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Queen’s Anniversary Prize awarded to Manchester Institute of Biotechnology

21 Nov 2019

Pioneering expertise in Industrial Biotechnology at our University has been recognised as a beacon of excellence and named a winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education


This prestigious accolade rewards an outstanding contribution made to the UK by an academic institution. The work of the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) is being celebrated by the most recent round of awards which mark the period 2018-2020. 

With the challenge of climate change propelled to the top of political, social and economic agendas, our University is at the heart of helping to design a sustainable future for the UK and communities across the world.   

Experts are looking to develop disruptive bio-based technologies that will transition chemicals manufacture from petrochemicals to sustainable biomanufacturing by connecting our University’s strengths in discovery science directly with industrial partners.

This partnership approach will help stimulate innovation and drive a new bioeconomy that will position Manchester and the UK as a whole as leaders of green growth by supporting biomanufacture in key areas such as advanced materials, pharmaceuticals, value added chemicals and the next generation of biofuels.   

“It’s a great honour to have been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education which is viewed as the most prestigious form of national recognition open to a UK university or college,” said Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor. 

“Our Manchester model of innovation enables us to take cutting-edge science and, by working strategically with our commercial and other partners, transfer research breakthroughs into real world applications. It’s this approach that is now helping to position The University of Manchester at the vanguard of clean economic growth.

“Leadership from Professor Nigel Scrutton at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology and the enterprising vision of his team have played a critical role in this success story.”

Professor Martin Schröder, our University's Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, added that it was with real pride that the Faculty had been recognised in this way.

Professor Schröder said: “The science and engineering community at Manchester continually demonstrate how our research is able to make our world work better. 

“I am delighted that Professor Nigel Scrutton and the excellent team at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology have been the latest recipients of this prestigious award. Their work is really helping to put Manchester, and the UK as whole, on the international map for Industrial Biotechnology at a critical time for our planet’s future wellbeing.” 

Professor Nigel Scrutton added: “My thanks go to all colleagues who have contributed to MIB’s work, especially over the last decade during my time as MIB Director. Given the current challenges facing our planet the importance of the bioeconomy is clear to see.

“I am proud that MIB is finding unique science and technology solutions to meet these challenges and is contributing to clean growth across multiple sectors.”