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Royal recognition for SPRU's research


We are delighted to announce that the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education has been awarded to the University of York for the Social Policy Research Unit and its work for transforming research into policy. The awards are given biennially for “work of exceptional quality and of broad benefit either nationally or internationally”. The Royal accolade was announced at St James's Palace on Wednesday 18th November 2009.

The award recognises the major influence SPRU has had on policy and practice for disabled or chronically ill children and adults, informal caregivers, income and employment support systems, looked after children and young runaways since our establishment in 1973.

The Unit has led the way in developing methods that enable disabled and older people and children to participate actively in research. It has achieved a national and international reputation for applied research. SPRU has provided a model for similar research groups in other countries and trained policymakers, practitioners and researchers from the UK and abroad.

SPRU’s Director, Professor Gillian Parker, said: “We are honoured and delighted by the award of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize. It recognises the hard work of many people over many years. SPRU started as a small team working on a single research project in 1973. The foresight and dedication of its Founding Director Professor Jonathan Bradshaw and his successor, Professor Sally Baldwin, laid the foundation for its success today.”

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian Cantor said: “For more than three decades, SPRU has been a force for good in influencing improvements in the way society supports some of its most vulnerable members. It has achieved this through scholarship and expertise of the highest quality, and it is rightly recognised as being among the finest research units of its type in the world. SPRU has helped to cement the University of York’s worldwide reputation as a centre of excellence in the study of the social sciences.”

The Prize was introduced following the 40th Anniversary of the Queen’s reign in 1992, and the prizes rank alongside the Queen’s Awards for Industry.

View the submission from the Social Policy Research Unit for the Queen's Anniversary Prize (PDF 1.7MB)

View the award ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 19th February 2010

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