Royal hon­our for Stir­ling’s ‘world class’ In­sti­tute of Aqua­cul­ture

Fish Farmer - - United Kingdom News -

STIR­LING’S In­sti­tute of Aqua­cul­ture (IoA) was pre­sented with the UK’s high­est aca­demic hon­our by the Duke and Duchess of Corn­wall at a spe­cial cer­e­mony at Buck­ing­ham Palace last month.

The Queen’s An­niver­sary Prize recog­nises out­stand­ing work that shows qual­ity and in­no­va­tion, and de­liv­ers real ben­e­fit to the wider world through ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing.

Pro­fes­sor Selina Stead, head of the IoA, and Pro­fes­sor Gerry Mc­Cor­mac, prin­ci­pal and vice-chan­cel­lor of the univer­sity, col­lected the award.

The recog­ni­tion cel­e­brates the IoA and its pi­o­neer­ing work in the world’s fastest grow­ing food pro­duc­tion sec­tor in a bid to tackle global hunger.

It comes as the in­sti­tute pre­pares to mark its 40th an­niver­sary next year with a ma­jor re­de­vel­op­ment of its fa­cil­i­ties, funded un­der the Stir­ling and Clack­man­nan­shire City Re­gion Deal.

Pro­fes­sor Stead said: ‘We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted that the Univer­sity of Stir­ling has re­ceived the Queen’s An­niver­sary Prize, in recog­ni­tion of the work of our In­sti­tute of Aqua­cul­ture.

‘This re­flects the col­lab­o­ra­tive and in­ter-dis­ci­plinary work our team has taken over the past 40 years – with gov­ern­ments, reg­u­la­tory bod­ies, in­dus­try, fish farm­ers and sup­ply chains – to tackle global prob­lems of food se­cu­rity, hunger and sus­tain­abil­ity.

‘Over the com­ing years, with in­vest­ment through the Stir­ling and Clack­man­nan­shire City Re­gion Deal, we will build upon these suc­cesses and fur­ther en­hance our re­search and teach­ing of­fer­ing to en­sure that the In­sti­tute of Aqua­cul­ture re­mains a global leader in its field.’

Mc­Cor­mac added: ‘Our ex­perts are work­ing to tackle global prob­lems of food se­cu­rity, hunger and sus­tain­abil­ity through aqua­cul­ture – and have a global rep­u­ta­tion for teach­ing, world class re­search, tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion and con­sul­tancy within the sec­tor.

‘This award is recog­ni­tion of the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of our team in the in­sti­tute, as well as within the wider univer­sity.’

The Queen’s An­niver­sary Prize is man­aged by the Royal An­niver­sary Trust, es­tab­lished to cre­ate a na­tional pro­gramme of ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties and other events mark­ing the 40th an­niver­sary of the Queen’s ac­ces­sion in 1992, and in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of her many years of ser­vice as head of state.

Above: Pro­fes­sors Mc­Cor­mac and Stead at Buck­ing­ham Palace

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.