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29 July, 2022

New research, which gives an insight into the social background and health of Ulster-Scots and Irish language speakers in Northern Ireland, has been published today by Queen’s University Belfast.

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SOCIETY | 21 July, 2022

1 in 3 prisoners show symptoms of “severe anxiety disorder” indicating high levels of post-traumatic stress.

HEALTH | 14 July, 2022

New research shows general practitioners (GPs) spend more time sitting down than many other occupations, putting their own health at risk. ​

GRADUATION | 5 July, 2022

Andrea is delighted to graduate today (Tuesday 5 July) and to pursue her dream job.

HEALTH | 6 July, 2022

New research suggests that providing a break in treatment to patients with advanced bowel cancer could not only benefit a patient’s quality of life but could also help save £1.2 billion for the National Health Service in England.

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PSYCHOLOGY | 30 June, 2022

Children begin to identify with religious and political symbols from as early as the age of five, according to research by Queen’s University Belfast.

23 June, 2022

Researchers have uncovered how positrons – key to PET scan technology – interact with molecules, paving the way for further research that may advance materials science and medical imaging technology.

23 June, 2022

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast plan to test drinking water in 300 Belfast homes for lead contamination after a small study detected elevated levels.

21 June, 2022

A new prototype sensor that provides an early warning signal if a bridge is at risk of scour – the number one cause of bridge collapse globally – has been developed by a Queen’s University Belfast researcher.

21 June, 2022

Geothermal energy could be the “invisible key” to unlock new energy sources and help meet net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, according to Queen’s University Belfast researchers.

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SOCIETY | 16 June, 2022

A research project led by Queen’s will study and compare the changing role of majority and minority religions in ‘global north’ contexts: Canada, Germany, Ireland/Northern Ireland (UK) & Poland, as these societies emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic.

7 June, 2022

Academics from Queen’s have taken part in a study analysing the impact of physiology education on the UK economy.

HEALTH | 22 June, 2022

Queen’s University is part of a new research initiative which will train PhD students with the aim of identifying and preventing psychosis in young people.

7 April, 2022

Over a quarter of cancers in Northern Ireland (27.9%) are being diagnosed through emergency routes like hospital A&E departments.

HEALTH | 7 April, 2022

Experts from Queen’s and UCD are working together to deliver an All-Island Cancer Research Institute (AICRI).

Sustainability | 28 April, 2022

A seemingly remote community in Northern Ireland was able to survive a millennium of environmental change by adapting social conditions to remain resilient, researchers from Queen’s University Belfast have found.

9 May, 2022

Turning livestock manure and grass silage into biomethane could help to meet demand for energy as well as significantly reducing Northern Ireland’s carbon footprint, researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have found.

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HEALTH | 11 May, 2022

A major success of the UK’s COVID-19 response has been the use of up-to-date, publicly available data - now this approach must be widened to tackle the indirect and long-term effects of the pandemic, according to a new study by Queen's.

Society | 10 May, 2022

Mental health is a key factor in people’s ability to manage their personal debt by following debt advice, according to newly published research.

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Sustainability | 13 May, 2022

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast will play an integral role in a new £7.7m collaborative project, aiming to change how important parts of the UK’s infrastructure are monitored and maintained.

HEALTH | 18 May, 2022

Queen’s University and the University of Limerick are about to begin a joint project to tackle knowledge and education around delirium.

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RESEARCH | 20 May, 2022

An initiative that has transformed how de-identified administrative data can be safely used to develop evidence on issues of crucial public importance in Northern Ireland is set to continue following an investment of almost £12 million.

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SOCIETY | 26 May, 2022

The 2021 results of Northern Ireland’s leading social attitudes survey are released today (Thursday 26 May) by ARK – a joint initiative between Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University.

ENVIRONMENT | 25 May, 2022

A new study has highlighted the potential threat of pet fish to biodiversity.

A | 20 May, 2022

Scientists have revealed how seascapes of the ancient world have shaped the genetic structure of European populations.

13 May, 2022

An electronic engineering Professor at Queen’s University Belfast has been elected as a new Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), which is the highest recognition of scientific endeavour in the UK.


A new study assessing city planning policies and the urban design and transport features across 25 global cities. Belfast, one of the 25 cities involved in the study, scored above average for public transport but faired less well for green spaces.

HEALTH | 27 April, 2022

New research has identified the role of the immune response within bowel cancer tissue, which could lead to new lifesaving treatments for bowel cancer patients.

Society | 26 April, 2022

It’s impossible for children to avoid daydreaming or “mind wandering” in the classroom but it could be seriously affecting their ability to learn, a study by Queen’s University Belfast psychologists has found.

HEALTH | 12 April, 2022

A new international consortium to uncover genes that lead to breast cancer in men has been launched at Queen’s University Belfast.

Society | 8 April, 2022

Lack of understanding of how to access end of life and bereavement support could be causing major harm to people across Northern Ireland, according to experts.

PSYCHOLOGY | 4 April, 2022

People who are strongly attached to their pets were more likely to suffer mental health problems during the Covid-19 lockdown than those who are less attached, new research from Queen’s University Belfast has revealed.

ENVIRONMENT | 31 March, 2022

England’s last mountain hare population in the Peak District, is now at low densities across most of the uplands, states new research.

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BUSINESS | 30 March, 2022

A new survey of management practices in local businesses, ‘Northern Ireland Management Practices Survey 2022’, has been launched today (Wednesday 30 March).

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SOCIETY | 29 March, 2022

New research, published today, calls for more support for Services leavers who face challenges transitioning from military to civilian life.

HEALTH | 29 March, 2022

A new study by leading researchers in the UK and the US has highlighted the critical need for more strategic collaboration between these two global powerhouses of cancer research to address one of the most common causes of premature death worldwide.

HEALTH | 28 March, 2022

A cross-border research programme using data and digital health skills at Queen’s University Belfast and University of Limerick is aiming to tackle a ‘future cancer epidemic’.

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SUSTAINABILITY | 28 March, 2022

A £1.25M project is tackling the lack of diversity in energy research by harnessing the talents of researchers from all backgrounds.

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Queen's University Belfast and Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies (Terumo BCT) recently began their Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to develop next generation pharmaceutical packaging at Terumo BCT's facility in Larne Northern Ireland.

15 March, 2022

Researchers are warning that permafrost peatlands in Europe and Western Siberia are much closer to a climatic tipping point than was previously believed.

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HEALTH | 14 March, 2022

Queen’s is one of four universities taking forward new national research focusing on wellbeing in later life.

Science | 2 March, 2022

Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast have discovered the bone of a 68-million-year-old Russian dinosaur that had broken its wrist, most likely from running or jumping over rough terrain in search of food or water.

Psychology | 2 March, 2022

New research has shown that Acceptance and Commitment Therapy can be used effectively to improve the quality of life and mood of people living with chronic muscle disorders like Muscular Dystrophy (MD).

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Research | 2 March, 2022

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast are set to collaborate with institutions across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland following a major funding boost from the Irish Government.

Space | 1 March, 2022

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast are set to play a key role in developing new technology that is suitable for future UK space missions.

HEALTH | 22 February, 2022

Researchers are set to gather evidence of the positive impact community organisations have on public health, in the largest UK study of its kind.

10 February, 2022

Pollen data from 19 modern European countries reveals that although the Black Death had a devastating impact in some regions, parts of Europe experienced negligible or no impact at all.

HEALTH | 9 February, 2022

The first study looking at loneliness and terminal illness in Northern Ireland has revealed a stark picture of the scale and impact that loneliness has on dying people and their carers.

HEALTH | 8 February, 2022

A new public resource, developed by Queen’s University Belfast and the Public Health Agency (PHA), has been launched today.

Technology | 7 February, 2022

Queen’s University Belfast has been named as one of the first-ever successful recipients of The Alan Turing Institute’s Network Development Awards.

HEALTH | 3 February, 2022

Recent research has found, for the first time, that people with Parkinson’s disease who eat more flavonoids—compounds found in foods like berries, cocoa, tea and red wine—may have improved life expectancy compared to those who don’t.

ENVIRONMENT | 2 February, 2022

New research has revealed that basking sharks overwintering in tropical waters off Africa experience cooler temperatures than those remaining in Ireland.

HEALTH | 31 January, 2022

Queen’s University Belfast will lead a new £1.6m collaborative project to rapidly identify new treatments for COVID-19.

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HEALTH | 13 January, 2022

A defective gene, normally found in blood cancers, could be treated with drugs already available for cancers with similar gene defects, scientists at Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Birmingham have revealed.

ENVIRONMENT | 12 January, 2022

New research has shown how current red squirrel conservation strategies in the UK and Ireland, that favour non-native conifer plantations, are likely to negatively impact red squirrels.

ENVIRONMENT | 10 December, 2021

New research from Queen’s University Belfast has led to 184 deep-sea species being added to the global Red List of Threatened Species. Almost two-thirds are listed as threatened, highlighting the urgent need to protect them from extinction.

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HEALTH | 10 August, 2022

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have revealed how the pathway of an identified protein could lead to early diagnosis and targeted treatment for several cancers and brain disorders.