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Queen's University hosted SUPI

Inspiring Lives: Creating Futures

Principal Investigator: Professor Tom Millar

Title: Inspiring Lives: Creating Futures

Lead schools: Glengormley High School (Glengormley, County Antrim), St Mary's Grammar School (Magherafelt, County Londonderry)

Original project proposal

Queen's University Belfast, in partnership with four Area Learning Communities across Northern Ireland and working with 34 participating schools, will develop and deliver a programme of public engagement projects within the context of four major themes.

These cover the full range of RCUK-supported research undertaken in the University. Each of the four projects will be supported by academic staff, experienced in research and public engagement, and early career researchers who will work with teachers and pupils to enthuse and motivate young people to reflect on academic and career choices at an early stage.

The projects will address a number of issues such as the future role of creative technologies, aiming to encourage pupils to develop new skills in this rapidly changing environment. A second project will consider national borders and issues such as multiculturalism, globalisation, identities and nationhood. Another project will address problems of global concern – energy, water, food, environment, sustainability – while the final project will take pupils on an interactive journey from patient symptoms to clinical diagnosis, disease biomarker discovery, drug development and back to the patient for treatment.

Our aim is to involve pupils, mostly in Years 9 and 10, in addressing real world problems and to engage them in research and learning experiences that utilise the latest research and latest digital technologies.

Project contacts: Professor Tom Millar ( and Paula Moran (

Associated case study: 
Mojo Mickybo! An interactive drama workshop
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