Prestigious prize for University of Hull

Published: Monday 23rd November 2015 by The News Editor

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The University of Hull has received a national award for its continued research into slavery.

It won the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize at a ceremony at St James’ Palace in London on November 19.

The work of the University’s Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation was recognised for its transformational analysis of slavery and emancipation issues, both historical and contemporary.

It was also praised for helping to reveal the extent of the incidence of modern day slavery. The illegal trade is worth an estimated £150 billion, more than at any point in history, with 35 million people enslaved around the world.

Awarded every two years to universities and colleges who submit work judged to be beneficial for the institution itself and for people and society generally, the awards are regarded as the most prestigious form of recognition for UK academic and vocational institutions.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull, Professor Calie Pistorius, says the Queen’s Anniversary Prize is testament to the Wilberforce Institute’s continued passion and dedication towards the issue of slavery.

The 21 prizes awarded for the 2014-16 period will be presented at Buckingham Palace in February next year.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Monday 23rd November 2015 by The News Editor

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