Huddersfield wins top national honour

University awarded Queen’s Anniversary Prize for world-leading work in contemporary music for an international audience

The University of Huddersfield’s role in expanding the global boundaries of new music has earned a Queen’s Anniversary Prize, one of the most coveted distinctions in UK Higher Education.

The prizes are part of the country’s official honours system and are awarded every two years to a small number of institutions. Customarily bestowed by Her Majesty The Queen at a Buckingham Palace ceremony, the prizes are intended to recognise and publicise the contribution universities and colleges make to the intellectual, economic and cultural life of the nation and to society and individuals in Britain and overseas.

All eligible universities and colleges in the UK are invited to submit entries for the biennial Queen’s Anniversary Prize. They are then assessed by an Awards Council, which makes recommendations to Her Majesty, on the advice of the Prime Minister.

For its entry to the 11th round of Queen’s Anniversary Prizes – which will be bestowed early in 2016 – the University of Huddersfield submitted a 5,000-word document outlining its work in the field of contemporary music.

The efforts of several members of academic staff working in contemporary music was highlighted and the entry document also stated how the University created and hosts the largest and foremost international platform for new and experimental music in the UK – the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

The latest winners of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize were named at a special ceremony at St James’s Palace in London on 19 November. 

Winners receive a specially-cast medal naming the institution, a certificate signed by The Queen and the entitlement to display the logo of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize Scheme for the next four years.

University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Bob Cryan CBE commented: “There is no doubt that contemporary music research and performance is one of the jewels in our crown and the hard work that went into producing our submission for the Queen‘s Anniversary Prize has been amply rewarded.”


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