Queen's Anniversary Prizes
We have been awarded two Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education. We are one of just 21 institutions who have been awarded one of these prizes, which acknowledge world-class excellence and achievement.
In 2011 we received the award for the Department of Social & Policy Sciences' 'Influential research into child poverty and support for vulnerable people'.
The research conducted is unusual in linking social policy and international development studies.
The impact of this research on policy and practice has improved the quality of life for families and children, not least through direct involvement with UK government legislation on tax credits and child poverty, as well as engagement with policies to address extreme poverty in very poor countries.
“This most prestigious award provides official recognition to all those involved in the research, and to the University as a whole, and is something we can all take great pride in.”
— Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell
We were also awarded the prize in 2000 to recognise the 'invaluable services to industrial and scientific communities' of the Centre for Power Transmission & Motion Control.
About the prizes
The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education are the country's most prestigious national recognition for a UK academic or vocational institution.
Part of the UK’s national honours system, the biennial award scheme is distinctive in recognising the institution rather than an individual or team.
The scheme was established in 1993 with the approval of the Queen and all-party support in Parliament. The assessment process is overseen by the Awards Council of the Trust.