Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Stirling, Professor Gerry McCormac, said: “Everyone here at the University is thrilled to have won this highly prestigious honour in recognition of the internationally-renowned research and teaching led by the Institute of Aquaculture.
“Our experts are working to tackle global problems of food security, hunger and sustainability through aquaculture – and have a global reputation for teaching, world-class research, technological innovation and consultancy within the sector. This award is testament to the hard work and dedication of our team in the Institute, as well as within the wider University.
“The honour also reflects the University’s vision to be recognised across the world as a leader that addresses the needs of society through innovative interdisciplinary research, learning and teaching of the highest quality.”
Professor Stead said: “We are absolutely delighted that the Institute of Aquaculture is to receive the Queen’s Anniversary Prize. This is important recognition of the collaborative and interdisciplinary work our team has taken over the past 40 years – with governments, regulatory bodies, industry, fish farmers and supply chains – to tackle global problems of food security, hunger and sustainability.
“Over the coming years, with investment through the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal, we will build upon these successes and further enhance our research and teaching offering to ensure that the Institute of Aquaculture remains a global leader in its field.”
The Queen’s Anniversary Prize is managed by The Royal Anniversary Trust, established to create a national programme of educational activities and other events marking the 40th anniversary of The Queen’s accession in 1992, and in appreciation of her many years of service as Head of State.
Sir Damon Buffini, Chairman of The Royal Anniversary Trust, said: “The Prizes are granted every two years by The Queen and are the most prestigious national honour awarded to UK universities and colleges for their work.
“Entries in the scheme are invited in any subject area and are subjected to rigorous independent assessment in a process managed by the Royal Anniversary Trust. Recommendations for the Queen’s approval are made on the Prime Minister’s advice.
“The criteria are demanding and look for outstanding excellence in the chosen field, for innovation and for evidence of real public benefit. Competition is strong and the award is a mark of high quality in education and training which is widely recognised internationally as well as in the UK.”
The Prize caps a successful period for the University of Stirling, after being named UK Sports University of the Year 2020.
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