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  • Brian Friel Statement 02 Oct, 2015 “For more than 50 years, Brian’s plays have brought Irish theatre to the international stage and the Field Day Theatre Company, which he co-founded in 1980, transformed the landscape of Irish theatre. “In 2008, Queen’s established the Brian Friel Theatre and Research Centre and has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with the playwright. Brian showed a keen interest in the work of our students and, in 2011, the Brian Friel Medal was inaugurated for the highest mark in theatre practice. “With his active encouragement and support, the University organised the first Brian Friel Summer School this year in Donegal. “Queen’s awarded Brian an honorary degree in 1992. “Everyone at the University would like to extend their deepest condolences to Brian’s wife, Anne, and the wider family c...)
  • New supercomputer software takes us one giant step closer to simulating the human brain 02 Oct, 2015 Breakthrough computer software created by Queen's and the University of Manchester that will be used to power the world’s fastest supercomputers of the future is now being tested for use at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory, at Sci-Tech Daresbury in Cheshire. Developed as part of a major £960k project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the ground-breaking software will increase the ability of supercomputers to process masses of data at higher speeds than ever before.  This next generation of software is now being tested, evaluated and optimised for use by computational scientists. Supercomputers are the key drivers of scientific advancement in every aspect of research. By simulating detailed models of natural phenomena such as ocean cu...)
  • Queen’s researchers suggest almost half of children in care in NI have behavioural difficulties 02 Oct, 2015 According to a new report by researchers at Queen’s, and based on a sample of 233 Looked After Children and Young People (LACYP) in Northern Ireland, almost half of children in care in Northern Ireland have behavioural difficulties. The report, carried out by researchers from the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen’s, has been funded by the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister.  The three-year study looked at the mental and physical health of LACYP in Northern Ireland and how the care system meets their needs. Entitled ‘Mind your Health – the physical and mental health of looked after children and young people in Northern Ireland’, the report highlights the health challenges faced by these children and young people, how these are currently being addressed and...)
  • Queen's celebrates multi-million pound contribution to Northern Ireland economy 01 Oct, 2015 Queen’s will host a Northern Ireland celebratory event this evening (Thursday) to mark the 40th anniversary of the successful Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) programme. The UK-wide initiative has contributed millions of pounds to the Northern Ireland economy over the years and has become one of the largest graduate recruitment programmes across the UK. Since 1993 Queen’s University has collaborated on 350 successful KTPs, leading to careers for 400 KTP Associates and generating £350m in increased profits for the Northern Irish businesses involved. In the process, 700 jobs have been created, representing an investment in plant and machinery of £67m.  Benefits to the University and its researchers from the long-term-collaboration with industry have included new opportunities to research a...)
  • Queen’s University Belfast in global top 200 30 Sep, 2015 Queen’s has moved up 75 places to number 200 in the world according to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2015-16. THE World University Rankings are arguably the world’s most prestigious and widely referenced university rankings. Queen’s performance is based on five criteria – teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook. The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Patrick Johnston said: “This is good news for Queen’s and for Northern Ireland and confirms our position in the top 1% of universities in the world. It complements the University’s recent impressive performance in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016, in which the University moved up to number 31 in the UK, and also the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), which place...)
  • Queen’s University hosts major, international dentistry conference 30 Sep, 2015 Dentists from around the world will gather at Queen’s this week for a landmark conference. The combined annual meeting of the European College of Gerodontology, the Association of Consultants and Specialists in Restorative Dentistry, and the Specialist Registrars in Restorative Dentistry Group takes place on October 1-2 and marks the first time that any of these organisations have gathered in Ireland, north or south. Experts from North and South America, Europe and Asia will discuss issues including the economic challenges of our ageing population and clinical topics including dental implants, periodontal disease and head and neck oncology.  Speakers will include Professor Jimmy Steele who, along with his clinical and academic work, has held a number of external roles, including leading the ‘Review of NHS Dental Services ...)
  • Queen’s leads the way in celebrating European Day of Languages 23 Sep, 2015 Queen’s University Belfast is leading the way in celebrating this year’s European Day of Languages (EDL), on 26 September, 2015. With international students and staff at Queen’s representing more than 80 countries, the University will mark the broad range of languages spoken by people currently living in Europe, and the diverse cultures that accompany them. Northern Ireland Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research (NICILT), based in Queen’s School of Education, is responsible for promoting and coordinating EDL across Northern Ireland. Ian Collen, NICILT Co-Director, said: “We encourage everyone in the workplace and at all levels of education to get involved in celebrating the wealth of languages used across Northern Ireland. “Whether you decide to speak another language for the day, teac...)
  • £500,000 project at Queen’s to convert catering waste oils to fuels and chemicals 22 Sep, 2015 Researchers at Queen’s University have been awarded a grant to support a £500,000 project to convert waste fats and oils into biofuels, which could be used as replacements for petrol, diesel and aviation fuels. The project, supported by the Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE), which is hosted at Queen’s and funded through the Invest Northern Ireland Competence Centre programme, is a joint initiative with Queen’s spin-out company MOF Technologies, Belgian firm Oleon and Co. Antrim-based CaterWaste. The current process to convert catering waste, namely fats and oils, into biofuels is lengthy and complex, involving multiple solvents and high temperature and pressures. But a new process, using catalysts provided by MOF Technologies via a new technique to avoid the use of solvents, can be used at low temperatur...)
  • Giant Meccano Bridge Secures World Record 21 Sep, 2015 Officials from Guinness World Records have confirmed that Queen’s Big Bridge Build – a bridge spanning almost 100 feet across Belfast’s Clarendon dock – is the world’s largest Meccano structure. The Big Bridge Build, a year-long project, is the brainchild of the University’s School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering.  Academics and students created the bridge, with the help of local school children, as part of the university’s outreach programme to encourage more children to think about careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).  Hundreds of people visited Belfast’s Clarendon Dock over the weekend to marvel at the stunning construction as they waited to hear the official announcement of the World Record bid. The project was made possible with t...)
  • Queen’s University accelerates up Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 rankings 18 Sep, 2015 Queen’s University has moved up seven places, to number 31 in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016, due out this weekend. Competing with universities across the UK, Queen’s has also been placed 15th overall for Student Experience, 14th for Research and 28th for Graduate Employment. Professor Patrick Johnston, Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University said: “This is good news for both Queen’s and for Northern Ireland. A successful Queen’s University will mean a successful Northern Ireland. It is particularly satisfying that Queen’s is now ranked 15th in the UK for Student Experience. “Our facilities, among the best on these islands, support a student experience second to none.  94% of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation.” Placed 14th over...)