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New social charter highlights Queen's University impact on community

By Staff Reporter

Queen's University has become one of the first universities in the UK and Ireland to launch a social charter - chronicling the breadth and depth of its local and global impact.

It provides a platform to publicly convey its relevance, impact and commitment to the community here and wider afield.

As part of the charter, there are 19 signature projects which reflect its research and activity.

These include global alliances for leading edge cancer research, ground-breaking research in children's healthcare, and developing future leaders and students helping in homework clubs in inner city Belfast.

Professor James McElnay, acting president and vice-chancellor at Queen's, said: "The social charter could be described as a social contract.

"Through it, we are shining a light on the significant contribution made by students and staff at Queen's University.

"Since the university was formed in 1845 its impact has been deep and lasting.

"That impact has continued to grow and deepen regionally, nationally and globally.

"The social charter underlines our commitment to having a positive impact on both our people and our place."

Queen's student president Stephen McCrystall said: "The Students' Union and the student council warmly welcomes the social charter.

"We currently have 11,500 of our students involved in volunteering, clubs and societies, and our student body has a long and proud tradition of civic engagement, promoting equality and diversity, and campaigning for social justice.

"The social charter very much represents the strong collaborative spirit of Queen's University and its students, and we look forward to continuing to build on the positive impact Queen's is making."

One of the charter's signature projects is the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation zones.

The centre works in sustained partnership with local communities and the professional and community organisations that support them.

The university said the centre was innovative in its approach, "pioneering new ways of thinking" and innovative ways of working to address key challenges facing society.

Dr Jackie Redpath, chief executive of the Greater Shankill Partnership, said: "Queen's is working with us through the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation to examine and evaluate what we are doing, but also to guide what we're doing and to bring best practice and what works to bear.

"We are absolutely delighted we are on this journey with Queen's University.

"The Shankill and Queen's walking together in a programme of transformation for children and young people."

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