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19 February 2010
Pioneering Cardiff University research, which has transformed local, national and international policy on violence, was recognised by Her Majesty the Queen this morning (Friday, January 19).
Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh presented the Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant, and Professor Jonathan Shepherd with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education. Professor Shepherd is director of the University’s Violence and Society Research Group, which won the award for its pioneering work on late-night violence in city centres.
The Research Group is a cross-disciplinary team including academics from the University’s Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Business and Psychology. Achievements since it was formed in 1996 include:
Since the Prize winners were announced in November, the Group has continued to have an impact. It has published a new study showing delinquent boys are more likely to suffer death or disability by middle age. The Design Council has unveiled a new type of shatter-proof glass, which is the next stage of the Group’s research in this field. There have been tributes to the Group’s work from senior figures in national and local Government, the police and the NHS.
Professor Shepherd said: "The Queen’s Anniversary Prize has been invaluable in increasing interest in our continuing work on city centre crime and its consequences. Meeting Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh this morning was a great privilege and a tremendous reward for our efforts over the last 14 years. This is an achievement for everyone who has ever contributed to the Group and for our many local, national and international partners."
Professor Shepherd, Dr Grant and other University representatives also attended a celebratory banquet for all the Prize winners at the Guildhall last night (Thursday, February 18)
Notes to editors
Professor Shepherd is available at Cardiff University on the morning of February 18 for interview under embargo, for use after the presentation ceremony on February 19
To arrange interviews or to obtain footage and pictures of the ceremony, please contact:
Professor Jonathan Shepherd
School of Dentistry
Telephone 029 20 742 442 or 20 744 215
Mobile 07779 490022
Public Relations Office,
T: 029 20 875 596
Mobile 07976 513386
T: 029 20 870 995,
Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. The University has just established the Universities Police Science Institute, a joint venture with South Wales Police and the University of Glamorgan, which will be the first institute in England and Wales dedicated to addressing issues facing modern police forces. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities.
The University website is at: www.cardiff.ac.uk .
The Violence and Society Research Group website is at www.cardiff.ac.uk/vrg . Further information and a video about the Group’s Prize can be found at www.cardiff.ac.uk.qap
The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes
The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education are separate from but sit alongside the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in the National Honours System. They were founded and are administered by an independent charity, The Royal Anniversary Trust. The Prizes are awarded every two years. They were first awarded in 1994 and originated out of the commemorations for the 40th Anniversary of the Queen’s reign. Around 20 prizes are awarded in each round. To date, 170 awards have been made in the eight rounds.
Cardiff University and the Queen’s Aniversary Prizes
The Violence and Society Research Group is the fourth member of the University to receive an Anniversary Prize. The other three are:
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