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Technology

QUEEN’S INVESTS IN NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR ECHO-FREE CHAMBER TO HELP DEVELOP ADVANCED 5G

Investment in cutting-edge research at Queen’s is developing new technologies to explore how the next generation of cellular communications - including 5G - will operate.

Graduate News

DIVERSITY CHAMPION NAMED 2019 FIRST TRUST BANK QUEEN’S GRADUATE OF THE YEAR

The winner of the 2019 First Trust Bank Queen’s Graduate of the Year is Sheree Atcheson, BEng 2013 – one of the UK's most influential women in technology, and an award-winning Diversity & Inclusion leader.

University News

QUEEN'S LANYON CONSERVATION PROJECT NOMINATED FOR HERITAGE ANGEL AWARD

Voting closes this Friday (11 October) in the Heritage Angel Awards Northern Ireland in which the University’s Lanyon Conservation Project has been nominated in the 'Best Major Regeneration of a Historic Building or Place' category.

Graduates

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

Graduates of Queen’s are invited to feedback their views on university reputation as part of a worldwide survey to help improve the student experience for future generations.

Research

ASTRONOMERS DETECT GAS MOLECULES IN COMET FROM ANOTHER STAR

Queen’s researchers are part of a team that has made a historic discovery by successfully detecting gas in a comet from outside our solar system for the first time.



Society

ARCHITECTURE AT QUEEN’S DECLARES CLIMATE EMERGENCY

To empower students and staff to address the enormity of the current global ecological crisis, a climate emergency has been declared by Architecture at Queen’s. (Image credit: Public CoLab)

Graduate News

PRESTIGIOUS HONOUR FOR FORMER QWG PRESIDENT

One of Queen’s most eminent graduates, Dr Marion Gibson, was honoured over the summer by the University Women of Europe, when she was presented with the prestigious Jans Gremmée Award.

Society

CHILDREN’S TIME use CHANGES AS THEY GROW older

Researchers led by a team at Queen's who examined overall trends in children’s time use from age 9 to 13, have found substantial differences in sports, reading, homework, and playing time depending on their socioeconomic status.

 

 

Graduate News

BELFAST TO WEST PAKISTAN – IN A VW COMBI!

Fifty years ago, five 3rd year Queen’s medical students set out on a road trip of a lifetime – to deliver a vehicle to a West Pakistan hospital and to leave it there for the use of staff and patients.



Society

QUEEN’S ACADEMICS CONTRIBUTE TO REPORT ON IMPACT OF SEX PURCHASE OFFENCE

Northern Ireland's 2015 ban on buying sex has had 'minimal to no effect' on the demand for paid sex, the numbers of those working in the sex trade or the levels of human trafficking often associated with it, according to the latest research carried out by staff from the School of Law on behalf of the Department of Justice. 

Sport

QUEEN’S SOCCER ACADEMY ANNOUNCES DEAL WITH SCAN ALARMS

Queen’s University Belfast Soccer Academy has announced a new sponsorship arrangement with Scan Alarms and Security Systems Ltd for the 2019-20 season.

Graduate News

MEET ROGER CONNOR – PRESIDENT, GLOBAL VACCINES GSK

Top Queen’s graduate Roger Connor, who was born in Belfast but grew up in Downpatrick, County Down, is assisting science-led global healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) to ‘help people do more, feel better, live longer.’



Research

NEW TECHNIQUE TO TRANSFORM USED MILK BOTTLES INTO KAYAKS AND STORAGE TANKS

Queen’s researchers are working on novel techniques that could help tackle the growing global issue of single-use waste plastics.



University News

UNIVERSITIES LAUNCH CITY DEAL WEBSITE

Queen’s University and the UU – two of the stakeholder partners in the £850m Belfast Region City Deal – have launched a joint website outlining their integrated key sector projects to invigorate the local economy.



Philanthropy

THE ANDREW MARK GODDEN PRIZE

A three times graduate of Queen’s, who recently took up a new post in the School of Law, has set up a prize to help Law students from a ‘widening participation’ background.



Graduate News

COCHRANE CORRY CUP REUNION – SEPTEMBER 2019

Former members of the Queen’s 1968 Cochrane Corry Cup winning team are being invited to a special get-together in September to mark the occasion.

Graduate News

FRANK ORMSBY - NEXT IRELAND PROFESSOR OF POETRY

A central figure in Ulster poetry since the late 1960s, Queen’s graduate Frank Ormsby (BA English, 1970), has been announced as the next holder of the highly prestigious Ireland Chair of Poetry.

Philanthropy

HOSPITAL SATURDAY FUND – SUPPORTING MEDICAL ELECTIVES

A group of six students from Queen’s, who earlier this year received support from HSF to undertake overseas medical electives, have attended a special reception at the University.

Health

HEALTH BENEFITS OF SOCIAL NETWORK INTERVENTIONS

Social network interventions can lead to potential health benefits, according to the findings of the latest research from the Centre of Public Health at Queen’s.

University News

RIDDEL HALL EXPANSION PROPOSALS: PUBLIC CONSULTATION

Graduates and members of the public are invited to comment on the University’s plans for a ‘new build’ teaching facility at Riddel Hall, necessary to meet the growing demand for postgraduate student places at Queen’s.

Graduate News

GRADUATE VISION IS GRANDEST DESIGN

A family home designed and built by a Queen’s Architecture graduate from Maghera, has been named the Grand Designs favourite over the 20 years of the series by presenter Kevin McCloud.



GRADUATE NEWS

‘Warts and all’ newspaper memoir from eminent Queen’s graduate

A Queen’s 1971 graduate, Colin McClatchie, who worked in the media under press barons Rupert Murdoch and Robert Maxwell, has published A Musing, his reflections on a life in the newspaper industry.



Graduate News

international cryptography expert appointed ACTING DIRECTOR OF ECIT

Double Queen’s graduate and world leading cryptography expert Máire O’Neill, has been appointed Acting Director of the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) at Queen’s.



Graduate News

NHS HIGHLAND APPOINTS QUEEN’S GRADUATE AS MEDICAL DIRECTOR

A Queen’s medical graduate Dr Boyd Peters, whose GP experiences in rural Northern Ireland prepared him for a career in Scotland, is the new Medical Director for NHS Highland, the country’s largest (in geographical terms) health board.    

Business

QUEEN'S MBA – TIME TO TRANSFORM YOUR CAREER

Looking to develop as a leader? Want to make an impact on business? Fancy taking your career to the next level? Queen’s MBA might just be what you are looking for!

 

Arts

graduate ANNOUNCED AS THE NEW CHILDREN’S WRITING FELLOW FOR NI BY ARTS COUNCIL AND QUEEN'S

Award-winning Queen’s alumna, Kelly McCaughrain has taken up the post of Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland, based at the Seamus Heaney Centre at the University.   



Society

RESEARCHERS FIND JUSTICE AND SECURITY VULNERABILITIES IN HARD BREXIT SCENARIO

A report focusing on the human rights implications of potential changes in justice arrangements post-Brexit, has warned of the serious consequences of disruption.

 

Health

RESEARCHERS DEVELOP EARLY DETECTION TEST FOR OVARIAN CANCER

A team of international researchers – led by Queen’s – have developed a screening test to identify a biomarker which could detect ovarian cancer up to two years earlier than current tests.



Research

VIKINGS ARRIVED IN IRELAND WHEN POPULATION WAS IN SERIOUS DECLINE

The population of Ireland was in serious decline for almost 200 years before Norsemen first arrived on these shores 1,000 years ago, according to the latest genetic research from Queen’s.

University News

NEWRY FIRM FELIX O’HARE TO BUILD QUEEN'S STUDENTS' UNION

The contract for the construction of the new multifaceted, multi-million pound Student Centre at Queen’s has been awarded to Felix O’Hare & Co Ltd from Newry.  

 

Health

RESEARCHERS EXPLORE USE OF NEW PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES BY YOUNG PEOPLE

The latest Queen's research has revealed the motives, characteristics and lived experiences of young people using NPS, formerly known as 'legal highs'.  

 

Research

QUEEN’S OFFERING FREE TESTING TO IMPROVE MARINE RENEWABLE ENERGY

Offshore energy technology developers, including wave, tidal and offshore wind energy companies, have been offered free testing to help drive forward the advancement of marine renewable energy.

Student News

QUEEN’S STUDENTS SECURE PLACE ON US SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME

The latest batch of Study USA students from Queen’s are on their way to the United States to spend the next academic year studying business and STEM subjects.  

Obituary

BRIAN CONLON – A SHINING EXAMPLE

One of Queen’s most successful business graduates Brian Conlon, BSc Accounting 1987 – the founder of Newry firm, First Derivatives – who was awarded an Honorary Degree by the University in July 2012, has died after a short illness.   

Graduate News

GRADUATE TAKES UP ROLE AS CHAIR OF INVEST NI

Experienced senior business leader and Queen’s BSc Mechanical Engineering graduate (1985), Rose Mary Stalker, has taken up post as Chair of Invest Northern Ireland.



Philanthropy

HOLSTEIN NI RAISES £22,500 IN SUPPORT OF THREE CANCER CHARITIES

Thanks to a 4th hugely successful annual Open Day, researchers at CCRCB have received £7,500 from Holstein NI and members of the local farming community, to support work in cancer research.   

Arts

ACADEMIC PRESENTS RESTORATION SHAKESPEARE SHOWCASE AT GLOBE THEATRE

Queen’s academic Professor Richard Schoch, an historian whose research encompasses theatre historiography and Shakespeare in performance, has been helping the public to understand the Bard of Avon’s complex theatrical afterlife.



NI Cancer Registry

Health

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS IMPACT OF EMERGENCY ADMISSIONS ON CANCER PATIENTS

New research conducted by the NI Cancer Registry at Queen's and Macmillan Cancer Support warns that emergency departments are not the right places to care for terminally ill people.

 

Community

T:BUC JUNIOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME

An innovative scheme backed by the Northern Ireland Executive which aims to provide leadership and coaching skills to a cross community group of young people, is currently being delivered through Queen’s Sport.

UNIVERSITY NEWS

Queen's University Steps Out With Pride

Queen’s staff, students, graduates and family members came out in great number force to show their visible commitment to PRISM, the staff LGBT+ Network at the University and to the wider LGBT community.


Health

SCIENTISTS FIND PROTEIN WHICH CAN IMPROVE REPAIR OF DAMAGED BLOOD VESSELS

Researchers at Queen’s have discovered a process which could be used to treat conditions including heart failure following a heart attack, diabetes, peripheral arterial disease and some types of stroke.

Graduate News

NEW POLICE OMBUDSMAN TAKES UP POST

The new Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, the Office which provides independent, impartial investigation of complaints about the police in Northern Ireland, is Queen’s graduate Marie Anderson.



Business

RECOGNITION FOR QUEEN’S SPIN-OUT, ADOREBOARD

Queen's spin-out company Adoreboard, which unlocks deeper insights about human behaviour, has been recognised as a 2019 Gartner ‘Cool Vendor' in AI for customer analytics.

Graduate News

GRADUATE TAKES THE WHEEL AT BELFAST’S JAGUAR LAND ROVER BASE

Alan Thompson, a Queen's BSc in Business Administration and Computer Science graduate, has been appointed Head of Business at Charles Hurst Group, Northern Ireland’s largest car retailer.

Graduate News

CHEMICAL ENGINEERS RETURN TO QUEEN'S

They came from Italy, Switzerland, South Africa – and as far away as Australia – to celebrate 35 years since their graduation and, for some at least, to take in the golfing wonders of The Open at Portrush.

Research

QUEEN’S RESEARCHERS DISCOVER FIRST EVER SPECIES ENDANGERED FROM DEEP SEA MINING

Scientists from Queen’s have identified the sea pangolin as the first species at risk of extinction from deep sea mining by humans.

 

RESEARCH

Queen’s University Belfast leadS first UK trial using exercise to aid recovery from deadliest cancer

Pancreatic cancer patients in Northern Ireland will be the first in the UK to trial an innovative new exercise programme to aid their recovery from the traumatic 12-hour operation needed to save their lives.



Research

LISTENING TO MUSIC CAN HELP REDUCE STRESS

The latest research from the School of Psychology at Queen’s has concluded that music listening – often associated with higher levels of wellbeing – can help decrease stress, and it has a bigger impact the older you get.

Graduate News

THE CLASS OF 2019 – MEET THREE TOP GRADUATES

Three of our amazing new graduates talk to Queen’s about their time at University, the skills and experiences they accrued here, and their hopes and plans for the future.



Graduate News

70TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS IN THE MUSIC BUILDING!

An evening of fine food, reminiscing and friendships renewed were the order of the day as over 90 guests marked Queen’s Music Department's 70th birthday in style.

Student News

INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS POSTGRADUATE IS QUEEN’S STUDENT OF THE YEAR

The winner of the 2019 First Trust Bank Queen’s Student of the Year Award has been announced as final year PhD law student Gift Sotonye-Frank – a passionate advocate for women and a dedicated supporter of international students.

GraduatE News

GRADUATION DAY – A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES

Catching up with staff in the Development and Alumni Relations Office – the directorate that maintains links with graduates after they leave Queen’s – find out what makes for a great graduation day.

Health

NEW TRIAL TO FIND TREATMENT FOR SHORT-SIGHTEDNESS RELATED BLINDNESS IN CHILDREN

A new trial led by Queen’s is investigating the efficacy of low dose eye drops to stop the progression of myopia in short-sighted children. 



Graduate News

MEET BRIAN DOWNIE – 116TH PRESIDENT OF SAICE

Queen’s BSc Civil Engineering graduate Brian Downie (1970), is just over half way through his year as President of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering.



Student News

QUEEN’S STUDENTS 'GO GLOBAL' WITH INTERNATIONAL WORK PLACEMENTS

Over 30 students from Queen’s are set to take part in international work placements this summer as part of the IAESTE mobility programme.

 

Research

NORTHERN IRELAND RISKS BEING LEFT BEHIND BECAUSE CHILDREN ARE NOT REQUIRED TO LEARN A SECOND LANGUAGE IN PRIMARY SCHOOL

Writing in The Conversation, Queen’s researcher Ian Collen puts the case for children in Northern Ireland learning a second language from as young as the age of eight or nine.

Graduate News

CALL FOR CLASS NOTES!

Have you just landed a new job, published a book or moved to a new country – then let us know what you've been up to and we will share your news in our ever popular 'class notes' section of The Graduate magazine!

University News

QUEEN'S IMPROVES ON ITS WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKING

The latest QS World University Rankings® are out, showcasing 1,000 of the world’s best universities in over 80 countries, and placing Queen’s in its highest position in the last five years.

Graduate News

QUEEN'S MANAGEMENT SCHOOL LAUNCHES ANNUAL MARY MCALEESE DIVERSITY LECTURE SERIES

Former Irish President, Mary McAleese, has called for more accountability and a clamp down on the dangers posed by the internet, at the inaugural lecture in a new series which carries her name, held in the Great Hall at Queen’s.

University News

QUEEN'S ACADEMIC APPOINTED ESRC SENIOR FELLOW FOR THE UKICE INITIATIVE

Dr Katy Hayward, a much sought-after expert on Brexit, the Irish border and the peace process, has been selected as one of nine new Senior Fellows for the UK in a Changing Europe UKICE initiative.



HealTH

QUEEN’S RESEARCH BRINGS TREATING CANCER USING LASER-DRIVEN PROTON THERAPY A STEP CLOSER

A team of researchers from Queen's, working with colleagues from the Science and Technology Facilities Council, has increased the likelihood of treating cancers with lasers, a method that could be less much less damaging to patients.

 

Research

Queen's RESEARCHERS find poor oral health linked to 75% increase in liver cancer risk

A study by Queen’s has investigated the association between oral health conditions and the risk of a number of gastrointestinal cancers, including liver cancer.



Research

NOISE POLLUTION HAMPERING BIRDS COMMUNICATION

What impact does the noise that human beings create have on the world around us? Researchers at Queen’s have been finding out how we make life difficult for birds.  

 

 

Graduate News

QUEEN’S IN INDIA – MAJOR EVENT HELD IN NEW DELHI

Key University stakeholders, graduates and special guests – including Sir Mark Tully – were treated to an evening of culture, fine food and reminiscences, during Queen’s most recent visit to India.

University News

LAUNCH OF QUEEN'S BLACK, ASIAN, MINORITY ETHNIC AND INTERNATIONAL STAFF NETWORK 'IRISE'

Celebrating the rich diversity of staff at Queen’s, a new network – iRise – has been launched to promote the University as a welcoming place to work for BAME and International staff.

Society

ARK REPORT FINDS MAJORITY IN NORTHERN IRELAND NOT PREJUDICED TOWARDS TRANSGENDER PEOPLE

The results from a recent study conducted by Queen’s and Ulster universities indicate that 72 per cent of the Northern Ireland population describe themselves as ‘not prejudiced at all’ towards people who are transgender.

University News

BELFAST WINS BID TO HOST EUROPE’S LARGEST CONFERENCE ON ARCHAEOLOGY

Belfast follows Barcelona, Lisbon and Istanbul to host 2,500 delegates in 2022 – thanks to the fact that Belfast has been chosen to host a major international archaeology conference, worth almost £4m to the local economy.   

Research

QUEEN’S RESEARCH TO TACKLE PLASTICS, ONE OF MANKIND’S GREATEST THREATS TO EXISTENCE

An international consortium, including researchers from Queen’s, has been awarded over half a million pounds from the European Commission to investigate the possible damage to humans caused by nano and microplastics.

University

'WOMEN IN LAW: IT'S HARD TO BE WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE'

A new installation in the School of Law at Queen’s by artist and photographer Susie Rea is celebrating some of the inspirational women working in the law in Northern Ireland.



University News

COMMONS SPEAKER DELIVERS LECTURE AT QUEEN’S

‘How Parliament Works: A view from the Chair’ – House of Commons Speaker The Right Honorable John Bercow, MP – has delivered a lecture to a packed audience in the Peter Froggatt Centre at Queen’s.



Graduate News

CALLING GRADUATES OF THE CLASS OF 2018!

Queen’s Class of 2018 (June/July) are being asked to be ‘part of the picture’ by joining in the biggest UK annual social survey, to ascertain the collective thoughts of graduates and directly impact the future of education.



Graduate News

PROFESSOR MONICA MCWILLIAMS ON DESERT ISLAND DISCS

Queen’s graduate, peace campaigner and former politician Professor Monica McWilliams talks to radio host Lauren Laverne about growing up in Northern Ireland and picks eight favourite pieces of music, a luxury item and a book to take to her desert island.



Philanthropy

HSF SUPPORTS MEDICAL ELECTIVES AT QUEEN’S

One of the leaders in the health insurance market in the UK and Ireland has returned to Queen’s as part of its ongoing support for students going overseas for important medical electives.



Health

ALCOHOL MISUSE IN OVER 50S COSTs NI £125 MILLION

The burden to the health service of managing alcohol misuse related morbidity in the over 50s in Northern Ireland is an estimated £125 million per year, according to the latest Queen’s study.



University News

NEW ALLIANCE AIMS TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF HEALTH OF CITIZENS AND BOOST LOCAL ECONOMY

A new collaborative alliance involving Queen’s and UU and other healthcare stakeholders will provide a platform for co-operation across Northern Ireland and, it is hoped, will result in a surge of economic activity across the sector.

University News

QUEEN’S BACKS CYBER SECURITY SECTOR WITH FUNDING FOR 40 MSC SCHOLARSHIPS

Fancy working in cyber security, then Queen’s Applied Cyber Security MSc programme might be just the ticket for you – and we’ve got 40 scholarships to help make up your mind!

Research 

WHAT DO 11-YEAR-OLDS THINK ABOUT BREXIT? I ASKED – AND THEY DIDN’T HOLD BACK

Dr Katrina Lloyd, a Queen’s researcher whose work is focused mainly on quantitative survey work with children and young people, talks to 11-year-olds about Brexit.

 

Student News

STUDENTS DEVELOP LIFE-SAVING AUTONOMOUS PLANE TECHNOLOGY

Two teams of Queen’s mechanical and aerospace engineering students are to compete in the Institute of Mechanical Engineers UAS Challenge ‘fly off’ event in Wales later this month.

Graduate News

MEET GRADUATE JULIE JIA, JAZZ LOVER AND ENTREPRENEUR

A 2012 MSc Management graduate, who owns and runs a successful wine distribution business in Shenzhen, China talks to the June eGraduate about her time at Queen’s and career since.  



Sport

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF QUEEN’S LADIES BOAT CLUB

Queen’s Ladies Boat Club will mark its golden anniversary this year as part of the 15th annual University Boat Race on the River Lagan on Saturday 8 June.



Graduate News

CATCHING UP WITH ZHANG YU HUAI (NEO)

Queen’s Alumni Officer for Engagement, Stephen O'Reilly, has been catching up with the University’s 2007 Student of the Year Zhang Yu Huai, who now lives and works in Shenzhen, China. 

Graduate News

WASHINGTON DC DIPLOMATIC RECEPTION

Queen’s graduates living and working in Washington DC joined with a delegation from the University for a private reception at the home of NI Bureau Director Norman Houston.

Research

‘FORBIDDEN PLANET’ FOUND IN ‘NEPTUNIAN DESERT’

A rogue exoplanet three times the size of Earth – so rare it has been nicknamed ‘The Forbidden Planet’ – has been discovered by a team of astronomers which includes researchers from Queen’s.

Research

QUEEN’S RESEARCHER HIGHLIGHTS GLOBAL CANCER INEQUALITIES

Dean of Education in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, Professor Mark Lawler, is to call on High Income Countries to do more to address global cancer treatment disparities at a major US conference.

Research

QUEEN’S RESEARCHERS HELP IMPROVE MATERNAL HEALTH IN DEVELOPING WORLD

Researchers from the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine at Queen’s are hoping to improve the neonatal mortality rate in Malawi in south-eastern Africa, thanks to support from the McClay Foundation.

International

QUEEN’S GLOBAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME STUDENTS VISIT TORONTO

Twenty-five Global Leadership Programme students from across Queen’s three faculties are visiting Toronto, Canada, where they have met with the University’s alumni and leading companies with Northern Ireland connections.  

Graduate News

50 YEARS ON SINCE GRADUATION – GEOGRAPHY CLASS REUNION

Geography graduates from Canada, Europe, the UK and Ireland - who were students during the time of The Beatles, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Moon race - returned to Queen’s earlier this year to mark a significant anniversary for those who graduated between 1968 and 1970.

Research

RESEARCH TEAM DEVELOPING EMPATHIC CARS OF THE FUTURE

Do you get stressed in traffic? What if your car could pick up on your emotions and make your driving environment better? Two Queen’s graduates are helping to develop machines of the future which will react to human emotions.

 

Research

GLAUCOMA SCREENING COULD SAVE THREE MILLION YEARS OF BLINDNESS IN CHINA

Novel findings from Queen’s researchers could change the future of glaucoma healthcare in the world’s most largely populated country.



University News

FORMER TAOISEACH, BERTIE AHERN DELIVERS HARRI HOLKERI LECTURE

Talking in a packed Canada Room/Council Chamber at Queen’s, former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern called on local politicians to get power-sharing back on track in a lecture entitled Peace Process - In light of Brexit Issues.

Research News

ECIT TO BUILD 5 STRONG TEAM TO DEVELOP MOBILE NETWORK CONCEPT

A researcher in ECIT – the University’s Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology – has been awarded a major grant by UK Research and Innovation as part of the Future Leaders Fellowships scheme.

University News 

CYBER SECURITY EXPERT APPOINTED TO UK AI COUNCIL

One of Europe’s leading cyber security experts, Professor Máire O'Neill from the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen's, has been appointed to a top UK AI body.

 

Health

QUEEN’S NAMED AMONG ‘NATION’S LIFESAVERS’

Medical researchers at Queen’s who have developed a rapid test for meningitis that speeds up diagnosis, have been recognised for their exceptional contribution to keeping the nation healthy.

Graduate News

Queen's Graduate, Andrew Tohill, makes it onto the big screen with The Dig

Queen's University Belfast Film studies graduate, Andrew Tohill, has made it onto the big screen with new film The Dig, which he directed and filmed with his twin brother, Ryan Tohill, a Belfast duo who have worked on Game of Thrones, Line of Duty, The Fall and 2013 feature, Philomena.



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Graduate News

Graduate is first woman in US to receive prestigious psychoanalysis award

Rosemary M Balsam, MB Bch BAO, 1963, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst at Yale University, has been awarded the Mary S. Sigourney Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Advancement of Psychoanalysis.



Graduate News

BELFAST WRITER AWARDED ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON FELLOWSHIP

Queen’s graduate Bernard McLaverty, BA 1974, has been awarded a prestigious Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship by the Scottish Book Trust.

Philanthropy

ULSTER GAA TO SUPPORT PROSTATE RESEARCH AT CCRCB THROUGHOUT 2019/20

Ulster GAA will be ‘Supporting Prostate Cancer Research’ at Queen’s University during this year's Ulster Championships and throughout 2019-2020.

 

University News

FIRST TEDx EVENT AT QUEEN’S TAKEs PLACE today!

A range of innovative themes and ‘ideas worth spreading’ are to be showcased at Queen’s today as part of the University’s first ever TEDx event.

Graduate News

BACHELOR OF MUSIC 70TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

A limited number of tickets are still available for a major Music reunion at Queen’s taking place in June for BMus graduates of all years.

Research

MAJOR STUDY INTO EXPERIENCES OF OLDER CRIME VICTIMS

Older victims of crime have revealed their concerns about the criminal justice system as part of a major new study carried out by Queen’s academics. 

University News

NATHALIE TROTT APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI RELATIONS AT QUEEN’S

Cambridge double graduate and current DCU Educational Trust CEO Nathalie Trott, is to be the new Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Queen’s.



PHILANTHROPY

HELEN’S BAY LADIES SUPPORT OVARIAN CANCER

Ovarian Cancer research in the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queen’s, has received a gift of £6,000 from the ladies of Helen’s Bay Golf Club.



Graduate News 

QUEEN’S GRADUATE APPOINTED INDEPENDENT REVIEWER OF CRIMINAL RECORD CERTIFICATES

Ms Caroline Conway, a Queen’s 2001 LLB graduate, has taken up the role of Independent Reviewer of Criminal Record Certificates.



Research

MAN-MADE STRUCTURES PROVIDE FEEDING HOTSPOTS FOR SEABIRDS

Seabirds may be benefitting from man-made constructions in tidal streams which mix up the water column and change local flow dynamics, making potential prey more accessible to foragers.

Graduate News

‘GAME OF THRONES’ – BRINGING THE SEVEN KINGDOMS OF WESTEROS TO LIFE

As Game of Thrones reaches the beginning of the end, we hear from some of the Queen’s graduates who have been involved in bringing the most famous show on earth to life.

Health

PIONEERING POTENTIALLY LIFE-CHANGING OESOPHAGEAL CANCER TEST

Queen’s researchers are helping to pioneer a new, potentially life-changing test, to determine the most appropriate chemotherapy for those patients with early stage oesophageal cancer.

Graduate and Student News

GRADUATE & STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2019 – NOMINATIONS DEADLINE TUESDAY 7 MAY

The call for nominations for this year’s prestigious Graduate and Student of the Year Awards has gone out, with the closing date for entries set for 7 May.  

Research

SCIENTISTS CHART HISTORY OF DYNAMIC GREENLAND ICE SHEET FOR FIRST TIME

In the first study of its kind, Queen’s researchers have provided an unprecedented insight into the Greenland Ice Sheet over the last 2.7 million years.



Society

ENERGY TRANSITION AND CLIMATE RESILIENCE COMMISSION FOR BELFAST

An initiative seeking to increase engagement with the public, private and third sectors in tackling climate change – led by researchers at Queen’s – has been extended to Belfast.

 

Association News

OUTSTANDING ARTS, HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES STUDENTS AWARDED QGA SCHOLARSHIPS

Two talented postgraduate students have been presented with scholarships by the QGA at the Association's annual President’s Drinks Reception held at First Trust Bank.

university News

LECTURER WINS TWO AWARDS FOR BOOK ON LATE MEDIEVAL IRELAND

Queen’s academic picks up two major awards for her book on the cultural interactions of the Irish and English in Ireland.

Research

GRADUATE COLLABORATES WITH MCAVOY GROUP ON GROUND-BREAKING OFFSITE HOUSING SOLUTION

New homes built offsite in a factory before being transported to their final location, could be the solution to the housing crisis – thanks to The McAvoy Group and to Queen’s graduate Hung Phung Quang.



University News

QUEEN’S ANNOUNCES HONORARY PROFESSORSHIPS

The former Taoiseach and 2008 Honorary Queen’s Graduate Bertie Ahern is among those who have been awarded Honorary Professorships by Queen’s University.

Health

QUEEN’S OFFICIALLY OPENS PRECISION MEDICINE CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

A new laboratory boasting the latest state-of-the-art technology has been officially opened at Queen’s, marking the dawn of a new era in medicine in Northern Ireland and beyond.

University News

NATIONAL MUSEUMS NI AND QUEEN'S UNITE FOR RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS

A collaboration between National Museums NI, Queen's and UU is seeking to improve public awareness of research and collections through a series of education, outreach and cultural programmes.

Philanthropy

CCRCB NAMED UFU PRESIDENT’S CHARITY 2019

The Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology at Queen’s – where researchers are finding new ways to advance and tackle cancer care – has been selected as the Ulster Farmers’ Union President’s Charity for 2019.

Graduate News

QUEEN'S ALUMNA APPOINTED NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIR OF NI BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE

A Queen’s graduate with a background in transportation and governance experience in the public and private sectors, has been appointed Chair of the NI Blood Transfusion Service.  



Research

JOURNEYING BEYOND WESTEROS PROJECT TO BLAZE NEW MEDIEVAL TOURIST TRAIL

Visitors from across the world will be introduced to Northern Ireland’s rich medieval history – used as locations for Game of Thrones – thanks to a new heritage project involving Queen’s researchers.  

Student News

HSF SUPPORTS OVERSEAS MEDICAL ELECTIVES FOR QUEEN’S STUDENTS

Representatives of the Hospital Saturday Fund (HSF) visited Queen’s University recently to hand over the second instalment of £10,000 in support of medical student electives.

 

Health

GROUND-BREAKING WAY TO TREAT SIGHT-THREATENING EYE DISEASES

The latest research from Queen’s University Belfast could enable the creation of new and better treatments for a number of sight-threatening eye diseases -and even make things better for those who suffer a heart attack.

Student News

M&S ANNOUNCES STUDENT PLACEMENT PROGRAMME

Marks & Spencer’s CEO, Steve Rowe, has announced a new placement programme, which will enable Queen’s students to work with the M&S food technical team in building supply chain resilience.



University

ACADEMICS NAMED 2019 ISLAND OF IRELAND EISENHOWER FELLOWS

Two distinguished academics from Queen’s have been selected by Eisenhower Fellowships for a prestigious US leadership programme.



 

University

THESIS DIGITISATION PROJECT AT THE LIBRARY

The Library at Queen’s is delighted to announce that it is undertaking an exciting initiative of retrospectively digitising theses of the University.

Research

SUN’S MAGNETIC FIELD IS TEN TIMES STRONGER THAN PREVIOUSLY BELIEVED

Luck, and favourable conditions, have combined to enable a team of researchers to determine the strength of the magnetic field of a solar flare with unprecedented accuracy.

 

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University News

MEET QUEEN’S HONORARY GRADUATES – CLASS OF 2019

Details of the 18 individuals who are to receive honorary degrees during this year’s summer and winter graduation weeks at Queen’s in July and December have been named.

Health

QUEEN’S RESEARCH SHOWS SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE LINKED TO 70,000 DEATHS PER YEAR IN THE UK

Growing evidence suggests that prolonged sedentary behaviour, prevalent among adults, increases the risk of several chronic health conditions and is linked to 70,000 deaths each year.

Student News

BELFAST CHARITABLE SOCIETY SUPPORTS QUEEN’S STUDENTS

Two long established local charities – the Belfast Charitable Society and the Barbour Fund – are empowering new opportunities for students at Queen’s.

 

Research

LIFE IN THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE: HOW FISH NEED JELLIES MORE THAN WE THOUGHT

Researchers at Queen’s School of Biological Sciences have discovered that jellyfish, once seen primarily as a predator, may also provide important food and shelter to young fish.

 

Sport

QUEEN’S HONOURS HEROES OF FIRST SIGERSON CUP SUCCESS

At a gala event at Riddel Hall at the University, Queen’s GAA recently honoured the surviving members of victorious Class of 1959 team that won the University’s – and Northern Ireland’s – first Sigerson Cup.

University News

LINKS and An-Najah University to collaborate on Early Childhood Development programmes

Queen’s has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with An-Najah National University, the largest university in Palestine, to work together on early childhood development.

Environment

GOOD ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTISES ARE GOOD FOR QUEEN’S AND FOR NORTHERN IRELAND!

Staff at the Development and Alumni Relations Office at Queen’s University are doing their bit to promote good environmental practices and reduce our carbon impact.

Student News

SANTANDER SUPPORTS QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY WOMEN FOOTBALL TALENT IN GETTING AHEAD(ER)

A Queen’s undergraduate with a passion for football has been spending three days at the Nou Camp in Barcelona, home of footballing legend Lionel Messi.



Graduate and Student News

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF QUEEN’S GRADUATE AND STUDENT AWARDS

A stellar line-up of former winners of the prestigious First Trust Bank Queen’s Graduate and Student of the Year Awards will gather at the University this week, to mark 20 years since their launch in 1999.



University News

Norma Sinte announces retirement

After 19 years supporting and leading the University's major fundraising initiatives, Director of Development and Alumni Relations Norma Sinte is to retire at the end of March. 

Research

QUEEN’S SCIENTISTS TAKE THEIR RESEARCH TO WESTMINSTER

Two Queen’s researchers, shortlisted from hundreds of applicants, went to Parliament this week, to take part in an Exhibition of Posters by early-career research scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

 

Student News

£150,000 TO IMPROVE STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

An innovative new pilot project will see £150,000 set aside for mental health services for students in Belfast who are studying at Queen’s and Ulster universities.

Graduate News

‘AN ENGINEER IMAGINES’ – MARCUS ROBINSON’S TRIBUTE TO PETER RICE

Photographer, painter, filmmaker and Queen’s Honorary Graduate Marcus Robinson, pays cinematic homage to Peter Rice, innovative structural engineer and celebrated Queen’s engineering graduate.  



Health

RESEARCHERS MAKE CHRONIC LUNG DISEASE BREAKTHROUGH 

Queen’s scientists have discovered that targeting a specific enzyme can significantly reduce inflammation, lung damage and mucus obstruction, which could improve the lives of people with Cystic Fibrosis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

 

Graduate News

QUEEN’S GRADUATE NAMED IN TIMEWISE POWER 50 AWARDS

Diageo Director and Queen’s alumna Belinda Brown has been named in the 2019 Power 50 Awards – the annual list that celebrates the most outstanding senior business figures in the UK who work flexibly.



Science

€3.2M INVESTMENT TO TRAIN 20 FUTURE LEADERS AND INNOVATORS AT QUEEN’S

Twenty interdisciplinary PhD Early Stage Researchers are now tackling the latest global issues at Queen’s as part of SPaRK – a unique doctoral training programme.

Society

BRITISH-IRISH RELATIONS AFTER BREXIT?

Queen’s Professor Emeritus Adrian Guelke – writing in TheDetail – looks at the history of the Anglo-Irish relationship through the prism of the current Brexit debate.  

Engineering 

QUEEN'S HELPING ROLLS-ROYCE DEVELOP AIRCRAFT ENGINES OF TOMORROW

A longstanding partnership between Queen’s University and Rolls-Royce – one of the world’s leading industrial technology companies – is looking at how changes to future aircraft will be reflected in the engines it makes.

Health

QUEEN’S PROJECT TO SUPPORT CANCER PATIENTS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS

A major project aimed at reducing uncertainty about cancer and its treatments and teaching self-care strategies for symptom management to patients and their carers, has received funding from the EU Horizon programme.  



Health

QUEEN'S HOSTS ‘BREXIT, MEDICINE AND BEYOND' EVENT

At an event held this week at Queen’s, Presidents of the Royal Medical Colleges in Ireland, England and Scotland have warned politicians that patient safety and access to cross-border healthcare must be protected as Brexit looms.

 

University News

SCIENCE SHOP CELEBRATES 30 YEARS AT QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFAST AND ULSTER UNIVERSITY

A 30-year partnership which has contributed valuable research expertise and enabled knowledge transfer into numerous community and voluntary sector projects, was celebrated today Queen’s and UU.

Engineering

QUEEN’S ADVANCED MANUFACTURING EXPERTISE ON SHOW AT BELFAST CONFERENCE

Delegates from leading food, pharmaceutical, medical, chemical, electronics and engineering manufacturing sectors – including from Queen’s University – attended a major manufacturing and supply chain conference held earlier this month.

Science

QUEEN’S HOSTS OVER 30 EVENTS AS PART OF THis year's NI SCIENCE FESTIVAL

The 2019 NI Science Festival, which will showcase science through a range of activities focusing on engineering, health and research, robotics, space, the natural world and even sports science, will include over 30 events at Queen’s.



Technology

THREE LEADING QUEEN’S RESEARCHERS RECOGNISED IN GLOBAL MOBILE AWARDS

Three out of the five finalists at the forthcoming Mobile World Scholar Challenge in Barcelona are from ECIT – the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology at Queen’s.  

University

ASTROPHYSICS EXPERT HONOURED WITH A ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY GOLD MEDAL

A Queen’s global leader in astronomy who has led innovative international projects that survey the sky to find supernovae and exploding stars, has received an RIA Gold Medal.

RESEARCH

QUEEN’S RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS SYSTEM FLAW IN MALE-DOMINATED SURGERY

In the UK and Australasia only 11% of consultant surgeons are women, despite the fact that almost 60% of medical students are female. The latest research from Queen’s provides an insight into some of the possible reasons.

Science

INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM DISCOVERS ‘SUPER-EARTH’ COLLISION OUTSIDE OUR SOLAR SYSTEM

Scientists at Queen’s Astrophysics Research Centre – as part of an international consortium – have discovered a ‘super-Earth’ planet likely to have been involved in a giant collision outside our solar system.

 

Science

QUEEN’S RECEIVES £4M TO TRAIN NEXT GENERATION OF EXPERTS IN DATA STORAGE

£4 million has been awarded to Queen’s and the University of Glasgow to tackle the challenges presented by increasing quantities of data in today's society.

 

University News

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR UNIVERSITY CHANCELLOR

Queen’s graduates are being invited to submit their nominations for the role of Chancellor of the University, following the passing of Dr Thomas J Moran in August of last year.  

Graduate News

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF QFT; CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF PETER RICE

As Queen’s Film Theatre gears up to celebrate the life of one of Queen’s most eminent engineering alumni of the last century, one lucky graduate will win a commemorative souvenir book covering the first 50 years of QFT.

Queen's Foundation

QUEEN'S DONORS AND VOLUNTEERS MAKE A HUGE IMPACT

Donor News – the review of philanthropic support during 2017/18 – is on its way to the numerous donors and volunteers who have supported the University in the last 12 months and whose contributions make a huge impact on life at Queen’s.

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Research

FAMILY HISTORY INSPIRES QUEEN’S RESEARCHER TO TACKLE OESOPHAGEAL CANCER

Inspired to work in medical research after several family members were diagnosed with cancer, Dr Helen Coleman has been awarded over £855,000 from Cancer Research UK for her work on oesophageal cancer.

RESEARCH

QUEEN’S ACADEMIC JOINS £3.5M RESEARCH NETWORK TO SUPPORT UK TRANSITION TO A LOW-CARBON ECONOMY

John Barry, Professor of Green Political Economy at Queen’s, is to take part in P-CAN, a collaborative project which aims to help the UK meet the requirements of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.

Science

RESEARCH SUGGESTS THE VIKINGS BROUGHT LEPROSY TO IRELAND

The latest joint study by a number of researchers in leading UK universities, including Queen’s, has found that Vikings brought leprosy to Ireland during medieval times.



University News

UNIVERSITY SHORTLISTED FOR THREE NATIONAL DIVERSITY AWARDS

Queen’s University has been shortlisted in three categories in the third annual Northern Ireland Equality and Diversity Gala & Awards which will take place in April.




University News

QUEEN'S NAMED WORLD'S TOP ONLINE UNIVERSITY BRAND FOR 2017–18

The World 100 Reputation Network has ranked Queen’s University Belfast the top university online brand at a time when many universities around the world are struggling to look or sound different.

Graduate News

GRADUATE IS NEW CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER AT HORIBA MIRA

Queen’s Mechanical Engineering graduate Graeme Stewart has joined the senior executive team of HORIBA MIRA, a leading UK automotive engineering and development consultancy.

 

International

XIN NIAN KUAI LE - HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

As the world welcomes in the Year of the Pig, Queen's University Development and Alumni Relations Office would like to wish all our Chinese graduates, staff, students, friends and connections a very happy and prosperous Chinese New Year!

 

University

QUEEN’S RE-AFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL CHARTER

Just over one year on since its launch, Queen’s has re-affirmed its commitment to the principles outlined in the University’s Social Charter.

Health

QUEEN’S TO LEAD VITAL RESEARCH INTO INCURABLE LUNG CONDITION

A major landmark study led by Queen’s is seeking to find out more about the very early stages of COPD and to identify those most at risk of developing what is a severe disease.

Research

QUEEN’S DEVELOPS TEST TO DETECT DISEASE AND INFECTION THAT COULD SAVE TIME, MONEY AND LIVES

A new test developed by researchers at Queen’s, which has the potential to identify certain diseases quicker than ever, is expected to save time, money and possibly lives.

Graduate News

‘STREET PHOTOGRAPHY’ – AN EXHIBITION BY TUCK GOH

The next photographic exhibition by Queen’s medical graduate Tuck Goh, is set to open in Belfast City Hospital on Thursday 17 January.

Health 

QUEEN’S PART OF CONSORTIUM AWARDED €6.1M TO ADDRESS FERTILITY ISSUES

€6.1m has been awarded to Queen’s and a partnership of 11 international universities to develop a test to identify harmful chemicals that affect female fertility. 



Graduate News

WELCOME CENTRE FREE GIFT PROMOTION FOR QAO MEMBERS

Join Queen's Alumni Online (QAO), the University's graduate e-network, and claim your free gift when making a purchase from Queen's Welcome Centre – that’s in addition to your 10% graduate discount!




Graduate News

GRADUATES ENHANCE PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL EXPERTISE AT WHITE INK

Two Queen’s Architecture graduates working at an award-winning firm in Belfast have completed their registration with the Royal Institute of British Architects.

 

Technology 

RESEARCHERS DESIGN COMPUTING SYSTEM TO REDUCE DELAYS ON SMART DEVICES

Queen’s researchers in ECIT have designed an innovative computing system that can reduce delays on smart devices, easing pressure on ‘The Cloud’.  



Graduate News

QUEEN’S GRADUATES SCOOP UK’S FOURTH-LARGEST LOTTERY PRIZE!

What a start it was to 2019 for Queen’s graduates Patrick and Frances Connolly, who scooped £114.9m on the EuroMillions Lottery!

 

Cybersecurity

CYBERSECURITY EXPERT WINS PRESTIGIOUS BLAVATNIK AWARD

Queen’s cybersecurity expert Professor Máire O’Neill has been awarded a US$30,000 Blavatnik Award in recognition of her world-class reputation for research and invention in the field of hi-tech hardware security.

University News

QUEEN’S WELCOMES TÁNAISTE SIMON COVENEY

The Tánaiste Simon Coveney T.D., Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister, has delivered a keynote public lecture at Queen’s which addressed Brexit, the ‘backstop’ and future relations between the EU and the UK.    

University News

NEW REGISTRAR AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER APPOINTED

The University’s next Registrar and Chief Operating Officer is to be Joanne Clague, who will join Queen’s from University of Manchester in April.

Business

RETAIL TECHNOLOGY FIRM PÉARLAÍ ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH QMS

Queen’s Management School has teamed up with County Down technology firm Péarlaí to help identify and reward loyal customers through a real time tracking fob.



Graduate News

MEET GRADUATE FLORENCE MADDEN – CONSULTANT, AUTHOR, TRAINER

Management development consultant Florence Madden – BSSc 1981, Economic History – who published her first book last year, is currently working on a follow-up.

University News

NEW YEAR’S HONOURS FOR QUEEN’S STAFF

Five members of Queen’s University staff received recognition for their contributions and service to education at Queen's and to the community in the 2019 New Year’s Honours.

 

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