Edinburgh Napier University has won one of the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education, for innovation in timber construction and wood science.
The award recognises the global impact of the University’s research into construction innovations and reducing the carbon footprint, and its influence on industry and the environment.
The University’s Centre for Timber Engineering was created in 2003 and led to four further research centres, which have supported the timber industry, construction companies and the forestry sector. The University’s research and support of new products is now worth more than £65million a year to the UK timber and construction industry.
Key findings have been shared with other universities in Europe and North America, and the University’s experts have been in demand as advisers to industry bodies and organisations both in the UK and overseas.
Dan Ridley-Ellis FIMMM is Head of Centre for Wood Science and Technology, one of the research centres recognised by this award. He said, “I am delighted that research into wood has been recognised at this level, in a competition that covers all academic fields. I am privileged to have worked with a large number of great researchers over the years, with expertise from all aspects of growing, processing and using wood. It has been a true, cross-discipline, collective effort, which has led to this prestigious award.”
Judges were impressed by a string of research successes relating to timber offsite construction, nanocellulose, sustainable construction systems and architectural design, as well as the role played by staff in education programmes, public engagement and developing industry standards.