Queen's University Belfast plays a key role regionally and internationally and is committed to making connections with communities across Northern Ireland and beyond to ensure our work brings positive benefits.
The university is one of Northern Ireland's largest employers with some 4,000 employees, and contributes £1.9bn annually to the local economy.
Queen's University launched its Social Charter in November 2017. The Social Charter is the university's commitment to "giving back" to society through invoking and supporting a wide range of socially responsible activities with external stakeholders from the business, community and civic sectors.
The three core principles of the Charter state the university's commitment to:
Explaining the Social Charter, Queen's Registrar and Chief Operating Officer officer Ms Joanne Clague, said: "Queen's University's Social Charter shines a light on the significant contribution made by our students and staff and the positive impact we have on our society. Within our strategic plan, the Social Charter provides the platform for demonstrating the innovation, discovery and creativity of our staff and students and the regional, national and global impact of their work.
“One such example is the Pathway Opportunity Programme. This programme works with schools across Northern Ireland to provide an entry route to Queen’s for talented young people who have the ability to thrive at Queen’s but need additional support and encouragement to fulfil their potential. So far over 600 young people have benefited from the programme.
"Another example is the work within the Cancer Inequalities programme, led by Prof Mark Lawler, that has shaped thinking at a European Level including the European Cancer Patient's Bill of Rights and the European Code of Cancer Practice, and is currently working to deliver more locally on an All-Island Cancer Research Institute.
The university is a global powerhouse of talent and innovation and is entirely committed to ensuring that this benefits our people.
Ms Clague commented: “This is particularly evident in our collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our work in research into the virus; increasing Northern Ireland’s testing capacity; upskilling furloughed workers through the provision of certified courses and, not least, our students graduating early to join the NHS front line illustrates the significant part we play in society, both locally and globally.”
Ms Clague concluded: "We were also delighted that Queen's was announced as the top UK university in terms of entrepreneurial impact, for a second year running, according to a report published by Octopus Ventures.
"The fact that this report measures spin-out activity and investor returns over 10 years underlines Queen's continued ability to effectively and efficiently translate research innovations into commercial success.
"As a civic university we are optimistic for what the future holds when we look at the quality of the commercialisation opportunities that continue to emerge from the research here at Queen's and the quality of graduates that we are able to educate."
Belfast Telegraph Business Awards
Are you thinking about throwing your hat in the ring? Here are the categories that you should consider entering. And remember, the closing date is Thursday 6th May, 12 noon.
Categories and their sponsors
Best Large Company: Wilson Nesbitt
Best Agri Business of the Year: Asda
Retailer of the Year: Retail NI
Excellence in Exporting: Invest NI
Excellence in the Development of Management and Leadership: Ulster University Business School
Excellence in Health and Wellbeing: Hastings Hotels
Best Use of Digital/Social Media: Sparq
Excellence in Innovation: OSG Cloud
Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility: Queen’s University, Belfast
Special Recognition Award for Climate Action: Ulster Bank
Young Business Person of the Year: Smurfit Kappa
Excellence in Marketing: Belfast Academy of Marketing
Best Small/Medium Business: Prescient Data Centre
Best Emerging Start-Up: Scottish Provident Building
Enter the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards here.