The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education 2022-2024

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh prepare to present awards for the Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education at Buckingham Palace in London.



Thursday 22nd February 2024

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, will present The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education for 2022-2024 in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 22nd February 2024.

The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are awarded every two years to universities and colleges whose work has been judged to show excellence, innovation and impact in any field or discipline, and to be of benefit to society, as well as the institutions themselves.

This year 22 UK universities and colleges have been awarded Prizes, recognising a wide range of pioneering work, including the development of a simple solution contributing to the elimination of sleeping sickness in Uganda as well as major advances in robot technology for space exploration.

The first Queen’s Anniversary Prizes were awarded in 1994, and to date, a total of 318 Prizes have been presented to 145 institutions – 86 universities and 59 colleges of further education. The prize itself consists of a silver gilt medallion and a decorated and inscribed certificate granting the award, signed by His Majesty The King.

The prizes are granted every two years by the sovereign on the advice of the prime minister following a rigorous and independent process of review carried out by the Royal Anniversary Trust, an independent charity.

The prize-winners for the fifteenth round 2022-2024 are as follows:

Prifysgol Aberystwyth University

Pioneering research into diseases caused by parasitic flatworms that is leading to the identification of new drugs, innovative detection methodologies and sustainable health practices, improving the quality of human and animal health, and safeguarding the global food supply.

University of the Arts London

Global leadership and pioneering work in environmental and social sustainability, shaping the future of the fashion industry through teaching, research, industry, and community-based practices.

Prifysgol Bangor University

A novel system for public health surveillance through the analysis of harmful pathogens in wastewater, deployed nationally during the pandemic and now adapted to measure a wide range of public health indicators.

University of Birmingham

Worldwide leadership in aero-engineering research, in long-term partnership with Rolls-Royce, leading to the development of ever safer, more reliable, and more efficient aero-engines.

Bridgwater & Taunton College

The first Further Education college to gain consent from The Nursing & Midwifery Council and a university partner to deliver nursing degrees locally, opening new career routes for all ages and responding to workforce challenges within the local NHS.

City College Plymouth

A leading provider of Maritime Skills, the College collaborates with a wide range of employers, offering world-class facilities, an innovative industry-led skills provision and an international reputation for excellence in a sector accounting for more than 10,000 jobs locally.

City of Glasgow College

Life-saving research into oxygen depletion in enclosed spaces on-board ships, with the findings being shared through the development of accredited materials available to students globally in partnership with the Merchant Navy Training Board and the Maritime Education Foundation.

University of Glasgow

World-leading interdisciplinary research into the life and work of poet Robert Burns providing fresh insight and informing decisions on authenticity, provenance, acquisitions, and exhibitions, and offering a template for studies on the impact of cultural figures in the wider economy.

Hopwood Hall College & University Centre

A trauma-informed approach to learning, designed to support marginalised and disengaged young people aged 16-18, by responding to a range of social and mental health issues affecting life chances in one of the most deprived areas nationally.

The Institute of Cancer Research, London

Transformational research programme significantly improving health outcomes of people with breast cancer globally, including new drug treatments for people with inherited genetic mutations, improved approaches for selecting those who can avoid chemotherapy and reducing the number of radiotherapy treatments.

Lakes College West Cumbria

A ground-breaking, transferrable model of training for higher technicians in the UK’s nuclear and low carbon sector within the framework of a curriculum developed with industry and accredited by the National College for Nuclear.

University of Lincoln

Innovations in agri-food technology including the development of robotic systems in harvesting crops, use of AI to support farming businesses in accessing global markets, and education programmes supporting labour supply, leading to improved productivity, efficiency, and sustainability in rural economies.

University of Liverpool

Innovative chemistry research that harnesses strategic collaborations with global partners to revolutionise materials discovery and design, decarbonise industrial processes, develop more sustainable fast-moving consumer products, and drive forward advances in drugs for combatting HIV and neglected diseases.

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

International research leading to the development of a simple and affordable vector control for the elimination of sleeping sickness, protecting over 1.8 million people across five African countries and directly contributing to the WHO confirming the elimination of the disease in Uganda.

Loughborough College

A unique and world-class space engineering programme in partnership with the National Space Academy that combines A-Levels and engineering together to be the most academically challenging course for 16–19-year-olds in the country.

Newcastle University

An interdisciplinary research programme of global excellence in water security, working in partnership with communities, industry, governments, and NGOs to deliver lasting real-world impact in a field that encompasses floods, droughts, water quality and public health.

The Open University

Delivering authentic online laboratory experiences at scale to distance learning students in the fields of science, health, computing, and engineering; changing the way scientists and engineers of the future are educated via an accessible and inclusive online teaching model.

University of Oxford

Extensive and innovative research leading to major advances in autonomous robotic technology with applications across industry, notably transport, agriculture and energy; influencing UK policy for transport and safe nuclear power; and delivering technology for space exploration to ESA and NASA.

Plumpton College

Innovator and developer of industry-led training and education programmes, supporting growth and sustainability of the English wine sector.

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)

A world-class, fully integrated, Veterinary Services team that has transformed animal health and welfare, delivered education and knowledge exchange and played a leading role in the eradication of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

University of Strathclyde

The UK’s largest academic centre for translational research and education in photonics, home to an internationally recognised photonics ecosystem which has been developed over more than three decades, including the UK’s first and only Fraunhofer Centre.

Swansea University | Prifysgol Abertawe

World-leading research that harnesses data to improve public health and wellbeing, providing a secure national data linkage and access system for all public data in Wales, and increasingly other UK nations, delivering population level insights for governments and policymakers.

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