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16 February 2006 PR 06/13

Her Majesty The Queen presents Loughborough University with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its world leading role in social policy

Her Majesty The Queen today (Thursday 16 February) presented Loughborough University with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, which was bestowed on the University in recognition of its outstanding and widely respected work in evaluating and helping develop social policy-related programmes.

It is the fifth time Loughborough has captured one of the prestigious awards, which are awarded biennially in recognition of outstanding educational achievement in areas of service and benefit to the nation.

Concentrated within the Department of Social Sciences, the University’s social policy related research is held in high regard, both by its peers for its intellectual value and by its beneficiaries at all levels. Relevance to practice and to national and local policy development are key characteristics. Emphasis is placed on the dissemination of research and the development of practical tools to aid social policy.

Much of the research has direct relevance for Government: researchers within the department have worked or are currently working with two-thirds of Government departments on social policy-related issues. Research is also conducted in partnership with local authorities, and the voluntary and charity sectors.

Among the Department’s current research portfolio are projects looking into new approaches to crime prevention through better home design; babies at risk of significant harm; new systems to help local authorities control the cost of children in care; changes to the way childcare is conducted and funded in the UK; new ways for the Government to tackle poverty and social exclusion; and the links between HIV/AIDS and recent fertility patterns in Kenya.

Professor Peter Golding, Head of the University’s Department of Social Sciences, said he was thrilled at the recognition the award brings to Loughborough’s research in social policy. “We take great pride in the combination of academic rigour and innovation with real impact on the quality of people’s lives and on policy making which are the characteristics of our social policy research. This is recognised by senior policy makers both here and internationally, and this prize is an outstanding reward for a lot of hard effort and top quality research,” he said.

Attending the ceremony at Buckingham Palace were University Chancellor Sir John Jennings, Vice Chancellor Professor Shirley Pearce, Professor Peter Golding, Professor of Social Policy Ruth Lister, Sue Middleton (Director of Centre for Research in Social Policy), Professor Harriet Ward (Director of Centre for Child and Family Research) and Professor Graham Farrell (Director of the Midlands Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice).

Loughborough has been outstandingly successful in the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes scheme, gaining five awards – an achievement equalled only by Oxford.

The University received its first award in 1994 for its partnerships with the aerospace industry, particularly Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems. Its second award was received in 1998, in recognition of the Institute of Development Engineering’s unique service to developing countries, providing and managing sustainable infrastructure. Loughborough gained its third award in 2000, in recognition of the Optical Engineering Group’s pioneering role in developing applications of modern optics and laser technologies to find practical solutions to real-world problems. Its fourth award was presented in 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.

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Notes to editors

  1. Photographs and video footage of the presentation to Loughborough University will be sent to you direct by BCA Films.

  2. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

    In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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