Cardiff Met Research presented with Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher And Further Education

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Cardiff Metropolitan University is delighted to have been recognised in The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London. 

The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education for 2014-2016 have been awarded today (Thursday, 25th February 2016.) In this 11th round of the prestigious awards, Cardiff Met was among 21 UK universities and colleges awarded Prizes recognizing a wide range of innovative work across many different disciplines.

Prize Medals were awarded at a special by HRH Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.

Cardiff Met's citation read:

'The University established a widely–recognised lead, going back over some fifteen years, in the use of design and related 3D digital scanning technologies as applied to maxillofacial reconstructive surgery in treatment of disease or following trauma.'

This pioneering work has enabled the rapid production of devices for use in surgical procedures. This has produced direct benefit in the making of prosthetics for individual patients and major advances in surgical training through improved accuracy in the use of simulation on surgery training and other educational applications.  

The work is characterised by innovation. A particular breakthrough has been the use of haptic technology in the computer gaming industry – 'digital sculpting' – to create fine-tuned, naturally shaped skull plates by CAD (Computer Aided Design Systems.). This reduces the time involved and the number of surgical interventions needed to produce an optimum result. The application of these technologies has led to improved quality and dignity of life for over two thousand patients and significant savings in public funds.

Close partnership between design technologists at the University and surgeons and other clinicians in a large number of hospitals has driven the application of this approach, which continues to provide leading edge services to the NHS in the management of complex cases and internationally through connections promoting the work in, for example, the USA, China and Japan.'

The prizes are within the UK's national honours system and are one of the UK's highest accolades open to a UK academic or vocational institution.

University President & Vice-Chancellor Professor Antony Chapman said: "The team at our International Centre for Design & Research (PDR) continues to garner international recognition for the level of expertise and research established here. The team's interdisciplinary research is consistently pioneering and is making a real difference to the lives of service users and fellow clinical leaders. It is a great honour to receive this award."

Health and Social Services Minister, Professor Mark Drakeford said: "I would like to offer my congratulations to Cardiff Metropolitan University for being awarded the highly prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize. It truly is a fantastic achievement and clear recognition of the innovative work that has been undertaken.  Applying digital scanning technologies to maxillofacial reconstructive surgery has brought real benefits to patients and to surgical training programmes."

"Applying digital scanning technologies to maxillofacial reconstructive surgery has brought real benefits to patients and to surgical training programmes."

For more information on the work of The Royal Anniversary Trust and to view films of previous winners visit www.royalanniversarytrust.org.uk​​