Cardiff Met research recognised in Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education


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

The citation reads:

'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 Awards are given every two years to UK universities and colleges for work of outstanding excellence and winners for 2014-2016 have been announced today (Thursday, 19th November 2015.).

Cardiff Metropolitan University has received one of 21 prizes, which 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  PDRInternational Centre for Design & Research​ 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."

Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities and Science said:  "The UK is a world leader in science and research and The Queen's Anniversary Prizes celebrate the achievements of our universities and colleges. The outstanding academics recognised with these awards bring benefits to the everyday lives of millions of people in the UK and deserve this high honour for their work."

Kieran Poynter, Chair of The Royal Anniversary Trust says: "The Prizes in this biennial round again illustrate the variety and quality of innovative work being done in our universities and colleges.  They encourage our institutions to think about what they are doing in terms of practical benefit as well as intrinsic quality.  The work being recognised combines a track record of outstanding achievement with the promise of future development." 

The first round of The Queen's Anniversary Prizes was announced in 1994 and to date Her Majesty The Queen has awarded a total of 211 Queen's Anniversary Prizes to 111 different institutions, 71 universities and 40 colleges of further education. The Prizes were a direct outcome of the Trust's initiative to mark the 40th Anniversary of Her Majesty's Accession. The Prize Medals will be awarded at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace in February.

For more information on the work of The Royal Anniversary Trust and to view films of previous winners visit


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Kim Creed,  Tel: 07802 210972

Royal Communications:  Colette Saunders,

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Notes to Editors

The Prize itself consists of a silver gilt medallion and a decorated and inscribed certificate granting the award, signed by The Queen.


The Royal Anniversary Trust was established in 1990 as a registered charity.  Originating with an idea of Sir Robin Gill's, the Trust was conceived as a mechanism through which the nation could mark, during 1992, the 40th anniversary of The Queen's accession and express its gratitude for her 40 years of service as Head of State.  The Trust had four main objectives:

  • To create a programme of celebration to mark the 40th anniversary of The Queen's accession;

  • To make educational awards;

  • To contribute to public education regarding the development of the constitutional monarchy of the United Kingdom;

  • To promote industry and commerce and the advancement of education. 

    In line with the original concept, the funds for this programme were raised without calls on taxpayer funding or public appeal.  Donations were given by industry, commerce, the professions and private individuals.

    Following the completion of the 40th anniversary programme, and with the approval of The Queen, it was agreed that the Trust's remaining funds be used to create an award scheme to celebrate outstanding achievement by the UK higher and further education sectors.  The establishment of The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education was announced in Parliament by the then Prime Minister John Major with all-party support, in 1993.  Prizes in the inaugural round of the scheme were presented by The Queen in 1995.​​