Development & Alumni Relations Office 

NORTHERN IRELAND ECONOMY MINISTER VISITS QUEEN’SProfessor Greer (left) and Minister Dodds (right)

12 June 2020

Economy Minister Diane Dodds, visited Queen’s this week (11 June 2020) to meet Professor Ian Greer, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University, and Professor Stuart Elborn, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, to discuss the role Queen's is playing in the fight against COVID-19.

The Minister also met with key researchers from the University who are leading new research projects to address COVID-19.

Queen’s researchers are supporting local, national and international efforts to expand our knowledge of the global challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and are deploying enhanced intelligence to develop solutions that will benefit society here in Northern Ireland, and across the UK and globally.

Speaking after the visit the Minister said: “Northern Ireland’s further and higher education institutions have been making an invaluable contribution to the fight against COVID-19.

“Queen’s University is internationally renowned for its research and teaching and the work here is at the forefront of the research for a vaccine for COVID-19.

“This work was recently recognised with a team of researchers from the University being awarded a grant of almost £300,000 by the UK Government to contribute to the effort.

“I want to thank Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Greer for meeting me today and taking the time to talk to me about the important work being done here.

“In addition to their research work Queen’s University, and our local higher education sector, are a significant contributor to the local economy who will be of vital importance to our economic recovery. Along with being a key employer themselves, Queen’s is also responsible for ensuring our students have the right skills and expertise to be enable local businesses to compete on a global scale and help to attract international investment to Northern Ireland.”

Professor Stuart Elborn said: "The incredible united effort by the Queen’s community in response to COVID 19 demonstrates our commitment to delivering positive impact on society. 

“We are enormously proud of the collective strength and determination to make a difference to those who need it most."

Further information on research and analysis carried out at Queen's in response to COVID-19, can be found at: If you would like to support the University in its efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

To support health-related research projects at Queen’s, visit the Development and Alumni Relations Office website or contact Teresa Sloan, Head of Health Fundraising. 

Media enquiries should be addressed to the Communications Officer at Queen’s University Belfast.

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