Development and future readiness
Enterprise and Innovation
We are committed to encouraging and supporting innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise with our students. From Design Thinking; harnessing the collective expertise of students to collaboratively work to design solutions, to individual 1-2-1 business mentoring support for students who have ideas they want to grow into a business, we deliver a wide range of creative support in our hub.Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Queen’s
Impact: A Social Innovation Challenge
"IMPACT is a great programme that can have a serious impact on the local communities. It is good to know that Queen's University is trying to build up Belfast. Programmes like this make me proud to be from QUB."
- Student feedback.
IMPACT creates the opportunity for postgraduate students at QUB to use their research, skills and creativity in multi-disciplinary teams to impact the community around them and create solutions to real-world social issues. In Semester 1, we partnered with St. Peter’s Immaculata Youth Centre in West Belfast who posed the challenge of ‘How do we raise the educational outcomes for young people in Divis?’ Watch our short film to see how the project went and the impact it’s having both for postgraduate students and for the wider community.
We ran a second IMPACT programme in Semester 2 with our project partner, the Turnaround Project. Turnaround works with young offenders to reduce the reoffending rates. We worked mainly in The Graduate School and in Hydebank College.
ENTERPRISE AND INNOVATION PROGRAMMES
A life changing experience
The Graduate School in partnership with RCity Belfast are taking IMPACT social innovation global! Next semester a group of postgraduate students will work in multi-disciplinary teams alongside young people from Ardoynne and the Shankill, to create innovative solutions that inspire positive social change. The team will travel to South Africa in April 2019 for two weeks of design thinking in action!
This is a real-life challenge where postgraduate participation from across disciplines will have a direct positive impact on an international community.
An information session will be held in the Graduate School on Thursday 13th November between 12.00pm and 1.00pm in TR6.