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The University of Southampton

Queen's Anniversary Prize for University's Institute of Sound and Vibration Research

Published: 17 November 2005

The University of Southampton has been awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for the work of its internationally renowned Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR).

"This Award formally recognises the ISVR's sustained excellence and outstanding achievements in research in the field of sound and vibration over the past 40 years, and also its contribution to business and the wider community. It provides an opportunity for the University to highlight this achievement to the world at large and to celebrate the success with colleagues in ISVR," said the University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bill Wakeham.

Work at ISVR has made a significant contribution to making aircraft quieter, to improving the efficiency of cochlear implants for people with hearing loss, to improving sound systems, and to understanding the mechanisms of bubble acoustics, their uses and their impact on the environment.

ISVR Director, Professor Steve Elliott, said: "We are honoured to receive this prestigious Award. The Institute of Sound and Vibration Research is a centre of excellence in teaching, research and consulting and we are delighted that our work has been recognised in this way."

The interface between technology and humans has been at the centre of ISVR's activities over the years, with active research and teaching programmes in audiology (including a highly respected MSc course), human response to vibration, medical imaging, patient monitoring and physiological modelling. Clinics at ISVR (including the South of England Cochlear Implant Centre) and collaborations with hospitals are at the core of these projects.

Major research programmes at ISVR also include studies of jet engine noise, underwater sound, and all aspects of noise and vibration in road, rail, aerospace and marine industries. ISVR also runs undergraduate courses in various aspects of sound and vibration: an MEng/BEng degree in Acoustical Engineering, a BSc in Acoustics and Music, and a BSc programme in Audiology. In the latest (2001) Research Assessment Exercise, the Institute received the top 5* rating.

The University is currently raising funds for a £5.7 million new building to expand the activities of the Institute.

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  1. The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education recognize and reward the outstanding contribution that universities and colleges in the United Kingdom make to the intellectual, economic, cultural and social life of the nation. The Prizes are awarded within the national honours system.
  2. The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for research and scholarship. One of the UK's top 10 research-led universities, it offers first-rate opportunities and facilities for study and research across a wide range of subjects in humanities, health, science and engineering, and has a strong enterprise agenda. The University has nearly 20,000 students and 5000 staff based across its campuses in Southampton and Winchester. Its annual turnover is in the region of £274 million.
    The University is one of the country's top institutions for engineering, computer science and medicine. It is home to a range of world-leading research centres, including the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, the Optoelectronics Research Centre, the Centre for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, and the Mountbatten Centre for International Studies.
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