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Goalkeeping simulator solves wall puzzle

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.

Dr Bronagh Byrne appointed to expert panel

Equality | 8 October, 2020

Dr Bronagh Byrne, a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at Queen's University Belfast, has been appointed to an expert panel advising the Department for Communities on social inclusion issues.

Addressing the impact of disasters on housing

Sustainability | 29 September, 2020

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

Queen’s sustainability researchers meet President of COP26

Sustainability | 11 August, 2020

Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and President of the COP26 UN Climate Conference, visited Queen’s on Tuesday, 11 August, to hear from teams involved in sustainability projects.

Mapping Greenways and Urban regeneration: Geography at work

Research With Impact | 23 June, 2020

In a newly released podcast Dr Niall Majury of the School of Natural and Built Environment outlines a programme that sees students work on live projects with community partners in projects with a positive social impact.

The Charter Podcast launched

Civic Culture | 1 May, 2020

A podcast series highlighting Queen’s University Belfast’s Social Charter, and the positive impact our students and staff have on our society, has been launched.

SWOT wins Student-led Event of the Year award

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.

All-Ireland Cancer Consortium builds bridges in cancer research

Research with Impact |

A North-South consortium set up in the wake of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement has been shown to be dramatically effective in boosting cancer research across the island.

Sarah Lappin, Rachel O'Grady

Built: East exhibition displays rich heritage

community | 15 January, 2020

EastSide Partnership and Rachel O’Grady, of Queen’s University and OGU Architects, have launched a temporary exhibition at EastSide Visitor Centre to celebrate the Built:East pavilion at CS Lewis Square.

Repowering Democracy: Community participation in the energy transition

Sustainability | 9 January, 2020

Dr Julie MacArthur of the University of Auckland addressed a workshop on community ownership and clean energy on Thursday, 9 January 2020

PROUD school pupils invited to defeat Plastic Waste Menace

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.

Climate Jobs and Just transition: Green Foundation conference takes place at Queen’s

Sustainability | 9 November, 2019

Delegates from across Ireland and the UK gathered to discuss the issue of a ‘just transition’ from a fossil-fuel based economy to a clean economy on Saturday, 9 November 2019

Higher Education and social justice

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.

Forensic Mental Health Symposium at Queen’s

Education with a Social Purpose |

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.

Leading Environmentalist calls for sense of emergency at Sustainable Belfast event

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.

Junior Academy of Music concert, Whitla

Aspiring musicians from Junior Academy of Music in concert

Civic Culture | 15 June, 2019

Following on from the Crescendo concert (see below), more school pupils, this time 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.

Crescendo in the Ulster Hall

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.

Circular Economy project 'ACCEPT' aims to tackle plastic waste

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.

Queen's Hosts GCSE Easter Schools

Social Responsibility | 30 April, 2019

The rest of the campus may have been closed down last week, but scholars from a range of Belfast schools were hard at work in the GCSE Easter Schools in Maths and English in Queen's University's Peter Froggatt Centre.

Andy Meharg in field

New technique for reducing arsenic in rice revealed

Food Safety | 17 April, 2019

Contamination of rice with inorganic arsenic is a major risk in many parts of the world where rice is a staple food. Queen's University's Professor Andy Meharg and colleagues have developed ways to reduce the levels of this toxic substance.

Pristina Seminar with Prof Joanne Hughes

Shared Education Model adopted in Kosovo

Shared Education | 28 January, 2019

Researchers from the Queen's University Centre for Shared Education and from the University’s Centre for Identity and Intergroup Relations were in Kosovo in January to take part in a symposium on peacebuilding through shared education.

Queen’s University Celebrates the achievements of its Social Charter

Social Charter Celebration | 22 January, 2019

On Friday 18 January 2019 Queen’s University Belfast reaffirmed its commitment to ‘shaping a better world’ at an event celebrating the successful first year of its Social Charter.