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Engaged Research

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Queen’s has a long history of conducting innovative and world-leading research with partners in industry, government, public policy, social and healthcare, the arts and the voluntary sector, across these islands, and around the world.

We are proud to be an outward-looking institution, responding to the challenges faced by society. This is a critical time to strengthen that commitment and to reassert the values of inclusion and social justice which lie at the heart of our mission.


‘To become a world leader in promoting the values of partnership and collaboration in research by building and sustaining mutually-beneficial research relationships, with real-world impact, and championing a culture where staff and partners feel valued and supported in their research engagement activities.’

The Vice Chancellor's Research Prizes
The Vice Chancellor's Research Prizes 2021

The winners have been annoucned

Vice Chancellor’s Research Prizes
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Engagement Hubs

We are dedicated to establishing sustainable long term relationships with external partners, building on our status as a partner in the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) and signatory to the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research.

Responding to staff and partner consultation, sector-aligned engagement ‘hubs’ have been established such as the all-island ‘Patient and Public Involvement Hub’ and the ‘Heritage Hub @ QUB’, as well as secondments and practitioner appointments.

Engaged Research Action Plan

The Engaged Research Action Plan will deliver the goals outlined in our vision.

It has been built on the ideas, initiative and experiences of our staff and partners who have embedded engaged research at the heart of what they do.

Read the full Action Plan

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The Engaged Research Seed Fund is an internal award scheme to support Engaged Research activities and projects.

The Fund is intended to support projects with clear potential to provide opportunities for research engagement with external stakeholders or to further consolidate research relationships, and that are not currently in receipt of other funds which could reasonably support that activity.  The Fund also aims to assist in developing pump-priming activities which may open up the possibility of future external funding.

Guidance  Application Form

Completed applications should be sent to 


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The Impact and Engagement Team offers a variety of group and bespoke capacity building exercises. We are happy to hear from colleagues and partners who wish to avail of any of the following:

  • Building Research Engagement into Proposals
  • Engaging for Impact - developing sustainable engagement project plans
  • Measuring your Impact

Please contact for further information or to set up a meeting with a member of the Reserach Impact and Engagement Team.

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Queen's are also members of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) which offers a wealth of training and capacity opportunities.  NCCPE seeks to support a culture change in the UK higher education sector through its vision and mission:

The vision is of a higher education sector making a vital, strategic and valued contribution to 21st-century society through its public engagement activity.

The mission is to support universities to increase the quality and impact of their public engagement activity.

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Our institutional research engagement networks assist research colleagues access policy stakeholders and decision makers. The Research Impact and Engagement Team coordinate these relationships and are happy to assist colleagues and external partners.

Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series

Aiming to promote evidence-informed policy and law-making, KESS provides a forum in which academics present their research findings in a straightforward format, on issues that are relevant to governance in Northern Ireland.  It seeks to bring those findings to the attention of key participants and decision-makers, including MLAs, the wider public sector and others, in a “safe space” that encourages discussion, fosters improved understanding and seeks to enable opportunities for more in-depth engagement in future.

University Policy Engagement Network (UPEN)

In Autumn 2020 we were delighted to have our application to join the UK wide University Policy Engagement Network accepted. With a membership including the majority of research intensive universities in the country, UPEN’s mission is to harness the collective research power and leading expertise of member universities to increase public policy impact and provide a more coordinated, efficient, and enhanced offer to policymakers. The key activities of UPEN are:

  • To serve as a dedicated contact for policymakers to seek and receive expert advice
  • To organise knowledge exchange meetings with key policymaking bodies and funders
  • To work on collaborative projects with policymakers
  • To co-ordinate placement and secondment opportunities from policymakers across our members
  • To train academic staff in understanding the policymaking process, and civil servants in understanding how researchers can support them
  • To share best policy engagement practices amongst members
  • To enhance the profile of UPEN members' policy engagement activities
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