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Graduate News 

RETURN TO QUEEN’S – 70 YEARS AFTER STARTING AS UNDERGRADUATES

The year is 1951 – Harry S. Truman is US President, The Festival of Britain opens in May, Judy Garland plays 14 nights in July in Dublin at the Theatre Royal – and Robin Shanks and Brian Hall start as undergraduate at Queen’s.

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Graduate News

‘QUINTESSENTIAL STORY TELLER’ IS 2021 ALLSTATE NI QUEEN’S GRADUATE OF THE YEAR

Television journalist Bill Neely, BA in Modern History and English (Joint Honours) 1981 – formerly of NBC News, ITN and BBC Northern Ireland – has been announced as the winner of the 2021 Allstate NI Queen’s Graduate of the Year.

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Philanthropy

SUPPORTING THE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS OF TOMORROW 

A donation to the innovative InterSim Centre at Queen’s will benefit generations of future healthcare professionals and thousands of patients in the local community.

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Health

SCIENTISTS SECURE €1 MILLION GRANT TO DEVELOP SYNTHETIC TENDON AND LIGAMENT IMPLANTS

A four-year, €1 million, internationally collaborative study – involving researchers from Queen’s – is seeking to develop synthetic tendon and ligament implants.

 

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Graduate News

MEET QUEEN’S U.S. DOUBLE GRADUATE, PHD STUDENT, GAME OF THRONES EXTRA AND SURFER, MADELYN NOWAK-RODDY

From meeting George R. R. Martin to starring as an extra in Derry Girls, and from climbing the Mournes, to setting and achieving her ‘beans challenge’, Madelyn Marie Nowak-Roddy from Illinois has packed so much into her time at Queen’s.

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Health

POOR VISION STRONGLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE RISK OF TRAFFIC COLLISIONS

The call for mandatory vision function assessment before issuing a driving licence is supported by the latest Queen’s research highlighting the link between vision impairment and traffic accidents in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).

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University News

UNIVERSITY PAYS TRIBUTE TO DR JOHN KING, CHAIR OF THE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION BOARD

Professor Ian Greer, President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s, has led tributes to Dr John King, Chairman of The Queen’s University of Belfast Foundation Board.



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Philanthropy

ACTIVE CAMPUS REFERRAL PROJECT

A collaborative initiative supported by the National Lottery Community Fund has been helping Queen’s students become more physically active through a bespoke programme offering options to suit all levels of ability and interest.

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Graduate News

WINNERS OF GRADUATE 'GREEN ENERGY' PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to Clare and Colin – the two graduate winners of our latest green energy themed selfie competition for a pair of Bose Soundlink Headphones kindly provided by GWA Supplies.

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Student News

A WARM QUEEN’S WELCOME TO THE LATEST VISITING STUDENTS FROM THE USA

The largest cohort of students from George Washington University to date has arrived at Queen’s as part of the Study Abroad programme focusing on peace and reconciliation here and around the world.

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Health

MAJOR UK TRIAL GREATLY IMPROVES OUTCOMES FOR CRITICALLY ILL CHILDREN ON VENTILATION

The largest clinical trial of its kind has shown how a new approach to reduce the use of mechanical ventilation can greatly improve outcomes for critically ill infants and children.



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HEALTH

WORLD CANCER RESEARCH DAY: HIGHLIGHTING LIFE-CHANGING CANCER RESEARCH AT QUEEN’S

To mark World Cancer Research Day 2021 on 24th September, we are highlighting the amazing work of cancer researchers at Queen’s University. Want to know more about our priority areas? Find out more.


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Health

DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY – HOW PATIENT INVOLVEMENT IS INCREASING TRUST IN THE USE OF DATA

“Patients are our north star – we follow their lead"…Queen's Professor Mark Lawler on the important role of patients in the use of data in cancer care decision-making.

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Graduate news

ANNOUNCEMENT OF 2021 ALLSTATE NI QUEEN’S ALUMNI VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

An LLB (1974) graduate who has dedicated a remarkable 50 years to rowing at the University has been unveiled as the winner of the 2021 Allstate NI Queen's Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award.

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Student News 

ALTRUISTIC MALAYSIAN LAW STUDENT – YI KANG CHOO – NAMED ALLSTATE NI QUEEN’S STUDENT OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Yi Kang Choo - the winner of the 2021 Allstate NI Queen’s Student of the Year Award - who, while President of the Malaysian Students' Society NI (MSSNI), launched a Welfare Task Force to support international students during Covid-19.

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Graduate News

QUEEN’S GRADUATE JAMES MACSORLEY HEADS TO TOKYO PARALYMPIC GAMES

Double Gold World Championship winning James MacSorley from Belfast will join the World Number 1 rated GB Wheelchair Basketball Team to compete in his first Paralympic Games in Japan.

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Philanthropy

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF THE PATRICIA NAPIER SCHOLARSHIPS IN NURSING & MIDWIFERY

A graduate who has donated over £200,000 to the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s – and in the process supported 33 post-graduate students – has returned to his alma mater to mark 10 years of the Patricia Napier Scholarships.



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Health

NEW RESEARCH SHOWS HUGE COSTS OF COLORECTAL CANCER TO PATIENTS AND HEALTH SYSTEMS

The most comprehensive research to date on the economic burden of colorectal cancer across Europe reveals major challenges for improving outcomes for those impacted by the disease.

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University News

QUEEN'S WELCOMES CENTENARY FUNDING

Senior Academy and Pathway Opportunity Programme students at Queen’s University Belfast are to benefit from £30,000 NIO Centenary funding.

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Graduate News

MEET CHRIS GREGG – CEO AND CO-FOUNDER OF LIGHTYEAR, AND QUEEN’S GRADUATE

With 5,000sq ft offices in Catalyst in the Titanic Quarter and employing almost 30 people, meet the graduate responsible for cutting-edge fintech products for businesses, accountants and bookkeepers worldwide.

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Student News 

QUEEN’S MALAYSIAN GRADUAND WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD ESTABLISHED IN MEMORY OF PRINCESS DIANA

Among those 'exceptional young people' who have demonstrated their ability to ‘inspire and mobilise new generations to serve their communities’ and ‘create long lasting change on a global scale’ is Queen’s graduating student, Yi Kang Choo.

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Graduate News 

A GRADUATE’S 'EYE VIEW' OF THE TOKYO OLYMPICS!

Live from Tokyo, award-winning BBC television producer Jonny Bramley reports as part of the Queen’s alumni delegation playing a vital role in delivering the Olympic Games to a home audience.    

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Graduate News

MEET DR PAUL POLLOCK – QUEEN’S GRADUATE, EMERGENCY DOCTOR AND TOKYO OLYMPIAN

In our latest graduate profile we celebrate the remarkable achievements of Irish National Champion marathon runner and double Olympian Paul Pollock, no stranger to the world stage.

 

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Graduate News

WIN A PAIR OF BOSE SOUNDLINK HEADPHONES IN AN EXCLUSIVE ALUMNI PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION!

Queen’s alumni around the world have a chance to win a pair of Bose Soundlink Headphones, thanks to our friends at graduate-owned GWA Supplies.

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Health

CLINICAL TRIAL SHOWS IMPROVED SURVIVAL FOR PROSTATE CANCER WHICH HAS SPREAD TO BONES

In the first of its kind anywhere in the world, a Queen’s-led trial involving a new combination of radiotherapies suggests this approach may be more effective than existing treatments in the fight against prostate cancer.

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Graduate News

QUEEN’S GRADUATES ON THEIR MARKS FOR THE TOKYO OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC GAMES!

Five talented Queen’s graduates representing men’s and women’s rowing, clay pigeon shooting, marathon running and wheelchair basketball, are Tokyo-bound for the delayed Games of the XXXII Olympiad.

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Graduate News

MRS JUSTICE SIOBHAN KEEGAN APPOINTED NI’S FIRST FEMALE CHIEF JUSTICE

For the first time, Northern Ireland’s highest judicial position is to be held by a woman, The Honourable Mrs Justice Keegan, who also becomes the first woman judges’ chief in any of the four UK nations.

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Philanthropy

MATHEWS FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP 2020/21 ANNOUNCED

A scholarship which recognises five generations of medical graduates (mainly from Queen’s) has been awarded to Wen Kyle Wong, a medical student from Malaysia.

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Philanthropy

ULSTER GAA RENEWS CHARITY PARTNERSHIP WITH QUEEN’S IN SUPPORT OF PROSTATE CANCER RESEARCH

Ulster GAA is delighted to be ‘Supporting Prostate Cancer Research’ at the Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research at Queen’s, for the third year.



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Graduate News

WATER IS WATER – MEET ALUMNA AND OLYMPIC ROWER, REBECCA EDWARDS

French and Spanish graduate Rebecca Edwards (BA 2016), who only took up rowing when she came to Queen’s, has booked her place in the Tokyo Olympics.

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Sport

QUEEN’S RFC TO TOUR CANADA IN 2022

In what is being described as a 'trip of a lifetime', a squad of over 40 senior rugby players from Queen’s is to tour Canada's east coast next summer, visiting Toronto and Montreal.

 

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Graduate News 

MEET ANDREW ELLIOTT – OUR MAN IN WASHINGTON DC

Promoting the best of Northern Ireland, meet Andrew Elliott – originally from County Fermanagh – a Queen’s BAgr (Agriculture) Honours graduate and our chief diplomatic representative in Washington DC.   

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Health

PRECISION MEDICINE CENTRE PARTNERS WITH SONRAI ANALYTICS TO DELIVER TOOL IN CANCER DIAGNOSTICS

Sonrai Analytics, a Queen’s spin-out company, and the University’s Precision Medicine Centre (PMC), are to work together to provide more timely, accurate and affordable laboratory results in cancer diagnosis across the NHS.

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Honorary Graduate News

LEADING AND LEADERSHIP IN AN ERA OF GRAND CHALLENGES

Queen’s Honorary Graduate Mary Robinson, who served as the seventh President of Ireland (1990-1997), is to deliver the keynote address at the formal launch of the University’s Centre for Leadership, Ethics and Organisation.

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Science

ENGINEERS DEVELOP DEVICE THAT COULD RADICALLY REDUCE RISKS OF TREATING CORONARY HEART DISEASE

Reducing the risks and complications of treating heart disease – the leading cause of death globally – will have benefits not only in terms of reductions in healthcare costs and productivity losses, but in the length of hospital stay post treatment for patients.



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Science

RESEARCHERS WORK ON £11.2M PROJECT TO DEVELOP NEXT GENERATION OF HYDROGEN BUSES

Queen’s researchers are set to collaborate with key industry partners to develop innovative and crucial global transport solutions.

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Graduate News

NASA AWARDS CONTRACT TO COMPANY FOUNDED BY QUEEN’S GRADUATE

Samuel J Anderson, a Queen’s MSc Engineering graduate who developed an idea based on energy conservation and environmental progress into IceMOS Technology, a global company, is working with NASA to send astronauts to Mars.

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Society

KNITSTANBUL: QUEEN'S RESEARCH ON SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WITH SYRIAN WOMEN IN ISTANBUL

Queen’s research into social entrepreneurship in Turkey has found that creative social enterprises are offering hope and solidarity for refugees and a pathway for economic survival.  

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Health

QUEEN’S LEADING MAJOR RESEARCH PROJECT MEASURING COVID-19 ANTIBODY LEVELS

The largest prospective international study in cystic fibrosis (CF) to have been carried out to date is being led by Queen’s researchers, thatnks to support from the CF Foundation (US).

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Health

FIRST GLOBAL RESEARCH PROGRAMME DEVOTED TO VISION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

A major research programme seeking to drive lasting policy change and achieve improved quality of life for people in low and middle-income countries, has received £3.5m in funding.  

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Society

LANGUAGE LESSONS ‘HARDEST HIT’ DURING COVID-19, NEW REPORT REVEALS

Language learning online for Year 9s has been found to be harder during lockdown than other subjects, with language teaching in Northern Ireland primary schools all but collapsed due to the coronavirus.

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Health

CANCER DATA RESEARCH ON THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 WINS MAJOR UK AWARD

A prestigious award – which acknowledges ‘original research that has contributed to, or has the potential to contribute to, significant improvements in health outcomes or the quality of patient care’ – has gone to DATA-CAN, whose Scientific Director is Professor Mark Lawler from Queen’s.  

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Health

RESEARCHERS AWARDED £2.6M TO TACKLE CHILD TOOTH DECAY

A collaborative study involving Psychology researchers from Queen's and the University of Liverpool – which hopes to prevent tooth decay in children by regular brushing and limiting sugar in the diet – has received substantial funding.

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VOLUNTEERING

SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE AT QUEEN'S - VOLUNTEERS’ WEEK 2021

During Volunteers’ Week we would like to thank all those amazing Queen's alumni around the world who join us at careers panels, offer holder events and more.

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Volunteering

BECOME A WORK PLACEMENT PROVIDER – VOLUNTEERS’ WEEK 2021

Could you provide a placement for a Queen’s student? As we near the end of Volunteers’ Week 2021, today we thank all those who provide important work-related learning opportunities and placements for our students.

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VOLUNTEERING

MAXIMISING STUDENT POTENTIAL – CELEBRATING QUEEN’S MENTORING VOLUNTEERS

During Volunteers’ Week we continue our look at the role graduates play in the life of the University by thanking and acknowledging those who serve as mentors – passing on their career experiences to current Queen’s students.

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VolunteerING

GRADUATE ASSOCIATIONS AND NETWORKS – CELEBRATING QUEEN’S VOLUNTEERS

Those who help run our alumni networks and who provide important connections between the University and our graduates around the world, are being recognised and celebrated during Volunteers’ Week.

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VolunteerING

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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Volunteering

VOLUNTEERS’ WEEK 2021 AT QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY – A TIME TO SAY THANKS!

As Volunteers’ Week 2021 approaches Queen’s would like to say ‘thank you’ to all those graduates who have volunteered in their local communities – and in the University – during what has been a hugely challenging 12 months; you are all amazing!  

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University News

RENOWNED QUEEN’S SCIENTIST RECOGNISED FOR HIS RESEARCH IN FOOD AUTHENTICITY

A widely respected University research scientist, who led the government's independent review of food systems following the 2013 horse meat scandal, has received an Agilent Thought Leader Award.

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University News

QUEEN’S HAS WELCOMED FUNDING OF 50 POSTGRADUATE BURSARIES FOR NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR

The Department for the Economy has announced £1.8m worth of funding for postgraduate bursaries for 100 students undertaking a one year taught Master’s course in 2021/22 at Queen’s and UU.

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Culture and Arts

SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT TO HONOUR POET MICHAEL LONGLEY CBE AND PROF EDNA LONGLEY

Queen’s University has announced a scholarship endowment to honour poet Michael Longley CBE and Professor Edna Longley, which will see two poetry scholarships offered each year.

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Graduate News

MEET CLIFFORD MCSPADDEN – AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING GRADUATE AND LIFELONG ADVENTURER

For one inspiring County Down businessman and first-class Queen’s Aeronautical Engineering graduate, life has been a series of fulfilling adventures, during which he has worked for three of the world’s leading companies, in a range of senior positions.

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Society

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFAST SHARES SUSTAINABILITY EXPERTISE IN TEDX TALKS

The forthcoming TEDxQueensUniversityBelfast conference will showcase the staff, students and alumni of the University’s Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

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University News

QUEEN’S HOSTS MAJOR ONLINE SERIES 'THE PARTITION OF IRELAND'

A series of public talks marking the centenary of the partitioning of Ireland, recorded and produced by the BBC and featuring a wide range of expert speakers and perspectives, will be released weekly starting on Monday 26 April at 12.00 midday.

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Science

QUEEN’S SCIENTISTS UNLOCK ANOTHER MYSTERY OF THE SUN

Researchers looking into how energy is generated, transported and dissipated in our solar system – one of the most challenging problems of modern physics – have discovered that magnetic waves can help to heat the Sun.

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Philanthropy

PHILANTHROPY FORTNIGHT 2021 – QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY CELEBRATES DONOR GENEROSITY

With Philanthropy Fortnight underway we pause to reflect on the impact of graduate and supporter giving to Queen’s, in the first of two articles marking donor generosity. 

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Technology

PAVING THE WAY FOR A FASTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE INTERNET THROUGH EDGE COMPUTING

Set up to play its part in revolutionising the way society uses the internet, Edge Computing Hub has been launched at Queen’s, bringing together the two worlds of computer science/IT and telecoms.

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Science

NEW RESEARCH SHOWS HOW THE ZEBRAFISH COULD HELP HUMANS REACH MARS

If astronauts could hibernate - like the zebrafish - it might help us fly to Mars, according to the latest research from Queen’s. 

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Psychology

HIGHER GRADES AWARDED TO STUDENTS SEEN AS AGREEABLE, RESEARCH FINDS

Teachers award higher grades to students with more appealing personalities such as agreeableness and conscientiousness, the latest research suggests.

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Health

NEW DNA RESEARCH COULD HELP COMBAT CANCERS RESISTANT TO CURRENT STANDARD TREATMENTS

Stopping cancer cells in their tracks – even ones that are resistant to current standard treatments – by using existing drugs, is a step closer thanks to a breakthrough from Queen’s.

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Technology

FIGURES REVEALED AT ECIT SUMMIT SHOW CYBER SECURITY WORTH £110M IN SALARIES IN NI

This week’s Secure Connected Intelligence Summit at Queen’s has heard that the local cyber security sector is on track to employ 5,000 people by 2030.

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University News

QUEEN'S STUDENTS SUPPORT CHILDREN IN CARE

Students at Queen’s have been working successfully to deliver an online programme for young people in care as part of the University’s Reading Together initiative.

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Science

QUEEN’S PARTNERS WITH SVG VENTURES FOR THE INAUGURAL THRIVE EUROPE CHALLENGE

Queen’s is the first university in the UK to sign up to a programme for early-stage European AgTech and FoodTech start-ups, a challenge initiative it is hoped will advance the future of food and agriculture through innovation.  

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Society

SOCIAL WORKER WELLBEING RESEARCHERS AWARDED

Interdisciplinary research involving staff at Queen’s, UU and King’s College London, which looked into the working conditions of social workers across the UK, has been recognised by a leading European body.

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Philanthropy

PHILANTHROPY FORTNIGHT 2021 – QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY CELEBRATES DONOR GENEROSITY

With Philanthropy Fortnight underway we pause to reflect on the impact of graduate and supporter giving to Queen’s, in the first of two articles marking donor generosity. 

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Philanthropy

MAJOR BOOST FOR QUEEN’S ROWING ACADEMY

Thanks to the generosity of donors the key areas of coaching, equipment provision and individual athlete support will all benefit in a major boost for rowing at Queen’s.

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Graduate News

GRADUATE WINS PRESTIGIOUS SHEILA MCKECHNIE FOUNDATION ‘DAVID & GOLIATH’ AWARD

A campaign – run on a shoestring budget but with a massive global impact – coordinated by Queen’s graduate and former Students’ Union Vice President Adam McGibbon, has picked up an important national award.

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Health

RESEARCHERS TO PILOT PLANS FOR NEW NATIONAL BIRTH COHORT STUDY

Babies born in the 2020s are to be studied by researchers from Queen’s and a number of other UK institutions to help understand how societal circumstances and events affect them.

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Honorary Graduate News

ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY GOLD MEDAL PRESENTED TO QUEEN’S HONORARY GRADUATE IN VIRTUAL CEREMONY

Professor Mary E Daly, a Queen’s Honorary Graduate who currently features in the University’s podcast series marking the century of the partitioning of Ireland, has received a major academic honour.  

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Health

NORTHERN IRELAND UNIVERSITIES COME TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE NURSING AS A CAREER FOR ALL

A new online resource has been launched in Northern Ireland by Queen's, UU and the OU, which highlights nursing as a welcoming profession and a rewarding career path.



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University News

NORTHERN IRELAND LEADERS REFLECT ON FEMALE LEADERSHIP

Queen’s Chief Executives’ Club has hosted ‘Reflections on Female Leadership’, covering the journeys of three women holding the top political and admin roles in Northern Ireland.



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Health

URGENT ACTION NEEDED AS ONE MILLION CANCER CASES ARE UNDIAGNOSED IN EUROPE DUE TO COVID-19

With an estimated 1,000,000 cases currently being missed across Europe, the time to act is now – according to the European Cancer Organisation – if we are to prevent COVID-19 from stopping us tackling cancer.

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University News

QUEEN’S MANAGEMENT SCHOOL AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS EQUIS ACCREDITATION

Queen’s Management School has become one of just 197 business and management schools around the world to have been awarded EQUIS (EFMD Quality Improvement System) accreditation.

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Business

QUEEN’S SPIN-OUT COMPANY RAISES £316,000 FOR MARINE SURVEYING TECHNOLOGY

A Queen’s spin-out company that is capitalising on the growing requirement for environmentally-conscience survey work to support the green revolution, has secured major funding to revolutionise underwater technology.  

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Scholarships

SCHOLARSHIPS AND NEW JOBS – MEET GRADUATE JOHNNY HANNA, PARTNER IN CHARGE, KPMG IN NI

Two generous annual scholarships and 200 new local jobs are high on the agenda at KPMG in Northern Ireland, led by Queen’s Law and Accounting graduate, Johnny Hanna.

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Student News

A LAWPOD TRIBUTE TO LORD KERR

In a recent LawPod episode, Queen’s School of Law students paid a unique and illuminating tribute to the work and legal legacy of Lord Brian Kerr of Tonaghmore, esteemed graduate, Honorary Graduate, former Graduate of the Year and Honorary Professsor of the University.

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Graduate News 

MEET KIRSTY HEGARTY – THE QUEEN’S GRADUATE AIMING FOR GOLD!

Kirsty Hegarty, the Northern Ireland hopeful aiming for the top at the Tokyo Olympic Games, talks to Queen's about her time at University, her preparations for July and her advice for student athletes.   

 

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Society

QUEEN’S HISTORIAN RELEASES NEW BOOK ON AMERICAN EVANGELICALS AND THE RADICAL RIGHT

An historian from Queen’s University has launched a new book on one of the most controversial political movements in the American Christian Right.

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Health

QUEEN’S RESEARCHERS INVESTIGATING THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON NI’S OLDER POPULATION

Older adults across Northern Ireland have been providing important feedback on their experiences of life during the pandemic, which will help inform future policy in relation to further similar outbreaks.

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Business

BUSINESS FORUM SET TO IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY ACROSS NI AS PART OF NATIONAL NETWORK

The Northern Ireland Productivity Forum – one of eight launched as part of The Productivity Institute across the UK – will focus on culture, workforce skills and the managerial skills gap.

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Science and Technology

ASTRONOMERS DETECT NEW CHEMICAL SIGNATURE IN AN EXOPLANET’S ATMOSPHERE

The discovery – beyond our Solar System – of a molecule which in the Earth’s atmosphere helps purge pollutant gasses dangerous to life, could be the first step in answering the question…are we alone?

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University News

A DECADE OF INFLUENCE IN WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS

A researcher at the Centre for Wireless Innovation based at ECIT at Queen’s - Dr Hien Quoc Ngo - has been recognised by online magazine AI 2000.

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Society

Research shows scale of mental health challenges for veterans in NI for first time

Research carried out by Queen's School of Psychology has shown, for the first time in Northern Ireland,  the scale of mental health and wellbeing challenges faced by locally-based ex-service personnel.

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Health

Q+A: INDIAN CORONAVIRUS VARIANT – WHAT IS IT AND WHAT EFFECT WILL IT HAVE?

With India recording the most new cases of Covid-19 in a single day, anywhere in the world, Queen’s virologist Dr Grace Roberts – writing in The Conversation – considers if variant B1617 is more infectious or more dangerous, and how worried we should be.

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Society

OPINION PANEL POLL UNDERLINES CONCERNS OF IMPACT OF NORTHERN IRELAND PROTOCOL

A study conducted by Queen’s prior to the recent civil unrest confirms that the NI Protocol is a contested issue among voters as well as political parties in Northern Ireland.

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Philanthropy

LEAVE A GIFT IN YOUR WILL TODAY WITH FREE ONLINE WILLS SERVICE, BEQUEATHED

Over half the UK adult population doesn’t have a will – with figures in Northern Ireland much higher at nearly 80% – which is just one of the reasons why Queen’s has joined forces with Bequeathed.

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Graduate, Student and Volunteer news

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR THE GRADUATE, STUDENT AND ALUMNI VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Final call for nominations for the Allstate NI Queen's Graduate, Student and Alumni Volunteer of the Year Awards, which close on Friday 30 April.

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University News

USA COMMITTED TO NORTHERN IRELAND’S SUCCESS, SAYS SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

In 'Beyond Decision 2020' (Thursday 15 April), Queen’s Chancellor, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton discussed her political career, the new Biden administration in the US, the importance of Northern Ireland, and the key role of women and diversity in politics.

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Health

QUEEN’S RESEARCHERS LEADING PROJECTS TO STUDY FACTORS AFFECTING BRAIN HEALTH AS WE AGE

Where we live, the impact of stress, and lifestyle behaviours are among key factors being studied in three important Queen’s research projects examining brain health as we get older.

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Philanthropy

MEET DR DAVID WRIGHT – BAB LECTURER AND RESEARCHER IN OPHTHALMIC DATA SCIENCE

With sight impairment affecting more than two million people in the UK, of which over 50,000 blind and partially sighted individuals live in Northern Ireland, a new role at Queen’s will bring major benefits for patients and their treatments. 

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Society

THE GRADUATE SCHOOL WELCOMES NEW COHORT OF CITI-GENS DOCTORAL SCHOLARS

A new group of international scholars will address global challenges centred on the Innovation strand of the Belfast Region City Deal to drive inclusive economic growth and deliver new and better jobs.

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University News

QUEEN'S WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR REPAIR AND RESTORATION OF ITS HISTORIC LANYON BUILDING

Work on the University’s iconic Lanyon Building has received a prestigious national award at the 2020 Natural Stone Awards held virtually last month.

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Science

NEW BOOK EXPLAINS HOW FAMOUS MUMMY WAS MURDERED

Research outlined in The Life and Times of Takabuti in Ancient Egypt: Investigating the Belfast Mummy – the famous ancient Egyptian mummy on display at the Ulster Museum – suggests the young woman was probably killed by a military axe.

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Arts & Culture

FUTURE SCREENS LAUNCH MENTORING PROGRAMME ‘FUTURE FOUNDATION’ FOR NI CREATIVE SECTOR

A new mentoring initiative has been launched to support those in the creative industries in Northern Ireland who have been directly impacted by the pandemic.

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University News

QUEEN’S WINS STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AWARD AT THIS YEAR’S GREEN GOWN AWARDS

A collaborative project bringing Queen’s staff and students from across the University together with the local community, has earned the University a prestigious Green Gown Award.

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Business

SUPPORT QUEEN’S SPIN-OUT COMPANIES

A new Innovation Fund has been set up by QUBIS Ltd, the commercialisation arm of Queen’s, giving graduates, staff and friends of the University who are qualifying investors, an opportunity to invest in spin-out companies.

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University News

TRIBUTE TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH

Queen’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Greer DL, has paid tribute to His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died on Friday 09 April 2021, aged 99.

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Health

ALL-IRELAND AWARD FOR CONTRIBUTION TO CANCER RESEARCH AND CANCER CARE

A pioneering Queen’s advocate for an All-Ireland approach to tackling cancer, who was the architect of the European Cancer Patient's Bill of Rights, has received a prestigious IACR award.

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University News

IN CONVERSATION WITH QUEEN'S CHANCELLOR, SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

Queen’s is to host an online conversation with former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, 11th Chancellor of the University, in which she will explore the US relationship with Northern Ireland and the role of women in politics today.  

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Science and Technology

QUEEN’S ACADEMICS AWARDED OVER £1M TO TACKLE SOFTWARE ENGINEERING RESEARCH CHALLENGES

Two of just nine UKRI Fellowships available have been awarded to Queen’s University academics to drive the development of high-quality research software.

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Graduate News

MEET GRADUATE CHRIS MCGALE – THE MILLION DOLLAR IRISHMAN – FROM JOHN STREET TO WALL STREET

By the age of 12 he was orphaned; at 25 he survived a near-fatal head-on car crash; ten years later he was a millionaire stockbroker – the incredible life story of Queen’s graduate Chris McGale.       

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Health

UK-WIDE STUDY HIGHLIGHTS IMPACT OF COVID ON THE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE WORKFORCE

A health and social care workforce survey measuring mental wellbeing, quality of working life, burnout and ways of coping, has developed a range of good practice recommendations to support key workers.

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Technology

QUEEN’S WELCOMES NEW NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY CENTRE CEO, LINDY CAMERON CB OBE

“We need to ensure that our adversaries – be they state or criminal, traditional or new – think twice before attacking UK targets…” says the NCSC cyber security boss as she strives to make the UK the safest place to live and work online.

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Health

QUEEN’S SCIENTISTS AWARDED SIGNIFICANT FUNDING TO DEVELOP THE ENZYMES OF TOMORROW

Research aiming to deliver new computational and engineering platforms for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, life sciences and fine chemicals sectors has received funding from Invest NI.

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Graduate News 

TRIBUTE TO JIM DORNAN – FATHER, HUSBAND, OBSTETRICIAN AND ESTEEMED QUEEN’S GRADUATE

Tributes have been paid to Professor Jim Dornan, the retired Northern Ireland obstetrician and gynaecologist, former chair in Fetal Medicine at Queen’s, medical graduate and generous supporter of the University.

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Science

SMALLER AMPHIBIANS HAVE INCREASED EXTINCTION RISK GIVEN THEIR FEWER BABIES

The risk of extinction of a species may not depend on its body size as much as it does on its reproduction traits, according to the latest Queen’s-led amphibian research.

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Health

IMPACT OF PANDEMIC ON FAMILIES CARING FOR MEMBERS WITH SEVERE LEARNING DIFFICULTIES

What impact is the COVID-19 pandemic having on families across the UK and Ireland who have a loved one with profound or multiple learning disabilities?

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Science

DAIRY COWS WITH NO ACCESS TO OUTSIDE PASTURE MAY HAVE DAMAGED EMOTIONAL WELLBEING

In the first study of its kind, Queen’s researchers have been considering whether pasture is a more rewarding environment for dairy cows, than full-time ‘livestock lockdown’ thereby inducing more positive emotional wellbeing.

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Arts 

QUEEN’S SUPPORTS MAJOR FESTIVAL OF IDEAS AND POLITICS

Get ready for another week-long programme of innovative events – 16 of them organised by Queen’s – including exhibitions, talks and workshops, celebrating everything that is unique about Belfast!  

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Graduate News

MEET DR SANDEEP SANCHETI – QUEEN’S GRADUATE, EMINENT ACADEMIC AND NEW VC OF MARWADI UNIVERSITY

A Queen’s PhD graduate, with a reputation as an institution builder, policy planner, promoter of sports in Higher Education and regular contributor to various academic policies, has taken over the leadership role at Marwadi University in India.

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Society

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY PART OF TWENTY NEW UK-IRELAND RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

Partnerships across the social sciences will foster the development of long-term relationships between British and Irish researchers and academic communities.

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Health

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING SIGNED IN HISTORIC DAY FOR CANCER PATIENTS ON ISLAND OF IRELAND

Health leaders in Belfast, Dublin and Washington have reaffirmed a commitment to a tripartite arrangement to enhance cancer research, promote education and training, and underpin improved cancer care on the island of Ireland.

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Graduate News 

REMEMBERING HELEN WADDELL – THE WRITER WHO ‘LIFTED A VEIL FROM THE PAST’

One hundred years ago, Queen’s graduate Helen Waddell (BA, 1911) was a national literary celebrity, mixing with Prime Ministers and Royalty, and admired by her peers such as Virginia Woolf and George Bernard Shaw.

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Health

QUEEN’S AWARDS BARCROFT MEDAL TO PROFESSOR WHO LED DEVELOPMENT OF OXFORD VACCINE AGAINST SARS- COV-2

The professor who created the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine which is now being used to save lives around the world has been honoured by Queen’s.

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Health

HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING AT QUEEN’S PLAYS VITAL ROLE IN DISCOVERING NEW VARIANTS OF COVID-19

The latest technology is being used at Queen’s to analyse COVID-19 virus genome sequences and detect new variants, providing key information which is used to make important public health decisions. 

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Engineering

MEET THE RESEARCHER – AEROSPACE ENGINEER AND LECTURER, DR DANI SOBAN

As we celebrate International Women's Day 2021, meet Queen’s researcher Dr Dani Soban, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a University diversity champion.

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Science

IGFS honoured by United Nations-related agency

The Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s has become the first Collaborating Centre of the International Atomic Energy Agency in the UK, in the area of food and agriculture research. 

 

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Philanthropy

HARDSHIP FUND TO SUPPORT STUDENTS FROM MALAYSIA

An entrepreneur whose work in education has been successful in bringing different cultures together, has established a fund to help current Malaysian students at Queen’s.

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Student News

‘YOU HAVE DEMONSTRATED COURAGE’ HRH THE PRINCESS ROYAL TELLS STUDENT MIDWIVES FROM NI

The diligence and resilience of Queen’s midwifery students during the additional challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic has received Royal acknowledgement.

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University News

FREE UPSKILLING COURSES IN LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT FOR INDIVIDUALS IMPACTED BY COVID

Over 200 places are available on Queen’s courses for people in Northern Ireland effected by the pandemic through furlough, redundancy, or inability to find a job in their field.

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Society and History

QUEEN’S HISTORIAN LAUNCHES BOOK EXPLORING LIFE FOR WOMEN IN 19TH-CENTURY CONVICT PRISONS IN IRELAND

New book shines a light on the hardships experienced by women in prisons – their poverty and survival strategies – in post-Famine Ireland.

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Health

ALL-IRELAND MS RESEARCH NETWORK PROVIDES HOPE TO THOSE AFFECTED BY MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

A new multiple sclerosis network has been launched aiming to limit the progression of MS, to train future generations of researchers and to contribute to global MS research, and with it are launched the first AIMS-RN Research Summer Scholarships.

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Society

QUEEN’S RESEARCH SUGGESTS LARGESCALE ANTIBODY TESTING COULD LOWER CONTAGION OF COVID-19

Antibody tests are more important than we thought and could help reduce the communication of coronavirus from one person or to another by close contact, according to latest Queen's research.

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Health

QUEEN’S PARTNERS WITH INDIAN SCIENTISTS TO ADDRESS SOME OF SOCIETY'S BIGGEST HEALTH CHALLENGES

Vaccine design for pandemic threats, artificial intelligence, and genomic analysis in cancer were on the agenda when Queen’s researchers held an online symposium with leading scientists from India.

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Science and Technology

It’s no Large Hadron Collider, but our new particle accelerator is the size of a large room

Writing in The Conversation, Dr Gianluca Sarri, Reader in the School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen’s, explains all there is to know about particle accelerators.

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Business 

INVITATION TO TAKE UP MEMBERSHIP OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVES’ CLUB AT QUEEN’S

The Chief Executives' Club at Queen's is ‘open for businesses’ and offers members the perfect way to keep up with changes in the local, national and international business world, as well as connecting with the University.

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Graduate News

MEET TANYA KEMPSTON, QUEEN’S GRADUATE, LECTURER AND CREATOR OF E-LEARNING RADIO DRAMA, HEAR THIS!

An award-winning English teacher from County Tyrone, shares her story of living and working in Hong Kong where, she says, life is not all ‘Zoom and gloom’.

 

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Honorary Graduate News

MEET MARTIN MCKEE, PUBLIC HEALTH CHAMPION, QUEEN’S MEDIC AND HONORARY GRADUATE

In the latest in our Honoris Causa series of Queen’s Honorary Graduates profiles, we meet Professor Martin McKee CBE, member of the Independent SAGE and an adviser to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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Health

QUEEN’S APPOINTS ROYAL SOCIETY ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE IN MEDICINE, HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCES FACULTY

The possibility of turning an idea into a product – and the chance to work with Queen’s MHLS faculty staff – all await Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence appointee, Dr Caroline Barelle.

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Society

TEDXQUEENSUNIVERSITYBELFAST ‘GIVE BACK | MOVE FORWARD’ - REGISTER TODAY FOR YOUR PLACE 

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

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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

PUPILS INVITED TO EXPLORE THE WORLD OF SMART COMPUTING WITH QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY EXPERT

‘Imagining a world with smart computing technologies’ – part of the 2021 Northern Ireland Science Festival series of digital events – introduces an exciting global market full of career opportunities based on smart tech.

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Arts and Culture

THE BOOK CLUB: IN CONVERSATION WITH LEADING WRITERS ASSOCIATED WITH QUEEN’S

The Book Club unveils details of three new forthcoming conversations with leading writers connected to the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s.

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Health

VISION LOSS COULD BE TREATED IN ONE BILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE, UNLOCKING HUMAN POTENTIAL

Treating 12 per cent of the world's population for vision loss – which disproportionately affects women, rural populations, and ethnic minority groups – could also accelerate global development.

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Society

CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS TWO CAN LEARN TO COOK; HERE ARE KITCHEN SKILLS THEY CAN GET TO GRIPS WITH

Writing in The Conversation, Queen's Professor Moira Dean and Dr Fiona Lavelle show how including young children in cooking tasks may well create a bit of a mess but it will also provide invaluable skills that will help with more positive food choices later in life.

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Health

RESEARCH DISCOVERY SHOWS VIRUSES CAN ‘HIJACK’ CELLULAR PROCESS IN ORDER TO BLOCK IMMUNE RESPONSE

A discovery showing how viruses ‘hijack’ and inhibit the immune system could have significant health and financial benefits to society, according to the latest transatlantic study.

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Technology 

ACE-CSE RECOGNITION FOR QUEEN’S CYBER SECURITY EDUCATION PROVISION

With Northern Ireland planning to grow the number of cyber security professionals here to 5,000 by 2030, the National Cyber Security Centre has awarded Queen’s SILVER for its cyber security education.

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Science

RESEARCHERS AT QUEEN’S EXPLORE THE LIMITATIONS OF A.I. IN PREDICTING THE SOLAR MAGNETIC FIELD

The critical question of the limitations of artificial intelligence models in the area of solar physics and space weather forecasting, has been explored by a team of international researchers, including several from Queen’s.

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Society

QUEEN’S AWARDED FUNDING TO INVESTIGATE PTSD RESPONSES TO ARMED CONFLICT IN COLOMBIA

A collaboration aiming to develop evidence-based strategies for the prevention of, and care for, mental health disorders in Colombia, has received substantial funding from UK Research and Innovation.

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Honorary Graduate News

CLARE SMYTH CELEBRATES THREE MICHELIN STARS

Meet Queen’s honorary graduate Clare Smyth MBE, one of two female chefs awarded a third Michelin star, announced recently at an online ceremony hosted by Davina McCall.

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Health

RESEARCH REVEALS DEVASTATING IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE DIAGNOSIS OF OESOPHAGEAL AND STOMACH CANCER

Queen’s researchers are warning that the pandemic could have a devastating impact on the diagnoses of cancer of the oesophagus and stomach with many cases potentially remaining undiagnosed.

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International 

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

Queen's University Development and Alumni Relations Office would like to wish all our Chinese graduates, staff, students, friends and connections - and all those celebrating Chinese New Year - xin nian hao, and a warm welcome to the Year of the Ox. 

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Student News 

FINTRU LAUNCHES SCHOLARSHIPS PROGRAMME, TO CHAMPION EQUALITY IN THE FINANCE INDUSTRY

Today - Monday 15 February - is the deadline for applications for the new FinTrU Women in Finance Scholarship, which will help level the playing field in Financial Services, traditionally male dominated, by showcasing and supporting women.

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Society & Technology

NEW QUEEN’S SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES WILL EXPLORE IMPACT OF A.I. ON SCIENCE AND SOCIETY

Applications are being invited for doctoral scholarships which will enable Queen’s researchers to explore the societal implications of allowing machines to make decisions about our futures.

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Society

QUEEN’S HOSTS SERIES OF TALKS TO MARK 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PARTITION OF IRELAND

A major series of public talks to mark the centenary of Irish partition, to be hosted by Queen’s and recorded by the BBC, will feature a wide range of expert speakers and perspectives.

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Health

NEW RESEARCH AIMED AT IMPROVING OUTCOMES FOR EARLY-STAGE BOWEL CANCER

People are being encouraged to use and return their bowel screening test when they receive it, to enable clinicians to identify and treat bowel cancer at the earliest stage when it is curable.

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Society

QUEEN'S STUDENTS COME TOP AT UK-WIDE MODEL NATO

Fending off stiff competition from top UK universities, a team from Queen’s fared best with the complicated intricacies of diplomacy to forge a winning response to a simulated Mediterranean disaster.

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University News 

REMEMBERING NORMAN HOUSTON – AMBASSADOR FOR NORTHERN IRELAND

Unique, a true diplomat and gentleman, a ray of light, welcoming and inclusive, an outstanding host – just some of the many words and phrases used to describe and remember Norman Houston, friend of so many including this University.

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EQUALITY

EFFECTIVE FRAMING CAN IMPROVE SUPPORT FOR GENDER EQUALITY INITIATIVES

Working with STEM academics to address women's underrepresentation in science, a Queen’s led study has examined gender equality initiatives to see how they could be best framed to improve attitudes towards them.

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Health

MEET THE RESEARCHER – PROFESSOR KEN MILLS

This week, as we mark World Cancer Day find out about blood cancer research at Queen’s, which is having an impact locally and beyond thanks to Professor Ken Mills and his team in the Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research and the charity LLNI.

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Health

NEW DATA REVEALS POTENTIAL DEVASTATING IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON HEAD AND NECK CANCER PATIENTS

Six out 10 people with symptoms of head and neck cancer are not being referred to a specialist – as a result of COVID-19 – potentially setting back progress in five-year survival rates for patients.

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Health

FIRST COVID-19 VACCINE TRIAL IN NORTHERN IRELAND FINDS NEW VACCINE TO BE HIGHLY EFFECTIVE

A new coronavirus vaccine has been shown to be over 89% effective in a large-scale UK trial, which included a major Northern Ireland study led by Queen’s researchers.

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Society

REPORT ON MOTHER AND BABY HOMES AND MAGDALENE LAUNDRIES IN NORTHERN IRELAND

An independent investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and Magdalene Laundries will be carried out, the Stormont Executive has said, following the publication of a research report by Queen’s and UU.

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Society

QUEEN’S RESEARCH FINDS THAT ‘CHURCH IS SOMETHING OTHER THAN A BUILDING’ DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The perceptions of what church is, and what it does, may be starting to shift in response to the coronavirus, according to the latest research from Dr Gladys Ganiel from Queen’s.

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Technology

QUEEN’S AMPLIPHAE PARTNERSHIP RESULTS IN SOFTWARE TO TACKLE CYBERSECURITY RISKS AMID THE PANDEMIC

A two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership between the Centre for Secure Information Technologies at Queen’s and Ampliphae, an innovative technology company, have developed software to safeguard data while staff work remotely.

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Environment

EXPLORING THE CONNECTION WITH NATURE

When asked what government should prioritise the largest response was for climate change; take part in the new Environmental Engagement Index survey - developed by Queen's and others - and have your say.

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Culture and Arts

SEAMUS HEANEY CENTRE ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL CIARAN CARSON WRITING AND THE CITY FELLOWSHIPS

The recipients of two new annual Fellowships established in memory of Ciaran Carson, the Seamus Heaney Centre’s founding director, have been announced.

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Graduate News

MEET DONIE O'SULLIVAN, CNN REPORTER ON CAPITOL HILL

Amidst the mayhem in the US capital, witnessed by millions around the world on Wednesday, one CNN journalist – Queen’s Master’s graduate Donie O'Sullivan – has been creating quite the stir.

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Science

BIA ANALYTICAL LTD LAUNCHES TESTING METHODS FOR TWO ADDITIONAL SPICES

A Queen’s spin-out company created to strengthen the integrity of the global food supply chain, has added black pepper and turmeric to its portfolio of spices for which it can provide rapid and reliable authenticity testing.

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Society

SIX TIPS FOR LOOKING AFTER YOUR NEW PUPPY, ACCORDING TO SCIENCE

Think you know how to train your new puppy - writing in The Conversation, Queen’s renowned animal behaviourist Dr Deborah Wells has guidelines for those looking after our four legged friends during lockdown. 

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Health

QUEEN’S-LED CELL THERAPY CLINICAL TRIAL COMPLETES RECRUITMENT OF ICU PATIENTS WITH COVID-19

Researchers at Queen’s University have completed the recruitment of patients to a clinical trial assessing the safety of an innovative cell therapy for COVID-19 patients.

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Health

NEW CORONAVIRUS VARIANT: WHAT IS THE SPIKE PROTEIN AND WHY ARE MUTATIONS ON IT IMPORTANT?

Queen’s virologist Dr Connor Bamford, writing in The Conversation explains what a spike protein is and why is it so important, and explores if the new version of the COVID-19 virus has a selective advantage?

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Philanthropy 

YULETIDE GOOD CHEER FOR STUDENTS ON CAMPUS

At the end of a hugely challenging year for Queen’s students – particularly those unable to return home over the festive holidays – some philanthropic Christmas cheer was just what was required. 

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University News

QUEEN’S ACADEMIC ANNOUNCED AS WINNER OF HERSCHEL MEDAL BY ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY

Professor Stephen Smartt from the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen’s is to receive the prestigious Herschel Medal for 2021 for his work identifying and studying supernova.

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Society

QUEEN’S COLLABORATES ON NEW GUIDE ON RIGHTS OF CHILD HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

A report by a leading Queen's academic, launched by Child Rights Connect, asks how states and civil societies can enable children to exercise their full civil and political rights.

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Health

QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY TO RESEARCH HOW COVID-19 DAMAGES BLOOD VESSELS

A North-South research collaboration between Queen’s and RCSI hopes to come up with new therapeutic strategies to manage both the acute and long-term consequences of COVID-19.

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Society

HOW WE COOK CHANGED DURING LOCKDOWN; WE CAN LEARN FROM THIS FOR LIFE POST PANDEMIC

Writing in The Conversation, Queen’s IGFS Research Fellow Dr Fiona Lavelle explores how the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a dramatic change in home cooking from scratch.

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University

QUEEN’S PAYS TRIBUTE TO NORMAN HOUSTON OBE

Tributes have been paid to Norman Houston OBE, the former Northern Ireland representative to Washington DC, who died suddenly on January 12.

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Graduate News

MEET ELITE ATHLETE EMILY MCSTEA,  CURRENT IRISH HOCKEY INTERNATIONAL AND CAMBRIDGE STUDENT

University sporting traditions are built upon generations of students who have been part of our great clubs – people like Emily McStea from County Armagh, a former Elite Athlete Programme (EAP) participant and a current Irish Hockey international.

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Graduate News 

ROBERT SWANN AND THE 1958 EMPIRE GAMES – A MEMOIR BY DR IVAN NELSON

With Queen's well-known and highly respected for producing world-class rowers, Dr Ivan Nelson recounts the University’s senior trip to Wales almost 63 years ago to participate in what are known today as the Commonwealth Games. 

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Research

CHARLES DICKENS WROTE ABOUT THE DIPHTHERIA CRISIS OF 1856 – AND IT ALL SOUNDS VERY FAMILIAR

Writing in The Conversation, Queen’s Leon Litvack explores the impact of a deadly contagion – not unlike COVID-19 – as revealed by the letters of Charles Dickens.

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Arts

QUEEN’S ANNOUNCES MULTIMILLION-POUND INVESTMENT TO BOOST SCREEN INDUSTRIES IN NORTHERN IRELAND

A major investment in immersive, gaming and artificial intelligence technologies will support the local wider screen and broadcasting sector. 

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Graduate News 

GRADUATE CLAIRE ARCHBOLD APPOINTED HONORARY PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE IN PUBLIC LAW AT QUEEN’S

Claire Archbold, a Queen’s LLB (1991) graduate and former member of staff, has been appointed to a prestigious honorary professorship in the University’s School of Law.

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