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

What the Prizes are for

Since it began in 1994 HM The Queen has presented a total of 232 Queen’s Anniversary Prizes to 76 universities and 43 colleges of further and higher education in the UK. The subjects recognised for outstanding excellence, innovation and beneficial impact have been many and varied. Below are four very short films about the kind of work honoured in the scheme, how it has developed and what the award has meant to the institution.

Edinburgh Napier University (2016)

The University’s Centre for Timber and Forestry has set new British and International Standards and developed innovations in timber construction used in the 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes Village and for  innovative bridges, with reduced carbon footprint and over £60m in benefit for the UK timber industry. The work of the University’s applied research for timber and forestry sector began in 2002 with the first UK Centre for Timber Engineering. Four further centres were then developed covering pioneering research in advanced cellulose, wood science, architectural timber design and offsite construction.  The Scottish forestry sector is worth an estimated £1bn per annum to the economy and represents some 71% of the UK softwood resource, with positive implications for related businesses, including those in rural areas such as sawmills and timber treatment processing, and for employment. 

QAP - Edinburgh Napier Nov 30 2017 from Inspired Films on Vimeo.

Westminster Kingsway College (2016)

During its hundred year history Westminster Kingsway College has established an internationally renowned programme of training for the hospitality and catering industry, using realistic working environments and innovations across a wide range of culinary skills. The College has also built up an extensive network of potential employers and continues to develop its prominent reputation as a source of highly-focused and talented young professionals. 

Coleg Cambria (2014)

Since 2003 the College’s Centre for Engineering Excellence for Aerospace Development and Training has provided a platform for the development of a range of academic and specialist engineering programmes for Airbus and the wider UK aerospace sector in the UK. The programmes cover aircraft manufacturing, maintenance and advanced materials development. This initiative has to date resulted in Airbus employees achieving over 7000 nationally accredited qualifications at vocational, graduate and postgraduate levels.

The Royal Anniversary Trust and The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes

Since the inauguration of The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes as part of the honours system in 1994 HM The Queen has presented over 200 of these awards to higher and further education institutions, for exceptional work in innovation, excellence and benefit to the wider world. 

Imperial College London (2007)

Since 2002, the SCI at Imperial College has developed an effective and affordable treatment programme for Bilharzia, intestinal worms and other parasitic diseases. To date over 100 million people in Sub Saharan Africa have been treated. The film looks at the remarkable achievement of this Prize-winning project. 

The University of Surrey (1996)

This Prize-winning project covered engineering for the space industry, teaching and research for satellite operations at the University’s ground-breaking Space Centre and was the catalyst for the UK becoming a world leader in space micro satellite manufacture, in an industry worth over £10 billion per year to the UK economy.

Lancaster University (2009)

The state-of-the-art Lancaster Environment Centre plus enduring partnerships with major companies within the food sector (such as Waitrose) are testament to the legacy of the University’s life changing plant science work, allowing sustainable agriculture to thrive in an ever more challenging global climate of water shortage and reduced crop yield.