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Shaping a Better World

Shaping a better world podcast

The vision of Queen's University Belfast is to be a world class international university that supports outstanding students and staff, working in world class facilities, conducting leading edge education and research, focused on the needs of society. In our 'Shaping a Better World' podcast series, we highlight some of the students and staff working to make that vision a reality.

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New Episodes

Partition and the limits of Irish commemoration: Reflections on 1921

Professor Ian McBride, Foster Professor of Irish History at University of Oxford, delivered a keynote lecture on 'Partition and the Limits of Irish Commemoration: Reflections on 1921' on Wednesday, 31 March 2021.

Following the lecture, Professor Richard English, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Queen's University Belfast moderated a Question and Answer session, covering a broad range of issues and assessing the complex legacy of the events of a century ago.

Now available on all major podcast platforms as part of the Shaping a Better World series.

Previous episodes

Sustainable Finance

In association with the Imagine Festival, the Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s University Belfast organised an event on Investing towards Biodiversity Sustainability and a Net-Zero Carbon World, Wednesday, 24 March 2021.

With Dr Theodor Cojoianu of Queen’s Management School, Martina Macpherson, Head of ESG Strategy Oddo  BHF Asset Management, Professor Jill Atkins, Chair in Financial Management at Sheffield University Management School, and Dr Ben Allen of the Institute for European Environmental Policy.

Now available on all major podcast platforms as part of the Shaping a Better World series.

International Women's Day 2021 (IWD-Pod) series

To mark International Women's Day 2021, the FMHLS Gender Equality Team invited female staff and students across the Faculty to participate in a podcast interview about their experiences of work and family life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first episode, Beauty in a Digital Age, is embedded in this page.

Read more about the series, and listen to the other episodes, here.

All episodes are also available to download as part of the Shaping a Better World Podcast series on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyGoogle Podcasts - or wherever you get your podcasts.

Please note, views expressed by participants in these programmes do not necessarily reflect the position of Queen's University Belfast.

Public Talks

Some of the great public talks organised by Queen's are available in this podcast series, from all major podcast platforms - and some are also available in video format, including:

Beyond Coronavirus: Vaccination and the Covid-19 Pandemic (with Professor Sheena McCormack, leader of the development of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine)

Mitchell Lecture 2020: After Remorse, the Impossibility of Repair, (Address by Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, and interview with William Crawley)

Matthew O’Toole MLA: Confronting the Challenges to Northern Ireland’s Economy (hosted by Professor Richard English)

The Research Roundtable Series

Professor Emma Flynn interviews experts about the impact of the pandemic. For downloadable audio versions, subscribe to the Podcast; for more on the video series, visit this page.

Research Roundtable 1: Looking Out for Big Brother (cybersecurity and our health data).

Research Roundtable 2: Putting Bread on the Table (the sustainability of our food supplies).

Research Roundtable 3: Are we All in this Together? (the problem of inequality).

Research Roundtable 4: Covid and the Arts (the impact of COVID-19 on arts and artists).

Research Roundtable 5: The Health of the Nation (the pressures put on our health system by COVID-19).

Please Note: views expressed by panellists in these programmes do not necessarily reflect the position of Queen's University Belfast

COVID-19 and Healthcare

COVID-19 and Older People

In this podcast episode, Professor Stuart Elborn, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, hosts a discussion of the impact on older people, and their families, of the current coronavirus pandemic.

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Cancer Care in the era of COVID-19

In this panel discussion, Mr Maurice Macartney, Community Impact Officer, is joined by two leading cancer specialists from Queen’s, Professor Mark Lawler and Professor Joe O’Sullivan, and pioneering patient’s advocacy campaigner Mrs Margaret Grayson MBE to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on cancer care.

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Immunology and COVID-19

How do we best set about testing for COVID-19? How can we safely balance the demands of our health, our lifestyles and our economies in the era of COVID-19? What are the prospects for the development of a vaccine?

In this special podcast episode Professor Mark Lawler, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Digital Health in the Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research at Queen’s, discusses these matters and more with Professor Paul Moynagh, Director of the Kathleen Lonsdale Institute for Human Health Research, Maynooth University, and Professor of Immunology in Queen’s University’s Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine.