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Andrew Carpenter giving the 2023 RUC GC Foundation lecture
Civic Engagement | 31 October, 2023

Mr Andrew Carpenter, designer of a human-rights compliant international policing programme for the UN, gave the third annual RUC GC Foundation Lecture on 31 October 2023.

Festival of Archaeology image, Queen's Lanyon Building
Festival | 8 August, 2023

Queen's University and partners will host a Festival of Archaeology in the run up to this year's EEA Annual meeting.

Employment Academy image, Lanyon Building
Festival | 19 July, 2023

A new partnership between Queen's and Belfast City Council will provide 15 people living in Belfast, with few or no qualifications, with the opportunity to secure an administrative role in the University.

Conflict, Trauma and Mental Health Report cover image of grey haired man in conversation with woman
Mental Health | 18 July, 2023

Queen's University has launched a report on how psychological services in Northern Ireland address the needs of victims and survivors.

Crescendo concert 2023; conductor gestures to the Ulster Orchestra and school children playing in Ulster Hall
Crescendo | 13 June, 2023

Members of the Ulster Orchestra played along with scores of school children at the Crescendo concert in the Ulster Hall on 13 June.

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Education Research | 20 June, 2023

A team of Queen’s staff have launched a new research report looking at the experiences of pupils and families from minority ethnic, migrant and newcomer backgrounds in Northern Ireland’s schools.

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Public Affairs | 9 May, 2023

New collection of political papers made available to researchers, students and public.

Sir Keir Starmer with the VC and senior Queen's colleagues in front of the Lanyon Building.
Civic Culture and Intercultural Dialogue | 13 January, 2023

The Leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer MP,

Children's Writing Fellow Paul Howard, seated at book event, with colleagues
Healthy Living for All | 1 December, 2022

The Seamus Heaney Centre’s Children’s Writing Fellow for 2022-23, Paul Howard, has been on a busy autumn schools tour. Over the past few weeks he has been working with around 200 young readers and writers in schools around the north east.

Group portrait: David Donoghue, Joanne Murphy and Brian Rowan in Riddel Hall
Civic Engagement | 14 September, 2022

An event marking the launch of two books reflecting on the pain of the past and on future hopes in Northern Ireland was held in Riddel Hall on Wednesday, 14 September 2022.

Dr Joanne Murphy, Naomi Long MLA and Ryan Feeney
Civic Engagement | 14 April, 2022

In the last event of the AE22 Leader's Lecture series, the leader of the Alliance Party set out her future visioon for Northern Ireland

Prof Mark Lawler and Prof Liam Gallagher
Shared Ireland Funding helps tackle cancer | 6 April, 2022

Professor Mark Lawler of Queen's and Professor Liam Gallagher of UCD have welcomed funding to help build an All-Island Cancer Research Institute (AICRI)

Peadar Tóibín TD and Ryan Feeney in front of the Lanyon.
Civic Engagement | 28 March, 2022

In his Queen’s University's AE22 Leader's Lecture, the leader of Aontú said that in 30 years he had not seen the "democratic process in the north of Ireland in such a chaotic state".

Ryan Feeney, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and Prof Richard English
Civic Engagement | 21 March, 2022

In his Queen’s University's AE22 Leader's Lecture, the leader of the DUP stressed the idea of "fairness for everyone in Northern Ireland".

Jim Allister MLA and Prof Alister Miskimmon
Civic Engagement | 16 March, 2022

Giving his talk in the Queen’s University's AE22 Leaders' Lecture series, the TUV leader set out his critique of the institutional arrangements at Stormont.

Linda Ervine pictured with Queen's hosts
Civic Engagement | 15 March, 2022

Linda Ervine MBE brought a message of inclusivity concerning the Irish language to Queen's on Tuesday, 15 March 2022

Prof Katy Hayward and Michelle O'Neill MLA, in the Cloisters
Civic Engagement | 8 March, 2022

In this event in the Queen’s University's AE22 Leaders' Lecture series, the Vice-President of Sinn Féin spoke of the "shared commitment to deliver the public services, societal reforms, and the future that our people need and deserve".

Prof Margaret Topping and Doug Beattie MLA by the Lanyon
Civic Engagement | 7 March, 2022

In the third of the Queen’s University's AE22 Leaders' Lecture series, Doug Beattie went off script to call for deeper engagement.

Ryan Feeney, Clare Bailey, Malachai O'Hara and Aine Groogan by the Lanyon
Civic Engagement | 3 March, 2022

Queen’s University's AE22 Leaders' Lecture series saw Clare Bailey, Leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland, set out her vision for politics, on Thursday, 3 March.

Prof McCloskey, Gerry Carroll and Ryan Feeney in the cloisters
Civic Engagement | 24 February, 2022

Queen’s University Belfast's AE22 Leaders' Lecture series got off to a thought provoking start with an address from the leader of People Before Profit on Thursday, 24 February.

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Civic Engagement | 14 February, 2022

Queen’s University Belfast will host a Leaders Lecture series involving eight local political party leaders in the run-up to the 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly election.

Irish F&HE Minister Simon Harris and the VC
Innovation | 6 December, 2021

The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science from the Republic of Ireland visited the University on Monday, 6 December 2021.

Ministers Kwasi Kwarteng and Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Innovation | 29 November, 2021

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng MP, and Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan both visited the University on Thursday, 25 November 2021.

Sir George Hamilton gives the RUC GC Foundation lecture
Civic Engagement | 18 November, 2021

The former Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland gave the Inaugural RUC George Cross Foundation Lecture on 18 November 2021.

Education with Social Purpose | 25 September, 2021

In collaboration with the Northeast Cancer Research & Education Trust (NECRET), the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RSCI) and Queens University, are hosting a virtual open day for students considering a future career in medicine or research.

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Equality and Social Justice | 11 March, 2021

Queen’s staff have formed a partnership with the Migrant and Minority Ethnic Council, a strategic think tank based in Northern Ireland.

Civic Culture | 10 February, 2021

A 12-week programme of GCSE exam tuition with 4 weeks of employability training has been offered to a group of twelve female migrant and newcomer students.

Breaking Boundaries | 4 January, 2021

Does a defensive wall help or hinder a goalkeeper in a direct free-kick situation? A new paper from Dr Joost Dessing and Theofilos Valkanidis of the Science in Motion Lab at Queen's examines the evidence.

Civic Culture | 2 December, 2020

Over 160 people joined an online event on Wednesday, 2 December to hear a panel of experts discuss the challenges facing the incoming Biden Administration.

Economy | 22 October, 2020

Matthew O'Toole MLA shared his thoughts on how to rise to the challenges facing the NI economy in an online conversation with Professor Richard English on Thursday, 22 October

Sustainability | 29 September, 2020

Queen's University and Habitat for Humanity team up for the One World Festival

Collaborative Forum | 29 September, 2020

This forum provided an opportunity for information sharing between NI exporters, debating common themes and tapping into the themes of Queen's University and the other NI Chamber International Champions; Grant Thornton and A&L Goodbody.

Civic Culture | 27 March, 2020

SWOT (Students Working Overseas Trust), a Social Charter Signature Project, has won a prize at the QUB SU Student Awards – another Signature Project – for their Annual Fashion Show.

Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards 2020 | 25 February, 2020

The Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards were launched on Tuesday 18 February in Hickson's Point and attended by representatives from many of Northern Ireland's leading business organisations, including the initiative's eight business partners.

Collaborative Forum | 6 February, 2020

The NI Chamber held an International Collaborative Forum on Monday 3 February at Grant Thornton in their Donegall Square West offices. Over 30 members of the business community attended the Collaborative Forum on Research and Development.

Sustainability | 6 December, 2019

A new competition inviting Key Stage 2 (P5 to P7) and Key Stage 3 (Year 8 to Year 10) school pupils to investigate the use and disposal of single-use plastics in their school has been launched.

Civic Culture and Intercultural Dialogue | 12 November, 2019

The US Consul General, Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau, took part in a conversational event at Queen’s on Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Civic Culture and Intercultural Dialogue | 25 October, 2019

Leading political researchers and academics from across the UK and Ireland took part in a symposium on ‘Unions and Unionisms’ in Queen’s, from Thursday, 24 October to Friday, 25 October 2019.

International Partnerships | 23 October, 2019

An NI Chamber International Champion workshop helping distribute top tips and key learnings on 'Doing Business in China'.

All Island Innovation Programme | 16 October, 2019

Dr Lawrence Dooley addressed an engaged industry led audience in a masterclass for the All Island Innovation Programme, giving real world case study models of SME Innovation practices across the island of Ireland.

Chief Executives' Club Lecture | 2 October, 2019

Lord Mervyn Davies of Abersoch gave a keynote address to the Chief Executives' Club members and other invited guests as part of the 2019 Declan Kelly Teneo Leadership Lecture at Riddel Hall.

Civic Culture and Intercultural Dialogue | 20 September, 2019

Researchers from a range of institutions, and from as far afield as East and South Africa, gathered at Queen’s on Friday, 20 September 2019 to reflect on the role of universities in relation to social justice.

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Key stakeholders in healthcare, criminal justice, education, policy and the voluntary and community sector gathered in Queen’s on Friday, 13 September 2019 to address forensic mental health.

Sustainability | 7 August, 2019

Sir Jonathon Porritt, one of the UK’s most respected environmentalists, called for an increased sense of urgency in addressing the climate emergency at events held in Belfast on Tuesday 6 August 2019.

Meeting in VC's office July 2019
5 July, 2019

Representatives of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) visited Queen’s University on Friday, 5 July 2019.

Diversity Lecture | 21 June, 2019

Former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, launched the Queen’s Management School Annual Mary McAleese Diversity Lecture series during an event at Queen's University.

Junior Academy of Music concert, Whitla
Civic Culture | 15 June, 2019

School pupils from the Junior Academy of Music (JAM) held their end-of-year concert in the Whitla Hall at Queen’s on Saturday 15 June 2019.

Chief Executives' Club | 13 June, 2019

The Chief Executives' Club at Queen's were hosted by Pinsent Masons for an executive breakfast on Thursday 13 June.

Equality and Excellence | 12 June, 2019

School pupils from a range of schools across north and west Belfast joined members of the Ulster Orchestra in the Ulster Hall on Wednesday 12 June to perform songs and musical works at the end of a year of music-making with the Crescendo project.

Sustainability | 10 June, 2019

A new £1 million project to address the problem of plastic waste was launched at Queen’s University Belfast on Monday 10 June.

Civic Culture | 6 June, 2019

Two MLAs, a former Northern Ireland Justice Minister and a former Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly joined civil society representatives and Queen’s researchers on Thursday 6 June for a roundtable discussion.

Policy Engagement | 6 June, 2019

The Right Honourable John Bercow, MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, delivered a lecture at Queen’s University on 6 June urging students to play a more active role in politics.

TEDxQueensUniversityBelfast | 23 May, 2019

Queen’s University Belfast hosted the first ever TEDxQueensUniversityBelfast event on Thursday 23 May in Riddel Hall.

Balmoral Show | 15 May, 2019

Queen's University Belfast took a large stand at the annual Balmoral Show from 15-18 May 2019 at Balmoral Park.

Chief Executive's Club at Queen's | 14 May, 2019

The President of Chartered Accountants Ireland Feargal McCormack delivered a lecture on the importance of caring for your staff and clients at Queen's University on Tuesday 14 May 2019.

George Hamilton
Policy Engagement | 7 May, 2019

Queen’s University welcomed George Hamilton QPM, Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, for a public lecture at the University on Tuesday 7 May 2019.

Annual KPMG Lecture | 27 March, 2019

The Annual KPMG Lecture in association with The Chief Executives' Club at Queen's and Queen's University Management School presented a keynote lecture from Steve Rowe, Chief Executive at Marks and Spencer on Wednesday 27 March 2019.

Chief Executives' Club at Queen's | 21 March, 2019

Professor John Bratton, Visiting Professor at Edinburgh Napier University & Strathclyde University, addressed the issues linking organisational leadership and the challenges faced in trying to lead low-carbon sustainable changes in organisation.

Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards 2019 | 15 March, 2019

The Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards were launched on Tuesday 26 February in Hickson's Point. Attending were representatives from many of Northern Ireland's leading business organisations, including the initiative's eight business partners.

Queen's University Policy Engagement | 26 February, 2019

Stephen Nolan, BBC Broadcaster gave a short address on Tuesday 26 February to an audience at Queen's University as part of the Queen's University Policy Engagement Lecture Series, and held an extended Q&A session with the audience.

Chief Executive's Club at Queen's | 19 February, 2019

The 18th Annual Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture hosted by Queen's University Belfast and Engineers Ireland, in association with The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Chief Executive's Club at Queen's | 7 February, 2019

Breakfast Lecture with Martin Taylor, Financial Policy Committee Member, Bank of England

All Island Innovation Programme | 22 January, 2019

Queen's University Belfast hosted a keynote lecture and masterclass to a capacity audience at Riddel Hall as part of the All Island Innovation Programme on Tuesday 22 January.

Queen's University Policy Engagement | 9 January, 2019

As part of the Queen’s University Policy Engagement Lecture Series, the University Welcomed Tánaiste Simon Coveney to a packed room of more than 300 people for meaningful discussion, engaged debate and open dialogue.

Irish Senator Visit | 14 December, 2018

Queens University Belfast was delighted to welcome a delegation of Senators from the Seanad Independent Group on Friday 14 December, at Riddel Hall.

InterTradeIreland All Island Innovation | 29 November, 2018

The Chief Executives’ Club at Queen's hosted a keynote lecture and masterclass with Alex Genov, Head of Customer Experience at US shoe giant Zappos with Adoreboard, as part of the InterTradeIreland All Island Innovation Programme.

20 Years of Peace | 10 December, 2018

Queen's University Belfast and Yale University co-hosted Twenty Years of Peace: Progress and Possibilities in Northern Ireland, in Yale.

Community Engagement | 21 November, 2018

Queen's University staff and students took part in a community clean up on Wednesday 21 November, the initiative organised by Queen's University Estates, Public Engagement, The Students' Union and Student Wellbeing, supported by Belfast City Council.

Regeneration NI Conference | 29 November, 2018

The Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s and Retail NI hosted a Regeneration NI Conference today to a capacity audience in Riddel Hall, entitled ‘Creating 21st Century Towns and Cities'.

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Equality and Diversity | 23 November, 2018

Conor McGinn, MP gave the inaugural Queen's University Equality and Diversity Lecture on ‘Rights, responsibilities and respect: building the common good’, on Thursday 22 November 2018.

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Community Engagement | 19 November, 2018

The UK Town and Gown Association (UKTGA) held its annual conference at Queen's on Monday and Tuesday 19-20 November 2018.

Policy Engagement | 2 November, 2018

Robin Swann, Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, called for a unionism "not for sections or factions, but for all" for his Queen's Policy Engagement Leader's Lecture on Thursday 1 November.

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Civic Culture | 18 October, 2018

Queen's Public Engagement were delighted to welcome Mr William B Evans (pictured, centre), Executive Director of Public Safety & Chief of Police for Boston College, who gave an informative talk on crisis management and resilience on 18 October.

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Civic Culture | 18 October, 2018

Michelle O’Neill, Sinn Féin Vice-President and Northern leader, addressed the legacy of the Agreement of 1998 and the challenges of Brexit in the latest in the Policy Engagement Lecture series on Wednesday 17 October 2018.

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Business Engagement | 8 October, 2018

Queen’s University Belfast’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ian Greer, attended his first Chief Executive Club event on Friday, 5 October 2018.

Research With Impact | 4 October, 2018

Professor Mark Lawler, Chair in Translational Cancer Research at Queen’s picked up the prestigious 2018 European Health Award on Wednesday 3 October, on behalf of a pan-European partnership called the European Cancer Concord (ECC)®

Policy Engagement | 5 October, 2018

Orwell Prize-winning journalist Fintan O’Toole delivered the first of this season’s Queen’s University Policy Engagement lectures to a capacity audience in the Peter Froggatt Centre last night, Thursday 4 October 2018.

Sammy Wilson MP visits ECIT, Sept 2018
Public Affairs | 26 September, 2018

Mr Sammy Wilson, MP for East Antrim, visited the Institute for Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) on Friday 21 September for discussions with Professor Dimitrios Nikolopoulos.

Thursday 23 - Friday 24 August 2018 | 23 August, 2018

This two-day conference will examine the lessons learned from resolved conflicts, challenges presented by current conflicts, and the tremendous negative impact on individuals and families.

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Social Charter: Sustainability | 26 July, 2018

Guests, including Strangford MP Jim Shannon, joined the team from the Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE) on Wednesday 25 July, for a demonstration of the tidal turbines at the heart of some of their world-leading research.

Cancer Research | 28 June, 2018

Mr Shailesh Vara, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, was introduced to the cutting edge research undertaken by Queen's University's Dr Niamh Buckley and Dr Paul Mullan, who receive funding from Breast Cancer Now.