Birmingham City University has been named the winner of a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of its School of Jewellery’s proud history of innovation spanning 130 years.
Founded in 1890, the University’s School of Jewellery provides courses such as silversmithing, horology and gemmology at its home in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter.
The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are awarded to recognise outstanding work by UK colleges and universities, which show quality, innovation and deliver real benefits to the institutions and the wider world.
The Prizes are the highest national Honour awarded to UK further and higher education and are granted by the Queen every two years. The School of Jewellery’s award forms part of the 13th biennial round of prizes for 2018-20.
The award was announced during a reception hosted at St James’s Palace on Thursday 21 November 2019.
Professor Philip Plowden, Vice-Chancellor at Birmingham City University, said: “I am delighted to be able to announce that Birmingham City University has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize.
“The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes celebrate excellence, innovation and public benefit in work carried out by UK colleges and universities. They are run by the Royal Anniversary Trust, an independent charity.
The Prize was awarded to the University in recognition of the outstanding work of the School of Jewellery in providing education for the jewellers of the future and providing its expertise in the restoration of national heritage finds such as the Staffordshire Hoard.
This is a great recognition of our university and of a key part of our heritage, which dates back over 125 years.
The medal will be awarded at Buckingham Palace in February 2020.