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HM The Queen rewards outstanding School of Pharmacy

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06 June 2016

Aston University’s School of Pharmacy has been awarded a prestigious Regius Professorship by HM The Queen. Aston is one of just twelve institutions to receive a Regius Professorship to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

A Regius Professorship is a rare and privileged award with only fourteen created since the reign of Queen Victoria.  Historically they were limited to a handful of ancient universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland such as Oxford, Cambridge and Trinity College, Dublin.  The title of Regius Professor has been held by notable academics such as Sir Hugh Trevor-Roper and Sir Joseph Lister.  A Regius Professorship is a mark of exceptionally high standards of research and teaching.

Aston University’s School of Pharmacy is recognised as one of the outstanding Pharmacy Schools in the UK, and has been at the forefront of scientific advances since 1847. Aston’s School of Pharmacy developed the $2 billion blockbuster drug Temozolomide, the leading treatment for brain tumours , as well as creating the UK's first Masters programme for hospital pharmacists.

The Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University said : ‘This is a very special recognition for the University, and a reward for the outstanding work conducted by our School of Pharmacy. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to its success – including current and former faculty members, students and alumni. Coming as it does as Aston celebrates 50 years as a University, with HM The Queen awarding our Royal Charter in 1966, it is also a particularly timely accolade - a great birthday present for Aston.

Professor Chris Hewitt, Executive Dean of the School of Life and Health Sciences said: ‘With over 5,000 practicing pharmacists having an Aston degree, and with patients world-wide benefiting from Aston expertise in pharmaceutical medicine, this is a wonderful tribute to our ability to transform lives through pharmacy education and research

Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities and Science, said : ‘The success of our economy is underpinned by the exceptional science and research taking place in our world leading universities up and down the country and I’m delighted these 12 institutions have been recognised for their achievements. We’ll continue to make sure pioneering science is recognised and supported to help improve the lives of millions across the country and beyond

HM The Queen granted the awards following advice from Ministers, who were themselves advised by a panel of eminent experts including Anne Glover, Sir Robin Saxby, Baroness Finlay and Rowan Douglas.

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