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Queen's 90th birthday marked by award of Regius Professorships to universities.

BANKING AND CREDIT NEWS-June 7, 2016-Queen's 90th birthday marked by award of Regius Professorships to universities

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HM Treasury on Monday reported that Her Majesty the Queen is to honour 12 of Britain's universities by creating Regius Professorships as part of her 90th birthday celebrations.

The title of Regius Professorship is an award given to recognise high quality research at an institution and just 14 have been granted since the reign of Queen Victoria, which includes 12 to mark Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee.

Recipients of new Regius Professorships have been chosen by open competition, as was the case in 2012, and then judged by an independent panel of business and academic experts. Of the 12 universities selected to receive new Regius Professorships, five are receiving them for the first time, including universities in Wales and Northern Ireland for the first time.

Each institution will assign the title to an existing professor at the chosen department or will appoint a new professor to take the chair and hold the title. The new posts of Regius Professor are University of Manchester - Materials; University of Cardiff - Chemistry; Queen's University Belfast - Electronics & Computer Engineering; University of Glasgow - Precision Medicine; Newcastle University - Ageing; University of Liverpool - Chemistry; Aston University - Pharmacy; University of Warwick - Manufacturing (Engineering); Institute of Cancer Research (University of London) - Cancer Research; Imperial College London - Infectious Disease; University of Southampton - Ocean Sciences; University of Oxford - Mathematics.

Creation of Regius Professorships falls under the Royal Prerogative and each appointment is approved by the monarch based on ministerial advice, with 12 being created for the Diamond Jubilee, two others to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin in 2009 and prior to that the most recent positions were created by Queen Victoria.

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