Queen's University Belfast

Why we've signed the Manifesto

"Queen’s University has a long history of civic engagement with the City of Belfast and the wider Northern Ireland region. This role has changed over time and our commitment to the NCCPE Manifesto for Public Engagement represents the most recent stage of this journey. Our students and graduates make an enormous contribution to society, our research impacts directly on people’s lives, and our knowledge transfer activity plays a key role in supporting the economy. We are committed to enhancing all of this work by building deeper, stronger, lasting relationships, based on mutuality and partnership, with local and global communities."

Professor Tony Gallagher, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Academic Planning, Staffing and External Relations 

Our approach to public engagement

At Queen’s we take pride in our civic contribution to the community – it has always been part of our DNA, even if its form and character has changed over time. Signing up to the Manifesto for Public Engagement is confirmation of our commitment to partner with our neighbours, local communities and other public audiences in meaningful and mutually beneficial ways. It is our mission to be innovative educators, to engage in research which will impact on people’s lives, to be a stimulus of growth, and to deepen our impact on the social and cultural well-being of society. Through a systemic approach to Public Engagement we will share our knowledge and resources with the public to help improve people’s lives and to ensure that our local communities can benefit from what we have to offer.

Queen’s University’s support for public engagement

Queen’s is already carrying out significant Public Engagement work in many different areas- some examples include:

  • Student opportunities to engage with the public
  • The Science Shop links students with community groups to develop and share research expertise
  • Through our Degree Plus award we recognise the value of extra-curricular and community-based activity
  • Our QUB Volunteer Academy is focused on promoting and supporting student volunteering activity
  • Staff engagement with the public through events, programmes, seminars and resources
  • We promote and share the public benefit and value of our research through our Impact Portal
  • We have enhanced our links with schools and employers by creating a Head Teachers’ Forum and an Employers’ Forum and are part of the ESRC project in the Schools-Universities Partnership Initiative
  • We have dedicated Business Alliance and Knowledge Transfer teams dedicated to establishing collaborative relationships with non-academic partners in business and industry
  • We engage with politicians and policy-makers through our Knowledge Exchange Seminars

Staff and student reward and recognition

  • The Vice-Chancellor’s Impact Prize was established to reward academic staff whose research is delivering major societal benefit
  • The Queen’s Impact Development Fund is a suite of funding sources offered to researchers to help them better engage with external organisations and to bring their work outside the University
  • The Volunteering Excellency Awards acknowledge the extra-curricular contributions which students and staff make to their local communities and wider society


Name: Professor Tony Gallagher

Title: Pro-Vice-Chancellor

Email: vc.office@qub.ac.uk

Tel: 028 9097 5220