The Queen Consort Visits Science Teaching Hub

King Charles III and the Queen Consort during a ceremony at Mansion House to confer city status on Doncaster. November 9, 2022.
King Charles III and the Queen Consort during a ceremony at Mansion House to confer city status on Doncaster. November 9, 2022.


Wednesday 18th January 2023

Her Majesty The Queen, Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, will visit the university’s new Science Teaching Hub. During the visit, Her Majesty will view demonstrations in the university’s new and meet staff and students before making a short speech. Science Teaching Hub, University of Aberdeen, Bedford Road, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire.

On arrival, Her Majesty will be welcomed to the university by the Lord Provost and introduced to Professor Sir Iain Torrance KVCO, Pro Chancellor of University of Aberdeen. Professor Torrance will then introduce Professor George Boyne, Principal and Vice-Chancellor.

Inside the building, Her Majesty will be introduced to Professor Karl Leydecker, Senior Vice-Principal, Tracey Slaven, University Secretary & Chief Operating Officer and Professor Graeme Paton, Head of the School of Biological Sciences. Professor Paton will escort Her Majesty on a tour of the building.

On level 2, Her Majesty will learn from Professor Paton about the work of the Science Teaching Hub and observe technicians and students carry out activities in the lab. Her Majesty will then visit the Geology Lab on the ground level.

Tracey Slaven will welcome Her Majesty and guests who will be seated and assembled in the central ground level area, and Her Majesty will give a short speech from the stage. Professor Boyne will then provide a short speech thanking Her Majesty and introduce Professor Leydecker, who will present on the university’s commitment to sustainability. This will be followed by a recital from local poet and storyteller, Sheena Blackhall.

Finally, Her Majesty will join a reception to learn about and meet staff and students involved in the university’s sustainability projects.

The University of Aberdeen is renowned for its world-leading research in health, energy, food and nutrition and environmental and biological sciences. The university also has an outstanding track record for arts and humanities research.

In 2020 the university launched its Aberdeen 2040 strategy, with sustainability as a key area of focus. Four of the twenty commitments contained within Aberdeen 2040 relate to environmental sustainability – including a commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions before 2040.

Since launching Aberdeen 2040, the university has sought to embed sustainability as a key component in its teaching, research and other institutional activities, aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

About the Science Teaching Hub
The University of Aberdeen’s state-of-the-art Science Teaching Hub opened in early 2022. The building has been designed around the provision of specialist teaching, training and learning for students across a number of disciplines including chemistry, medical sciences, biological sciences and geosciences.

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