City of Glasgow College has been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher & Further Education for its life-saving research into oxygen depletion in enclosed spaces on-board ships. The highly prestigious award was announced at a ceremony at St James’ Palace in London on the evening of Thursday, 16 November 2023.

Part of the UK’s Honours system, Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are awarded every two years to colleges and universities judged to show world-class excellence, innovation, which impacts and benefits the institution itself and society generally in the wider world.

Commenting on the award, Principal and CEO of City of Glasgow College, Dr. Paul Little CBE, said:

“I am absolutely delighted that City of Glasgow College has received the highest national honour conferred on the tertiary sector. This prestigious award underlines our relentless pursuit of excellence and recognises the world-class research and innovation taking place at our Super College.

“This ground-breaking oxygen depletion research is having a global impact by saving hundreds of seafarers’ lives across the oceans. This prize-winning work is also testament to the importance we place on symbiotic partnership working together with the vital role our college sector plays within industry. This has been a huge Team City collective effort and I am extremely proud of everyone involved in this trail-blazing project, and we are honoured that the College’s work has been recognised by the Awards Council of the Royal Anniversary Trust.” 

Sir Damon Buffini, Chair of The Royal Anniversary Trust, said:

“The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education are an integral part of our national Honours system, shining a light on the ground-breaking work taking place in universities and colleges across the UK. All 22 Prize-winners demonstrate excellence, innovation and impact, with many tackling some of the toughest problems we as a society face today. They are to be commended for reaching this pinnacle of achievement in the tertiary education sector. Congratulations!”