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Interstellar object 'Oumuamua is just 'crusty block of ice' - says Queen's

Oumuamua – the first alien object to visit our solar system – is wrapped in a strange organic coat, Queen’s scientists have revealed.


New MBA programme launched at Queen's

Queen’s Management School has designed, delivered and launched a new MBA programme for participants with postgraduate and relevant work experience seeking to enhance their career progression.


Queen's researchers find that asylum seekers and refugees in NI need better support

A study by Queen’s researchers has suggested that Northern Ireland would benefit from a single overarching organisation like a refugee council to support the integration of asylum seekers and refugees into society.

Culture and Arts

Mark Doty announced as the Seamus Heaney International Visiting Poetry Fellow at Queen's

New York based poet Mark Doty has been appointed as the first Seamus Heaney International Visiting Poetry Fellow and will be based at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s.


New precision medicine centre of excellence will improve patient treatment

A new £10million medicine centre, which will focus on improving personalised treatment for cancer patients, has been launched by Invest Northern Ireland and Queen’s.

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Queen's and PwC bring new technology degree to Northern Ireland

Queen’s University and professional services company PwC have announced that a flagship national technology degree apprenticeship will be extended to Northern Ireland.

Graduate News

Medical graduate is Michael McIntyre's 'Unexpected Star of the Show'

Queen’s graduate Ciara Mackey got more than she bargained for when she checked into her hotel in London, in what has been described as the most ambitious ‘Unexpected Star of the Show’ surprise ever!  


Erskine House Tree crowned Northern Ireland's 'Tree of the Year'

An oriental plane tree of ancient Greek descent based at Queen’s and Belfast City Hospital has been declared the Woodland Trust’s Northern Ireland ‘Tree of the Year’.

Graduate News

Architect Johann Muldoon MBE is Queen's Graduate of the Year

Johann Muldoon MBE, a BSc Architecture graduate, was announced as the First Trust Bank Queen’s Graduate of the Year 2017 at the Charter Day Dinner on Friday 24 November.

Graduate News

Queen's Volunteer of the Year 2017

Sean Hunt, a leading figure in the world of finance in the UK, has been named as the First Trust Bank Queen’s Alumni Volunteer of the Year for 2017, for his work with Queen’s City Leaders.

Graduate News

Top national recognition for local food product developer

Victoria Cartmill, a Queen’s 2015 BSc graduate in food quality, safety and nutrition, has been included in the list of ‘Top New Talent’ for 2017 by The Grocer magazine.


Graduate News

Charter Day Dinner 2017 - a night to remember!

A string quartet, journalist Mark Simpson, the First Trust Bank Queen’s Graduate and Alumni Volunteer of the Year Awards, and an address by the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University, helped ensure the 2017 Charter Day Dinner was a huge success. 


Queen's study highlights challenges facing older people in Northern Ireland

The preliminary findings of the latest NICOLA Study has found that a quarter of all participants – and over half of those aged over 75 – live alone, which could have serious health implications for people here.


Good Friday Agreement at risk from Brexit

Brexit poses deep risks for the 1998 Good Friday Agreement – the foundation of the peace process in Northern Ireland – according to experts from Queen’s.


Report finds public attitudes to flags remain controversial in NI

Flags, bonfires and other expressions of cultural identity continue to divide opinion in Northern Ireland, according to the latest ARK report from Queen’s and UU.

Graduate News

Last chance to book for Lassus Scholars' Christmas Concert

The ever popular QUAD night out to the Lassus Scholars Christmas Concert, led by eminent Queen’s graduate Dr Ite O’Donovan, is confirmed for Wednesday 13 December.

Research and Innovation

'spin out' wins top InterTradeIreland award

Phion Therapeutics, founded by Professor Helen McCarthy from Queen’s School of Pharmacy, has been crowned the Overall Winner of the 2017 InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition.


£5m UK hardware security institute launched at Queen's

RISE – the Research Institute in Secure Hardware and Embedded Systems – has been opened at Queen’s University, aiming to improve hardware security and reduce vulnerability to cyber threats.


Queen's puts Belfast on global personalised medicine map

Leading the way in the fast-changing world of global healthcare, academics from Queen’s University are taking part in a major European congress taking place this week in Belfast.


Graduate news

New York graduate reception and keynote talk

Queen’s graduates and their friends living and working in New York have been invited to an exclusive networking evening in the Union League Club on 30 November.

Graduate News

Your chance to win with The Graduate magazine!

The 2017 edition of Queen’s alumni magazine – The Graduate – has been circulated to over 137,000 graduates worldwide, all of whom have a chance to win a luxury overnight stay in Belfast!


researcher wins prestigious 2017 Newton Prize

A wireless communications system which can withstand earthquakes and hurricanes has won a top award for Queen’s ECIT researcher, Dr Trung Duong.

Student News

Queen's student all biz with Study USA accolade

A 22-year-old Accounting student who spent a year studying business in Pennsylvania, has been named Study USA Student of the Year, an initiative run by the British Council Northern Ireland.


Queen's launches Social Charter

In another first, Queen’s University has formally launched a Social Charter, which underlines the University’s relevance, its commitment to the community and its local and global impact.

Graduate News

Leading financial technology firm appoints queen's graduate to senior cybersecurity role

Queen’s graduate John Gracey (BSc 1994) has joined Options, a global provider of financial technology managed services, as VP Cybersecurity.



Queen's researchers make killer superbug breakthrough

Researchers at Queen’s have found that treatment for antibiotic resistant microbes – which pose a serious global threat to human health – could lie within our own bodies.


Urgent call to tackle killer disease on World COPD Awareness Day

Over 30 researchers and doctoral students, including a number from Queen’s, are to work together to better understand COPD – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Student News

Developing young engineering talent with the NIE Networks' ScholarshipS

Five high performing Queen’s Electrical and Electronic engineering students were recently awarded lucrative NIE Networks’ Scholarships which include financial support, mentoring and invaluable experience within the power industry.


Queen's to host NI's first 'Being Human Festival of the Humanities'

Queen’s University is set to celebrate the humanities by hosting Northern Ireland’s first ever Being Human hub as part of the UK-wide 2017 Being Human Festival.

Science and technology

Queen's astronomer leads team to ground-breaking fiery explosion in distant galaxy

A team of astronomers from Finland, Sweden, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Chile, and the US – led by Queen’s University – have discovered a new type of fiery explosion in a distant galaxy.



Saying 'thank you'

Queen’s annual ‘thank you’ lunch was held on Saturday 4 November in the Isdell Courtyard at Riddel Hall, when the University’s top donors gathered to hear how their support was enabling the University achieve its goals.


New research finds Brexit is already effectING local communities

Brexit is already impacting on local communities in the North/South border area, according to a new report from Queen’s Centre for International Borders Research.

Culture and Arts

Queen's historian releases biography on Oliver Cromwell's advisor

A Queen’s historian is launching a new biography on John Owen, one of the most important religious leaders in the Puritan Revolution and an advisor to Oliver Cromwell.


Graduate News

Graduate is Young Business Woman of the Year contender

Founder of Women Who Code UK and current Deloitte technology consultant Sheree Atcheson, is in the running for Young Business Woman of the Year in Northern Ireland.

Staff news

Phil Scraton shares his Desert Island Discs

Queen’s Emeritus Professor Phil Scraton, lead researcher of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, has been sharing his Desert Island Discs with Kirsty Young on BBC Radio 4.


Researchers co-lead 'game changing' study on prostate cancer

Queen's researchers have been awarded £1.4m to co-lead a "game changing" study to extend the lives of patients with terminal prostate cancer.



Queen's research could see exercise as a prescribed medicine

Researchers from Queen’s are working with global partners to determine if high intensity aerobic and resistance training alongside the ‘standard’ psycho-social support offered to prostate cancer patients will lead to increased overall survival.


Monster planet discovery challenges formation theory

Queen’s astronomers are part of an international group of researchers who have discovered the existence of a monster planet, challenging conceptions of how planets are formed.


Will to Give Week 2017 - Change the Future

Will to Give Week 2017 (6-12 November), organised by a consortium of local charities including Queen’s Foundation, aims to encourage people to consider leaving a legacy to their favourite charity. 



Queen's project to boost NI artisan food sECtOr

Queen’s University Belfast - through the Gibson Trust funded Gibson Institute - has been awarded £88,000 from Invest NI via the Agri-Food Quest Funding Scheme.

Science and Technology

Astronomers led by Queen's scientist spot first visiting object from outside solar system

A team of scientists led by an academic from Queen’s Astrophysics Research Centre is studying a new visitor to our solar system – the first known comet or asteroid to arrive from another star.

Graduate News

Sri Lankan economic think tank appoints Queen's graduate as Executive Director

A 1989 Queen’s Economics graduate, Dr Dushni Weerakoon, has been appointed to the top role at the Sri Lankan economic think tank, the Institute of Policy Studies.

Student news

First XV: Queen's welcomes Lloyd's Scholars in new partnership

The first cohort of 15 Lloyd's Scholars, who can look forward to high-level networking, personal mentoring and cash bursaries of £1,000 each have been welcomed to Queen’s.  

Science and Technology

Queen's researcher creates disaster proof communications system

A researcher at Queen’s who is helping to solve the global problem of communicating during a natural disaster, has been shortlisted for a prestigious international prize.


Queen's leads largest study of its kind to transform prostate cancer treatment

Researchers at the CCRCB at Queen’s have undertaken the world’s largest study to better understand the biology of prostate cancer tumours, using a test developed by Almac Diagnostics, which has its headquarters in Craigavon, Northern Ireland.


Queen's wins three-way £4.6m award as part of global project to tackle colorectal cancer

A prestigious US-Ireland partnership, which includes Queen’s University, has been awarded £4.6m for research to develop new approaches to diagnose and treat colorectal cancer.


Queen's scientist discovers neutron star smash-up is source of gravitational wave

An international team led by Professor Stephen Smartt has proved that a burst of gravitational waves came from a smash-up of two neutron stars.

Culture AND Arts

Queen's to pilot commercial writing course

Queen’s is set to pilot a public-facing writing programme at the end of October in partnership with the John O'Connor Writing School.


FinTrU gets down to business at Queen's Management School

The Trading Room at Queen’s Management School has announced leading financial services company FinTrU – which employs over 200 people in Belfast – as its new sponsorship partner.


Culture and Arts

Children's Writing Fellow launches creative writing project for NI schools

A new creative writing project for P6 primary school children in Northern Ireland entitled ‘Head over Heels’, has been launched by Children’s Writing Fellow Myra Zepf.

Graduate News

The Graduate magazine 2017 - is on its way!

The 2017 edition of Queen’s alumni magazine – The Graduate – has been published and is currently making its way to over 137,000 graduates around the world!


County Antrim firm supports Queen's Pathway Opportunity Programme

Antrim-based Kilwaughter Minerals Ltd, one of Northern Ireland’s leading manufacturers, is getting behind Queen’s Pathway Opportunity Programme, the University’s widening participation scheme.

Student News

MBA student wins national Santander entrepreneurship award

A Queen’s Executive MBA student has fought off stiff competition from over 2,000 UK challengers to win a prestigious Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Award for her business, BellaMoon.


Graduate News

Want the chance to have your say on TV?

Queen’s graduates are being invited to apply for tickets to join the studio audience for the next Spotlight Special on BBC NI on Tuesday 24 October.


Study reveals postcode inequalities in child welfare intervention rates

New research by Queen’s carried out in partnership with six other UK-based universities, has found significant inequalities in child welfare across the UK.



Queen's has refreshed its brand identity

After lengthy consideration which involved extensive research and consultation with staff and students over 18 months, Queen’s has launched its new brand identity.


School of Pharmacy researcher wins Invent 2017!

Technology developed at Queen’s School of Pharmacy by Professor Helen McCarthy that is set to transform the way drugs are delivered to cancer patients, has been named overall winner at the 2017 Invent Awards from Connect at Catalyst Inc.


Joint project investigates energy storage potential for Ireland's future grid

A joint research project which aims to meet growing consumer demand for energy through the development of storage solutions specifically for renewable energies, has been launched at an event at Queen’s.


Queen's professor helps secure major international conference for Belfast

Belfast is set for a £4m economic uplift when it hosts a major international conference in 2021, thanks to a pitch led by Professor Brian Falzon from Queen’s.


Queen's research highlights inequality for quarter of cancer patients

Up to a quarter of all cancer patients – those with a ‘rare’ form of the disease – are failing to benefit from advances in medical care, according to the latest Queen’s study.

Graduate news

Win a £100 Amazon voucher by completing a short alumni survey!

Queen’s graduates are being invited to take part in a short online survey to give their views on university reputation. And those who do so have a chance to win a £100 Amazon voucher!

Graduate News

Major Irish literary award for QuEen's graduate

Queen’s Master’s graduate Elizabeth Reapy has received further recognition for her debut novel Red Dirt, by winning the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, 2017.



Duchess of Gloucester meets prostate cancer patients at Queen's CCRCB

The Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queen’s has welcomed the Duchess of Gloucester, who paid a visit to the University’s internationally renowned Movember Centre of Excellence today (22 September).



IGFS launches joint e-learning initiative with Waters Corporation to improve global food safety

The Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at Queen’s is set to launch a joint e-learning initiative with Waters Corporation to help ensure and deliver safe, sustainable and authentic food around the world.


Association welcomes international students to Belfast

The Queen's Graduates' Association (QGA) hosted over 60 international students for a traditional Belfast breakfast on Saturday 16 September as part of the University's welcome week. 


Tree descended from where Hippocrates first taught medicine in 'Tree of the Year' final

A tree on the University site that can trace its roots back to Greece where Hippocrates reputedly taught medicine over 2,600 years ago, is in the regional 'Tree of the Year' final. 


Queen's innovation could mean flexible batteries for pacemakers and phones

Queen's University scientists have designed a new flexible, organic battery that could transform the rigid devices that power-up medical implants and mobile phones.

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Student news

Herbert Smith Freehills welcomes first Queen's interns

Two Queen’s students spent 8 weeks over the summer as interns in the Belfast office of leading law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, as part of a ground-breaking partnership with the University.

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Report reveals 50% increase in lung cancer cases among women in 10 years

New research from Queen’s and the NI Cancer Network Lung Cancer Group has unveiled the changing patterns of lung cancer, including a dramatic increase in the occurrences in women.


CME Group Foundation awards donations to Northern Ireland's two universities

Queen’s University is to receive $192,000 over a two-year period to fund courses for 140 GCSE computing teachers, thanks to a gift from the CME Group Foundation.

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Queen's hosts debate on tackling global challenges in food industry

Producing enough food to feed the world’s ever-growing population was the topic under discussion at Queen’s, in the first of a new Global Challenges Debates Series.  



Queen's first to use life-like pregnant patient mannequins to train midwives

Trainee midwives at Queen’s University Belfast will be the first in the UK to use a new birthing simulator through the pregnancy process from scan to birth.  


Queen's astronomer and international experts make major exoplanet discovery

Dr Neale Gibson, from Queen’s School of Mathematics and Physics, and a team of international researchers at the European Southern Observatory, have detected titanium oxide in an exoplanet atmosphere for the first time.

Honorary Award

Queen's awards Honorary Professorship to Declan Kelly

The founder of the US-NI Mentorship Programme – US businessman and honorary Queen’s graduate – Declan Kelly, has received an Honorary Professorship at the University’s Management School.


Queen's research shows how an alien observer might detect earth

Aliens – if they exist – on at least nine planets beyond our solar system would be ideally placed to detect and observe the Earth, researchers at Queen’s have shown.


Belfast GP wins Robin Harland teaching excellence award

The winner of the 2016/17 Robin Harland Prize – which recognises the work of GP tutors and their practice teams in training and preparing future doctors – has been announced.


Researchers discover 'rubber material' that could lead to scratch-proof paint

A group of researchers from Queen’s have pioneered a material that could be used to create flexible and unbreakable smart devices, as well as anticorrosion, scratch-proof paint for cars.


Queen's research shows aspirin could repair tooth decay

A new study has found that aspirin could reverse the effects of tooth decay – and reduce the need for fillings – by helping teeth to 'self-repair'.

Graduate News

Celebrating Queen's Affinity!

The lucky winner of the Queen's Affinity MasterCard 25th anniversary prize draw – for a weekend for two at the Merchant Hotel in Belfast – has been announced!



Queen's politics academic appointed to UK equality panel

Professor of Comparative Politics, Yvonne Galligan has been appointed to a prestigious UK body set up to promote equality and diversity in academia.


Queen's researchers tackle Meningitis

Researchers at Queen’s University, in partnership with the Belfast Trust have developed a one hour diagnostic test for Meningococcal Septicaemia which could prove a lifesaver.


CEC - celebrating 25 years of connection with local business.

Northern Ireland’s key forum for business debate – the Chief Executives’ Club (CEC) at Queen’s – which offers high-level networking and access to national and international thought leaders at the University, is celebrating 25 years...and is open for membership!

Graduate News

Transport Commissioner visits W-Tech at Queen's

Mike Brown MVO, Commissioner of Transport for London, has visited the innovative William Wright Technology Centre (W-Tech), part of Queen’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Mature students

Education is for life

Higher education is for everyone – regardless of age. Every year thousands of mature adults take the opportunity to develop themselves, and their careers, through higher education in the UK.


Graduate News

UN role for world authority on conflict

The United Nations (UN) has appointed Queen’s graduate Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, an internationally acclaimed expert on conflict resolution and gender-based violence in conflict, to a new human rights position.



Funding of £790,000 provided by local blood cancer research charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma NI, will create two new posts at Queen's University.


Northern Ireland's Brexit border: the promise of invisibility

Writing in The Conversation, Professor John Garry from the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen's, examines the latest government position papers published this week.


Aluminium solution to global waste and energy problems

A ground-breaking technique to transform dirty aluminium foil into a key biofuel catalyst which could help solve two major global waste and energy problems, has been developed at Queen's.



Queen's research prepares Team Sky for Vuelta 2017

New research by Queen’s University hopes to go some way in helping Team Sky make history at this year’s Vuelta a España.

University News

Queen's University and Students' Union announce plans for world-class student centre

Queen's Senate has approved plans for the development of a new world-class Student Centre - including a new Students' Union facility - on the site of the current SU building.


Ground-breaking Alzheimer's trial available in Northern Ireland

A ground-breaking £2m trial involving Queen’s and three other leading UK universities, is underway to test whether a common blood pressure drug could halt or slow doen the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

Graduate News

Chief Operations Officer role for Computer Science alum

Yvonne McNamara, who graduated with a BSc in Computer Science from Queen's in 1995, has been appointed Vistatec’s Chief Operations Officer.

Graduate News

Graduate's rare photos of The Beatles donated to PRONI

A graduate who spent 30 years living, teaching and taking photographs in northern Canada, has gifted photos of The Beatles - taken while he was at Queen's - to the Public Records Office.


Queen's to host specialised bio and marine-based power centre

EU cross-border funding of almost £9m will enable Queen's University to research renewable energy capacity in Britain and Ireland.

Graduate News

Graduates line out for Ireland in WRWC

Named in the Irish squad currently hoping for glory in the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup are two Queen’s graduates – one an engineer, the other a doctor.


Leo Varadkar:Irish leader reveals fraying patience over Brexit border
In an article originally published in The Conversation, Dr John Garry from the Centre for Irish Politics at Queen’s reflects on the recent visit to the University by Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.



'A day in thE life' of a skin cancer patient

Medical students at Queen's have been asked to wear temporary 'cancer tattoos' to give them an insight into living with melanoma and to help them better prepare as future doctors.


Queen's-led 'Belfast self-portrait' exhibition at ulster museum

The 'Belfast Self-Portrait' exhibition, a partnership between Queen's, CastleCourt Shopping Centre and the Ulster Museum, will open to the public on Friday 7 July 2017. 



An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar to deliver Public Lecture at Queen's

The Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar is to deliver a Public Lecture entitled ‘The Future of Relationships North and South’ at Queen’s University on Friday 4 August.


Queen's study finds young people want more say in GCSEs

Research involving 1,600 young people in Northern Ireland and Wales has raised concerns that they are not adequately consulted about GCSE subject choices and specifications.

Honorary graduates

Take a bow - Queen's honorary graduates Class of 2017!

Earlier this month, Queen's awarded honorary degrees to 12 well-known and high achieving individuals from sport, the arts, industry and academia.


University awarded £2m to establish global research group on ECD

Queen's has been awarded a £2m grant from the National Institute for Health Research to set up a global research group to promote sustainable development and social cohesion in countries impacted by ethnic divisions and political violence.

University News

Queen's academics honoured at Buckingham Palace investiture

Queen's was 'doubly' represented at Buckingham Palace recently when two of the University's leading academics formally received their New Year's Honours.

Student News

Nursing Doctor is 'Top of the Class'

The winner of the 2017 First Trust Bank Queen's Student of the Year Award is Nursing PhD student Gary Mitchell from Killinchy in County Down.

Association News

QUAL hosts terrorism lecture

The Queen's University Association, London (QUAL), held its combined Annual Lecture and President's Summer Drinks reception at King's College London on the Strand in June. 

Graduate News

Ten things you love about Queen's University!

With Summer Graduation now behind us, we want to know what you loved most about your time at Queen's. Whatever it is - and no matter when you attended University - let us know and we'll tell the world.

Association News

New York Summer Solstice Reception

The Univesity's alumni chapter in New York hosted a 'farewell' Summer Solstice Reception for the outgoing Irish Consul General Barbara Jones on Tuesday 20 June.

Graduate News

Queen's Architecture graduate makes history with an MBE

Just weeks after she claimed the Best Woman Architect in Europe award, Queen's BSc graduate Johann Muldoon became the first female in the profession in Northern Ireland to be awarded an MBE for her contribution to architecture and to business.


Queen's academics to host open workshop at Shakespeare's Globe

Academics from Queen's University are to lead a scholar-artist open workshop on Restoration versions of The Tempest at Shakespeare's Globe in London next month.

Association News

QGA Awards 2017 student scholarships

The second annual QGA President's Drinks Reception - and handover of scholarship awards - took place at the University Branch of First Trust Bank in May.


The Grenfell Tower inquiry: learning from Hillsborough

Since the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June which claimed the lives of at least 79 people, demands have been growing for a wide-ranging public inquiry.

University News

Tributes paid to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Patrick Johnston

Tributes have been paid to Professor Patrick Johnston, President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's, who died suddenly on Sunday 04 June, by the University's Foundation Board, the Friends of Queen's in the United States and by the City Leadership Group in London.

University News

Birthday honours for Queen's academics

Over 100 people representing a broad cross-section of Northern Ireland society have been recognised in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list, including three members of Queen's University academic staff.


Queen's Scientist warns of asteroid danger

Once the domain of sci-fi writers and movie makers, now a leading astrophysicist from Queen's University has warned that an asteroid strike may just be a matter of time.


Queen's launches new resource for carers supporting the terminally ill

Queen's has helped develop Caring for Carers, a new online resource to help those supporting family and friends who are terminally ill. 


Queen's to lead EU-China collaboration to tackle food fraud

The Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Chris Elliott, are leading a major €10m EU-China project to improve food safety and to tackle food fraud.


Queen's academics at Victoria Square for fun day of learning at Soapbox Science

Soapbox Science is returning to Belfast, showcasing eminent female scientists - primarily from Queen's - who will be getting up on a soapbox to tell the world about their work!


Nanotechnology breakthrough paves way for smaller electronic devices

The creation by Queen's researchers of unique 2D sheets, a tiny fraction of the width of a human hair, could significantly advance the construction and capabilities of electronic devices used every day in smart phones, banking and medical technology. 

Graduate News

PhD Researchers sought for major €5.8m renewables project

An EU-backed ‘Renewable Engine’ Project involving Queen’s University, South West College, IT Sligo, Manufacturing NI, Action Renewables and Mid-Ulster Council is on the hunt for 12 tech-savvy PhD innovators.

University News

Obituary - Professor Patrick G Johnston, 1958-2017

Queen's has published an obituary for Professor Patrick Johnston, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University from March 2014 until his untimely death on 04 June.

Graduate News

Queen's graduate scoops top european architecture award

A Queen's BSc graduate has picked up the prestigious Best Woman Architect accolade at the 2017 Women in Construction and Engineering Awards in London.



Cracked it!

A Queen's University researcher has led an international team of scientists to the discovery of a new material, which could finally bring an end to the problem of cracked smartphone and tablet screens.


Bowel cancer 'breakthrough' made by Queen's

New research led by Queen's University has discovered how a genomic approach to understanding bowel cancer could improve the prognosis and quality of life for patients. 


Queen's to explore role of early childhood development in peacebuilding and social cohesion

An international research network led by Queen's, has been launched to support the development and evaluation of early childhood development services.

Graduate News

Grandson of Victoria Cross winner presents important film biography to Queen's

Queen's University has been presented with a film biography and archive of the late John Alexander Sinton VC - the first Irish medic to be awarded the Victoria Cross - a graduate who later served as a member of Senate and Pro-Chancellor of the University.

University News

Fees hike post-Brexit?

European Union undergraduates, including students from the Republic of Ireland, could be charged international tuition fees at Queen's, once the UK withdraws from the EU.


Queen's researchers prepare to launch Ireland's first satellite

A team of Irish-based researchers, including a number from Queen's, has been given the go-ahead by the European Space Agency to develop and launch Ireland's first satellite.

University News

Book of Condolence

Queen's University has opened a Book of Condolence for graduates, staff, students and friends of the University to pay their respects to Professor Patrick Johnston.


University News

Vice-Chancellor: Funeral Arrangements

Details have been released by Queen's University of the funeral arrangements for Professor Patrick Johnston, who died on Sunday 04 June.

University News

Statement from Queen's University Belfast

With a deep sense of shock and loss the University announces the untimely and sudden death of its President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Patrick Johnston.

Graduate News

Husband and wife scientists - both graduates of Queen's - made chevaliers by French Government

Scientists Professor Peter Gallagher and Professor  Emma Teeling - both Queen's graduates - have been invested as Chevaliers des Palmes Académiques (Knights of the Order of Academic Palms) at a special ceremony in Dublin.



How sharing cancer data can save lives

A coalition of global leaders in cancer research, led by Professor Mark Lawler from CCRCB at Queen's, has called for the worldwide sharing of cancer data to increase survival for cancer patients.

Graduate News

Dr Vicky Conway, former member of staff and graduate of Queen's, part of Garda Review Commission

The Irish Cabinet has approved a 12-member review commission - which includes ex-Queen's lecturer and PhD graduate Dr Vicky Conway - to carry out an extensive review of the Gardaí.


INVEST NI awards csit £5.5m for research strategy

Invest Northern Ireland has awarded the Centre for Secure Information Technologies at Queen's £5.5m of assistance to support the next stage of its research strategy.



Global thinking, locally

Queen's is to hold an interactive showcase in Belfast City Hall on Tuesday 30 May 2017, to highlight the impact of the University makes on the city.


Queen's and Belfast Trust lead major respiratory failure trial

A new technology which could save thousands of lives in Intensive Care Units is being developed by Queen's researchers in one of the biggest respiratory failure clinical trials in the world.

Law and Justice

Standing ovation at BAFTAs for Queen's Professor

Queen's Emeritus Professor Phil Scraton received a standing ovation at the BAFTAs last weekend (14 May) in acknowledgement for the role he played in the documentary, Hillsborough, which won the 'best single documentary' award.


Queen's hosts 'mini mba' in management and leadership for second year

Queen's University is to host its very successful 'Mini MBA' for a second year, which will give participants a highly impactful grounding in management and leadership in today's business world.


Queen's announces new responsible investment policy

Following discussions with the Students' Union, Queen's has updated its investment policy and reinforced its commitment to environmental sustainability by joining other universities across the globe in aspiring to disinvest from fossil fuels.  

Students and research

Queen's signs innovation and collaboration agreement with BBC NI

A major tripartite agreement has been signed by Queen's University, Ulster University and BBC Northern Ireland aimed at supporting research, stimulating innovation and creating student placements.

Graduate and Student News

Search is now on for top graduate and student!

Nominations are being sought for the 2017 First Trust Bank Queen's Graduate and Student of the Year Awards. Submissions for those who have made a 'huge contribution' must be received by 5pm on Monday 12 June.


Cyber Security worth £60m in salaries in Northern Ireland

Details of a new partnership with Direct Line and confirmation that the local cyber security sector is on course to generate £60m in salaries each year, have been revealed at a major industry summit at Queen's.

Arts and Culture

Heaney legacy honoured as Children's Writing Fellowship announced

A County Down Irish language author Myra Zepf has been appointed the inaugural Children's Writing Fellow, in honour of the late Queen's graduate and Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney. 



Queen's Scientist wins Royal Society of Chemistry Award

Professor Chris Elliott, PVC for the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, has been awarded the 2017 Royal Society of Chemistry Theophilus Redwood Award.


Queen's research shows illegal levels of arsenic found in baby foods

Nearly 75 per cent of rice-based products marketed for infants contain more than the standard level of arsenic stipulated by EU law - with 50 per cent containing an illegal amount - according to the latest Queen's research.  


Celebrating charitable giving - Philanthropy Fortnight 2017

The Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Queen's University Belfast, Norma Sinte, will be exploring the Stewardship of Major Donors, as part of Philanthropy Fortnight 2017. 


Former Finnish President to deliver 2017 Harri Holkeri Lecture

The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen's is set to welcome the former Finnish President Tarja Halonen to deliver the annual Harri Holkeri Lecture.

Event news

Strangers into neighbours - the lessons of dealing with diversity in medieval Europe

The prestigious 2017 Wiles Lectures at Queen's will be delivered by Professor Miri Rubin of Queen Mary University of London, from 17-20 May.


Scholarships - changing the world

The availability of scholarships is often a critical factor in the decision of which university to choose. Scholarships help change the world, providing students with a chance to gain the lifelong benefits of a Queen's education.

Alumni sport

Queen's Lions Kings!

Queen's University has recognised and celebrated its British and Irish Lions - past and present - at a unique Gala Dinner in the Sir William Whitla Hall. 

Graduate News

ICAS appointment for Queen's graduate

A 1971 Queen's graduate, Colin McClatchie, has been appointed a Public Interest Member for the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland (ICAS).


New Brexit research announced

Twenty five research project grants - including two to Queen's - have been awarded to universities as part of an initiative entitled 'The UK in a Changing Europe'. 


UK Universities start building major collaboration with top chinese engineering institutions

A Queen's led Russell Group consortium - the first such partnership of its kind - has met with the top nine engineering research institutions in China to improve research and teaching in the country.




Six Queen's students, out of almost 400 applications from 19 universities and colleges, have gained a place on the twelve month Washington Ireland Programme. 


Attracting students less likely to go to university

Queen's has launched a Pathway to Opportunities programme for talented young people from Northern Ireland who have the ability to study at the University but who may require additional support and encouragement to reach their full potential.


New online support service for adults with depression

To mark World Health Day on Friday 07 April, Queen's University and AWARE have announced a new peer-led support service for adults with depression. 

Postgraduate News

Queen's partners with CMI to develop 'future-ready' postgraduates

The Graduate School at Queen's has recently gained accreditation as a skills development provider for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

University News

Manhattan College to confer Honorary Degree on Queen's Chancellor

Dr Thomas J. Moran, Chancellor of Queen's University, is to receive an honorary degree from Manhattan College, his alma mater in New York.



The 2017 Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice guest lecture, 'Inside the Trump White House', will be given by Niall Stanage, columnist for The Hill.


Breaking the National Security logjam

A team of researchers led by Queen's academic Professor Kieran McEvoy, has published a proposal to help break the Stormont stand-off over legacy and national security issues.




Queen's breakthrough in understanding origin of Neptune

A Queen's academic, who led an international project named Col-Ossos, has made a major discovery concerning the formation of Neptune, the eigth and farthest known planet from the Sun in our Solar System.

University News

CSIT recognised by the National Cyber Security Centre

Queen's Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), has successfully retained its 'Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research' status.

University News

Queen's opens £14m Computer Science hub

An iconic, world-class £14m Computer Science hub has been opened at Queen's University which will support the expansion of computer science in Northern Ireland.


Scholarships - investing in the future

Scholarships change lives, providing talented and deserving students with the chance to gain the lieflong benefits of a Queen's education.


Queen's PhD student wins £5,000 National Poetry Competition

Stephen Sexton, a two-times Queen's graduate and a current PhD student in the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, has picked up first prize in the prestigious National Poetry Competition for his poem The Curfew.    


Queen's open letter to Prime Minister May on Brexit

On the day that PM Theresa May triggered Article 50 signifying the start of the UK's exit from the EU, Queen's along with other local bodies, have published an open letter seeking clarity on how Northern Ireland will be represented in negotiations. 

Graduate News

The Psychology of Employee Empowerment

A new book has been published by Queen's graduate Dr Rozana Huq giving insights from employees and managers and highlighting the positive and negative aspects of employee empowerment.


Nanoparticle paves the way for new triple negative breast cancer drug

A collaborative project between Queen's and UU has led to the discovery of a potential new drug to treat 'triple negative' breast cancer and a nanoparticle to deliver it directly into the cancer cells.

Graduate News

'Please be seated...' for a graduate photographic exhibition

Queen's medical graduate Tuck Goh is to hold a special photographic exhibition entitled 'Please be seated...' in the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald starting in May.


Students rate Queen's experience in 'Top 10' in latest UK Survey

The latest Times Higher Education UK Student Experience Survey ranks Queen's as one of the best in the United Kingdom for atmosphere, social life and quality of lectures!


Postgraduate study

your invitation to be part of an audience with Queen's graduate School

Have you got a master plan? Could a postgrad be your next move? Be part of the audience with The Graduate School at Queen's on Thursday 30 March and find out if postgraduate study could kick-start your career.



reception marks achievements of scholarship, mobility award and internship recipients

Students at the China Queen's College in Shenyang were among those saying thanks to Santander Universities UK for funding scholarships, travel bursaries and internships.


Quality of NI graduates praised by global software company

The co-founder and Chief Executive of WANdisco, which is recruiting software engineers for its Belfast office, has singled out the quality of Northern Ireland graduates and the range of degree courses on offer at Queen's.


Architecture students bring animation to urban villages

Queen's students have been animating the streets of local communities throughout the five Urban Village areas in Northern Ireland for the annual Street Society 'live' project.



Queen's researchers make 'landmark discovery' in fight against MS

Queen's scientists have discovered that specific cells from the immune system are key players in brain repair, a breakthrough that could revolutionise the treatment of debilitating neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS).

Graduate News

Citroën's Kris Meeke wins Rally Mexico, after late drama!

Queen's graduate Kris Meeke picked up his fourth World Rally Championship win in bizarre circumstances this weekend, having survived a dramatic 'detour' via a spectator car park in the closing stages.


Six Nations: Why more rugby referees should be bilingual
Writing in The Conversation, PhD researcher Caleb Keown from the School of Arts, English and Languages at Queen's, examines the role of bilingualism in rugby.

Culture and Arts

Heaney Children's Fellowship announced

A new Children's Writing Fellowship, created by the Arts Council NI and the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen's in memory of the University's most notable graduate and former staff member, will promote creativity and reading for pleasure.


Mortar board and scroll

Honorary Graduates

Leaders from business, science and the arts are among Queen's 2017 honorary graduates

Details of Queen's Honorary Graduate 'Class of 2017' have been released, and the list includes well-known names from the world of sport, captains of industry, leading academics and public servants.


Northern Ireland Election ’17 Fallout Explained

Writing in The Conversation, Professor John Garry from the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen's, considers the outcome and aftermath of the 2017 NI Assembly election. 



President of the University of Toronto to give 2017 eaton lecture at Queen's

Professor Meric Gertler, President of the University of Toronto, will deliver the 2017 Eaton Lecture on 23 March. The prestigious annual event is organised by the Chief Executives' Club at Queen's in association with the Centre of Canadian Studies.

Graduate News

Queen's grad is new vice chair of CBI

The CBI has announced that Queen's graduate Trevor Lockhart, Group Chief Executive of Fane Valley Co-operative, is to become thier new Vice Chair in Northern Ireland.


Queen's research reveals children in deprived areas more likely to go into care

A study carried out by Queen's has revealed that children living in the most deprived areas of Northern Ireland were six times more likely to be put on the child protection register and four times more likely to be in looked after care.


Queen's collaborates with Guide Dogs NI to pioneer new study for children with sight loss

Staff from Queen's and Guide Dogs NI have conducted research to help understand the impact of sight loss on the development of early movement skills in children with a vision impairment.


Test Fears for Cancer treatment and Research in a post-brexit world

Queen's University experts have joined forces with leading academics from across the UK to explore the risks facing cancer care, treatment and research in a post-Brexit world.


Active Travel - Getting Queen's Moving

Over 600 Queen's students are expected to move more - thanks to a partnership with Active Belfast and funding secured by the University's Development and Alumni Relations Office.


The Shape of Brexit is probably already written in a 60-year-old document

Writing in The Conversation, David Phinnemore Professor of European Politics at Queen's, examines the UK's likely association with Europe, post-Brexit.


Enactus Belfast boosted by gift from Santander Foundation

Enactus, the Queen's student led society which uses entrepreneurship to empower individuals to make a real difference in their communities, has received funding for its KickStart programme.


Funding extended for Living Legacies 1914-18 Centre at Queen's

The Living Legacies 1914-18 centre at Queen's University has received a second tranche of funding which will enable it to work with additional community groups.


Deep Riverrock Queen's 5k 'Race round the river'

Hundreds of runners are expected to take part in the ever-popular Deep RiverRock Queen's 5k 'Race Round the River' which will take place on 29 March.


Queen's researchers make breakthrough in fight against superbug

Researchers at Queen's have discovered why a lethal superbug - klebsiella pneumonia - is so resistant to last line antibiotics, paving the way for new treatments to fight the killer infection.


Research encourages more kitchen 'know how' for men and young adults

Men and young adults in Northern Ireland have a shortage of skills when it comes to cooking and planning meals, according to new research led by Queen's University.  

Graduate News

Queen's alumna shortlisted for '40 under 40' awards

A Fermanagh-born Queen's Environmental Planning graduate currently working in Geneva, Switzerland is in the running for the 2017 Irish Echo '40 Under 40' People's Choice Award. 



Queen's PVC to give prestigious city food lecture

Professor Chris Elliott, Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, is to deliver the 2017 City Food Lecture at the Guildhall in London on Tuesday 21 February.


Graduate News

Meet the Queen's Graduate behind the celebration of 'the wonders of science'

Fermanagh man Chris McCreery, BA Political Science and Government 2006, is the driving force behind the 2017 NI Science festival, which starts this Thursday and runs until 26 February.


Queen's Research Impact Showcase, 2017

Graduates and members of the public are being invited to Queen's Research Impact Showcase - and the launch of The DNA of Innovation: Volume VI - on Thursday 16 February, as part of the 2017 NI Science Festival.


International research team develops new model for AMD

An international team of researchers from Queen's, UCL and the University of Alabama at Birmingham have developed a cell culture model that could lead to earlier treatment strategies for AMD.


Queen's spearheads UK collaboration with top Chinese Engineering Institutions

A cluster of UK Russell Group Universities led by Queen's, has been selected to build major collaborations with the top ten engineering institutions in China.  



Be careful how you cook your rice, warns Queen's expert

Researchers at Queen's, who have made a further breakthrough in lowering dangerous levels of arsenic in rice, have been discussing the results on BBC2's Trust Me, I'm a Doctor.


Queen's and Lloyds banking group launch scholars programme

Lloyds Banking Group has joined forces with the University to launch the Lloyds Scholars programme in Northern Ireland, offering a range of support to 15 Queen's undergraduates.





Herbal supplements' illegal ingredients pose health risk

A researcher from Queen's is among a team which has concluded that many herbal supplements contain hidden unlicensed pharmaceutical ingredients that could endanger people's health.

Queen's Foundation

Saying 'thanks' to Queen's donors and volunteers

Donor News - the Queen's Foundation's review of philanthropic backing for the University in 2016 - is on its way! The annual publication is dedicated to all those donors and volunteers who have supported Queen's in the last 12 months.

Graduate News

Honorary degree for enigmatic poet, Paul Muldoon

Queen's graduate Paul Muldoon (BA English, 1973), is to receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Pennsylvania in May.


Improving safety of carbon fibre aircraft and vehicles

Researchers at Queen's have developed ground-breaking simulation tools which will help improve the safety of carbon fibre airplanes and family cars.


University to collaborate with Cirdan imaging on £2m project

The Northern Ireland Molecular Pathology Laboratory (NIMPL) at Queen's is to collaborate with Lisburn-based Cirdan Imaging on a major multi-million pound R&D project for the precision medicine market. 

Graduate news

Showing pride in Queen's Lions legends

Queen's University Rugby Club will host a Gala Dinner on Friday 21 April 2017 in the Sir William Whitla Hall to celebrate the 20 players who have represented the University and the British and Irish Lions.



Queen's secures EU funding for fight against lung disease

A project which will establish a world-class cluster of researchers, including a number from Queen's, to address the causes, treatment and potential prevention of COPD, has attracted over €7m of EU funding. 

Graduate News

Queen's graduate Sir Patrick Coghlin to chair RHI inquiry

Retired Appeal Court judge, the Queen's 1968 graduate Sir Patrick Coghlin, will chair a public inquiry into the controversial Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.


Queen's shortlisted for diversity award

Queen's University has been shortlisted for the inaugural Northern Ireland Equality and Diversity Awards, which will be presented in March.

Graduate news

Queen's alumna leads graduate recruitment programme

Regional recruitment company Cpl Solutions International, which is led by Queen's alumna Ms Áine Brolly, is creating job opportunities across Northern Ireland for graduates.



Graduate awarded prestigious 'poet of promise' bursary from Ireland Chair of Poetry

The trustees of the Ireland Chair of Poetry recently named Queen's graduate Dr Erin Halliday as the recipient of the 2016 'Poet of Promise' bursary.


Queen's University warns of risks of Brexit

Queen's has published an EU Exit Institutional Position Paper setting out the key issues arising from the June 2016 referendum result which will impact on the University.


Queen's Professor helps launch blueprint for increasing cancer survival across Europe

A European-wide initiative aiming to tackle the global problem of cancer, advance knowledge and save lives, has been launched by a group led by Professor Mark Lawler (CCRCB).


Study to benefit children living with trauma of abuse

Queen's University has recevied £264k from the NSPCC and the Economic and Social Research Council to deliver a project which will help children living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

University news

Knighthood for Professor John McCanny

Regius Professor John McCanny, Director of Queen's Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology, has received a Knighthood for services to higher education and economic development.

Graduate News

Reappointment for Queen's Master's graduate

Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commissioner Kieran FitzGerald, who was left wheelchair-bound after suffering a fall while on holidays in Spain last summer, is to be re-appointed for a second five-year term.

Science and technology

Queen's researchers make an important discovery in nano-electronics

A major discovery with the potential to revoluntionise the development of the tiny eclectonic devices that control everything from smart phones to transport, and from banking to medical technology, has been made by Queen's scientists.


Queen's signs new 3-year agreement with Santander Universities UK

Queen's University has signed a further 3-year agreement with Santander Universities UK which will see the Bank and the University working together on placements, internships and other initiatives with local SMEs and charities until 2020. 


Queen's Annual Fund dispersal ceremony

Students, staff and donors gathered for the Queen's Annual Fund (QAF) dispersal ceremony in the Great Hall at the University on 13 December, where they were welcomed by the new Chairman of the Queen's Foundation Board, Jim Rutherford.

Science and technology

Queen's astronomers help discover black hole swallowing star

Astronomers at Queen's are part of an international team that has solved the mystery of an extraordinarily brilliant point of light seen in a distant galaxy.


University News

Professor John McCanny assigned PRESTIGIOUS and RARE Regius Professorship

Northern Ireland's first Regius Professorship has been bestowed on Queen's University's Professor John McCanny FRS FREng. The prestigious award was conferred by the University's Chancellor, Thomas J Moran, during Winter Graduation.


Scholarships aim to break down barriers for asylum seekers

Queen's is to offer two full scholarships to students who have sought refuge in the UK, and who will be starting full-time undergraduate studies at the University in September 2017.





Life-long Shankill community development campaigner - and Queen's 1973 history graduate - Jackie Redpath MBE, has been awarded an honorary degree by his alma mater.


€4m Bid to reduce impact of chemicals on long-term health

A €4m international initiative to investigate if natural toxins and man-made chemicals are impacting on our long-term health is being led by a Queen's toxins expert.


The Perfect HOST...COULD BE YOU!

Thanks to an initiative called HOST, Queen's graduates can now be part of the special memories of visiting international students and find out a little more about overseas cultures.


Medical Donor 'Thank you' evening a huge success

Over 70 donors to medical research at Queen's joined academic and fundraising staff for the annual Medical 'Thank You' Christmas reception in the Canada Room.


Breast scanner 'first' for Northern Ireland

Those with breast cancer in Northern Ireland - and researchers at Queen's - are set to benefit from a new state-of-the-art 3D breast imaging system, the first of its kind available to NHS patients here. 


New Research project designed and co-produced by people with dementia

Queen's has recevied funding for an initiative which will be co-produced by people with dementia, to explore 'empowerment' in relation to services for those diagnosed with the disorder.

Graduate News

Charter Day Dinner 2016 - a night of celebration!

A magician, a piper, Queen's Musical Theatre Society, an award-winning wildlife photographer, the First Trust Bank Queen's Graduate of the Year and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, all helped to make the 2016 Charter Day Dinner hugely enjoyable. 

League Tables

Queen's ranked for its 'ready-for-work' graduates

Queen's has been ranked in the Top 25 of UK universities for the best 'ready-for-work' graduates, according to a survey published by Times Higher Education.


U.S. Embassy and Queen's partner for international teacher exchange programme

Queen's has launched the first ever international teacher exchange between shared education schools in Northern Ireland and schools in Los Angeles.



Queen's to tackle global food challenges through major new partnership

Queen's Institute for Global Food Security is to play a key role in EIT Food, a new EU backed partnership which will tackle the global challenge of feeding the world's growing population.  

Science and Technology

Northern Ireland on course for 80,000 Knowledge Economy jobs by 2030

Almost 40,000 people are currently employed in the so-called 'knowledge economy' in Northern Ireland, which is half way to the target which has been set of 80,000 high earning jobs by 2030.


Researchers recognised for positive impact on society

Four world-class researchers at Queen's have been recognised for the positive impact of their work on society at the Vice-Chancellor's Research Prizes 2016.

Graduate News

Bord Gáis Irish Book of the Year Newcomer Award for Queen's graduate 

A Queen's MA in Creative Writing alumna from County Mayo has picked up the prestigious Sunday Independent  Newcomer of the Year award for her book, Red Dirt.



Blue Plaque in honour of Queen's academic

The Ulster History Circle has unveiled a Blue Plaque at Queen's University in honour of the late Professor AE Muskett. 


Fancy changing the world?

A Postgraduate Degree from Queen's University could enable you to make a global impact on society! Sign up today for the next Postgraduate Research Open Evening at the University on 29 November 2016 to find out more.


Queen's researchers find key to drug resistant bowel cancer

Research carried out at Queen's shows that combining a drug used to treat bowel cancer with an inhibitor can offer hope to patients who currently do not respond to the drug.


Music therapy helps improve behavioural and emotional problems in children and adolescents

A study carried out by Queen's and Bournemouth University has found that music therapy may help reduce depression and boost self-esteem in children and teens being treated for emotional or behavioural problems.


Queen's gets £500k for InterTradeIreland Fusion Programme

An innovation technology transfer programme run by the William J Clinton Leadership Institute at Queen's, which enables SMEs to employ science, engineering and technology graduates, has received £500k in renewed funding.


Student news

Queen's Student Managed Fund up 5.65%

Students and staff have been celebrating an ROI of 5.65% by the Queen's Student Managed Fund, just seven months after the launch of the real money fund.


Russell Group leaders visit China to explore collaboration

Vice-Chancellors from the UK's Russell Group universities, including Professor Patrick Johnston, have signed an agreement with their counterparts in China to work together to secure funding for future collaborations. 

Science and Technology

New William Wright Technology Centre at Queen's

As the Wrights Group marks its 70th anniversary year, a new facility named after one of the company's founders has been established at Queen's, the William Wright Technology Centre.



Queen's joins with University of Toronto to develop future local cancer leaders

Clinicians training in Northern Ireland will be able to develop specialist skills thanks to a linkup between Queen's and the Princess Margaret Centre in Canada. 



Graduate News

Queen's alum becomes leader of Alliance Party

Naomi Long, a 1994 Civil Engineering graduates, has taken over the reins of the Alliance Party, succeeding fellow Queen's graduate, David Ford who held the office for 15 years.  



Queen's publishes Brexit resource Guide

It is hoped that a new Brexit Resource Guide published by Queen's University will help in the understanding of issues relating to the UK's withdrawal from the EU.


The Graduate  is on its way!

The 2016 edition of Queen's alumni magazine - The Graduate  - has been published and mailed to almost 135,000 graduates worldwide!

Graduate News

Dr Sinclair Mayne appointed CeO of AFBI

A Queen's graduate who began his career at the English Grassland Research Institute near Okehampton in Devon, is to take over at AFBI - the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute based in Belfast.


Queen's and Almac Group in breast cancer discovery

A discovery which provides a new way of explaining how immune cells are targeted to certain breast tumours, has been made by Northern Ireland researchers.

Graduate News

New County Court Judges sworn in by Lord Chief Justice

Her Majesty the Queen has appointed two Queen's graduates - HHJ Ms Elizabeth McCaffrey and HHJ Mr Neil Rafferty QC - as County Court Judges in Northern Ireland.

Science and technology

Rosetta: Queen's comet expert reflects on successes

Professor Alan Fitzsimmons from Queen's Astrophysics Research Centre takes a look back at Rosetta - a mission which 'boldly went' where none had gone before. 

Graduate news

Space for Grace: Stories from the Catholic Chaplaincy  

A new book by graduate Dominic O'Reilly, which tells the story of the Catholic Chaplaincy at Queen's is to be launched next week (04 October).



Queen's international healthcare partner in Dubai - the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences - has welcomed its first group of medical students.

World health

Queen's Professor addresses UN Assembly in New York

Queen's medic, Professor Mark Lawler, has addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York on the important role precision and personalised health plays in improving disease outcomes.


Freedom of Liverpool for Queen's 'Hillsborough 96' academic

Professor Phil Scraton, who campaigned tirelessly on behalf of the families who lost loved ones in the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989, has been awarded the Freedom of the City of Liverpool.


QGA welcomes international students to Belfast

The Queen's Graduates' Association (QGA) hosted over 50 international students for a traditional Belfast breakfast on Saturday as part of the University's welcome week. 

University News

Opening of Queen's new £20m School of Law

Stormont's First and deputy First Ministers were among guests who attended the official opening of Queen's new £20 million School of law on Friday 16 September.

Graduate News

Irish Government appoints Queen's graduate as new Secretary General of Department of Jobs

Dr Orlaigh Quinn, who holds a Doctorate in Governance from Queen's, has landed a top government role in Dublin. 


Belfast launches US intern placement programme

An initiative that will enable Queen's students to develop their employability skills on an international stage has been launched by Belfast's Lord Mayor.


Queen's contributes to global study on blood pressure

Researchers at Queen's Centre for Public Health have contributed to a major global study which reveals new hypertension and blood pressure genes.


Minister announces £3.6m research funding

Agriculture, the environment, chronic kidney disease, population genomics and thermoelectric materials research at Queen's are all set to benefit from £3.6m funding.


Can dogs help save the lives of those with epilepsy?

A global survey launched by Queen's is trying to find out if dogs can help save the lives of those with epilepsy.

Graduate News

Graduate creates 'Boop' to support those living with autism 

Computer Science graduate and mum-of-four Debbie Craig has developed a software platform called 'Boop' to help those living with autism.

Open Learning

US Presidents and the Stars at Night are among short course now enrolling at Queen's. 

With the autumn nights approaching, Queen's has revealed its latest open Learning Short Course Programme, which is promising something for everyone.


Focus on women in leadership

Queen's is joining with Women in Business for two international conferences to highlight the role of women in leadership across the public and private sectors.


Superbugs under the microscope at Queen's conference

Research into combatting multidrug-resistant microbes (aka superbugs) will be all the talk at a conference to be held at Queen's next week.


New potential treatment for prostate cancer

Queen's is to test a new treatment which could help men who currently don't respond well to existing prostate cancer treatments.


Running for Pancreatic Cancer research at Queen's

Siblings Robbie and Katie Martin will tackle the world's favourite half marathon - the Great North Run - this Sunday, 11 September - in memory of their father, John.

Graduate News

US President appoints Queen's graduate to Puerto Rico Board 

President Barack Obama has appointed Andrew Biggs, a 1990 BA Philosophy graduate, to the US Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico.


Queen's offers advice for A-Level results students

Queen's has issued advice to students who will receive their A-Level results today (Thursday 18 August). 

Culture and Arts

New arrangement for Queen's and Ulster Orchestra

Queen's has announced a new creative partnership with the Ulster Orchestra that will enable the University's music students to work more closely with professional performers.


Holstein NI raises over £13,000 for CCRCB

The Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queen's has received £13,000 from local dairy cattle breed club Holstein NI. 


'Think Tank' appointment for Queen's Professor

One of Queen's top political scientists, Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards, has been awarded a Visiting Fellowship at the Washington DC based 'think tank' Brookings.


Culture and Arts

Queen's goes to the Proms!

A new work by Professor Piers Hellawell is to be premiered as part of the 2016 BBC Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall. 


Alumni news

Champion of children's books

Tributes have been paid to Robert Dunbar, Queen’s graduate and former children’s author who died in July. Illustration by Laureate na nÓg, PJ Lynch.


Queen's Goes to the Olympic Games!

Two current Queen's students and a recent graduate of the University are on the plane to Rio for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. 


Queen's linguist appointed to new Leadership Fellowship

Professor Janice Carruthers, Head of the School of Modern languages at Queen's has been appointed to a UK Leadership Fellowship in Modern Languages.


£800,000 for research into the role of sound in conflict

The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen's has secured a major research award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.  



Historian elected Fellow of British Academy

A leading historian from Queen's, Professor Sean Connolly, is one of 42 distinguished academics to be elected into Fellowship of the British Academy. 

Graduate News

Queen's graduate lands top post at Ford

A Queen's 1987 MBA graduate originally from Co Derry, is set to take over the controls at Ford Motor Company in South America. 


£2m bid to reverse the damage of MS 

Researchers at Queen's have begun a £2m research programme to investigate reversing the damage caused by Multiple Sclerosis.


First UK-wide 'Life after Prostate cancer diagnosis' study

Queen's is asking men in Northern Ireland to share their experiences of prostate cancer and to give their feedback on how it has affected their lives.   

Culture and Arts

Queen's Professor receives top Spanish Award

Professor Isabel Torres, chair of Spanish Golden Age literature, who specialises in the poetry of that era, has been elected to the Royal Spanish Academy. 


The William J Clinton Institute  at Queen's hosts first-ever Mini MBA 

The first ever Mini MBA hosted by The William J Clinton Leadership Institute and sponsored by Allstate NI, is taking place at Queen's this week.

Graduate News

Business Graduate appointed British Chambers of Commerce President

The British Chambers of Commerce has announced the appointment of BDO NI Partner and Queen’s BSSc graduate, Francis Martin, as its new President.

Latest news

Student of the Year 'programmed for success'

The winner of the 2016 First Trust Bank Queen's Student of the Year is Computer Science MEng student Diane Murdock from Co Down.

UK and EU referendum

Statement on outcome of European referendum

In the light of the UK's vote to leave the European Union (EU), the University has issued a statement for students, staff and graduates and for those considering coming to Queen's.


Meet Queen's Honorary Graduates - Class of 2016

Leaders from business, science, the arts from Northern Ireland and around the world are among those to receive honorary degrees in the coming week.


Foundation stone for £39m School of Biological Sciences

Work is underway on a new £39m School of Biological Sciences at Queen's which will support the agri-food sector in Northern Ireland.


Inspiring the next generation of coders at Queen's

Inspiring the next generation of computer coders in Northern Ireland is about to get a lot easier thanks to Queen's Code Camp and the Caterpillar Foundation. 


Mitchell Global Research Institute formally launched

Former Queen's Chancellor, Senator George Mitchell, is returning to Belfast to launch the second of the University's Global Research Institutes.


If the UK leaves the EU, could it simply re-join? 

As the UK goes to the polls to take one of the most significant decisions in its history, David Phinnemore, Professor of European Politics at Queen's, considers if it really is a 'once in a lifetime' event. 


Impact of city design on physical activity in India 

An international team led by experts at Queen's, has conducted the first ever study into the impact of the built environment on levels of exercise among people in India.



University News

5-year 'legal partnership' announced

A new and innovative 5-year partnership between the University's School of Law and legal firm Herbert Smith Freehills has been announced.


Top PwC role in United States for Queen's graduate 

A 1985 Queen's BSc Economics graduate originally from Belfast has been appointed to one of the biggest jobs in global accountancy.


Saying 'Thank You'

Queen's annual donor 'thank you' event was held on 11 June, when friends and supporters of the University also celebrated the conclusion of the Beyond Campaign. 


Celebrating Beyond!

Celebrating Beyond, a brochure marking the conclusion and wide-ranging impact of the University's successful Beyond Campaign, has been published by Queen's Foundation. 


PVC for Internationalisation and Engagement announced

Queen's has appointed Professor Richard English as the new Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation and Engagement. 

Arts and Culture

RTS Award for Queen's graduate

A PhD student, who already has two degrees from Queen's, has picked up a major Royal Television Society Award in London for his film Fractured City

Graduate News

Zoology graduate sets up elephant sanctuary in Thailand 

A Queen's 2013 BSc Zoology graduate from Co Tyrone has taken the unusual step of setting up an elephant sanctuary in Northern Thailand. 




Queen's University has received one of only twelve Regius Professorships announced to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.



The 2016 University Boat Race this Saturday (June 11), will see 18 crews from around the island of Ireland take to the River Lagan from Queen's 'new look' £1.2m Boathouse.

Graduate News

Sky's the limit for triple award-winning graduate businessman

A Co Down entrepreneur and Queen's graduate, Connaire McGreevy, has picked up his third prestigious business award in just over 6 months. 



His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has officially launched Queen's first Global Research Institute at the NI Science Park. 



Queen's has received funding to lead the UK's involvement in the creation of the first motion picture of the Universe which is being dubbed the 'greatest movie ever made'.  


Graduate News


The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has announced that Professor Ron Perrott will receive the ACM's prestigious Distinguished Service Award. 


Whistleblowers perform a vital role in today’s world yet they are often bullied, harassed and isolated leading to mental health issues and bankruptcy.



An alumnus of Portora Royal School in Enniskillen has been appointed Director of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's. 


Seven of this year’s 35 UK Advanced Leadership Awards handed out by the Royal Academy of Engineering have gone to students at Queen’s.


Tackling diabetes-related blindness

A €2.25m US-Ireland R&D partnership involving Queen’s scientists is hoping to reverse diabetes-related blindness.




Queen's Professor of Criminology, Phil Scraton has been acknowledged for the major role he played in getting to the truth about the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.




Queen’s is the UK leader for intellectual property commercialisation, according to a recent survey.


Farming community supports charity auction

A pedigree calf has been auctioned in support of breast cancer research at the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queen's.



Former member of University staff Professor Roy Crawford - who has three degrees from  Queen's - has received an honorary award in New Zealand


Queen's Microbiologists help resolve Hannibal Alpine route enigma

Microbiologists in the Institute for Global Food Security and School of Biological Sciences at Queen's may have answered a 2000-year enigma - where did Hannibal cross the Alps?



Queen's has joined forces with a number of charities, and specialist provider Hubbub, to develop and host a crowdfunding website to promote small scale pilot research projects.

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