Queen’s Anniversary Prizes

Over the years, our dedication to generating research that matters has enabled us to develop an international reputation as a centre of research excellence.

Our work has been recognised in a number of ways over the years, including royal recognition for some of our key strengths – the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. 

The most prestigious form of national recognition open to a UK academic or institution, Queen’s Anniversay prizes are given biennially in recognition of the excellent work that UK universities and colleges are generating in areas of service and benefit to the nation.

Loughborough has been awarded seven Prizes for the quality of its research.

The magnificent seven

The awards received and the reasons behind them.

2013:     In recognition of the University's impact through research and skills development in High Value Manufacturing to create economic growth.

"Loughborough University’s exceptional research, teaching and partnerships with industry help drive the development of High Value Manufacturing across many sectors, creating new processes and products, and increasing competitiveness and economic growth."

2007:     Awarded in recognition of the University’s vehicle, road and driver safety research.

"The University’s applied research into vehicle safety and driver sleepiness has made an outstanding contribution to international policies aimed at reducing deaths from road traffic accidents. The work has led directly to improved in-and-out-of-car safety measures, better road and motorway design and new accident data collection processes. It has uniquely and specifically highlighted the problem of driver sleepiness and had a recognised impact on this major cause of road accidents."

2005:     For outstanding and widely-respected work in evaluating and helping develop social policy-related programmes.

"The University’s contribution to social policy through high quality research, with a record of relevance, practical orientation and innovation, is an outstanding example of how excellence in research can be applied with wide impact and benefit. It has influenced policy makers and legislators in the UK, resulting in better targeted policy, in particular as it affects neglected and disadvantaged groups."

2002:     In recognition of the University’s position as the country’s premier institution for sports development and its world leading role in sports research and education.

"The University has an international reputation for its pioneering research and education in sports science. Its pivotal position is enhanced by strengths in coaching, elite performance and wide-ranging participation, and is reinforced with an extensive network of partnerships with industrial companies, external agencies and major sports bodies, many located on campus."

2000:     For pioneering research in optical engineering.

"The University has played a pioneering role in developing applications of modern optics and laser technologies to find practical solutions to real-world problems. Through its skills and experience in the field over many years, the University has become a national resource, internationally respected."

1998:     Awarded in recognition of work in developing countries.

"The Water, Engineering and Development Centre provides outstanding support for developing countries and is internationally recognised as a leader in providing sustainable infrastructure. Its partnerships with universities, aid agencies, non-governmental organisations and governments transcend academic, institutional and cultural boundaries in pursuit of improving quality of life for those most in need."

1994:     For collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies, particularly Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems.

"An exemplary series of degree, diploma and research programmes for aerospace and automotive employment and commercial needs, attracting student applications on a worldwide basis. A model solution to the needs of the manufacturing industry."

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