Queen's Anniversary Prize
World-class research has earned Nottingham Trent University a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.
Pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula, and combat food fraud, have led to the prestigious award.
The scheme aims to recognise and promote world-class excellence and achievement in universities and colleges in the UK. It is the highest form of national recognition open to a UK academic or vocational institution.
Assessment is undertaken by a national panel of readers and advisory groups overseen by the Royal Anniversary Trust Executive. The Awards Council of the Trust makes the final recommendations which are submitted to the Prime Minister for advice to the Queen.
Technological developments by Professor Paul Evans and his team at NTU have substantially improved airport safety. Research has led to improved methods for the detection of concealed weapons and explosives, through the development of one of the world's most advanced 3D X-Ray scanning systems.
Food microbiology research led by Professor Stephen Forsythe has helped to lower the risk of severe infections among newborn babies from contaminated powdered infant milk formula. His findings have contributed to the safer production of formula, changes in international legislation and regulations, and the introduction of new World Health Organisation infant formula preparation guidelines.
Led by Professor Ellen Billett, food authenticity work at NTU has been at the forefront of assisting the government to reduce food fraud, specifically through the detection of undeclared offal and added blood in meat products.