Queen's University recently played host to a number of the UK and Ireland’s leading cultural and heritage organisations as part of a visit to look at how best the University can engage with the sector.
Senior Representatives from the Independent Research Organisation Consortium (IROC), led by The British Museum and accompanied by such organisations as National Museums Scotland and the National Trust, joined museums and organisations from across the island of Ireland to spend a day at the University to begin a conversation around the opportunities that exist for Queen's to collaborate on research and to discuss possibilities for the co-supervision of doctoral students.
Welcoming the delegation, Professor Emma Fynn, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at Queen's said:
"We are delighted to welcome senior representatives from twelve national heritage and cultural organisations from across the UK and Ireland to Queen's University. We are even more honoured that this is the first ever collective visit by the Independent Research Organisation Consortium to any UK university.
"Researchers at Queen's have undertaken co-produced research with cultural and heritage organisations from Belfast to Brazil and our expertise has informed and enriched the work that they, and many others, do. This is a reflection of how engaging with stakeholders and the public is becoming a more important and more integral part of the research we do here at Queen's.
"At Queen's, we aspire 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. I certainly believe that we are already well on our way towards realising this vision – and this event is another important step in making it happen."
The Research and Enterprise Directorate will continue its engagement with these organisations in order to keep the conversation going and identify areas and activities of mutual benefit.
The IROC Members who visited Queen's on 11 September included: The British Museum; The National Gallery, London; National Museums Scotland; Historic Royal Palaces; Historic England; English Heritage and the National Trust. Other organisations who attended were National Museums NI; The Public Record Office of NI; The NI Museums Council; The National Museum of Ireland and the Irish Museums Association.
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