients of The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education in the eleventh biennial round of the scheme.  The announcement was made at an event held by kind permission of The Queen at St James’s Palace on 19 November 2015  by the Royal Anniversary Trust.   Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities and Science said: “The UK is a world leader in science and research and The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes celebrate the achievements of our universities and colleges.  The outstanding work recognised with these awards brings benefits to the everyday lives of millions of people in the UK and beyond.”   The Prizes are awarded in The Queen...
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  • 10th Round Prize-winners Dinner at Guildhall 26 February 2014

    Story posted 08 April 2016

    On 26 February 2014, the Royal Anniversary Trust hosted a celebration dinner at Guildhall to mark the recognition of the twenty Prize-winning universities and colleges of further education in round ten of The Queen's Anniversary Prizes.  Kieran Poynter, Chairman of the Royal Anniversary Trust welcomed the 400 guests and The Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, Minister for Government Policy at the Cabinet Office, spoke about the criteria underpinning the award: excellence, innovation and impact. You can read the speeches here and here.    In between courses and as a finale for the evening the Guildhall Singers from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama performed arias from operas by Delibes, Offenbach, Carmen, and Donizetti...
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  • Tenth round of the Prizes scheme

    Story posted 03 March 2014

    All entries in the tenth round of The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education have now been received.  The assessment process is under way and will lead to recommendations for these honours being made in the autumn followed by an official public announcement of the Prize-winning institutions in the second half of November 2013....
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  • National banquet at Guildhall 2012

    Story posted 03 March 2014

    On 23 February 2012, the evening before the Buckingham Palace presentations, the Trust held a national banquet at Guildhall to celebrate the achievements of the Prize-winning institutions.  Kieran Poynter, Chairman of the Royal Anniversary Trust and The Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, both gave speeches. Music at the banquet was provided by the Guildhall Singers from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and included arias from operas by Bizet, Mozart and Verdi.
Fanfares were played by state trumpeters from The Band of the Life Guards and a Piper was provided by F Company Scots Guards.Also providing event services on the night – table service, escorting guests and video filming – were ho...
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  • Winners of the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes announced

    Story posted 22 November 2013

    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 Annivers...
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  • Presentations at Buckingham Palace

    Story posted 25 February 2011

    The Queen, with The Duke of Edinburgh, made presentations to the 21 Round 8 Prize-winners at an honours ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 19 February 2010.  Afterwards The Queen and the Duke gave a reception for the Prize-winners’ representatives, including staff and students, and other guests in the Picture Gallery.  A DVD of the ceremony, including film taken during the reception, is available from British Ceremonial Arts Ltd at  www.bcafilm.co.uk. On 18 February 2010, the evening before the Buckingham Palace presentations, the Trust held a national banquet at Guildhall to celebrate the achievements of the Prize-winning institutions.  Music was provided by students from The Royal College of Music (“Exhibition B...
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  • Appointment of Trustees

    Story posted 16 December 2010

    The Trust appointed five new Trustees in May 2010.  They joined the existing Trustees, listed immediately below: Kieran Poynter (Chairman of the Trust) is a chartered accountant who spent 37 years with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the last eight as Chairman and Senior Partner.  Since retiring from PWC at the end of 2008 he has been appointed as a non-executive to the boards of three public companies and three private companies.  He was appointed a Trustee of The Royal Anniversary Trust in 2006 and appointed Chairman in 2010 following the retirement of the Founder Chairman, Sir Robin Gill KCVO.  Clive Mather retired from Shell in 2007 having been Chairman of Shell UK and then President and CEO of Shell Canada Ltd.&n...
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