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1 Queen’s in the Community Professor Gerry McCormac Pro-Vice-Chancellor

2 Queen’s in the Community Strategy 2003 – 2005 December st Queen’s in the Community Strategy approved by Senate Specific recommendations included: bringing together staff with Community Outreach responsibilities establishment of a Queen’s Community Network creation of a Community Directory on the University web-site targets for Communications Office for publicity linked to community activity All recommendations have been implemented

3 November nd Queen’s in the Community Strategy approved by Senate Aims of the strategy are to: Enhance the University’s contribution to the economic, social and cultural development and social cohesion of Northern Ireland Promote and communicate the University’s contribution to society locally, regionally, nationally and internationally Create a University which is accessible and welcoming for all and which has outreach activity firmly embedded Queen’s in the Community Strategy 2006 – 2009

4 Working with community organisations 665 community groups across NI 250 projects currently available to students research projects completed 94 projects developed 24 new community group contacts The Science Shop

5 European Science Shop Network International Conference Russell Group Community Engagement Network Higher Education Funding Councils Community of Practice NUI Galway & UCC Dublin City University The Science Shop

6 ARK – Social and Political Archive

7 ARK – Social and Political Archive In 2006 ARK obtained an ESRC Large Grant (£3.5m) over 5 years that enables us to provide... 6 seminars per year held at NICVA – one later today on ‘Informal Caring’ Lay friendly Research Updates on key issues ‘Pro bono’ research methods training course for voluntary sector organisations Technical support for individuals or organisations unable to undertake research work themselves

8 Sub Title PERFORMANCE – RECREATION - COMMUNITY Queen’s Sport currently caters for: 130 non-student school/community/charitable/governing body groupings 53 student clubs and related programmes 2,500 non-student/staff members What has been achieved? Longer term partnerships with schools, communities and organisations – Sport Belfast, South Belfast Sports Forum Developing communities through sport – Community Sport Development Network, Midnight Street Soccer League Students coaching and volunteering in community sport programmes and initiatives – Coaching Northern Ireland Innovative children’s programmes – After School and Vacation Schemes Sport at Queen’s

9 Sub Title 4000 children participating 368 school hours (average 11.5 hours per week) for 4 partner primary schools 30 registered student volunteers/coaches (currently 12 active) 6 inter school days 7 student clubs involved 8 community clubs involved 5 community organisations involved Over 80 registered Coach & Volunteer Education Programme …….. Based on sports development programming Sport at Queen’s Community Sport In Action….. PE & Sport Programme 2006/07

10 Culture and Arts at Queen’s Serving a combined audience of 175,000 annually and boasting the most diverse arts audience of any provider in Northern Ireland. Makes a major contribution to the student experience, to support of QUB academic programmes, to tourism, the economy, quality of life and image of the city and region Specialist education and outreach staff deliver a range of activities year- round to diverse users including almost 10,000 schoolchildren the naughton gallery at queen’s

11 Makes a contribution of over £7 million to the regional economy, with 70,000 attendees and over 5000 tourists during 17 days Brings the world to your doorstep with a focus on internalisation, opening audiences to other people and cultures, promoting and strengthening social cohesion Enjoys an excellent local, national and international reputation, providing a platform for the best of Northern Irish creativity and showcasing QUB academic excellence to a wider public Today, it is accessible and welcoming for all with outreach activity firmly embedded. Over 3500 people from 70 schools and community groups attended bespoke programmes in 2006 Education work is built strongly around visiting artists and internationalisation. QUB departments benefit. Is delivered in partnership with over 40 businesses and stakeholder organisations in Northern Ireland and beyond

12 QFT Education and Outreach Over 4000 schoolchildren and a further 1000 young people attend educational screening events each year, providing a positive first experience of Queen’s QFT works with many internal QUB departments and provides a direct link and gateway to Film Studies and the School of Modern Languages Screened films from 39 countries this year with a diversity of themes, such as the forthcoming Polish, Mela and Gay Pride festivals Every student at Queens is able to view a film in his/her native language every year at QFT Outreach projects have produced 4 short films with young people this year, including cross community and European Borders film projects The pioneer of Cinema Access in N. Ireland, QFT provides access to audio description and subtitles ‘No Surprises’ film set ‘Cave of the Yellow Dog’

13 A registered museum, looking after the QUB Art Collection, presenting six exhibitions a year and delivering the education and outreach/inreach programme Welcomes 15,000 visitors a year of which 10% participate in artist-led outreach and inreach activities Activities include lectures, gallery talks/tours, curriculum-led workshops for schools, public workshops, artists’ residencies and student recruitment events Extensive network of internal and external creative partnerships working across the University, the community/education sector and the local and international art world

14 Develop and maintain two-way communication with elected representatives, government officials and political parties; Positively promote the reputation of Queen’s among stakeholders; Ensure key messages and corporate objectives are high on agenda of those who can affect change; Act as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the University in local, national and international political arena. Public Affairs: What do we do?

15 Identifiable point of contact for internal and external stakeholders: Single point of contact; Hub of expertise; Strategic and Coordinating role. Proactive communication: Briefings and one-to-one meetings Attendance at political party conferences Roadshows and site visits Queen’s Neighbourhood Forum Community Newsletter Networking Advocacy and lobbying: Eg. Top-up fees; Planning issues; Culture and Arts; Economic Development Public Affairs: How do we do it?

16 Queen's Neighbourhood Forum Residents Meetings St Patrick's Day Festival Partnership with Students and the Students Union Partnership with all statutory agencies and other Academic Institutions Queen’s Students in the Community

17 The Outreach Directory Catalogues various outreach activities going on across the University Currently holds over 350 projects. Can search by keyword, or navigate through the three sub-sections.

18 Children in Education Medics in Primary School Primary ConneXions Soundlive Sharing Education Programme

19 Staff directly involved in Outreach activities: Gerry McCormacOutreach & Economic Development Eileen MartinScience Shop Emma McKennaScience Shop Richard WalkerOutreach Directory Gordon DouglasCommunity Affairs Paula DevineARK Dirk SchubotzARK Cathy GallagherQueen’s Sport Clare LeemanNaughton Gallery Marion CampbellQueen’s Film Theatre Graeme FarrowBelfast Festival at Queen’s Jennifer HarrisonPublic Affairs


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