Public affairs

Public Affairs is the central coordinating hub for the University’s outreach activity with elected political representatives and government. The unit provides support to senior management, including the Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellors, and Registrar, in developing and maintaining the University’s relationships with key stakeholders including MLAs, Ministers, MPs, local Councillors, government departments (in particular the Department for Employment and Learning), civil servants and policy advisers.

Public Affairs acts as a point of contact for politicians and officials seeking to engage with the University, and as a first port of call for staff across Queen’s looking for help and advice in their dealings with elected representatives and government officials.

The Public Affairs portfolio of work also includes: issue-specific lobbying, monitoring of legislative issues, responding to DEL Assembly Questions and inquiries, preparation of papers and briefings on government and parliamentary business, as well as representational duties. Helping to ensure that the strategic business of the University remains high on the political agenda and that Queen’s continues to play a leading role in shaping the educational, economic, cultural, and social development of Northern Ireland are key aims.

Draft Programme for Government Framework Response 

The University is committed to working in partnership with the Executive to improve wellbeing for all by tackling disadvantage and driving economic growth.

In order to meet these ambitions, higher education requires urgent investment to ensure that our people have the necessary skills and expertise to fuel the growth of the knowledge economy.

Additional investment in higher education will resource an increase in the supply of high-level skills which is critical in both attracting new foreign and direct investment to Northern Ireland and in supporting the growth of our indigenous companies. The Executive has the opportunity to address this priority as part of the new innovative and integrated approach to government.

Read Queen's University's Draft Programme for Government Response.
For further information, contact Ryan Feeney, Head of Public Engagement,

Protocols for engagement with politicians

The University has in place a number of protocols to assist staff in their dealings with elected representatives and government officials. 
Protocols are in place for staff dealing with:

  • Assembly and Parliamentary Questions;
  • Correspondence;
  • Invitations and Visits;
  • Requests for Information.

For further information or advice contact the Public Affairs Officer, Alistair Stewart on 028 9097 5114.