Published: 21 March 2018

University awarded Queen’s Anniversary Prize

The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, the highest accolade for any academic institution, has been awarded to the University in recognition of its excellence in the field of food and nutrition.


This highly coveted honour is awarded every two years with the endorsement of Her Majesty The Queen, in acknowledgement of world-leading research and teaching by educational institutions.

This prestigious accolade recognises half a century of pioneering research in cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, vitamin D, iodine and food labelling undertaken by the University of Surrey. Led by the Department of Nutritional Science, and the Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, the work has not only brought about major changes in government policy, but has also helped transform consumer perception through media and public engagement activities.

Ranked number one in the country by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 for Food Science, the judging panel described work undertaken in nutritional sciences at the University as exemplary.

Professor Susan Lanham-New, Head of the Department of Nutritional Sciences, said: “This prestigious award is a result of all the hard work of staff in furthering the field of nutrition through our teaching and research.

“Nutrition is an important component of all our lives and the significance of a well-balanced diet should never be underestimated. In recent years our researchers have identified the devastating long term effects of inadequate dietary intake to our bodies, but have also helped prove the positive effects of good nutrition, in particular the protective role it can play in reducing the risk of age-related disease outcomes.”

This is the fourth time in the University of Surrey’s 50-year history that it has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize. Previous awards include:

  • 1996: Engineering for the space industry: teaching and research for satellite operations
  • 2002: Research and development of ion beams and optoelectronic device and materials
  • 2011: Wide-ranging and global work improving access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

Watch our film to learn more about pioneering research and teaching in food and nutrition.

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