Awarded by HRH The Queen on a biennial basis, the QAP is the highest national honour that can be awarded to a further or higher education institution. They recognise outstanding work that combines quality and innovation with tangible benefit and impact on the wider world and public through education and training.
Winners are chosen after an extended review process involving experts, specialists and organisations in the public and non-governmental sector, before a shortlist is drawn up for consideration by the Arts Council of the Royal Anniversary Trust. Finally, a list is presented to The Queen for approval on the Prime Minister’s advice.
Winning institutions receive a Prize Medal in silver-gilt, designed by the late Gerald Benney, one of the leading British silversmiths of the 20th century, and a Prize Certificate signed by The Queen.