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Picture: Science Shop staff Claire Mulrone (Ulster University) and Eileen Martin and Emma McKenna (Queen's University) pictured with Prof Budd Hall, UNESCO Co-Chair for Community Based Research and Social Justice in Higher Education

Science Shop Celebrates 30 years in Northern Ireland

A joint collaboration between Queen's University Belfast and Ulster University, The Science Shop, which supports hundreds of community groups across Northern Ireland, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Established in 1988, the Science Shop benefits the community and voluntary sector across the region and is part of the wider European network of Science Shops. It supports community organisations in developing research projects which are carried out by students at Queen's and Ulster University as part of their degree programme.

Over the past five years alone the Science Shop has delivered 1,314 community research projects, with 4,894 students and 366 community organisations taking part. These groups have included sports clubs, youth groups and environmental organisations.

Commenting on the benefits of the Science Shop, Professor Ian Greer, President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast said: "This is a powerful initiative harnessing the talents, knowledge and enthusiasm of students at Queen's and Ulster University.

"Over the past 30 years, the Science Shop has made a real impact on communities across Northern Ireland and has encouraged students to apply their knowledge and learning to real-life problems, helped them understand the challenges facing various groups within our society, and encouraged them to give back to the community.

"Today's celebration is an incredible milestone for all involved in the Science Shop. Both universities and community groups with whom they have worked over the years should be extremely proud of their achievements."