HRH The Prince of Wales, with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, presented Queen’s Anniversary Prizes to recipients of the award in the eleventh biennial round at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 25 February 2016.
Professor Andrea Nolan, the University’s Principal, accepted the prize medal awarded to Edinbrugh Napier University for its research into sustainable construction and wood science and its influence on industry and the environment. Professor Sean Smith, Director of Edinburgh Napier’s Institute for Sustainable Construction, who accompanied the Principal at the ceremony, said: “We are delighted to have our applied research and its impact recognised through this award. Scotland’s forest industries now account for £1 billion to the economy. New products and increasing innovation by the sector and our University research staff now plan to double this value to the sector in the coming years.”
Ivor Davies and Dan Ridley-Ellis attended the Reception and Dinner at the Guildhall on the previous day, along with senior staff, colleagues from other centres in the Institute for Sustainable Construction, and industry guests.
The award recognises the impact of the University’s research into sustainable construction and wood science and its influence on industry and the environment. Judges were impressed by a string of research successes relating to timber offsite construction, nanocellulose, sustainable construction
systems and architectural design, as well as the role played by staff in education programmes, public engagement and developing industry standards.
The illustrious higher education prize (which can be awarded in any field) has only been awarded 15 times before in Scotland, but this is the second triumph for the University’s School of Engineering and the Built Environment
(and Sean Smith) following a previous success in 2009.
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