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.