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Queen's University's Social Charter, launched in November 2017, shines a light on the significant contribution made by our students and staff and the positive impact we have on our society.

'The Charter', our podcast series, features interviews with some of those students and staff, and digs into some of the projects making a great contribution to our communities here at home and farther afield. Follow these links for the episodes, and read more about them below.

Episode 1 - Shared Education

Episode 2 - CityZen and CASE

Episode 3 - Climate Commission and PCAN

Episode 4 - Knitstanbul and Social Enterprise

Episode 5 - Cancer collaboration in Ireland, and mental health care in a crisis

 

Episode 1: Shared Education

In February 2020, a team from Queen's University Belfast made their way to Buckingham Palace to collect an  award - the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize - for their work on Shared Education.

The Prize was a recognition of the excellence, innovation and public benefit of their long years of work in bringing children (and extended communities) together, for all their differences, in a traditionally divided education system.

In this, the first episode of The Charter, Maurice Macartney congratulates Professor Tony Gallagher, Professor Joanne Hughes, and Dr Gavin Duffy of the Centre for Shared Education (visit the website here) about how the project grew from small beginnings to make such an impact in Northern Ireland, and now in other post-conflict societies around the world.

Listen to the episode here - Episode 1 - Shared Education

Or search for 'The Charter Podcast' in a podcast platform and subscribe to the series.

The Vice-Chancellor receives the Queen's Anniversary Prize, on behalf of the team, from Prince Charles

Episode 2: Building sustainability with CityZen and CASE

Queen's students and staff have undertaken much great work in the area of sustainability - visit our sustainability page to learn about some of the projects.

In this episode of The Charter, Maurice Macartney talks to Professor Greg Keeffe of the School of Natural and Built Environment about his CityZen project, and to Sam McCloskey, Director of the Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE) about her team's work in pioneering new technologies.

Listen to the episode here: Episode 2 - CityZen and CASE

Or search for 'The Charter Podcast' in a podcast platform and subscribe to the series.

Episode 3: Climate action with the PCAN Network

There's more on sustainability in this episode, as Maurice talks to Professor John Barry and Dr Amanda Slevin about the work of the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN), an ESRC funded network that brings together researchers and decision-makers from the public, private and third sectors across the UK.

Prof Barry and Dr Slevin have been involved in setting up a Belfast Climate Commission, along with Belfast City Council.

To find out more, listen to the episode here: Episode 3 - Climate Commission and PCAN

Or search for 'The Charter Podcast' in a podcast platform and subscribe to the series.

Or visit the PCAN website for further information

 

Episode 4: Knitstanbul and the power of social enterprise

In this, the fourth episode of the series - and the first recorded during the Coronavirus lockdown - we look at the potential of the social and solidarity economy as a way of empowering marginalised people and of achieving goals that go beyond the realm of the economic.

In the second section we hear from Professor Brendan Murtagh (pictured, right) of the School of Natural and Built Environment, who outlines his research into these issues, and looks in particular at social enterprises in Belfast.

Before that, we hear from Dr Fiona Murphy and Dr Evi Chatzipanagiotidou, of the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, about their anthropological research, and not least about their work with a social enterprise project involving Syrian refugees in Turkey - Knitstanbul!

Listen to the episode here: Episode 4 - Knitstanbul and Social Enterprise

Or search for 'The Charter Podcast' in a podcast platform and subscribe to the series.

To find out more about the work of Knitstanbul visit their site here.

 

Episode 5: Cancer research and mental health

In this episode of The Charter, we focus on health, both physical and mental.

In the first section, Professor Mark Lawler (pictured, left), from the Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research at Queen’s, outlines the history of the All-Ireland Cancer Consortium, created in the wake of the Belfast or Good Friday Agreement, and talks about a paper he and his co-authors published recently, showing just how effective the body has been.

In the second section, Dr Karen Galway (right) of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s tells us about how students and staff in the School have risen to the challenge of addressing mental health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, and addresses the need for all of us to look after our mental health in this time of crisis.

Listen to the episode here:  Episode 5 - Cancer collaboration in Ireland, and mental health care in a crisis

Or search for 'The Charter Podcast' in a podcast platform and subscribe to the series.

For more on the All-Ireland Cancer Consortium follow this link.

For more on the School of Nursing and Midwifery follow this link.