“The University of Leicester has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education”.
I read that sentence on a university web page and had no idea as to what exactly the university had done to be awarded what is no doubt a prestigious award so I did some quick reading and this is what I found.
The Queen’s Anniversary Prize is the highest form of national recognition open to a UK academic or vocational institution. So being awarded it is pretty impressive! It was announced in St James’s Palace that the University of Leicester was to be given the award in recognition for its “interconnected research and expertise in history, heritage and archaeology highlighted by the discovery of Richard III”. Hmm somehow everything seems to be related to Richard III nowadays!
It is the third time in two decades the university has won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize with the initial one being awarded for work done in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Department of Genetics. The university does love its research and being given such an award has not only brought great credit to the institution but has proven that the work done here is relevant and important in their respective subject areas.