QCAPtures - Recent News
QCAPtures is our repository for news, events and activities. From short blog posts, intriguing podcasts and in-depth articles, QCAPtures presents pieces of interesting content that we have captured during the QCAP initiative so far.
In 2022, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) supported by The Young Foundation, announced a new funding competition for a series of Community Research Networks across the UK.
On 28 February 2023, QCAP, the Market Development Association, and the Drug and Alcohol Network (DARN) at QUB partnered to facilitate a community conversation in the Market around tackling substance use.
QCAP is delighted to welcome Dr Karen McGuigan to the team as Irwin Fellow in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
On Wednesday 22 February 2023, QCAP visited The Pantry to hand over the printed version of the impact evaluation statement we carried out for Ashton on The Pantry Community Supermarket.
We have worked with our community partner to establish an Education Action Group (EAG). Its aim is to enhance the community as a site for learning, ensuring that all residents have opportunities to develop skills for the future.
QCAP has recently launched QCASTs, a podcast series that is designed to bring information to life for communities on issues that really matter to them.
We have worked with our community partner to establish an action group to align the strategic direction of the Market Development Association and QCAP.
QCAP staff were on the ground throughout Christmas week packing and delivering food hampers to local families in need.
In December 2022, QCAP supported Market residents to take part in Naloxone training within a community setting, the first time this bottom up approach to training has happened in Northern Ireland.
On 7 November 2022, a delegation from Belmont University, Nashville, visited QCAP and The Market as part of a visit hosted by Queen’s International Office’s North America Team.
On 2 November, 41 children and young people joined with QCAP and Market Development Association (MDA) staff at W5 to collaborate on the co-design of the QCAP Summer Scheme next year.
The Early Career and Contract Researcher Network (ENCORE) launched on 31 October in The Great Hall at Queen’s University (QUB), with QCAP invited to discuss the advantages and impact of our transdisciplinary approach.
On 21 October 2022, Queen's Vice-Chancellor, Minister for Communities and senior DfC and NI Civil Service officials visited the Market area for a site tour and meeting with QCAP and Market Development Association.
We are working with our partner, the Market Development Association (MDA) to better understand the persistent challenges around health, education and employment.
On the evening of 27 September 2022, the Market Development Community launched its “Rebuilding the Local Economy” community survey. Guest speakers at the event included Minister for Communities Deirdre Hargey and QCAP’s Professor Brendan Murtagh.
On 23 July, QCAP travelled with our community partners from the Market in South Belfast to Dublin, for #DublinMaker2022.
For two days in June, QCAP welcomed a group of undergraduate students from Belmont University, Nashville, USA.
On 14 June 2022, Professor Tom Rodden, Chief Scientific Officer of Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and his team visited The Market for a tour of the area and discussions with members of QCAP and Market Development Association.
Since March 2022 QCAP’s Social Economy & Community Wealth Building Strand (SECW) has been engaging closely with BUILD Shankill—a community-led partnership that is working to address issues around vacant and derelict land across the Greater Shankill.
By facilitating a participatory research approach, a new QCAP initiative is helping to refurbish a community garden at St. Malachy Primary School in The Market.
Queen's University Belfast is developing a collaboration with colleagues at the University of Glasgow on a project that expands our work on student voice, the capabilities approach in research, and the role of place-based learning.
This week, members of the University of Glasgow’s Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland initiative visited Queen’s Community and Place (QCAP) as part of a knowledge exchange trip.
Researchers and practitioners have identified five priority areas for Building Community Wealth: Assets; Places; Economy; Work; and Procurement.
Community members, including children, should be regarded as experts in their own lives and as active partners in evidence gathering, according to a paper by QCAP's Emma Loudon and Ben McAteer.
“The strength of our community fabric is one of our greatest assets” says Moira Doherty, Deputy Secretary for Engaged Communities Group in the Department for Communities in a contribution to QCaptures.
On 25 April 2022, members of QCAP travelled to the University of Glasgow to meet with our partners in Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland, with whom we are collaborating on the Children, Learning and Inclusive Places (CLIP) Project.
On Monday 28 March, QUB Head Gardener Paul Wallace visited St Malachy's Primary School in The Market, to discuss QCAP’s plans to help refurbish the school pond as part of our Communities and the Knowledge Economy work strand.
QCAP team members Brendan Murtagh and Andrew Grounds recently presented research results at a Community Wealth Building event organised by Development Trusts Northern Ireland (DTNI).
The QCAP Senior Team welcomed Communities Minister to Queen's on 2 February to discuss ongoing community, policy and academic partnerships.
Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA joined Professor Kathy Higgins, QCAP Director, and the team, at a prize giving in St Malachy's Primary School on Wednesday, 15 December 2021.
Queen’s students and academics have taken part in a number of sessions during the 10 week Community Education Programme.
Members of the Queen’s Communities and Place team, along with their community partners, hosted a visit from delegates of Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee to the Market area of South Belfast, Friday, 15 October 2021.
Deirdre Hargey MLA, the Minister for Communities, officially launched the Market Development Association's new 10-week education programme on 15 September 2021.