February 27, 2012, by Tim Utton
Nottingham academics receive Queen’s award
Academics from The University of Nottingham met Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to receive the highest royal honour for university research.
Staff and students visited Buckingham Palace to receive a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher & Further Education, the most prestigious national recognition for UK universities.
The Prizes are a biennial award scheme, part of the UK’s national honours system, celebrating excellence, innovation, and impact in the UK’s Higher and Further Education sector. They recognise and celebrate winners’ outstanding work which is making a real and practical impact for the benefit of human progress.
Nottingham won the honour for its research to help feed the world’s growing population – cutting-edge work which encompasses everything from growing more crops with less fertiliser, to improving the nutrition, safety and taste of food on the plate.
The University is home to one of the largest communities of plant, crop, animal and food science experts in the UK, carrying out world-leading research to find new ways of feeding a hungry planet.
Professor David Greenaway, the Vice-Chancellor, was joined by Professor Yang Fujia, Chancellor, and senior academics involved in global food security research: Professor Jerry Roberts, Professor Katherine Smart and Professor Sayed Azam-Ali. Five postgraduate students involved in this area of research were also invited to the Palace reception as part of the University of Nottingham party.
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