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The unit provides support to senior management, including the Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellors, and Registrar, in developing and maintaining the University’s relationships with key stakeholders including MLAs, Ministers, MPs, local Councillors, government departments (in particular the Department for Employment and Learning), civil servants and policy advisers.

Public Affairs acts as a point of contact for politicians and officials seeking to engage with the University, and as a first port of call for staff across Queen’s looking for help and advice in their dealings with elected representatives and government officials.

The Public Affairs portfolio of work also includes: issue-specific lobbying, monitoring of legislative issues, responding to Assembly Questions and inquiries, preparation of papers and briefings on government and parliamentary business, as well as representational duties. Helping to ensure that the strategic business of the University remains high on the political agenda and that Queen’s continues to play a leading role in shaping the educational, economic, cultural, and social development of Northern Ireland are key aims.

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Working with Government

Public Affairs consultations

The team has helped shape public policy by responding to consultations issued by Belfast City Council and the NI Assembly. For further details, follow the link below.

Political Engagement

Community projects

Public Affairs engages with the community

Public Affairs and Impact at Queen's supports a wide range of projects in the community. Examples of some of the projects we support can be found through the link below.


Protocols for engaging with politicians

The University has in place a number of protocols to assist staff in their dealings with elected representatives and government officials. 
Protocols are in place for staff dealing with:

  • Assembly and Parliamentary Questions;
  • Correspondence;
  • Invitations and Visits;
  • Requests for Information.

For details contact Public Affairs Manager, Alistair Stewart (see below).

Contact Public Affairs and Impact

Public Affairs Key Contacts

Public Affairs Manager
Alistair Stewart
028 9097 5114
Community Impact Officer
Aileen Cummins
028 9097 5332
Public Affairs and Campaigns Officer
Maurice Macartney
028 9097 3540