Queens Anniversary Prize

Queen's Anniversary Prize

Pioneering research in the area of safety and security of citizens at Nottingham Trent University has led to us being awarded a highly prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

Part of the national honours' system, the Queen's Anniversary Prize recognises world-class excellence and achievements in universities and colleges in the UK, with assessment undertaken by a national panel of readers and advisory groups overseen by the Royal Anniversary Trust Executive.

Improving airport safety was at the heart of the research carried out by Professor Paul Evans and his team. Creating a new method of X-ray imaging which provides intricate details of an object's shape and depth, they have developed a highly advanced new 3D X-ray scanning system. This has enabled concealed weapons and explosives to be more easily identified in airport luggage.

Meanwhile, Professor Stephen Forsythe has led a research project to enable safer production of powdered infant formula, reducing the risk of infection in newborn babies. The research findings led to better detection methods for the bacterial pathogen Cronobacter spp in reconstituted infant formula. The results have now helped to shape changes in formula production methods and contributed to changes in international legislation. The World Health Organisation has also now introduced new guidelines for infant formula preparation.

The Prize also recognised the work of Professor Ellen Billett and her team, who have been working to assist the government in reducing incidences of food fraud. They have pioneered new testing methods to identify adulterated meat products, helping to detect undeclared offal and added blood in meat products, both of which should legally be separately declared.

Nottingham Trent University is continuing to invest in the development of other key areas of world-leading impactful research across a range of our discipline areas.

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