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  • Double celebration for Queen’s student and fiancée 07 Jul, 2015 It’s a double celebration for a Queen’s University student as he graduates with his American fiancée by his side. Newry student, John McCaul, graduates with a degree in Modern History and Politics and will celebrate with his fiancée, Ashlyn Neas who has flown in from Tennessee, USA especially for the big day. John met Ashlyn while on the Study USA exchange programme, facilitated by the British Council NI and supported by Queen’s, at Warren Wilson College, Asheville, North Carolina.  While on the exchange John was awarded the Certificate in American Business Practice. Before returning home, he spent a summer internship at the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Washington DC. Reflecting on his time at Queen’s, John said: “My three years studying have been very cha...)
  • Female high-fliers honoured by Queen’s 03 Jul, 2015 The first woman to be appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford will be honoured by Queen’s University today (Thursday 2 July). Professor Louise Richardson, a renowned scholar on terrorism and security studies, will be recognised for her exceptional services to education.  She currently leads St Andrews University as its Principal and Vice-Chancellor and will take up the new position at the University of Oxford at the beginning of next year. A native of County Waterford, Professor Richardson studied at Trinity College Dublin where she received a Rotary Scholarship to study in the US and completed a PhD at Harvard University, where she taught for many years and held a succession of high-profile positions. Commenting on her honorary degree, Professor Richardson said: “I am both delighted and honoured to recei...)
  • U.S. exchange proves life-changing for Queen’s graduate 02 Jul, 2015 From the academic halls of Queen’s University to a life-changing exchange programme in America – one student graduating today has had an unforgettable year of study. Lauren McMahon, from Belfast, was chosen to represent Queen’s School of History in their first ever exchange programme with the University of Illinois. During her time there Lauren also completed an internship with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library. Lauren, who is graduating with a degree in English and History, said: “My time in the USA really helped to broaden my horizons and I learnt so much. I was able to travel across the country, whilst meeting people that I now regard as friends for life. They helped me to have the ultimate American experience. “A degree at Queen’s is more than just a qualification, it’s a cha...)
  • Significant research grant awarded to develop and test a new model of pharmacy practice in care homes 01 Jul, 2015 Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast and the Universities of East Anglia, Aberdeen and Leeds, in partnership with NHS South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), have succeeded in winning a £2 million Programme Grant from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) for a five year programme of research into medicines management in care homes. The Queen’s University Belfast contribution will be led by Professor Carmel Hughes, from the School of Pharmacy. Professors David Wright and Richard Holland from the School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine respectively at the University of East Anglia, are leading the research. A national report identified large numbers of medication errors in care homes and recommended that one individual should be responsible for medicines management. Emerging evidence indi...)
  • Leading Rosetta mission scientist gives the latest on Philae at Queen’s University 29 Jun, 2015 In the wake of the Philae probe ‘waking up’ last weekend as part of the Rosetta space mission, Queen’s University Belfast is to host a free public lecture by one of Rosetta’s key scientists. Monica Grady CBE, Professor of Planetary and Space Science at the Open University, is a leading scientist in the Rosetta mission which oversaw the landing of the Philae space probe back in November. Professor Alan Fitzsimmons, from the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen’s University, also provides research support to the mission by telescopic observations from Earth. Professor Grady will deliver the Royal Irish Academy 2015 McCrea Lecture at Queen’s on Friday 26 June, including a detailed account of the Rosetta mission to date, along with a more general insight into comets and why some people think they may hold ...)
  • Queen’s researchers in hospital superbug breakthrough 11 Jun, 2015 Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have developed a cutting-edge new medical therapy that could protect UK hospital patients against a lethal superbug. The new treatment, which uses a molecule called an inhibitor to prevent the new superbug Klebsiella pneumonia from blocking the body’s natural defences, has the potential to save thousands of lives in the UK each year. Klebsiella, which has mortality rates of 25-60%, can cause bladder infections and pneumonia and is resistant to all major antibiotics. The research team, from the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s, found that Klebsiella can survive inside white blood cells called ‘macrophages’, which are meant to protect the human body from infection. The superbug takes over a protein in the blood cell called ‘Akt̵...)
  • Queen’s launches Northern Ireland’s first drugs and alcohol network 10 Jun, 2015 Researchers at Queen’s have joined forces with the Public Health Agency and the Department of Health to form the first ever Drugs and Alcohol Research Network (DARN) in Northern Ireland which will be launched tomorrow, 11 June 2015. DARN aims to provide a one-stop platform for all researchers, policy-makers and practitioners in Northern Ireland and internationally, in order to develop a more informed research base on drugs and alcohol issues. Inside Queen’s, DARN will act as an inter-disciplinary forum where findings from areas as diverse as social work, public health, education, economics, sociology, psychology, law and pharmacy can be pooled and feed into wider discussions outside the University, including directly informing government policy and comparative studies with other countries. Lead organisers, Dr Anne Campbell and...)
  • International cancer experts and patients gather at major conference in Belfast for first time 04 Jun, 2015 Some of the world’s leading cancer experts will converge with patients and charities in Belfast next week for a major conference co-hosted by Queen’s University’s Northern Ireland Cancer Registry. Over 500 delegates from as far as New Zealand, Australia and the US as well as mainland Europe will attend the annual Cancer Outcomes Conference which is being held for the first time in Northern Ireland at the Europa Hotel from June 8-10. High-profile participants include Professor Sir Richard Peto from the University of Oxford; leading epidemiologist Professor Michel Coleman from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine;  Sara Hiom from CRUK and Professor Jane Maher of Macmillan Cancer Support. The conference will also feature a rare gathering of all five Chief Medical Officers or their representatives from the UK ...)
  • Queen’s academics honoured by Royal Irish Academy 03 Jun, 2015 Two Queen’s University academics have been named as new members of the prestigious Royal Irish Academy (RIA). Professor Matthew Zepf, Director of the Centre for Plasma Physics at Queen’s, and Queen’s graduate and Honorary Professor Stephen Myers, are among 19 leading Irish scholars who have been elected as members of the RIA - Ireland’s leading body of experts in the sciences and humanities. Professor Zepf is also Director of the Helmholtz Institute in Germany, leading a group that continues to pioneer studies of the interaction between short pulse lasers and matter.  Professor Myers, who was the Director of Accelerators at CERN when the Higgs boson particular was discovered in 2012, has been recognised for his contributions to the field of accelerator science. 2015 is the 230th anniversary of the Ro...)
  • Queen’s University and Lowden Guitars make a harmonious business partnership 25 May, 2015 In the year that KTPs (Knowledge Transfer Partnerships) in the UK mark their 40th birthday, Queen’s University is celebrating with a KTP that’s hitting all the right notes. The Northern Ireland Technology Centre at Queen’s has teamed up with world-famous brand George Lowden Guitars, based at Downpatrick, Co Down, to come up with new production methods for their premium product. George Lowden Guitars is an internationally renowned, family-run Northern Ireland business that has been producing high-end, handcrafted acoustic instruments since the 1970s. With an average three-year waiting list, the bespoke brand counts top musicians like Eric Clapton, Gary Lightbody and Alex de Grassi among its repeat customers. Queen’s University mechanical engineering graduate William Imrie is the KTP Associate for this latest partner...)