Flagship Projects

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Flagship Projects

We are running a number of foundation projects covering a wide range of subject areas, representing the diverse research profile of the University.

Case Study: Mojo Mickybo: An Interactive Drama Workshop

Creative Technologies

Project Leads: Michael Cregan and Franziska Schroeder

The creative technologies sector is characterised by rapidly changing technologies and the focus for schools and universities must be to develop young people with the ability and motivation to continually acquire knowledge and develop new skills in response to this rapidly changing environment. This theme will bring together University expertise in Digital Technologies to develop and deliver 'public engagement' projects utilising technology, sounds, words and visuals.

Crossing Borders in the 21st Century 

Project Lead: David Grant

The last few decades have witnessed significant social change, in Northern Ireland and elsewhere. Rapid population change, from new patterns of immigration to developments in the life course, has far reaching consequences for society. Social scientists are keen to study the range and impacts of these changes. Drawing on the research expertise of the team, the Societies in Motion theme aims to introduce students to the main controversies and debates and also with the range of research methods used in the social sciences to investigate social change. 

Societies in Motion 

Project Leads: Emma Calvert and Robin Hickey

The last few decades have witnessed significant social change, in Northern Ireland and elsewhere. Rapid population change, from new patterns of immigration to developments in the life course, has far reaching consequences for society. Social scientists are keen to study the range and impacts of these changes. Drawing on the research expertise of the team, the Societies in Motion theme aims to introduce students to the main controversies and debates and also with the range of research methods used in the social sciences to investigate social change. 

From Discovery to Recovery

Project Leads: Maeliosa McCrudden and Karen McCloskey

Advances in medical care and in the pharmaceutical sciences mean that people are now living longer, while an increasing number of premature babies now survive. The challenge then is to ensure people lead healthy lives. This theme will combine the expertise of clinicians and pharmacists to take pupils on an interactive journey from patient symptoms to clinical diagnosis, disease biomarker discovery, drug development and back to the patient for treatment. “Our workshop entitled "Inspiring lives: From Discovery to Recovery" involved the design and facilitation of a series of experiments relating to our research, which young pupils could understand and participate in. We planned and carried out a series of linked experiments with the overall intention of giving the pupils an appreciation of the role researchers play in producing medicines, as well as the role of the pharmacist in the community. We hoped to inspire the pupils to choose core science subjects at senior level and heighten their awareness of the possibility of pursuing medical or scientific careers in the future.”

The Cancer Research Project “From Discovery to Recovery” is complementary to the Pharmacy Project and pupils normally rotate between Cancer Research and Pharmacy during events. The Cancer Research Project is an interactive workshop informing pupils of key facts on Cancer as a disease and how Research has provided treatments for patients. A series of linked experiments follow in which pupils appreciate the importance of DNA and how mutations give rise to cancers. An interactive quiz and ‘meet the scientist’ activities consolidate the learning and enable pupils to put questions to early-career researcher role models. Our aim is to enthuse pupils for biomedical research and to inform their GCSE subject choices at the end of Year 10.