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Queen’s Anniversary Prizes. The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are awarded every two years to universities and colleges across the UK for work of outstanding excellence. Cardiff University’s Violence and Society Research Group is among the 2009 Prize-winners.

About the Geoenvironmental Research Centre

Hywel Thomas

The University's Geoenvironmental Research Centre is a pioneer in the field of geoenvironmental engineering. Established in 1996, the Centre aimed to respond to real issues that were affecting the lives of people around the world - land-based environmental problems such as pollution and groundwater contamination.

Read about how the Group started

Staff Profiles

Professor Julian Sampson

The key members of the team, and their areas of expertise.

About the staff

Past Winners

Professor J Shepherd

Cardiff University members have a track record of success in the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes. The four previous winners are: The Violence and Society Research Group, 2009 – research into violence, alcohol and late-night safety; Professor Tony Campbell, School of Medicine, 1998 – Use of chemiluminescence; Manufacturing Engineering Centre, 2000 – Contribution to the economy; Institute of Medical Genetics, 2007 – Understanding of inherited disease.

Past winners of the prize

Pioneering Research

Man lying in road with police car behind

Since 1996, the Centre's pioneering research has helped regenerate the environment and meet the energy challenges of the future. Its work has been applied globally and to tackle some of the world's most controversial and hazardous challenges.

The Centre has been committed to translating its research for the benefit of industry. It has served companies in Wales, the UK and internationally, and covered areas such as sustainable land management, clean-up technologies and reprocessing and re-use of alternative materials. The Centre's work has created and saved jobs and helped companies adapt and compete in new markets.

More about the Group's research results


Vice-Chancellor, Professor C Riordan

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan said: "The Geoenvironmental Research Centre and their partners in industry have created an interdisciplinary body of expertise that is recognised and relied upon internationally.

Read more of the Group's tributes