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

“The award encouraged us to extend our suite of surgical masters programmes and has attracted substantial philanthropic funding to increase our global outreach.  It led directly to support from a major US-based foundation to fund six scholarships annually for ophthalmology masters students in low and middle income countries.” 

Professor James Garden FRSE Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery at the University of Edinburgh.

The Prizes


The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education 

The Prizes are a (biennial) award scheme within the UK honours system.  They are the most prestigious national recognition open to a UK university or college.  The honour is unique in being granted to the whole institution rather than to an individual or department.  The Prizes scheme started in 1994 with the approval of Her Majesty The Queen and all-party support in Parliament.

Universities and colleges are invited to submit entries every two years.  Entries may be in any area of their work and must meet the criteria: excellence; innovation; benefit to the institution itself and benefit beyond the institution for the good of people and society.  The Trust oversees an independent assessment process and makes recommendations for The Queen's approval on the prime minister's advice.  

The Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace 

The Prizes are awarded every two years in the name and with the endorsement of The Queen, to recognise work that is of outstanding excellence, demonstrates innovation and has unambiguous evidence of beneficial impact and effects in the wider world.  The Trust is a registered charity independent of government and is charged by the Palace with overseeing and managing the scheme. Twelve biennial rounds of the scheme have so far been completed.  The thirteenth round  will be held in 2018-2020.