Hopwood Hall College and University Centre has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize – the highest honour that can be bestowed upon a further education college.
The college receives this prestigious accolade in recognition of its groundbreaking trauma-informed approach to widening participation for 16-18 year olds from marginalised communities.
This innovative strengths-based framework – which is grounded in a greater understanding and responsiveness to the effects of trauma through adverse childhood experiences – has had an extremely positive impact on young people across Greater Manchester. In particular, this approach has contributed to a significant growth in the number of young people entering, staying and thriving in further education in the borough of Rochdale.
Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are granted every two years by the Sovereign on the advice of the Prime Minister following a rigorous and independent process of review carried out by The Royal Anniversary Trust, an independent charity. The awards are part of the UK’s national Honours system and recognise outstanding work by UK colleges and universities that demonstrate excellence and innovation and deliver real benefit to the wider world.
Julia Heap, Principal and CEO of Hopwood Hall College and University Centre, said: “We are truly honoured that Hopwood Hall College and University Centre has been announced as a recipient of the coveted Queen’s Anniversary Prize. This is a remarkable achievement and recognises all the hard work and dedication that has gone into embedding our pioneering trauma-informed approach across the whole college.
“We’re so proud of the professionalism of our staff teams in embracing this nurturing framework and the impact it’s had on widening participation for marginalised young people, both across the borough and beyond. It’s testament to what as a collective we can achieve.
“This prestigious award only fuels our determination to keep removing obstacles to accessing education and making sure that all young people – regardless of the social and mental health issues that may have affected their life chances– have the opportunity reach their potential and truly thrive!”
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 groundbreaking 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!”
The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are part of the UK’s national Honours system, recognising outstanding work by UK colleges and universities which demonstrates excellence and innovation and delivers real benefit to the wider world.
Open to eligible universities and colleges of Further and Higher Education in the United Kingdom, the Prizes may be awarded in any field of study. First awarded in 1994, the Prizes are granted every two years by the Sovereign on the advice of the Prime Minister following a rigorous and independent process of review carried out by The Royal Anniversary Trust, an independent charity.
The winners of the fifteenth round were announced at St James’s Palace on 16 November, 2023; the Prizes will be presented at a formal Honours ceremony in February 2024. www.queensanniversaryprizes.org