Geoenvironmental Research Centre
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GRC Awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education



The Geoenvironmental Research Centre has been recognised with the prestigious award for its pioneering research into solutions to the major challenges of land and groundwater quality and regeneration.

The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education is a biennial award scheme that recognises excellence in UK universities and colleges. It is part of the UK’s national honours system and is one of the UK’s most prestigious forms of national recognition.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan said: “The Geoenvironmental Research Centre and their partners in industry have created an interdisciplinary body of expertise that is recognised and relied upon internationally.

“The Centre’s work has had truly global impact, helping safeguard human health and regenerate the environment. It has been vital in tackling the legacy of past industrial activity in Wales, Europe and around the world. Its pioneering work is also shaping our future by providing new solutions to waste and energy sources.

“This is the fifth Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Cardiff University and it’s an achievement that we share with our whole community. On behalf of the University, I congratulate Professor Hywel Thomas and all at the Centre for their success.”

In addition to the quality of its ground-breaking research, 770 Welsh companies have benefitted from the Centre’s work and expertise, while 14 new companies have been created as a result. It has safeguarded jobs in the region and it has helped give companies a competitive edge in new international markets.