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Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will visit the University of Sheffield later today to officially open the new Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), a centre of excellence for research into motor neurone disease (MND) and other neurodegenerative diseases.
During the morning part of the visit, Her Majesty and The Duke will officially unveil the new state-of-the-art £12 million research institute at the University, which is set to make Sheffield a world leader for research into motor neurone disease (MND). They will also view the new facilities at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) and meet with scientists and medical specialists who will dedicate their research to finding the causes and cure for MND.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will also visit Sheffield Cathedral where they will view a number of award-winning projects led by SheffieldVolunteering, based in the University's Students' Union. This will include a showcase of the Flourish project, where students work with people with traumatic brain injuries and the Lego Club, which helps children to engage with parents through imaginative play sessions.
Her Royal Highness will also tour the University's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, lead a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) with Rolls-Royce and see at first-hand the award-winning volunteering projects led by the Students' Union. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will be welcomed to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing during the afternoon. They will have the opportunity to tour the world-class global research facility and view at first-hand the innovative and advanced technological solutions that are manufactured there as part of a cutting-edge collaboration between academia, government and industry. Her Majesty will also lead a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction for the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) with Rolls-Royce.
Her Majesty's last visit to the campus was to personally inaugurate the University's Jubilee celebrations back in 1954. 49 years prior to this, Her Majesty's Great-Grandfather King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, officially opened the University of Sheffield in July 1905. The great event was of huge significance to the people of the city, who turned out in their thousands to view the King and Queen personally open their new university. The event was marked with street decorations, triumphal arches and a procession of open carriages.
Professor Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: "It is an enormous privilege for the University to be welcoming Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh to our campus today. Her Majesty's last visit to the campus was to personally inaugurate the University's Jubilee celebrations back in 1954. Fifty six years on and Her Majesty will be able to see at first-hand some of the University's many accomplishments - from a world-leading medical research centre, to our cutting-edge engineering research facility, to our nationally-acclaimed volunteering projects. We are eagerly awaiting the visit and it will undoubtedly be an exciting occasion for the University community and for people across the region."
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