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Psychology 

RESEARCH ANSWERS THE GOALKEEPER’S WALL CONUNDRUM IN FREE KICKS

New evidence, published in scientific journal PLOS ONE, shows that a defensive wall can make it harder to save free kicks in football if the keeper’s initial view is blocked.

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Open Learning

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY IS LAUNCHING A NEW YEAR ONLINE OPEN LEARNING PROGRAMME

If you have a desktop, laptop, PC or Mac with a built-in webcam, and a reliable internet connection, then you can access Queen’s 2021 online Open Learning programme.

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Graduate News

INSPIRATIONAL STUDENT OVERCOMES ILLNESS TO GRADUATE WITH FIRST CLASS HONOURS

A student who had to transcend a congenital heart condition, hypoxic brain injury and dyslexia has graduated from Queen's with a top Adult Nursing degree.

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Graduate News

ASHLEIGH CELEBRATES GRADUATING WITH PHD FROM QUEEN’S MANAGEMENT SCHOOL

A highly creative alumna from County Kerry, who set up PhDcartoon to help transform research and business concepts into easy-to-understand designs, illustrations and explainer videos, leaves Queen’s today with a well-earned Finance doctorate.  

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Graduate News

MASTER’S STUDENT FINDS UNIQUE WAY TO DIAGNOSE HEALTH PROBLEMS IN CATS

A Queen’s Master’s student who had no previous experience in IT has graduated with an MSc in Software Development and with an idea which could help in the early treatment of cats with urinary health problems.

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Society

'BAD BRIDGET’ PODCAST REVEALS STORIES OF CRIMINAL AND DEVIANT IRISH WOMEN IN NORTH AMERICA

Some who migrated from Ireland believed their partners would follow them, only to find themselves alone and thousands of miles from home – just one of the experiences explored in the ‘Bad Bridget' series.

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Science

QUEEN’S IN CONSERVATION PARTNERSHIP TO PROTECT CRITICALLY ENDANGERED MONKEYS

A Human Paleoecology academic and a multi-disciplinary research team at Queen’s are helping with the trial release of an endangered species of monkeys in Vietnam. 

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Graduate News

MEET CLAIRE MCLAUGHLIN – MEDIC, FORMER ELITE ATHLETE AND CURRENT IRISH RUGBY INTERNATIONAL

“Before joining Queen’s Rugby, I never thought that I had the potential to play for Ireland” – the words of sporting elite Dr Claire McLaughlin, from County Antrim.

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Society

DEAL OR NO DEAL, THERE MAY BE A BREXIT SILVER LINING FOR NORTHERN IRELAND

As outlined recently in The Conversation by Dr Marek Martyniszyn, Senior Lecturer in Law at Queen's, if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal, Northern Ireland will effectively remain in the EU when it comes to trade in goods.

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UNIVERSITY News

QUEEN'S HEAD CHEF'S TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS DINNER

Usually delivering world-class meals to hundreds of guests at this time of year in the University’s Great Hall or in Riddel Hall on the Stranmillis Road, Queen’s Head Chef Peter Scobie serves up his top tips for a first-class Christmas Dinner.

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Society

SURVEY FINDS PANDEMIC HAD A MAJOR IMPACT ON CHILDREN’S EXPERIENCES AND RIGHTS

The ‘Life Under Coronavirus’ survey – an initiative to meaningfully involve children in responses to the COVID-19 pandemic – highlights disruption in their lives and, at times, feelings of being unsafe and stressed in their own homes.

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Science and technology

EUROPEAN GRANT OF £1.7M FOR QUEEN’S RESEARCHER TO DEVELOP NEW GENERATION OF WIRELESS COMMS

Designing future communication systems beyond 5G and 6G in an efficient manner is one of the ‘big scientific questions’ being addressed at Queen’s, thanks to a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant.

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Society

RESEARCH FINDS THAT CONSUMERS DON’T TRUST SMART HOME TECHNOLOGIES

A new study, which aims to identify factors that influence trust in ‘smart home’ technology, has found that some consumers are fearful of unauthorised data collection by devices such as smart speakers and door cameras.

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Environment

RESEARCH SHOWS NOISE POLLUTION IS HAMPERING COMMUNICATION OF A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT SPECIES

Human-made noise changes the signals of several different species of animals, hampering important communication, according to latest Queen’s research.

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Society

SOCIAL IMPACTS OF COVID-19 ARE THE FOCUS OF NEW GLOBAL POLICY COLLABORATION

An international collaboration including a team at Queen’s is to gather knowledge and evidence from across the globe to help local policymakers address the consequences of COVID-19.

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Philanthropy

UFU RAISES SUBSTANTIAL FUNDS FOR QUEEN'S CANCER RESEARCH

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has raised £10,000 for the ground-breaking work of the Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research at Queen’s as the President’s Charity for 2019/20.

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Graduate News

QUEEN’S GRADUATE IN MALAYSIA PLANS DECEMBER 13 ONLINE CONCERT

A Queen’s BA Music graduate who thought she might have to sell her prized violin to help take care of her family during the Covid-19 pandemic has been hitting the headlines in Malaysia. 

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Sport

IRISH FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION AND NIFL THANK NATIONAL LOTTERY PLAYERS FOR THEIR SUPPORT

All men’s and women’s NIFL football clubs in Northern Ireland – including Queen’s AFC – are to receive funding as part of a unique partnership with The National Lottery.

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Society

TEDXQUEENSUNIVERSITYBELFAST TO HOST SECOND DIGITAL CONFERENCE ‘GIVE BACK | MOVE FORWARD’

A series of inspiring talks offering glimpses of the innovation, discovery and creativity of Queen’s staff, students and alumni – compered by BBC broadcaster and Queen’s graduate William Crawley – will take place next month. 

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UNIVERSITY NEWS

Tribute to Lord Kerr, Honorary Professor of Law at Queen’s

A great friend of Queen’s, champion of teaching and research, former Justice of the UK Supreme Court and Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, Lord Brian Kerr was appointed Honorary Professor in the School of Law in November 2020.

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Graduate News 

CHAMPION OF FURTHER EDUCATION IS 2020 AIB (NI) QUEEN’S GRADUATE OF THE YEAR

The winner of the 2020 AIB (NI) Queen’s Graduate of the Year has been announced as Marie-Thérèse McGivern, BSSc Political Science (1976), former Principal and CEO of Belfast Metropolitan College.

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Society

INTERIM REPORT RELEASED: UNIFICATION REFERENDUMS ON ISLAND OF IRELAND

A clear and agreed plan must be in place prior to any Irish unity referendum being called says an independent academic working group – with members from both Queen’s and Ulster University – which has launched a public consultation.

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Graduate News 

AHSS GRADUATES – WANT TO MAKE AN IMPACT ON THE NEXT GENERATION?

It may be hard to put a true value on someone who builds confidence, sparks imagination or simply inspires a leap of faith in others. Calling all AHSS graduates – would you like to shine a light for the next generation?

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Health

SELF-DISINFECTING SURFACES COULD HELP PROTECT US FROM COVID-19 – HERE’S HOW

As outlined in The Conversation, a team led by two times Queen’s Pharmacy graduate Dr Louise Carson, is developing a unique protective solution – self-disinfecting surfaces – in the fight against COVID-19.

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SCIENCE

NEW LINK BETWEEN CELL DAMAGE IN ASTRONAUTS AND GERIATRIC-TYPE HEALTH PROBLEMS OBSERVED IN SPACE

A discovery by researchers at the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's University Belfast could be a real game changer for future space travel.

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Graduate News

GRADUATE IS ‘BEST NEWLY CHARTERED FEMALE ENGINEER 2019/20’

A Queen’s Chemical Engineer from Donegal, now stationed in the North Sea, has been named as the IChemE ‘Best Newly Chartered Female Engineer, 2019/20’.

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University News

PROFESSOR JENNIFER MCKINLEY ELECTED TO IUGS

A two-times Queen’s graduate, Chartered Geologist and holder of a number of international roles, has been elected as a Councillor to one of the world’s largest scientific organisations for the next four years.

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Student News 

MAGHERAFELT STUDENT SINEAD MCCANN WINS PRESTIGIOUS ALMAC AWARD

A Queen’s Medicinal Chemistry student from County Londonderry is this year’s winner of an award honouring one of Ireland's most distinguished scientists.

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Graduate News

QUEEN’S GRADUATES – WIN £100 BY COMPLETING A SHORT SURVEY

Alumni of Queen’s are invited to feedback their views on university reputation as part of a worldwide survey aimed at improving the student experience for future generations.

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University News 

QUEEN’S COMES out on TOP IN ENTREPRENEURIAL IMPACT REPORT

Repeating its success of last year, Queen’s has once again topped the entrepreneurial impact rankings, according to a report published by Octopus Ventures, one of Europe's largest and most active Venture Capital firms.

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PHILANTHROPY

Husband and wife fund new Copty scholarship for  Palestinian student at Queen's

Husband and wife, Chris McDowell and Georgina Copty, have funded a new scholarship to support a student from Palestine, to study a Master’s degree at Queen’s.



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Graduate News

PROF SIR PAUL CURRAN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ACADEMIC JOURNALISM 2020 GOES TO DR CONNOR BAMFORD

Queen’s graduate and Research Fellow at the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine Dr Connor Bamford, has won a prestigious award from The Conversation.

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University News

MEET PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON, FRSE

Five months after he took up post we catch up with Professor Chris Johnson, appointed Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor in Engineering and Physical Sciences at the start of July.

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University News

Queen’s announces over 400 places for online courses as part of Covid-19 response

Queen’s has announced free online places to upskill and retrain individuals directly affected by COVID-19.



FinTrU

STUDENT NEWS

FinTrU renew sponsorship of Queen’s Management School trading room

Multi-award winning Financial Services company FinTrU has renewed its sponsorship of the Trading Room at Queen’s Management School for a further two years.

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Society

‘BRIDGING THE ATLANTIC: IRELAND AND THE US’ SYMPOSIUM

Relationships across the Atlantic and between Ireland, the UK and Europe and between Europe and the US were all on the agenda at the second annual Ireland-US relations symposium.

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SPORT

Queen’s Ladies Rugby join exciting partnership to boost awareness of breast cancer

Hospital Services Limited (HSL) and Queen’s Ladies Rugby team have joined forces to launch an exciting new partnership which aims to improve breast cancer awareness amongst young women.

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HEALTH

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY LAUNCHES ON-SITE ASYMPTOMATIC TESTING PROGRAMME

Covid-19 testing for asymptomatic students and staff has started at Queen’s in a bid to make the campus safer for students and staff by reducing the risk of transmission at the University.

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Science and Technology

QUEEN’S-LED COLLABORATION CONFIRMS DISCOVERY OF NEW MINIMOONS IN NEXT DECADE

More minimoons – small asteroids, often just the size of a small car which are temporarily caught up in Earth's orbit before being thrown back out into space – will be discovered in the coming years, according to latest Queen’s scientific findings.

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Environment

QUEEN’S RESEARCHER LEADS GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE PROJECT AT WORLD HERITAGE SITES

Cultural heritage in parts of Africa – especially monuments located along the coast – is under threat from climate change, with local communities often being hard-hit as result. 

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Health

QUEEN’S LEADING UK-WIDE CLINICAL TRIAL TO EXAMINE DRUG EFFECTIVENESS FOR CRITICALLY ILL ICU PATIENTS

A new Queen’s-led UK clinical trial which will investigate two different drugs will help ensure that the best treatment is available for critically ill patients with acute respiratory failure.

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Philanthropy

ZOOM DINNER TO BENEFIT QUEEN’S PATHWAY OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMME

A virtual fundraiser on 11 December, organised under the umbrella of the  Belfast Tech Alliance,  is hoping to boost Queen’s widening participation initiative to the tune of £10,000...or even more!

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University News 

QUEEN'S PARTNERS WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE ZONE TO PROVIDE IPADS TO FAMILIES IN SHANKILL AREA

Over 40 local schoolchildren have received new iPads – funded by a gift from Santander Universities UK to the Queen’s University Belfast Foundation – in support of home learning.

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PHILANTHROPY

Queen's awarded £234,600 FROM National Lottery heritage fund to digitise work of Brian Friel

Queen’s Foundation has been awarded a grant of £234,600 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and a gift of £14,612 from The Steel Charitable Trust towards the Friel Reimagined project.

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Health

QUEEN’S PROFESSOR LAUNCHES PLAN TO ADDRESS DEVASTATING IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON CANCER ACROSS EUROPE

Professor Mark Lawler has launched a 7-point plan to urgently address the life-threatening impact of the coronavirus pandemic on people with cancer.

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UNIVERSITY News 

QUEEN'S RECOGNISED IN NATIONAL STUDENT NURSING TIMES AWARDS 2020

Student nurses and their educators at Queen's have been recognised with the winning of the 'Nurse Education Provider of the Year (Pre-registration)' Award, against stiff competition from eight other UK institutions.

Girl power

STUDENT NEWS

InnovateHer, supporting female student entrepeneurs

The 12-week InnovateHer programme launched last month and sponsored by leading global law firm Baker McKenzie, supports female students with entrepreneurial ideas who want to improve their business skills.

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Coronavirus

SHIELDING THE VULNERABLE USING A RISK CALCULATOR – HERE’S WHY IT WON’T BE ENOUGH

Should we ask older, more vulnerable adults to isolate from society, while younger adults build herd immunity to COVID-19 – that’s the dilemma considered by Queen's Researcher Fellow Dr Andrew Kunzmann in The Conversation.

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University News

QUEEN’S CELEBRATES 175 YEARS AND HONOURS PRESIDENTS OF THE LEARNED SOCIETIES

To mark its founding as Queen’s College Belfast in 1845, honorary degrees have been awarded to leaders in healthcare, medical science, engineering and the humanities in the UK and Ireland.  

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Health

OXYGEN-RESPONSE PROTEIN INCREASES RISK OF BREAST CANCER SPREADING TO THE LUNG

A better understanding of the factors that influence the stability of blood vessels in certain organs could help researchers develop new ways to stop breast cancer spreading around the body.

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Health

INVESTIGATING HOW SOCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND ADVERSITY IMPACT HEALTH OUTCOMES IN LATER LIFE

How do life circumstances in childhood and adulthood impact the rate at which we age? It is hoped the latest research from Queen’s will answer this question and help us to better understand today for a healthier tomorrow.

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Philanthropy

CHOICE HOUSING PRIZES FOR 2020 AWARDED TO QUEEN’S WIDENING PARTICIPATION STUDENTS

Three students from Widening Participation backgrounds who achieved the highest overall mark in their Level 1 studies in their respective Faculties, have been presented with Choice Housing Prizes.

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Sport

FIFA COVID-19 FUNDING FOR QUEEN’S SOCCER CLUB

Queen’s AFC has benefited from the Irish Football Association’s distribution of FIFA funding to senior and intermediate clubs impacted by Covid-19 across Northern Ireland.

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University News 

QUEEN’S ACADEMIC APPOINTED TO THE EU COMMISSION PLATFORM ON SUSTAINABLE FINANCE

Finance lecturer Dr Theodor Cojoianu from the University’s School of Management has joined an EU body to help channel investment into green economic activities.

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Health

QUEEN’S RESEARCHERS INVESTIGATE NEW ‘TARGETED THERAPY’ FOR PAEDIATRIC ACUTE MYELOID LEUKAEMIA

Researchers at the Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research have identified a new drug combination which could spare young patients the harsh vomiting and hair loss side effects of Myeloid Leukaemia treatment.

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iNternational

QUEEN’S WINS PRESTIGIOUS BUSINESS AWARD IN CHINA

Queen’s was among the winners in this year’s British Business Awards – which recognise excellence in innovation, enterprise and endeavour – held in Shanghai.

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Health

RESEARCH FINDS COMMON ANTICHOLINERGIC DRUGS INCREASE MORTALITY RISK IN PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA

Until the latest research from Queen’s, little was known about the possible link between drugs which block a chemical messenger in the brain and the mortality rates among people with dementia.

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Philanthropy

WHY THE PATHWAY OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMME IS IMPORTANT TO ME - DR RICHARD MCMINN

Find out how a Queen’s member of staff during the 1940s and 50s – in his spare time a ringmaster, booking agent and circus impresario – inspired a fellow graduate of the 1960s and 70s to support Pathway Opportunity Programme students at the University over 70 years later.

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Scholarships

VOTING WITH THEIR FEET…AMERICAN SCHOLARS COME TO QUEEN’S

As Americans go to the polls to elect the next US President, we catch up with some of those scholarship recipients who have moved to Queen’s and have made this their academic home.    

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University News

QUEEN’S ACADEMICS ELECTED TO THE ACADEMY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

Two Queen’s academics – Professors Katy Hayward and David Phinnemore – are among 73 leading UK social scientists who have been conferred the award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. 

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PHILANTHROPY

Ulster Boxing Champion, Peter O’Hagan, is winner of Rob Saunders scholarship at Queen’s

Boxer and Queen’s student Peter O’Hagan has been announced as the winner of the Rob Saunders Scholarship, funded by one of Ireland’s youngest ever rugby captains and winner of 12 caps between 1991 and 1994.

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Graduate News

MEET CHRISTINE MCKENNA-TIRELLA – LAW GRADUATE TURNED NEW YORK CASTING SPECIALIST

An expert in sourcing, casting and booking talent for theatre, film and commercials – meet Queen’s alumna, Christine McKenna-Tirella. 

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RESEARCH

New Risk Model Estimates Likelihood Of Death Or Hospitalisation From COVID-19

A model that can calculate a person’s risk of becoming infected and then seriously ill due to COVID-19 has been shown to accurately estimate risk during the first wave of the pandemic in England.

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Health

POPULAR HERB FOUND TO BE HEAVILY ADULTERATED IN QUEEN’S IGFS STUDY

Five years after discovering extensive contamination in oregano, researchers at Queen’s have found over 25 per cent of sage samples had been adulterated.

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Society

SURVEY OF CHILDREN'S AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS NEED FOR EARLY INTERVENTION

Findings from the inaugural Youth Wellbeing Survey will contribute to improvements in how the needs of vulnerable young people in emotional distress in Northern Ireland will be addressed.

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Society

RESEARCH ADVISES KEY LEARNINGS FOR WELLBEING OF UK HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE WORKFORCE

The impact of the global pandemic on key health and social care workers – and how best to support staff – is the subject of important new research supported by Queen’s.

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Honorary Graduate News 

QUEEN’S HONORARY GRADUATE JONATHAN REA WINS SIXTH WORLD SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP

He may have competed all around the globe and be a World Champion six times in a row, but highly respected Queen’s Honorary Graduate Jonathan Rea is still very much a local boy.    

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Graduate News

‘NEW LOOK’ ISSUE OF THE GRADUATE IS ON ITS WAY!

The 2020/21 edition of Queen’s alumni magazine – The Graduate – has been published and is currently making its way to over 140,000 graduates around the world!

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Graduate, Staff and Student News

FOOD FOR THOUGHT – CALL FOR QUEEN’S LOCKDOWN RECIPES

What was your ‘go to’ recipe during the lockdown? Did you try preparing any new dishes in the last four months? Have you any clever tips for cooking for one, or for a family? Tell us and we’ll share your recipes in our new ‘Food for Thought’ website.

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Graduate News

CATAGEN’S DR JONATHAN STEWART WINS £1.25M FUTURE LEADERS FELLOWSHIP

Double Queen’s graduate Dr Jonathan Stewart, who is working at spinout company CATAGEN, the Belfast-based clean air technology specialists, has been awarded a Future Leaders Fellowship from UKRI. 

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University News

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY JOINS NEW EMPLOYABILITY PROGRAMME FOR AUTISTIC STUDENTS

A pioneering new programme run through Santander Universities UK, will enable autistic students and graduates studying at Queen’s to access paid internships along with tailored careers support and advice. 

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University News

QUEEN’S RESEARCHERS AWARDED FUTURE LEADERS FELLOWSHIPS FROM UKRI

Two Queen’s academics working on ‘love across the divide in modern Ireland’ and ‘handling excess heat’ in mobile technology have been awarded prestigious Future Leaders Fellowships.

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Society

QUEEN'S PARTNERS ON ORMEAU PARKLET TO TEST EXPANSION OF OUTDOOR SPACE

A new scheme led by Belfast Buildings Trust has been introduced on the Ormeau Road in South Belfast to temporarily turn some on-street parking into new outdoor spaces, is hoped will serve as a model for other parklet projects across Northern Ireland.

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Graduate News

MEET YUSUR DALLOUL – LAW GRADUATE, VOLUNTEER AND AVID TRAVELLER

From volunteering in Nepal and South Africa to raising funds for local Northern Ireland charities and helping to run a number of Queen’s student societies, graduate Yusur Dalloul has enjoyed a very full and rich student experience.

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Society 

MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH REVEALS HOW UK ADULTS ARE MANAGING STRESS

Walking, visiting green spaces such as parks, contacting family and friends by phone, tablet or other device, and staying healthy are all effective ways of coping during the pandemic.

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Health

IGFS SCIENTISTS SUPPORT MAJOR FOOD-SECURITY INVESTIGATION IN AID TO AFRICA

A team from the IGFS at Queen’s led by Professor Chris Elliott which detected lethal plant toxins in Uganda in 2019 enabled the restoration of vital food aid to many parts of the developing world.

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University News

QUEEN'S WELCOMES ANNOUNCEMENT OF FUNDED ONLINE TRAINING PLACES BY ECONOMY MINISTER

Focusing primarily on digital skills, 3,000 free online training places have been announced for those in Northern Ireland whose employment has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Philanthropy 

NEW MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT FUNDED THROUGH LEGACY GIFT, LAUNCHED ON WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

Marking World Mental Health Day (10 October), a Queen’s-led project funded by a legacy gift will bring together academics, service providers, and others who will use innovative digital technologies to research and treat mental health problems.

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Graduate News

QUEEN’S MEDICAL GRADUATE STAGES PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION IN ANTRIM

Opening this evening (06.10.20) and running until the middle of November, catch Dr Tuck Goh’s latest exhibition, Pandemic – The Ulster Hospital, at The Oriel Gallery in Antrim.

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Graduate News 

Ask the Expert – live and online

Online Q&A videos are now available to graduates covering topics as diverse as combatting loneliness during the pandemic, getting a graduate job and gender matters, all part of the – live – Ask the Expert series.

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Business News

QUEEN’S ACADEMIC AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS BELFAST AMBASSADOR MEDAL

At the seventh annual Belfast International Homecoming which took place virtually last week (1-2 October), Queen’s academic Dr M Satish Kumar was awarded a Belfast Ambassador Medal.

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Science

QUEEN’S PROFESSOR RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR RESEARCH IMPACT

‘An innovative approach in a complex environment with unique trust and security issues’…Queen’s Professor in School of Psychology acknowledged for research examining the challenges faced by the families of military veterans.

 

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Coronavirus

RESEARCH REVEALS MORE THAN A QUARTER OF PEOPLE FELT LONELY DURING THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

With 18-24-year olds among those most at risk from loneliness during the lockdown, ‘understanding the prevalence and predictors of loneliness…is a priority issue’, according to the latest study from Queen’s.

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Graduate News

NEW YORK-BASED GRADUATE CREATES 50 SOFTWARE JOBS IN BELFAST

A company founded by a Queen’s graduate in the US is well on its way to creating 50 jobs – ranging from graduate to senior level – in a first-time investment in Northern Ireland.   

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Honorary Graduate News

GIVING IT ALL AWAY – THE ULTIMATE PHILANTHROPIST

It’s not everyone who can say they made – and gave away – over £6bn in their lifetime, but Chuck Feeney of The Atlantic Philanthropies is one person who can…and he is very proud of doing so.

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Philanthropy

SUPPORTING OG CANCER RESEARCH AT QUEEN’S

OGCancerNI, a local charity set up to support patients and carers affected by oesophageal and stomach cancer, has donated £10,000 to the NI Cancer Registry, based in the Centre for Public Health at Queen's.

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Society

HOW PARENTS SHOULD TALK TO THEIR CHILDREN ABOUT SEX

Writing in The Conversation, Queen's research fellow Dr Áine Aventin tackles the often embarrassing question of how and when parents should discuss…you know what…with their children.

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Health

QUEEN’S PROFESSOR PLAYS LEAD ROLE IN DELIVERING EUROPEAN CODE OF CANCER PRACTICE 

New rights that will empower citizens to survive cancer and to live longer, healthier and more productive lives, have been outlined by the European Cancer Organisation.  

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Health

QUEEN’S AWARDED OVER $1.67M TO RESEARCH LINK BETWEEN DEMENTIA AND POST-OPERATIVE DELIRIUM

Why are people who experience post-operative delirium – a sudden change in attention, awareness or thinking after surgery – at an increased risk of developing dementia? Queen’s research may have the answer.

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Sport

SUPPORT OUR GAME PLAN – CELEBRATING QUEEN’S SPORT

The development of new sports web pages reflects the significance of sport in the life of the University and its community and gives graduates a chance to get more involved.

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Philanthropy

QUEEN’S CELEBRATES INCREDIBLE LEGACY GIFT ON WORLD CANCER RESEARCH DAY

A generous unrestricted legacy gift from a Queen’s graduate enabled cancer researchers at the University to return to their labs in June and July to continue life-saving work.

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UnIvErSITY NEWS

QUEEN’S WELCOMES ANNOUNCEMENT OF WALK-IN COVID-19 TEST CENTRE ON CAMPUS

A new COVID-19 testing centre at Queen’s opening tomorrow (Friday 25 September) will provide students and staff – and members of the public – with greater access to testing. 

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Teaching

LAUNCH OF NEW MEDICAL CURRICULUM TO ADDRESS CHANGING NEEDS OF NI’S HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

An innovative new curriculum, which places the patient at the centre of medical teaching and will equip Queen’s students to become competent and confident doctors, has been introduced.

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Health

STUDY REVEALS PROSTATE CANCER AFFECTS QUALITY OF LIFE FOR UP TO FIVE YEARS POST DIAGNOSIS

Survivors of prostate cancer may need support to manage stress levels, which are believed to increase men’s vulnerability to adjustment issues and lead to poor psychological health, according to the latest international study led by Queen’s.

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Health

QUEEN'S ACADEMICS AWARDED SHARE OF £7.2M TO SUPPORT CANCER PATIENTS AFFECTED BY PANDEMIC

Interdisciplinary partnerships in five UK regional cancer centres and 20 developing countries are set to support communities across the world already vulnerable due to existing long-term conflict, food and water shortages and crowded living conditions.

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University News

QUEEN'S ACADEMICS AWARDED GOLD MEDALS FROM THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY

Two leading Queen’s academics have received the ultimate accolade in scholarly achievement in Ireland – the first such ‘double’ in the history of the Royal Irish Academy.

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Health

GENE DISCOVERY COULD PREVENT HEART AND CIRCULATORY COMPLICATIONS IN DIABETES PATIENTS

A high level of a protein gene called QKI-7 is a key factor in the malfunction of the blood vessels cells that cause heart complications in people with diabetes, according to the latest findings from Queen’s researchers.

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Business

QUEEN'S KTP TEAM WINS FOUR AWARDS AT THE KTP ‘BEST OF THE BEST’ AWARDS 2020

A UK leader in KTP development and delivery, Queen’s award-winning collaborations with over Northern Ireland 400 companies, are helping to grow business and open up new opportunities through innovation within industry.

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Technology 

QUEEN’S ACADEMIC AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS FIVE-YEAR RESEARCH CHAIR TO DEVELOP 6G

An award-winning Queen’s researcher has been awarded a prestigious Chair from the Royal Academy of Engineering to study 6G – the next generation of wireless communications.

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Widening Participation

QUEEN'S LEARNING DEVELOPMENT TUTOR AWARDED CHURCHILL FELLOWSHIP TO RESEARCH WIDENING PARTICIPATION

A prestigious Fellowship will enable a Queen’s widening participation tutor in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences to improve the aspirations of disadvantaged young people in Northern Ireland.

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Graduate News

"NETWORKS, NODES AND NUCLEI: TOWARDS A NEW THEORY OF RELIGIOUS CHANGE" – MCCOSH LECTURE 2020

The 2020 McCosh Lecture will be delivered by the eminent Queen’s graduate, Professor David Hempton, Dean of Harvard Divinity School, on Friday 18 September at 5pm.  

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Technology

QUEEN’S RESEARCHERS WORKING TO SAVE FAMOUS DONEGAL SHIPWRECK BÁD EDDIE

One of County Donegal's most iconic landmarks, which is in danger of not making it through another Atlantic winter, is the subject of a rescue plan involving a team from Queen’s.

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Scholarships

INSPIRATIONAL LAW GRADUATE ON LIFE-CHANGING SCHOLARSHIPS

A recent Queen’s Law graduate who has participated in the Global Leadership careers programme in Toronto and the Innovation Bootcamp business programme, talks about the importance of scholarships at the University.

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Philanthropy

LEUKAEMIA & LYMPHOMA NI AWARDS £500,000 GRANT TO QUEEN’S FOR BLOOD CANCER RESEARCH

Marking World Leukaemia Day, Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI - the only local charity solely dedicated to fighting leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other related conditions - has gifted £500,000 to researchers at Queen’s to help beat blood cancer during COVID-19.

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Society

UNIVERSITIES LAUNCH DATABASE ON AMNESTIES GRANTED DURING CONFLICT AND PEACE PROCESSES

Professor Louise Mallinder from the School of Law at Queen’s, and the Political Settlement Research Programme at Edinburgh University have launched a resource for those researching and those involved in peace processes around the world.

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Health

QUEEN’S ACADEMIC AWARDED SHARE OF €677 MILLION TO STUDY HOW FLU VIRUSES HIJACK CELLS

A five-year project at Queen’s University Belfast studying how flu viruses interact with the machinery inside the cells of our body is to receive €1.5 million in EU funding.

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Arts and Culture

QUEEN’S ANNOUNCES OLIVER JEFFERS, MARIAN KEYES, AND ENDA WALSH AS SEAMUS HEANEY FELLOWS (2021)

An artist and author working in, among other media, painting and bookmaking; an international bestselling author; and a multi award-winning playwright and director, have been announced as Seamus Heaney Fellows for 2021.

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Graduate News

QUEEN’S ALUMNA IS NEW DISTRICT COMMANDER FOR SHEFFIELD

After a 17-year policing career spanning the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and South Yorkshire Police, Queen’s Law graduate Una Jennings, has taken on the top job in Sheffield.

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Graduate News

NEVADA 2020 YOUNG LAWYER OF THE YEAR IS QUEEN’S GRADUATE

Having moved to the state in 2016, a highflying Queen’s LLB alumna was this week presented with the State Bar of Nevada Young Lawyer of the Year Award.

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Coronavirus

UK-WIDE STUDY SHOWS CHILDREN WITH GASTROINTESTINAL SYMPTOMS SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN COVID-19 TESTING

A Queen’s-led study shows that it may be necessary to consider refining the coronavirus testing criteria for children to include gastrointestinal symptoms.

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Health

QUEEN’S PROJECT TO PREVENT FAILURE OF BLOOD VESSEL GRAFTS RECEIVES HEART RESEARCH UK GRANT

Making grafted blood vessels more resilient to becoming blocked and subsequently failing could improve coronary bypass surgery, thanks to a team at Queen’s University and funding from a national charity.

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International

QUEEN’S GRADUATE SCHOOL WINS UK STUDENT EXPERIENCE AWARD

For going 'above and beyond' in its commitment to postgraduate students, and for finding ways to remain connected during the pandemic, Queen’s Graduate School has picked up a UK award.

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Health

BREAKTHROUGH DISCOVERY FINDS SPECIFIC PROTEIN LINKED TO INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY AND DEPRESSION

A discovery which could have a major impact on our understanding of brain development and lead to earlier diagnosis for people with certain brain disorders, has been made by Queen’s researchers. 

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Culture and Arts

SEAMUS HEANEY CENTRE ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL PUBLISHING FELLOW

In the first of three new Fellowships to be announced this year, Queen’s PhD graduate Manuela Moser is to be the Seamus Heaney Centre’s inaugural Publishing Fellow.


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Graduate News

QUEEN’S NURSE AWARDED HIGHEST HONOUR FROM ROYAL COLLEGE OF NURSING

A three times Queen’s nursing graduate, now a Senior Lecturer at the University, has been awarded the RCN’s highest honour for her work in orthopaedics and trauma and children's nursing.

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Business and Finance

QUEEN’S PART OF NEW UK PRODUCTIVITY INSTITUTE TO HELP BOOST WAGE GROWTH AND LIVING STANDARDS

Queen's is one of eight partners in a new £32m institute launched today, which will explore how to increase productivity, boost wages and support economic recovery across the UK.

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Environment

PLASTICS COULD HELP BUILD A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE – HERE’S HOW

Writing in The Conversation, Queen's research fellow Sibele Cestari asks – what if plastic waste could be converted into building materials, producing something useful for society.

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University News

UNIVERSITY STATEMENT: ADMISSIONS

Following the U-turn on A-level grades by the Northern Ireland Education Minister earlier this week, Queen’s University has issued an important statement calling for clarity on a number of key issues.

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Graduate News

QUEEN’S MUSIC GRADUATE LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE THAT HELPS STUDENTS FIND THEIR DREAM JOB ROLES

Recently graduated but still not sure what career path to follow, then Vanessa McGeehan may have some ideas for you!  

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Research

QUEEN’S RESEARCHER AWARDED FIVE-YEAR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP TO MAKE 5G COMMUNICATIONS FASTER

A Queen’s PhD graduate, now a researcher in the University’s Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology, is hoping to deliver near zero-latency wireless communications.

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Research

QUEEN’S SCIENTISTS UNLOCK PAST SECRETS WITH NEW INTERNATIONAL CARBON DATING STANDARD

High-precision radiocarbon dating has taken a huge leap forward, thanks to an initiative led by Queen’s which give us greater insights into our past and will enable future generations to learn more about our history.

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Health

MAJOR STUDY FINDS LINK BETWEEN STRESS-RELATED AGEING AND ASTHMA

Asthmatics are more likely to age faster due to stress, an extensive study carried out by Queen’s University researchers of almost 10,000 people with the condition has found.

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Health

SCIENTISTS DISCOVER THREE NEW GENETIC VARIANTS LINKED TO MALE BREAST CANCER

Research into the causes of male breast cancer has found both male and female breast cancer may have a very similar genetic basis – a discovery which could lead to new preventive treatments for both men and women. 

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Graduate News

GRADUATE SUZIE LEE'S HOME COOK HEROES

Queen’s BSc Economics and Management graduate Suzie Lee Arbuthnot – the self-employed accountant and mother-of-two from Lisburn who earlier this year won the title of Best Home Cook – is back on our TV screens!

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University News

QUEEN’S WIDENING PARTICIPATION UNIT REACHES NEARLY 300 PUPILS DURING LOCKDOWN

Despite the lockdown and the associated upheaval, Queen’s has reached out to almost 300 young people through its Pathway Opportunity and Senior Academy programmes since early spring.

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Research

QUEEN’S AWARDED FUNDING TO DEVELOP INITIATIVE TO ENHANCE LIFE SCIENCE SECTOR AND BOOST ECONOMY

A Queen’s led consortium which aims to attract and secure highly skilled jobs for Northern Ireland and to enhance regional competitiveness and prosperity, has received a funding boost from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

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Student News

SANTANDER UNIVERSITIES EMERGING ENTREPRENEURS PROGRAMME

Striking the right chord is County Down inventor turned entrepreneur Lewis Loane, a Queen’s Electrical and Electronics Engineering graduate (Class of 2020), who is tuning up in the hope of winning £30,000 funding from Santander next month.

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University News 

NEW HEAD OF SCHOOL OF PHARMACY

Two-times Queen's graduate, Professor Colin McCoy, who has been on the University's staff for over 21 years and has a track record in the development of large-scale international education partnerships, has taken over the reins at the School of Pharmacy.

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Health

CHANGES IN THE EYE MAY PROVIDE INSIGHT ON COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT IN THOSE WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES

Funding from the European Union (Horizon 2020) could lead the way to a better understanding of the mechanisms of cognitive decline in people with type 2 diabetes and, ultimately, to new treatments.

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Philanthropy

IMPACT REPORT HIGHLIGHTS ROLE AND IMPORTANCE OF PHILANTHROPY FOR CANCER RESEARCH AT QUEEN'S

With COVID-19 already having a major influence on the provision of cancer services in Northern Ireland and beyond over the last five months, there has never been a more crucial time to support cancer research at Queen’s.  

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University News 

FACE COVERINGS MANDATORY IN RELEVANT PARTS OF QUEEN'S BUILDINGS FROM 10 AUGUST

From today (10.08.20), the University is making face coverings obligatory for staff and students in indoor areas of the campus where social distancing is not possible.

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Research

UK-IRISH TEAM AWARDED £1.6M TO EXPLORE  POTENTIAL OF MINIATURE ENGINES

A new consortium which brings together researchers from Queen’s, the University of Bristol and Trinity College Dublin is set to explore the thermodynamics of miniature quantum machines.

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Society

QUEEN’S ACADEMICS PART OF ADVISORY GROUP ON STOPCOVID-19 NI APP DEVELOPMENT

The launch of the StopCOVID-19 NI app – which has been described as a potential game changer – has come about after broad collaboration involving a number of local Northern Ireland organisations, including Queen’s.  

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Student News 

‘HUMBLING AND INSPIRING’ – QUEEN’S STUDENTS OF THE YEAR 2020

Details have been announced of the 2020 AIB NI Queen’s Student of the Year Award, which, for the first time in over 20 years, goes to a group of over 700 frontline students!

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Graduate News

CLASS ACT – CELEBRATING THE GRADUATES OF 2020

Looking back at some of the many achievements of the virtual graduating Class of 2020 reveals a broad range of highly talented individuals who, in many cases, also had to overcome more than the just the challenges imposed by COVID-19.

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Graduate News

MEGAN EDWARDS, MANSION HOUSE SCHOLAR 2020

A two times Queen’s Law graduate – who as a student volunteered as a Peer Mentor and a Widening Participation Unit Student Assistant – has become the first person from Northern Ireland to win a prestigious Mansion House scholarship. 

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University News

REMEMBERING JOHN HUME - QUEEN’S HONORARY GRADUATE

Queen’s University has paid tribute to John Hume, widely acknowledged as the principal architect of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, who died this week (03 August) aged 83.

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University News 

QUEEN’S ACADEMICS ADMITTED TO THE BRITISH ACADEMY

Two Queen’s academics are among 86 distinguished scholars admitted to British Academy Fellowship in recognition of their outstanding contribution to research in the humanities and social sciences.

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Culture and Arts

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY CELEBRATES THE PRISONS MEMORY ARCHIVE PROJECT

The achievements of the PMA project – whih include a unique collection of more than 150 ‘walk-and-talk’ filmed recordings made at Armagh Gaol, the Maze and Long Kesh – have been remembered at a special online event.  

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CORONAVIRUS

QUEEN’S AWARDED GRANT TO RESEARCH BACTERIAL CO-INFECTIONS IN COVID-19

A team at Queen’s consisting of experts in virology, immunology and translational bioinformatics, has received £500,000 to investigate co-infections associated with severe cases of the coronavirus.

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Society

QUEEN’S RESEARCH UNVEILS EARLY KINGS OF ULSTER AND IRON AGE TEMPLES AT NAVAN FORT

Geophysical survey work led by Queen’s at Navan Fort just outside Armagh City – the seat of legendary Irish kings – sheds new light on the evolution of one of Northern Europe’s most complex and significant sites.

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Health

RESEARCH FINDS ‘GUARDIAN OF THE GENOME’ GENE CAN PREVENT CELL DEATH IN COLORECTAL CANCER

Researchers from The Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research have identified new treatments that may improve the efficacy of chemotherapy for colorectal cancer patients.

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Graduate News

QUEEN’S GRADUATE DR ANN DERWIN IS TO BE IRELAND’S NEXT AMBASSADOR TO CHINA

PhD graduate Ann Derwin from County Sligo is set to be Ireland’s 10th Ambassador to China since diplomatic relations were opened up between the two countries almost 41 years ago.

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Philanthropy

JAM At Queen's Hosts Virtual Summer Concert

The Junior Academy of Music (JAM) at Queen's recently celebrated the end of the school year with a virtual summer concert, in light of COVID-19.

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Graduate News

'SEAMUS HEANEY AND THE MUSIC OF WHAT HAPPENS'

A unique worldwide screening of a documentary film on the life and poetry of Seamus Heaney is to be screened exclusively, and for a limited period only, this weekend on the QFT Player. 


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University News

QUEEN’S CENTRE FOR SECURE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES PROFILED IN GOVERNMENT ROADMAP

With research and development critical to the UK recovery in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, the work of CSIT has been highlighted as an exemplar in a new 60-page government roadmap.

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Health

QUEEN’S PART OF £7M CONSORTIUM TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR PATIENTS WITH EARLY STAGE CANCER

A consortium led by the Precision Medicine Centre at Queen’s has the potential to impact cancer patient care globally through new diagnostic solutions and insights.

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Coronavirus

COVID-19 RESEARCH ROUNDTABLE VIDEO SERIES

Hosted by Professor Emma Flynn, Looking out for Big Brother – the first in a new Queen’s University Belfast COVID-19 discussion series – is now available online.

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University News

QUEEN’S LAUNCHES FREE UPSKILLING OPPORTUNITY IN OPERATIONS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

A new online postgraduate certificate aims to provide upskilling for people who have been furloughed, or who have lost their jobs, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Education

LANGUAGE LEARNING VITAL TO PANDEMIC RECOVERY

COVID-19, the worst recession in memory, disparities in educational opportunity, and the changing relationship with Europe all means we require a strategic approach to language learning, according to UK coalition.

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Research

FIRST EXPOSED PLANETARY CORE DISCOVERED ALLOWS GLIMPSE INSIDE OTHER WORLDS

An international team of scientists, including researcher Dr Chris Watson from the School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen’s, has discovered the first ever exposed remnant core of a gas giant planet, around 730 light-years from Earth.

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International

RESEARCH AND COLLABORATION - queen's links around the world

With the digital age making communications even easier and academic research becoming ever more internationalised, Queen’s researchers are reaching out around the world.


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Graduate News

IN CONVERSATION WITH QUEEN’S ALUMNI IN THE USA

Queen's after COVID-19 was the broad topic for a busy online In Conversation webinar with alumni – this time in the US – on Wednesday 1st July.

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Graduate News 

MEET TESSA BRESLIN – REALISING AMBITIONS

High-flying Queen’s graduate Tessa Breslin may be the MD of a global leadership strategy firm in New York, but her heart is still very much at home on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Graduate News

MEET DR KAI RUGGERI – SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGIST AND BEHAVIOURAL SCIENTIST

“In the time since I completed my doctorate, I have been given a wonderful range of opportunities, thanks largely to my chosen degree” – says Dr Kai Ruggeri, who talks about the world-class training he received at Queen’s as a researcher.

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Arts and Culture

SEAMUS HEANEY CENTRE AT QUEEN’S ANNOUNCES LAURA SCOTT 2020 POETRY PRIZE WINNER

Laura Scott, the winner of this year’s prestigious £5,000 Seamus Heaney Centre First Collection Poetry Prize, for her anthology So Many Rooms, says she is ‘over the moon’.

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Graduate News

MEET LEE HUI SENG – QUEEN’S CIVIL ENGINEERING GRAD

He loves sports, politics and current affairs; he’s a runner and community activist, on top of which Lee Hui Seng is a keen and loyal volunteer for his alma mater in Belfast.

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International

QUEEN’S IS AMONG A NUMBER OF UNIVERSITIES FLYING CHINESE STUDENTS DIRECTLY TO CAMPUS

In an effort to make it as easy and as safe as possible for Chinese students to get to the University this autumn, Queen’s is arranging a dedicated direct flight to Belfast from Beijing.

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Economy

NI EXECUTIVE URGED TO USE COVID-19 CRISIS TO BUILD NEW ECONOMY

A report published earlier this month (24 June 2020) by independent think-tank Pivotal calls on the NI Executive to create and deliver a long-term economic strategy for regeneration in Northern Ireland, following the coronavirus pandemic.

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Graduate News 

MEET QUEEN’S GRADUATE AMELIA NÍ LAOI – IRELAND’S DEPUTY CONSUL GENERAL TO HONG KONG AND MACAU

At one of the most tumultuous times in its history, we talk exclusively to the Queen’s Psychology graduate who is Ireland’s No.2 diplomat in Hong Kong.

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Philanthropy 

RYAN IS A STUDENT HARDSHIP FUN(D) RUNNER!

Canadian Ryan Zantinge so enjoyed his Master’s course at Queen’s that he decided to run a half marathon in support of the University’s Student Hardship Fund.

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International

QUEEN’S AND SELF HELP AFRICA IN MALAWI COLLABORATION PROJECT

Researchers in the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s are working with Self Help Africa NI to support health, livelihoods and livestock in Malawi.

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Health

QUEEN’S ACADEMICS RAISE AWARENESS OF SCOLIOSIS RESEARCH ON WORLD SCOLIOSIS DAY

A project delayed due to COVID-19 which will explore how best to measure treatment success for scoliosis, is to start recruitment in the coming months.

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University News

QUEEN’S PLANS FOR THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR

Plans for those arriving at the University this autumn for the next academic year, have been unveiled in a new Queen’s campus commitment, to let returning and prospective students know just how warmly they will be welcomed this September.

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Graduate News

INTERIM ATTORNEY GENERAL IS QUEEN’S GRADUATE

Ms Brenda King has been appointed as Attorney General for Northern Ireland until a replacement is found for John Larkin QC, who leaves the post in the coming days.


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Environment

QUEEN’S PART OF £33M FUNDING BOOST TO DEVELOP ZERO EMISSION FERRIES

Queen’s researchers have joined a consortium which will revolutionise maritime transport by developing high-speed, low energy, environmentally friendly ferries.  



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Graduate News

MEET GRADUATE LISA MILNE – PROCESS ENGINEER AT KIMBERLY-CLARK

A Queen’s Chemical Engineer from County Down – with experience in the tissue manufacturing, pharmaceutical, nuclear and gas industries – is making her mark in the health and hygiene sector in Cumbria.     

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Coronavirus

QUEEN’S LEADING UK-WIDE RESEARCH TO MEASURE COVID-19 ANTIBODIES IN CHILDREN

Thanks in part to a legacy gift to Queen’s, the University is enlisting hundreds of ‘Covid Warriors’ to assess how many children – who may have had COVID-19 – now have the antibodies necessary to fight off the infection.

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HISTORY

ANCIENT DNA REVEALS INBREEDING AMONG DYNASTIC ELITE OF NEOLITHIC IRELAND

Despite it being a near universal taboo, then as now, evidence of first-degree incest has been found among ruling elite in early Ireland, practised it is believed, to intensify hierarchy and legitimise power.

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Sport

QUEEN’S BLUES AWARDS GO ON-LINE

It may not have had all the glitz and the glam of a typical Blues Awards at Queen’s but this year's online event had much to celebrate in sporting terms and proved to be a great success.

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Graduate News

OPT IN FOR A CHANCE TO WIN!

We are delighted, once again, to give Queen’s graduates the opportunity to win another wonderful prize – this time courtesy of North-West artist Maureen Mc Ghee – simply by ‘opting in’ to receive regular emails from the University. 

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Philanthropy

TACKLING LONELINESS, WITH THE HELP OF QUEEN’S ANNUAL FUND

Marking Loneliness Awareness Week (15-19 June), read how one Queen’s student society is helping to tackle the problem, thanks to philanthropic gifts from graduates to Queen's.   

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Arts

NOW SHOWING…AT QFT

During the challenging months of the pandemic lockdown, Queen’s Film Theatre is making content available to cinemagoers at home, as part of a new chapter in the Theatre’s history.

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Science

RECOVERING PINE MARTEN NUMBERS BENEFIT RED SQUIRRELS, BUT GREYs STILL PERSIST IN URBAN AREAS

Grey squirrels will still dominate in parkland areas of towns and cities, despite the positive impact of pine martens on red squirrel numbers, according to the latest Queen’s research.  

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Health

QUEEN’S ACADEMIC TO LEAD NEW EUROPEAN CANCER NETWORK

Professor Mark Lawler, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Digital Health at Queen’s, is to jointly lead an initiative focusing on the adverse effects of COVID-19 on cancer care across Europe.

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Health

NORTHERN IRELAND ECONOMY MINISTER VISITS QUEEN’S

The Economy Minister, Diane Dodds visited Queen’s this week (11 June 2020) to learn about work being carried out across the University in the fight against COVID-19.

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Graduate News

INSPIRATIONAL GRADUATE IS DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Johann Muldoon, BSc Architecture (1999), AIB NI Queen’s Graduate of the Year (2017), and recently announced as UK Director of the Year at the Inspiring Women in Business Awards, talks exclusively to Queen's.


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University News

FIRST COLLECTION POETRY PRIZE 2020 – THE SHORTLIST

Five works of poetry by five previously unpublished poets are in contention for the 2020 Seamus Heaney First Collection Poetry Prize, which will be awarded next month.  

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Coronavirus

RESEARCHERS IDENTIFY THE IMPACT OF BACTERIAL CO-INFECTIONS AND ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE IN COVID-19

Queen’s researchers believe there is an urgent need to develop new therapeutics to treat COVID-19 targeting virus/bacteria co-infections.

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Health

RESEARCH SHOWS KIDNEY TRANSPLANTS SAVES LIVES AND COSTS LESS THAN ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS

Not only are kidney transplants more cost-effective than the alternatives, new research from Queen’s shows that patients with transplantation have a significantly better quality of life and life expectancy than those on dialysis.

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University News

QUEEN’S LAUNCHES CITI-GENS DOCTORAL TRAINING PROGRAMME

A programme that will help to train the next generation of leaders and innovators – and give them the edge in the global job market – has been launched by Queen’s.

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VOLUNTEER NEWS 

Volunteers' Week 2020 - saying 'thank you' to all our volunteers

For the first time ever, Queen's joined a week-long initiative involving hundreds of charities and organisations around the UK to celebrate and thank graduate volunteers for their support for the University.

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Volunteer News 

MAXIMISING STUDENT POTENTIAL – CELEBRATING QUEEN’S MENTORING VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers’ Week - an opportunity to say thanks for gifts of time to the University - today celebrates mentors, those who pass on their career experiences to the next generation.

 

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Volunteer News

SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE AT QUEEN'S - VOLUNTEERS’ WEEK 2020

If you had a great time at Queen’s and would like to share your experiences to help recruit the next generation of potential students – online or in their respective communities – then your University would love to hear from you.

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Volunteer News

BECOME A WORK PLACEMENT PROVIDER – VOLUNTEERS’ WEEK

Work-related learning opportunities and placements, today’s highlight of Volunteers’ Week 2020, are hugely valuable to students at Queen's and may even bring unexpected benefits for the volunteer provider!

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Volunteer News

GRADUATE ASSOCIATIONS AND NETWORKS – CELEBRATING QUEEN’S VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers’ Week is an opportunity for Queen’s to recognise and celebrate all who give the gift of time to the University, including those who run alumni associations and chapters around the world – keeping graduates in touch.

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Volunteer NEWS

GRADUATE PROFILE PROVIDERS – CELEBRATING VOLUNTEERS’ WEEK AT QUEEN’S

Graduates who give the gift of time to Queen’s are being recognised and celebrated during Volunteers’ Week – including those who provide profiles for faculty web pages, online class notes, news stories and University recruitment publications.

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Volunteer News 

VOLUNTEER ‘THANK YOU’ WEEK AT QUEEN’S 2020

As the call goes out for additional student placements, graduates and others who give the gift of time to Queen’s will be recognised and celebrated during the forthcoming Volunteers’ Week.

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University NEWS  

TEDX QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST GOES DIGITAL

A digital event rich in opinions, thoughts and ideas formed through extensive research, investigation and study, TEDx on 10 June will reflect on the changes taking place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Coronavirus

QUEEN’S LAUNCHES GLOBAL SURVEY ON CHILDREN’S EXPERIENCES OF ‘LIFE UNDER CORONAVIRUS’

A major survey, which aims to highlight how children have been coping during the COVID-19 pandemic, has been launched by the Centre for Children’s Rights at Queen’s.

 

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University News 

QUEEN’S ACADEMICS ADMITTED TO THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY

Twenty-nine new members, including 3 distinguished Queen’s academics and a Queen’s graduate who is based at Harvard University, have been admitted to the Royal Irish Academy, not with a traditional handshake but this year by video call. 

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Graduate News

MASTER’S GRADUATE SIGNS SIX-FIGURE BOOK DEAL

Louise Nealon, a 2016 Master’s in Creative Writing graduate from County Kildare, has signed a six-figure deal with Bonnier Books UK for her debut novel, Snowflake, scheduled for release next year.

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Philanthropy

LORNA’S LEGACY – THE GIFT OF TRAVEL

Inspired by her medical elective in South Africa in the late 1970s, graduate Lorna Sloan talks about her decision to leave a legacy to Queen’s to support a student travel scholarship.

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Graduate News

NETWORK RAIL APPOINTS QUEEN’S GRADUATE AS NEW NON-EXEC DIRECTOR

Dublin-based Queen’s alumna Fiona Ross (LLM 2008), currently Chair of Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ), has joined the Board of Network Rail, owner and operator of most of the railway network in Great Britain.

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Coronavirus

QUEEN'S LED CONSORTIUM LAUNCHES COVID-19 TESTING FACILITY AT AGRI-FOOD AND BIOSCIENCES INSTITUTE

Testing is underway at a new facility – the result of a cross-sectoral partnership between Queen’s, UU and AFBI – which will significantly increase Northern Ireland’s capacity for patient testing for COVID-19.

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Obituary

REMEMBERING TOM LYNCH – ‘WHEN YOU HAVE, YOU HAVE TO GIVE BACK’

Tom Lynch – an eminent businessman and philanthropist who was a former Students’ Union President and past Chairman of the Queen’s University of Belfast Foundation – died at the beginning of April.

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Society

QUEEN’S ACADEMICS PUBLISH RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NORTHERN IRELAND POST-BREXIT

With Northern Ireland facing the prospect of being a ‘rule taker’ in the future, and our elected representatives having little or no capacity to shape EU decisions, Queen’s researchers say we could face a ‘serious democratic deficit’ in the post-Brexit era.

Health

LOCAL UNIVERSITIES AND AWARE TACKLE MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE

Researchers from Queen’s and Ulster University - in collaboration with local charity AWARE - have been exploring wellbeing at work and have suggested some actions that organisations can take to promote mental health in the workplace.

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University News

QUEEN’S PROFESSOR AMONG LEADING BIOMEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENTISTS ELECTED TO ACADEMY FELLOWSHIP

Professor Stuart Elborn, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences at Queen’s has been elected to The Academy of Medical Sciences’ prestigious Fellowship.

Graduate News

FANCY A CUPPA? OPT IN FOR A CHANCE TO WIN!

Once again we are offering alumni an exclusive opportunity to win another wonderful prize – this time courtesy of Belfast-based SUKI Tea Makers – simply by ‘opting in’ to receive regular emails from Queen’s. 

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Science

QUEEN’S ACADEMIC RECEIVES FUNDING TO ENHANCE FARMED CHICKEN WELFARE RESEARCH

IGFS academic Professor Niamh O’Connell has received funding to develop a vision-based system that uses crowd analysis research and applies it to the tracking and behavioural analysis of chickens.

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Graduate News

MEET DESMOND EASTWOOD - NOT JUST ANOTHER 'NORMAL' QUEEN'S LAW GRADUATE

Following in his brother Colum’s footsteps, Queen’s LLB graduate Desmond Eastwood has – for now at least – forsaken the law for a career in the acting world.

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STUDENT NEWS

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR LOCAL CHARITY THROUGH ONLINE CONCERT

The online ‘Qulture Shock: Unity Concert’ on Monday 25 May (6pm), which is being organised by international students at Queen’s, aims to raise money for St John Ambulance.

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CORONAVIRUS

NEW SURVEY REVEALS HOW THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IS AFFECTING PEOPLE'S MENTAL HEALTH

A UK survey led by the Mental Health Foundation in partnership with Queen’s and a number of other leading universities has revealed several COVID-19 related mental health concerns.

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Health

PODCAST CONSIDERS CANCER CARE IN THE ERA OF COVID-19

Specialists at Queen’s who have been playing a leading role in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic – particularly in the cancer domain – have been discussing the impact of COVID-19 on cancer care.  

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Research

ACADEMIC FUNDING FOR STUDY ON THE PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF EX-SERVICE FAMILIES

Professor Chérie Armour from the School of Psychology at Queen’s has received over £300,000 to carry out a project to help identify the psychological health and wellbeing needs of former military families.

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STUDENT News

SANTANDER - DELIVERING FOR QUEEN'S STUDENTS

Hundreds of students on lockdown in Queen’s accommodation since March have once again benefited from support by Santander Universities UK this May Bank Holiday weekend.  

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Graduate News

GRADUATE DOMINIC GATES WINS PULITZER PRIZE FOR WORK ON TWO BOEING 737 MAX CRASHES

Queen’s graduate Dominic Gates was one of four journalists from The Seattle Times awarded a Pulitzer Prize for their ground-breaking stories that exposed design flaws in the Boeing 737 MAX which led to two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019.

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Coronavirus

REHABILITATION IN NORTHERN IRELAND IN THE WAKE OF COVID-19

An online appeal and fundraising music video launched to thank NHS staff and support essential research at Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University for those recovering from COVID-19, is now available.   

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University News

£700M CITY DEAL INVESTMENT WILL HELP BELFAST REGION BOUNCE BACK FROM COVID-19

Queen’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Greer, has welcomed the Northern Ireland Executive's match funding pledge to help economic and societal recovery once the region emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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University News

QUEEN'S LAUNCHES FREE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR WORKERS AFFECTED BY COVID-19

Queen's is offering a free software development course, funded by the Department for the Economy, to upskill individuals furloughed or made redundant as a result of COVID-19 in programming, testing and computing foundations.

University News

QUEEN'S HONORARY GRADUATE EXECUTIVE PRODUCES 'ONE WORLD: TOGETHER AT HOME' GLOBAL CONCERT

Former US Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland and 2011 Queen’s honorary graduate Dr Declan Kelly, was centre stage last month for the ‘One World: Together at Home’ virtual concert which raised almost $130m.

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