The School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University has been named the winner of the Queens’ Anniversary Prize in recognition of its quality, innovation and benefit to the public.

The school, which has a history spanning over 130 years, is also gearing up to open the doors to a new block this weekend, with the expansion seeing the school encompass a 11,200 sq ft building in St Paul’s Square.

The new building, previously home to Abbey College, will be home to a new postgraduate jewellery design and research facility with new design studios and offices for staff and doctoral researchers.


It will be officially opened at 10 St Paul’s Square at 3pm, Sunday November 24 in a public event.

The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes are granted by Her Majesty the Queen every two years, to recognise outstanding work by UK colleges and universities.

The School of Jewellery’s award forms part of the 13th biennial round of prizes for 2018-20, which was announced during a reception hosted at St James’s Palace on Thursday 21 November.

Professor Philip Plowden, Vice-Chancellor at Birmingham City University, said: “I am delighted to be able to announce that Birmingham City University has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize.

“The Prize was awarded to the University in recognition of the outstanding work of the School of Jewellery in providing education for the jewellers of the future and providing its expertise in the restoration of national heritage finds such as the Staffordshire Hoard. This is a great recognition of our university and of a key part of our heritage, which dates back over 125 years.”

The Queen’s Anniversary Prize medal will be presented at Buckingham Palace in February 2020.

Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery was founded in 1890, and provides courses such as silversmithing, horology and gemmology at its home in the city’s historic Jewellery Quarter.