Research Portal

Research Portal profiles world leading research excellence
at the Queen's University of Belfast

  • Queen’s engineers develop world’s longest ‘flat pack’ arch bridge 22 Jan, 2015 Civil Engineers at Queen’s University Belfast in collaboration with pre-cast concrete specialists Macrete Ireland have developed the world’s longest ‘flat pack’ arch bridge.   Based on the ‘FlexiArch’ system, the bridge is unique in that it will be transported to site in flat-pack form but when lifted, will transform under gravity into an arch.    The bridge is due to be installed near Portsmouth in coming months and will span 16 metres (53 feet) over the Wallington River in Waterlooville, Hampshire. Made up of 17 units (1m wide) of pre-cast concrete, each weighing 16 tons, the bridge will take less than a day to install using a 200-300 ton crane in association with a lifting beam also designed and built in Northern Ireland.   If the alternative of a conventional arch had been utilis...)
  • Queen’s University Belfast leads pioneering research into cyber security 21 Jan, 2015 A major new initiative to explore the growing area of cyber security and to examine the knock-on effects on society – legal, ethical and cultural – is to be established at Queen’s University Belfast. The Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Network on Cybersecurity and Society (LINCS) will bring together researchers from two of Queen’s world-class centres of excellence: the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) and the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (ISCTSJ). A grant of over £1 million from the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships scheme, matched by funding from Queen’s, will provide 30 doctoral students with three-year scholarships for LINCS, over the next eight years, in a clear demonstration of how Queen’s research impacts on society. The first cohort of re...)
  • Queen’s research developing stem cells to prevent heart attacks and stroke 20 Jan, 2015 Cutting edge new research from Queen’s University Belfast is aiding in the global fight to prevent cardiovascular disease, one of the biggest causes of heart disease and strokes worldwide. Dr Andriana Margariti, a researcher at Queen’s University’s Centre of Experimental Medicine (CEM), has established an innovative method of generating stem cells and using them to re-build damaged blood vessels in the human body that can lead to strokes or heart attacks. From early 2015 Dr Margariti will lead a research team at the CEM that will build on her breakthrough by studying new ways to take cells from human skin and convert them into the stem cells. The research has enormous potential to save the lives of thousands of people affected by cardiovascular disease, a class of diseases that involve the heart, blood vessels or both th...)
  • Queen’s University Belfast in ground-breaking research to discover new planets 20 Jan, 2015 Scientists from Queen’s University Belfast have partnered with leading astrophysicists across Europe for a ground-breaking space research project that will form a crucial step in the quest to study small, rocky planets orbiting other stars and discover new planets. The Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) has achieved first light at the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Paranal Observatory in Chile, and will reach a level of accuracy never before attained under observatory conditions. A suite of highly sensitive telescopes – parts of which have been manufactured in Belfast – will search for 'transiting exoplanets’ which are planets that pass in front of their parent star and hence produce a small, periodic dimming of that star’s light. Only a few such very delicate observations have ever been made,...)
  • Queen’s University 8th in the UK for research intensity 22 Dec, 2014 Figures released by the national Higher Education Statistics Agency have confirmed that Queen’s University has been placed joint 8th in the UK for research intensity. Queen’s returned over 95 per cent of academic staff, which was the fifth largest percentage of staff returned in the REF 2014. The University also has 14 subject areas ranked within the UK’s top 20 and 76 per cent of its research classified in the top two categories of world leading and internationally excellent. These results are part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results, also released this morning, which announced that over 75 per cent of Queen’s researchers are undertaking world-class or internationally leading research. The ‘Research Excellence Framework,’ which assesses the quality and impact of UK higher education ...)
  • Queen’s Physical Activity Loyalty scheme launched 18 Dec, 2014 A Physical Activity Loyalty scheme which rewards users’ “ground miles” with incentives has been launched by researchers at the Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast led by Professor Frank Kee. The scheme developed by Queen’s University uses wireless sensing technology to monitor and reward physical activity, and has been unveiled by the Health Minister and the Chief Medical Officer in Lisburn today. Over 1,300 public sector employees who work in the Lisburn area are being given the chance to take part in this study to investigate how financial incentives influence workplace physical activity. According to a government report by Dame Carol Black in 2008, improving the wellbeing of the workforce by getting them more active will benefit not only their own health but is also likely to improve a com...)
  • Queen's team reveal the emotions of web users 18 Dec, 2014 A team of data scientists and entrepreneurs at Queen’s University Belfast has created the world’s first real-time metric for measuring how people express emotions on the internet. The unique gauge, dubbed the ‘Adorescore’ can quantify the performance of a brand in an index rating from minus 100 to 100, by monitoring online emotions expressed through thousands of sources from social networks as well media articles. Chris Johnston founder of Adoreboard, the venture capital funded by Queen’s and InvestNI behind the design, believes the innovation presents a major opportunity to revolutionise how businesses can understand and improve customer relationships. He said: “Brands currently spend billions of dollars every year trying to influence how people feel. Yet there is no single metric to understand the imp...)
  • Policing no longer an Orange-Green issue for young people according to Queen’s study 18 Dec, 2014 Young people’s views on the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are driven by feelings of social inclusion and exclusion rather than traditional, sectarian loyalties, new research from Queen’s University Belfast suggests. Over 800 teenagers, aged between 14-16, were surveyed for the longitudinal study Dynamics of Police Legitimacy Among Young People to examine attitudes towards the PSNI. Those surveyed were from a range of geographical areas, economic, community and ethnic backgrounds. Respondents tended to have positive views of the police overall, with 15 per cent disagreeing that the police did a good job. This group represented a broad cross-section of the population and was not defined by religion or political affiliation. The research found a striking lack of knowledge about policing structures and accountability, ...)
  • Queen’s research highlights lessons to be learned from Belfast flag protest 18 Dec, 2014 Politicians and civil society must learn from the mistakes made during the Belfast flag protest which cost over £21.9 million to police, a report from researchers at Queen’s University Belfast has revealed. Researchers at the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s have released a report examining the flag protest that took place in Belfast in December 2012 and early 2013 and analysing the lessons to be learned. The report, titled ‘The Flag Dispute: Anatomy of a Protest’, argues that the flag protest called into question the ability of Northern Ireland’s politicians to resolve political issues within the democratic chambers that are available to them. The report also found that when politicians fail to find agreement on issues, they do not go away. Instead power &...)
  • Queen’s scientist leads study of ‘Super-Earth’ 18 Dec, 2014 Research led by an astronomer at Queen’s University Belfast could pave the way in the search for life on other planets. Up to now, only space-based telescopes have been able to detect planets near the size of the Earth that pass in front of stars like the Sun. An astronomer in the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen’s University has led an international team to detect a super-Earth, a planet with more mass than Earth but less than Uranus or Neptune, using a telescope on the ground. Previously, this has only been possible for one other super-Earth circling a star much fainter and cooler than the Sun. This breakthrough opens up new ways to study other worlds. The planet, called 55 Cancri e, periodically passes in front of a star only 40 light years from the Earth. The star can even be seen with the naked eye on a clear and moo...)