HRH Prince of Wales presents Birmingham City University and a Coventry University with highest honour in UK higher education

On the left: Professor Philip Plowden and Professor Alison Honour at Birmingham City University. On the right: Professor John Latham CBE, and Professor Carl Perrin at Coventry University.

Birmingham City University’s Jewellery School and Coventry University’s Institute of Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) have been presented with prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prizes at Buckingham Palace.

The awards were presented at an awards ceremony with His Royal Highness Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.  Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are granted by Her Majesty the Queen every two years and recognise excellence, innovation and education in the work carried out by UK colleges and universities. They are the highest national honour to be awarded to further and higher education institutions.

The School of Jewellery has been based in Birmingham’s unique Jewellery Quarter for almost 130 years.  It has an international reputation which is not just seen to provide a valuable education for the jewellers of the future, but also plays a leading role in restoring treasures of our national heritage such as the Staffordshire Hoard.

AME is a unique partnership between Coventry University and Unipart Manufacturing Group, located on the leading international manufacturer’s site in Coventry.  Known as the ‘faculty on the factory floor’, it allows students to engage directly with the engineering and manufacturing industry to the benefit of themselves and the industry as a whole.

AME develops skilled graduate engineers to address the growing skills shortage in the engineering and manufacturing sector.

Both Universities were proud and honoured to have received a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for their outstanding work in these areas.