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Open Days 11-12 September 2014

Open Days are the perfect opportunity for you to find out as much as you can about the courses and facilities available at Queen’s University. You will be able to meet staff and students and get an insight into what life as a student is really like.

Our next Undergraduate Open Days will be held on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 September 2014, registration is not required. To find out more click here.


Undergraduate Family Open Day

There will also be an Undergraduate Family Open Day on Saturday 13 September 2014, 10.30am - 2.00pm. Find out more and register online.

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TCD's AMBER and PPRC at Queen's to work together

AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland funded materials science centre based at Trinity College Dublin, and Queen's University Belfast today signed an agreement for research co-operation.    The agreement recognises that AMBER and the Polymer Processing Research Centre (PPRC) at Queen's have complementary expertise and capabilities in areas of research.

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Memorandum of Understanding link between Trinity and PPRC at Queen's

Amber, the Science Foundation Ireland funded materials science centre based at Trinity College Dublin, and The Queen's University of Belfast have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that outlines key terms for research co-operation. The MoU recognises that Amber and the Polymer Processing Research Centre at Queen's have complementary expertise and capabilities in areas of research related to advanced materials.

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Queen’s celebrates women who ‘engineer’ success

The woman who advises Jenson Button on how to get the best performance from his McLaren Formula One car is one of a number of female engineers to be featured in an exhibition celebrating Women In Engineering Day at Queen’s University on 23 June. 

Bernadette Collins from Enniskillen graduated from Queen’s in 2009 and is now a Performance Engineer with McLaren Formula One racing team. She will feature in a poster exhibition highlighting Queen’s female staff and graduates who are making their mark on engineering in Northern Ireland and around the world.

Other women featured in the exhibition include Lecturer Dr Danielle Soban, whose life-long love of planes led her to a career in aircraft design and a passion for mentoring young women in aerospace. Graduates include Marie Butterfield whose Queen’s degree opened the door to a varied career spanning four global industries and the opportunity to travel the world; and Wendy Patton, who advises the nuclear industry on the safe disposal of nuclear waste.

The free exhibition will also feature demonstrations of the University’s flight simulator and the Queen’s Formula Racing Car, which is designed and built by Mechanical Engineering students to compete in the Formula Racing competition at Silverstone.

Women of all ages are invited to come along and find out more about female graduates and academics from the School, and those interested in in engineering can also take part in a Twitter chat with Queen’s graduate Sinead O’Sullivan between 10.30am-9pm on Monday 23 June, using @SineadOS1 and #MAEwomen or follow the conversation at @MAEQUB. As a Queen’s student, Sinead completed a Space Studies Programme at the International Space University in Strasbourg and is now studying for a PhD at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, USA.

Lecturer Dr Beatrice Smyth, who is an expert in clean energy and how to get energy from waste, spoke about why Queen’s is playing its part in encouraging more women to choose engineering as a career: “Queen’s is one of the leading Universities in the UK for supporting the career progression of women in science, engineering and technology. We want to show women, of all ages, that engineering is more than just big buildings and heavy metal.

“Engineering is at the core of understanding how things work. From the clean energies that will power the homes of tomorrow, to the small components that keep aeroplanes in flight, to designing supercars, a Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering degree from Queen’s can take you almost anywhere. Every student who graduated in 2012, having undertaken a placement year, secured a graduate level engineering job.

“This event is an opportunity for young women to find out about the courses on offer and the career prospects for female engineers. Female applicants to the Mechanical Engineering degree are eligible to apply for the Schlumberger Female Scholarship Programme, which offers a support package of up to £10,000, including an internship at the company, which is the world’s leading oilfield services provider.

“All students in the School have the opportunity to complete a one-year work placement with leading engineering companies, including Schrader, B/E Aerospace, Andor Technologies, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls Royce and Airbus. Our strong industry links are crucial in ensuring that we produce well-qualified, experienced graduates who are best-placed to meet the needs of Northern Ireland’s engineering sector.”

Speaking about her own career choice, Dr Smyth continued: “In school I loved maths, but I didn’t want to narrow my options to just one subject, so I chose engineering because it is such a broad field of study with lots of sums and definite job prospects.”

The Women in Engineering exhibition will run from 10.30am to 5.00pm on 23-24 June in the Ashby Building foyer, Stranmillis Road, Belfast. Admission is free and all are welcome. 

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