The Queen presents prestigious prize to University of West London at Buckingham Palace
Monday 22 February 2010
The University of West London's Vice-Chancellor and Head of the London School of Hospitality and Tourism attended Buckingham Palace to accept the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for outstanding achievement and excellence in hospitality education from Her Majesty the Queen.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter John and Professor David Foskett MBE accepted the award on behalf of the University of West London, which is one of just 21 colleges and universities across the country to win the award and the only modern university in this biennial round to receive the royal accolade.
The Prize has been awarded in recognition of the University of West London's School of Hospitality and Tourism's excellence in the field of hospitality education and employer engagement. The University's submission demonstrated the integrated approaches it has undertaken to address the needs of the hospitality industry in gaining well-trained and educated employees at all levels and widening access to training
The Queen's Anniversary Prizes scheme was set up in 1993 by The Royal Anniversary Trust with the consent of the Queen and the approval of the Prime Minister, all political parties and the Charity Commissioners. Uniquely in the field of education, these prizes sit within the national honours system. They recognise and honour outstanding achievement and excellence in UK universities and colleges.
While the tourism sector continues to be a large area of growth for the UK economy, worth over £100 billion, concerns had been raised that although 10% of the British workforce is now employed in tourism, inadequate levels of skills are hindering growth. Recent research has shown that across the UK, this skills shortage is making almost two-thirds of vacancies in hospitality and tourism hard to fill.
The Prize recognises the University's distinctive and unique approach to hospitality and tourism education that addresses these concerns, widening participation and developing close and mutually beneficial working links with the industry.
Brian Turner, Chef, Restaurateur, Patron and Honorary Professor at the University of West London
said winning the Queen's Award is great recognition of the University of West London's excellence in the industry:
'Formal training has become essential in forging valuable careers in this industry, educational institutions like University of West London have been paving the way for years now. This award really recognises their achievements in preparing their students for the future.'
'The Queen's Anniversary Award is a huge win for the University of West London, and being the only modern university to win the award in 2009 really highlights their excellence in this arena.'
Professor Peter John, Vice-Chancellor, University of West London
'This award reflects the long history of high quality commitment by this University to meeting the needs, at all levels of education and training, of the hospitality industry. We are also proud to be the only modern university in England in this round to be receiving this high accolade from Her Majesty, which reinforces our reputation as a leading higher education institution for graduate employability.'
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