World-leading researchers at the University of Huddersfield’s Centre for Precision Technologies have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize.

The announcement was made at a special reception at St James’s Palace and university deputy vice-chancellor Prof Tim Thornton was there to hear the news.

The Queen’s Anniversary Prize is the highest national honour award for UK higher education and is granted by Her Majesty the Queen every two years.

The award recognises outstanding work by UK universities that shows quality and innovation and that delivers real benefit to the wider world.

In early 2022, there will be an official prize winners’ reception and dinner at the Guildhall City of London, which will be attended by University of Huddersfield staff.

The university’s vice-chancellor Prof Bob Cryan said: “I am absolutely delighted at the news that the university has won this prestigious award.

“It recognises the innovative and ground-breaking work led by Prof Dame Jane Jiang, Prof Liam Blunt, Prof Andrew Longstaff, Prof Paul Scott and Prof David Walker in the School of Computing and Engineering in the role of advanced measurement in smart manufacturing.”

Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are part of the UK’s honours system but awarded to institutions rather than individuals.

The prizes are awarded after highly-detailed submissions are assessed in an independent review process that takes several months and involves a wide range of consultations with experts.