Research Environment and Culture
The School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work has a successful record of sponsoring and hosting outstanding candidates for prestigious post-doctoral fellowship competitions.
These Fellowships provide opportunities for those at an early stage of their academic careers, but with a proven record of excellent research, to join our departmental research community to complete a doctoral qualification and support on funded research projects.
At the start of the pandemic we introduced weekly ‘30 Minutes With’ sessions. Delivered online, these sessions aim to provide opportunity for colleagues across the school and beyond to share research ideas, plans and findings. In the absence of face to face contact, they have proved a popular mechanism for research engagement and networking. More than 30 talks have now been delivered and upcoming sessions can be found on our School Events page.
Also in response to the pandemic, we provided seed corn research funding for colleagues interested in exploring the impact of COVID 19 and associated lockdowns on individuals and wider society. This funding, intended for exploratory projects, has in some cases led to the development of large scale, externally funded research applications, and some of our recent successes are listed on our Collaborations and Current Projects page.
Since 2014, the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work has been awarded more than £28 million of research funding.
More information about our recent research projects can be found here.
Fellowships and awards
- Professor Joanne Hughes, holder of the UNESCO Chair at Queen’s
- Dr Katy Hayward, 2019 Island of Ireland Fellow, Eisenhower Fellowships
- Dr Joe Duffy, US-UK Fulbright All Disciplines Scholar Award 2018-19
- Dr Anne Campbell, NIDA Lifetime Drug and Alcohol Fellowship
The Research and Enterprise Directorate supports our researchers in a number of ways, providing guidance on ethics and governance, funding projects, working with partners, and commercial developments.
Research is a key function of the University, so Queen’s provides a range of high quality learning and development opportunities to assist with your work and support your career development.
New researchers will be invited to attend a central induction event, which is an opportunity to meet with colleagues from across the University.
In addition to the resources available within your Faculty or School, there are a number of funds available to support your professional growth. You should refer to the individual guidance for each fund to determine your eligibility.
We have compiled a number of these below for ease of access:
- Academic Staff Conference Fund - Guidance and Criteria / Application Form
- EU Networking Fund
- Staff Startup packages
- Innovation Funding Programmes - Proof of Principle, Concept, IAA, Confidence in Concept
- Vice Chancellor's Research Prizes
Queen’s is a leader in equality initiatives in science. We hold 15 Athena SWAN departmental awards - 3 gold, 6 silver and 6 bronze. The University was the first in the UK to receive an institutional Silver Award, one of only nine others in the UK to do so.
We invest millions in the development of our research facilities to ensure that our staff, students and collaborators have the very best equipment to help them in their work.
Our dedication to continually updating and improving our facilities means that we have high-quality equipment in every subject area of the University.
Indeed, we currently have the best resources in the world for several subjects including oceanography, sound and vibration research, electronics and computer science and many specialist aspects of engineering and clinical research.
A number of our facilities are also available for use in commercial testing and consultancy.