Held at King’s Buildings in Edinburgh, the event was an opportunity to celebrate the highest form of national recognition open to educational institutions in the UK.
Awarded to the institution as a whole, SRUC’s submission was built around the world’s longest-running dairy study, based at SRUC’s Dairy Research Centre at Crichton Royal Farm in Dumfries.
Guests at the reception included South of Scotland MSP Emma Harper, Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell and Gavin Stevenson, Chief Executive of Dumfries & Galloway Council.
Among the other guests were Professor Bill Hill, who was involved in Langhill research when it began in the early 1970s, Prof Colin Whittemore, and Dr Gerry Emmans.
Following a welcome by SRUC Chairman Sandy Cumming, guests were invited to watch a specially commissioned film, which featured interviews with those who work closely on the project, including Professors Mike Coffey, Dave Roberts and Eileen Wall.
After many decades, the Langhill herd data is inherently valuable to SRUC’s research, something that was outlined by early career researcher Stephanie Smith.
“We were delighted to see so many familiar faces at our Queen’s Anniversary Prize reception, which was a perfect way to celebrate this outstanding honour. The Prize reflects both the quality of our research and the commitment of our staff, while the Langhill herd serves as a perfect example of the broader picture of our world-leading research.”
Prof Wayne Powell, SRUC Principal