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#QueensPrize: World-class excellence in education

Today The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, awarded The Queen's Anniversary Prize to 20 Higher and Further Education institutions at Buckingham Palace. The awards celebrate world class excellence and innovation in education.

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  1. A burst of sunlight shines on Buckingham Palace this morning
    A burst of sunlight shines on Buckingham Palace this morning
  2. On a crisp spring morning on 27th February 2014, we welcomed staff and students from academic institutions across the UK to Buckingham Palace.  It was an exciting day for all, as innovative educators were presented with The Queen's Anniversary Prize by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in recognition of their outstanding contributions.
  3. The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education
    The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education
  4. In 1990, an organisation called The Royal Anniversary Trust was established in order to deliver a major programme of public events two years later to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Queen's accession to The Throne.  After 1992, the Trust set up an award scheme within the honours system which became The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

    Here's the website where you can find out more:
  5. The Prizes are awarded in recognition of outstanding, innovative work which shows evidence of real practical benefit for individuals, society and the economy. Over 20 years since the scheme began, the Prizes have become a national benchmark of quality awarded for research, teaching and learning carried out by our universities and colleges. 
  6. The 2014 winners of this prestigious prize - the 10th time the awards have been presented - were announced on 22nd November 2013 at a reception hosted by the Trust at St James's Palace in London.

    This year Cardiff University were one of the recipients, and were recognised for taking a leading role in tackling land-based environmental problems. Here's a video explaining more about their work:
  7. Cardiff University Geoenvironmental Research Centre
  8. Ahead of the award ceremony at Buckingham Palace, we were tweeting from @BritishMonarchy using the #QueensPrize along with the many of the winners of the award.
  9. The Queen's Anniversary Prize celebrates outstanding work. Here are some examples of the many different projects recognised this year:


    Work on environmental, ecological and economic challenges:  Cardiff University; Cornwall College; Newcastle University

    Innovation in surgery training, human anatomy and forensic ID and ground-breaking applications in archaeology:  The University of Edinburgh; University of Dundee; University of Leicester

    Manufacturing techniques and processes and industrial design:  Loughborough University; The University of Manchester; University of the Arts, London
  10. The Queen presented The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education, and The Duke of Edinburgh presented the Prize Certificates in the Ballroom of Buckingham Palace.
  11. After the prize-giving, a reception was held in the Picture Gallery where The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh had the opportunity to meet the winners, and learn more about the work of our universities and colleges.

    We also got to speak with some of the winners during the reception. Here are some of them explaining more about their work, what the Prize means to them, and what is was like to meet The Queen:
  12. The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education
  13. The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education
    The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education
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