Ahead of the special four-day bank holiday weekend, the University has today paid tribute to Her Majesty The Queen on marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom.

Vice-Chancellor and President of the University, and Deputy Lieutenant for Somerset, Professor Ian White, said:

“We offer Her Majesty The Queen our heartfelt congratulations on this most special and historic anniversary.

“The Queen’s life, leadership, integrity and values so clearly demonstrated by her unwavering dedication to the nation have been inspirational and an example to us all. We owe her our gratitude for her role over the past 70 years. I know that so many at our University will be participating in this special weekend’s events, from our own events, street parties and community activities to national moments of reflection.

“In the fourteenth year of The Queen’s reign, she granted our University a Royal Charter, officially establishing the Bath University of Technology in 1966. Today, more than 50 years later, the University is proud of its continued relationship with the Royal Family, and we are honoured to have His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, as our Chancellor.

“We wish Her Majesty The Queen a very special Jubilee celebration.”

Her Majesty The Queen has met with our academics and students several times during her reign: visiting the campus with HRH Duke of Edinburgh in 2002 as part of her Golden Jubilee tour; our academics presented their research to her during a Diamond Jubilee visit to Bristol in 2012; and in 2019 we presented our research into reducing horseracing-related injuries as part of a Royal visit to Somerset.

The University was honoured by Her Majesty in the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2012 in recognition of our high impact research into child poverty and support for vulnerable people.

In 2019, University spin-out company, Bath ASU, received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise and Innovation for its development of technologies that extend the shelf-life of cancer drugs. Most recently, earlier in 2022, University spin outs CiteAb and Storm Consultancy have both been recipients of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation category).

The University of Bath has planted a tree as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative and is also holding a celebratory event for students, staff and local residents on Saturday 4 June.