Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education
In February 2018 the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education was awarded to the University of Aberdeen at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace. The awards were presented by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in recognition of world-leading research into health economics and health services undertaken at HERU and the Health Services Research Unit (HSRU) over the last 40 years.
The Queen’s Anniversary Prize is awarded once every two years to recognise world-class excellence and achievement. It is the most prestigious form of national recognition open to a UK academic institution. The focus of the award is on innovation and practical benefit to people and society. HERU and HSRU were recognised for ‘Health service research leading to improvements in academic and clinical practice and delivery of health care.’
Professor Mandy Ryan, Director of HERU, said: “What a fantastic achievement for HERU and HSRU. This is the highest national award to a university and I feel both proud and privileged to be leading HERU at this time of great success. Over the years we have worked tirelessly, collaborating with HSRU, to ensure improved health and healthcare for the people of Scotland and beyond. I would like to thank everyone for their contribution to this award, including those who have moved on, and also acknowledge the visionary thinking of Professors Roy Weir and Elizabeth Russell who forty years ago recognised the potential of health economics and health services research in improving the health and well-being of the population.”
Professor Mandy Ryan, Director of HERU, and Professor Craig Ramsay, Director of HSRU, pictured with the Queen's Award medal.
The Queen's Prize medal, awarded to the University of Aberdeen in recognition of the world leading research undertaken at HERU and HSRU.
Current and former directors and staff of HERU and HSRU, and colleagues from the University of Aberdeen, attended a Prize-winners dinner at the Guildhall, London, on the evening before the Awards ceremony.
The group from HERU and HSRU who attended the Awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace, pictured after the event with the Queen’s Award medal.
Professor Mandy Ryan, Director of HERU, and Professor Craig Ramsay, Director of HSRU, pictured after the event with the Queen's Award medal.