Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

Queen's Anniversary Prize

Royal Recognition for Sustained Research and Teaching Excellence

The Institute for Transport Studies underlined its credentials as a leader in transport by winning a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2009.

The Prize was awarded to ITS for "sustained excellence - 40 years' impact in transport research and teaching." It is the first time that a University of Leeds department has won one of the Prizes and provides added impetus as the Institute prepares to tackle the transport challenges of tomorrow.

The Ceremony at Buckingham Palace

The Prize medal and certificate were presented in person by The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at the honours ceremony at Buckingham Palace in February 2010, following a formal reception at the Guildhall. The delegation from ITS included staff and students past and present, who were accompanied by University of Leeds dignitaries such as the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor. The Prize also received media attention via a special supplement of The Times newspaper.

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The Announcement of the Winners

The Queen's Anniversary Prize winners were announced in November 2009 at a formal reception in St James's Palace. Professor Wardman, Director of the Institute, attended along with the Vice-Chancellor Michael Arthur and Jane Francis, Dean of the Faculty.

Commenting on the award, Professor Wardman said: "It is a huge honour to have 40 years of sustained excellence recognised by a highly-esteemed Queen's Anniversary Prize. It is a fantastic achievement and testament to the hard work and dedication of all those connected with ITS, past and present, who have helped establish our reputation as a world leading centre. In the coming years, I believe the Institute will continue to lead the way as the challenges facing transport become ever more pressing."

Chairman of the Royal Anniversary Trust, Robin Gill, said of the scheme: "The Prizes confer the highest national recognition on the work of our universities and colleges and the part they play in the country's economic advance, social wellbeing and industrial self-fulfilment ... It establishes a benchmark for excellence and validates the UK's contribution to innovation, knowledge and skills on the world scene."

Lord Mandelson, the then Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, added his congratulations: "... the winners represent a distinguished and sustained contribution to human progress and to the UK's high international standing in education."