Queen's anniversary prize presentation

Visit of staff and students of ULAS and the School of Archaeology to Buckingham Palace for the presentation of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize
Queen's anniversary prize presentation

Left to right: Amy Wale, Guilia Chakkalakal, John Thomas, Mathew Morris, Richard Buckley and Patrick Clay. (photo taken by Vicki Score)

On 27th February ten members of the University, led by Chancellor Lord Grocott and the Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess, received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace - the third time in two decades the University of Leicester has won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize.

The award submission was led by ULAS in recognition of their research and outreach work, highlighting the Highcross, Hallaton and Burrough Hill projects and culminating in the remarkable discovery of the burial of Richard III in 2012. At the presentation were Richard Buckley and Patrick Clay (co-directors of ULAS); Prof. Lin Foxhall (Head of School when the Richard III was discovered); three former students of the School Mathew Morris (Site Director of the Greyfriars project), Vicki Score (Director of the Hallaton Project) and John Thomas (Co-director of the Burrough Hill Training Excavation). In addition two current students: Giulia Chakkalakal, top performer in single subject archaeology; and Amy Wale, top performer in 2nd-year joint honours, made up the team. During the presentations the Vice Chancellor was asked by the Queen ‘Was he really found under a car park?’.

The group from the University thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Palace and to the Houses of Parliament, guided by John Ashworth, MP for South Leicester.

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