In February 2010, The Queen formally presented the University of Warwick and WMG with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education at a special ceremony and reception at Buckingham Palace.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh presented the award to WMG Director Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Professor Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick and Mr John Leighfield Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Council of the University of Warwick. The University won this royal recognition for the work of WMG and its long-term educational partnerships supporting UK competitiveness in manufacturing.
In 1980, the Warwick Manufacturing Group was the first industry-focused, modular graduate education programme. WMG is now a global venture involving more than 500 UK companies and 24,000 students, whose work has generated more than £80 million for the University. Its work has helped companies to achieve significant efficiencies and its methodologies for assessing organisational capability have been widely adopted Professor Lord Kumar across the UK and in many countries overseas.
Bhattacharyya, founder and head of WMG, stated:
“The Queen’s Award is an outstanding way to start WMG’s 30th anniversary year. WMG has been a vital bridge between industry and academic research and teaching, bringing significant benefits to both. It has also been a bridge that has connected UK industry and research with global thinking and innovation.”
Robin Gill, Founder and Chairman of the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education, commented:-
“The Prizes confer the highest national recognition on the work of our universities and colleges and the part they play in the country’s economic advance, social wellbeing and industrial self-fulfillment. The Prizes scheme creates networks that benefit the institutions themselves as well as the wider community. It establishes a benchmark for excellence and validates the UK’s contribution to innovation, knowledge and skills on the world scene.”