The University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture will receive the UK’s most prestigious academic honor, the Queen’s Anniversary Prize. The distinguished award, part of the UK honors system, will be officially presented by senior members of the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace in February.
Introduced in 1994, the Queen’s Anniversary Prize – the highest national honor awarded in UK further and higher education – recognizes outstanding work that shows quality and innovation, and delivers real benefit to the wider world through education and training. This is the second time that Stirling has won the award.
The latest recognition celebrates the Institute of Aquaculture (IoA) and its pioneering work in the world’s fastest-growing food production sector in a bid to tackle global hunger. It is a timely announcement – as the IoA prepares to mark its 40th anniversary next year with a major redevelopment of its facilities, funded under the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal.
“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,” said Professor Gerry McCormac, principal and vice chancellor.
“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,” said Professor Selina Stead, head of the Institute of Aquaculture.