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Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan

Professor C Riordan

“The Geoenvironmental Research Centre and their partners in industry have created an interdisciplinary body of expertise that is recognised and relied upon internationally.

“The Centre’s work has had truly global impact, helping safeguard human health and regenerate the environment. It has been vital in tackling the legacy of past industrial activity in Wales, Europe and around the world. Its pioneering work is also shaping our future by providing new solutions to waste and energy sources.

“This is the fifth Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Cardiff University and it’s an achievement that we share with our whole community. On behalf of the University, I congratulate Professor Hywel Thomas and all at the Centre for their success.”

Jane Hutt, Finance Minister

"I wish to congratulate the Geoenvironmental Research Centre on receiving the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for their cutting-edge research and internationally renowned expertise.

"I am also delighted to see the significant impact EU funds are having in supporting innovation and the low carbon economy. This is another example of how Wales benefits from vital EU funds, which are helping to drive our knowledge economy, helping secure our global competitiveness, and boosting economic growth and jobs in our region."

Finance Minister Jane Hutt, welcoming the news on a visit to the 10M EU-backed SEREN project a major research programme into ground energy led by the Geoenvironmental Research Centre.

Professor Karen Holford. Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Physical Sciences and Engineering

Professor Karen Holford

“I am delighted that the Geoenvironmental Research Centre has been recognised for the work that it has done at the cutting-edge of geoenvironmental engineering.
“Its work has transformed how we understand and respond to some of the key challenges of our time, including the storage of nuclear waste and the harnessing of underground heat sources to meet the growing demand for energy.

Alongside this, the Centre has worked hard to ensure that its work has impact due to its practical application - in Wales alone some 770 companies have benefitted from access to its expertise and pioneering research.

“This prestigious award is testament to the significance of the Centre, the leadership of Professor Thomas, the commitment of all of its staff and the impact of its work around the world.”

Jenny Willott MP

"The Geoenvironmental Research Centre at Cardiff University leads the way in its field, with world class facilities and experts doing very valuable work which has an impact all over the world. It is a fantastic showcase for what Cardiff has to offer. This award is richly deserved and I am extremely proud to have such a centre of excellence in my constituency."