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Queen’s Anniversary Prizes


The work of the University has been honoured with Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education three times since 2007..

The Prizes are awarded, within the honours system, for exceptional contributions by institutions in the higher and further education sectors.


We were awarded the prize in 2019 for the work of our Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE). The official announcement took place at St James’s Palace on 21 November 2019 and the award will be presented at Buckingham Palace in February 2020.

Since its foundation, DICE has been a leader in the field of global conservation, and instrumental in supporting applied research and capacity building in this area. It is the largest UK higher education institute to undertake this work, offering interdisciplinary undergraduate and postgraduate courses in wildlife conservation. To date, over 1,000 conservationists from over a hundred countries have trained with DICE.

The award is a much-deserved tribute to the exceptional work of DICE and the outstanding contribution it has made to global conservation over the past 30 years. In particular, I would like to congratulate Professor Bob Smith for his hard work as its Director.

~ Professor Karen Cox, Vice-Chancellor of the University


We were awarded the prize in 2013 for the work of our Tizard Centre. The official announcement took place at St James’s Palace on Thursday 21 November 2013 and The Queen presented the award at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 27 February 2014.

For more than 30 years, the Tizard Centre has worked to improve the lives of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and their families, focusing on the relationship between policy, management and practice to bring about improvements in the quality of their lives.


I am delighted that the Tizard Centre should receive such an accolade. It is a tribute to the outstanding work of the staff and students at the Centre and to the difference they make to the lives of people with disabilities and their families.

~ Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, Vice-Chancellor of the University



The Tizard Centre has an international reputation for its cutting-edge research and practice. Over the years, it has trained hundreds of practitioners through distinctive practice-based undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and regularly advises government on issues relating to challenging and offending behaviour, profound multiple disability and sexual abuse among people with IDD. The Centre’s impact is world-wide, extending to East and Central Europe, where it has undertaken vital work on ‘deinstitutionalisation’, as well as to Ireland, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.



We were awarded the prize in 2007 for the work of our Kent Law Clinic. The official announcement took place at St James’s Palace on Thursday 15 November 2007 and The Queen presented the award at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 14 February 2008.

The Clinic was honoured for 'enriching the academic study of law through a casework service to the community'. Through its outstanding outreach activities, the Kent Law Clinic provides a free legal advice and representation service to the local community in Canterbury and Medway and delivers a first-class legal education to law undergraduates.

About The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education


The Prizes are a biennial award scheme which is within the UK’s national honours system. As such they are the UK’s most prestigious form of national recognition open to a UK academic or vocational institution. The honour is distinctive in recognising the institution rather than an individual or team. The scheme was established in 1993 with the approval of The Queen and all-party support in Parliament.

All eligible universities and colleges in the UK are invited to enter the biennial rounds of the scheme. The assessment process is overseen by the Awards Council of the Trust which makes the final recommendations which are submitted to the Prime Minister for advice to The Queen. 


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Last Updated: 22/11/2019