Enterprise & 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. Watch our short film to see how the project with St. Peter’s Immaculata Youth Centre in West Belfast went and the impact it’s having.
We ran a second IMPACT programme 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
IMPACT: Local provides an exciting opportunity to utilise your skills as a postgraduate student for the benefit of wider society. This unique programme allows postgraduates to use their skills to mentor young people from St. Peter’s Immaculata Youth Centre in West Belfast. IMPACT: Local is underpinned by a co-designed, partnered approach between the Graduate School and St. Peters Immaculata.
Stay tuned to the Graduate School's Weekly Update and social media channels for news about other upcoming IMPACT: Local opportunities if you are interested in any of the following:
- Understanding the local communities in Northern Ireland,
- Working with young people living through the legacy and consequences of a postconflict society,
- Improving educational outcomes of young people in a socio-economically deprived area.
Innovation After Hours is a chance to meet up with people who are interested in innovation and entrepreneurship and to be inspired by those who are working on interesting ventures. On the first Thursday of every month, we invite an inspiring guest speaker to join us. It’s a casual meet-up open to QUB students, staff and the general public. Come after hours to make interesting new connections over drinks and food.
Keep an eye on our events page and social media channels to find out about the next Innovation After Hours event.
The Innovation Academy is a joint venture between Queen’s University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin. The Academy offers PhD students an opportunity to embrace new, innovative ways of thinking through the completion of a Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
The purpose of this certificate is to transform some of the brightest scholars in these institutions into energetic and resourceful entrepreneurial thinkers. The certificate is comprised of several modules, covering topics such as Opportunity Generation and Recognition, Financing Your New Venture and Creative Thinking and Innovation.
The modules focus on problem-based learning within multi-disciplinary teams. The Innovation Academy also encourages students to engage in a real-life challenge facing an organisation, for which they are asked to propose an innovative solution.
Both PGTs and PGRs can avail of monthly 30-minute entrepreneurship appointments to support ideas for innovation and entrepreneurship and a range of other advice and guidance.
Whether you have a desire to start something, an idea you want to test, or you're ready to take a leap with an established business plan, this is the place to get personalised guidance, signposting and advice.
Please visit MyFuture to make an appointment with our Enterprise Consultant, Suzanne Walsh.
The Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa route is for international (non-EU) graduates who have an outstanding business idea that they wish to develop in the UK. The visa allows holders to remain in the UK for an initial period of 12 months to develop their business idea.
This may be extended for a further 12 months subject to satisfactory progress on the scheme. You will get one to one support from us to mentor and support you on the journey of establishing your own business, along with key contacts and networking opportunities.
For more information on the requirements of this programme please visit the International Student Support site.
We work collaboratively with the team at Enterprise SU, who offer a wide range of support and innovation competitions. To find out which competitions are live please visit the Enterprise SU webpage.