Queen’s Anniversary Prize for world-leading SAIL Databank

Category: ADR Wales

24 November 2023

Healthcare professionals and data scientists are now able to carry out robust research using SAIL’s comprehensive data about the Welsh and UK population. Sitting within Population Data Science at Swansea University, SAIL – Secure Anonymised Information Linkage Databank – brings together, links and analyses data from multiple sources to deliver population-level insights for government and policy makers.

First awarded in 1994, the prizes are granted every two years and recognise outstanding work by UK colleges and universities, which demonstrates excellence and innovation and delivers real benefit to the wider world. The official announcement of the prize winners took place at St James’s Palace last week and will be presented at a formal ceremony in February next year.

Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University Professor Paul Boyle said: “We are delighted to announce that Swansea University has once again been honoured with the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, a highly esteemed national recognition. This accolade acknowledges the university’s outstanding contributions to data science, conducting cutting-edge research that empowers researchers both in the UK and globally. Our work facilitates the utilisation of complex and diverse data on an unprecedented depth and scale, making significant strides in advancing knowledge and understanding.”

Professor David Ford, co-Director of ADR Wales, Population Data Science at Swansea University and the SAIL Databank, said: “Since we established the SAIL Databank more than 15 years ago, we have worked with thousands of researchers and many hundreds of research projects.  We never imagined however that we would be called upon to play a part in tackling a global emergency on the scale of Covid-19.  We are therefore absolutely thrilled that the massive efforts of the SAIL team and a dedicated army of collaborators across the NHS, government and academia, have been recognised by this prize."

Read the full story on the ADR Wales website.

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