The University seeks to undertake research of the highest international standing that addresses societal and planetary challenges and changes the world for the better. . To achieve this, Queen’s will nurture a vibrant research culture, seeded by research-led education and built upon curiosity, discovery, innovation and enterprise.
Research at Queen’s takes place in three related settings: Core Disciplinary Groups, Pioneer Research Programmes and Global Research Institutes. Many academics are engaged with multiple research programmes across several of these settings. Each of these structures includes members from all stages of the research career path, from postgraduate to professoriate. All involve collaboration amongst Queen’s researchers and links with partners at other institutions and outside the academic world, both regionally and globally.
Queen’s has three pillars which form the framework for the University’s Research Strategy: ‘People’, ‘Research Quality’ and ‘Partnership and Place’.
The Research and Enterprise Directorate helps secure the University’s vision for excellence and impact in its research and enterprise activities via:
- Identifying opportunities and research grant application development.
- Fostering engagement with industry and industry-facing funding initiatives.
- Translating inventions and innovations into wider commercial and societal impact.
- Developing a culture of research impact and support engagement with research users.
- Protecting the interests of researchers and participants.
- Dedicated and expert legal, contracting and intellectual property support.
- Post-award project management support for major research grants.
- Managing research information systems and research data analysis.
Beyond the Research and Enterprise Directorate, expert support for researchers is embedded across the University’s professional services, including support for costing and pricing, systems development, open science, and learning and development.
The Graduate School offers a world-class intellectual and social hub that connects students from all disciplines to one another, and to mentors, leaders, and employers within the University and beyond. The Graduate School is about intellectual challenge beyond disciplinary borders, personal effectiveness and skills development, and promotes a culture of opportunity, innovation and enterprise, and a rich, diverse, inclusive social community. This includes support for postgraduate students to make contributions to research culture, providing opportunities for students to network beyond their disciplinary boundaries, and celebrating achievements of postgraduate students.
Schools provide prospective research students with specific information on the School’s research activities and what students can expect upon enrolment for a research degree. Each School website highlights the key research achievements of the School in terms of awards, status and publications. Schools also highlight evidence of their ability to attract external funding and what opportunities exist both internally and externally for the development of academic collaborations and knowledge transfer partnerships.
In order to illustrate that a School has a suitable research environment for the recruitment of postgraduate research students, it is required to:
- Demonstrate research excellence, as evidenced through the Research Excellence Framework.
- Have an appropriate pool of research active staff capable of fulfilling the role of supervisor.
- Provide appropriate facilities and support (as detailed in the Resources and Training subsection below).
Schools also facilitate effective research by providing access and opportunities to interact with academic staff, postdoctoral researchers, and other research students, for example, through research cluster activities, seminars, and peer support networks.