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QCAPtures is a repository for our research, engagement and impact activities to date

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The final workshop for QCAP’s Connected Communities project, dedicated to amplifying the voices of local communities in the context of urban innovation as our cities grow and change at an increasing pace, took place in Dublin on 11 June 2024.

Education | 11 June, 2024

QCAP participated in the Collaborating for Impact conference on 5th June, which focused on place-based change in education.

Health | 10 June, 2024

Session 3 in our community co-designed Tackling Substance Use Education Programme took place on the evening of Tuesday 4 June in the Market community.

5 June, 2024

Respondent validation is an important component of qualitative research and involved a researcher returning to community partners to “check” that their interpretation of the data is correct.

Housing | 4 June, 2024

Queen's Communities and Place (QCAP) academics Dr Andrew Grounds and Prof. Brendan Murtagh were delighted to participate in a shared learning event organised by Housing Rights NI.

14 May, 2024

QCAP attended the celebration event for the Glens Healthy Places Programme and presented the findings of their evaluation work at Limepark in Armoy.

Health | 10 May, 2024

On Tuesday 7th May 2024 the second session in the community co-designed Tackling Substance Use Education Programme took place in the Market.

29 April, 2024

Professor John Johnston is the newly appointed UNESCO Chair in Issues Based Art Education at ArtEZ University of the Arts in the Netherlands.

18 April, 2024

On Tuesday 16th April, QCAP were delighted to attend and present at the UK Longitudinal Studies Annual Conference 2024 held at Queen’s University Belfast.

15 April, 2024

On Friday 12th April, the exhibition ‘The Market: A People’s Tapestry’ launched in 2 Royal Avenue, Belfast.

Health | 11 April, 2024

The evening of 9th April 2024 saw the launch of an innovative substance use programme in the Market community.

Education | 21 February, 2024

Digital inclusion was chosen by residents in the Market as our challenge area for year one of the ‘Growing Up in the Market ’ study.

16 February, 2024

QCAP is part of a multi-institution team awarded funding in a recent UKRI competition for £3.6m for a Strategic Co-ordination Hub for Local Policy Innovation Partnerships (LPIP) across the UK.

13 February, 2024

QCAP’s academics provide engaged research support for BUILD Shankill who are currently lobbying the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to release vacant sites for local housing redevelopment.

QCAP Domhnall Nugent podcast
12 February, 2024

QCASTs is a live podcast series produced by QCAP academics in collaboration with individuals working to support local communities.

9 February, 2024

QCAP understands that the challenges and opportunities within place-based working in NI are reflected globally.

QCAP Naloxone 5
8 February, 2024

A proportion of direct investment was secured from the Department of Communities to support engagement with QCAP’s pilot Market community in South Belfast.

7 February, 2024

QCAP academics completed a social return on investment analysis to forecast the potential impact of a transitional homeless housing project proposed by a local social enterprise called East Belfast Mission.

6 February, 2024

QCAP academics have completed a policy facing research project on Community Wealth Building and explored its potential for creating alternative and more socially just economic models across Northern Ireland.

5 February, 2024

It is a pleasure to share the outstanding progress made by the QCAP initiative over its first 2 years. QCAP has played a central role in bringing to life Queen's ambitious civic and social responsibility agenda.

4 January, 2024

The Children’s Learning and Inclusive Places (CLIP) project was a joint initiative with the University of Glasgow completed by QCAP during 2022. This participatory action research project, involving the active engagement of children from the Market

12 December, 2023

On 6 December 2023, Dr Andrew Grounds and Professor Kathryn Higgins from QCAP presented at the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) Engage Online Event 2023.

Community Health and Wellbeing | 4 December, 2023

The Community Wellbeing Kitchen (CWK) launched on Wednesday 29th November in The Market community, Belfast.

30 November, 2023

The week beginning 27 November saw our Community Innovation Practitioner (CIP) Pilot programme, co-created with our partners in the Market Development Association (MDA), gathering pace.

21 November, 2023

On 21 November 2023, QCAP Director Professor Kathryn Higgins presented on QCAP's Data for Action pillar at the "Data, Social Resilience and Preparedness” session held at Stormont Estate.

9 November, 2023

10 October, 2023

Prof. Kathryn Higgins and Dr. Andrew Grounds from QCAP were invited to present at the keynote panel for The ECIU Research Conference at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) on 3-4 October 2023.

Community Development | 25 September, 2023

Queen’s is one of five Higher Education Institutions across the UK to be awarded a Community Innovation Practitioner (CIP) Pilot by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Creative Communities programme.

3 July, 2023

During 2023, QCAP has continued to explore ways to provide relevant research or technical support to advance the objectives of the BUILD Shankill project.

30 June, 2023

On 27 June 2023, Dr. Andrew Grounds from QCAP presented the findings from a dedicated policy research piece on Community-led Housing in Northern Ireland.

30 June, 2023

QCAP recently hosted a group of students from the United States, as part of the Queen’s 2023 International Summer School.

Partnerships with Communities | 6 June, 2023

Queen’s Communities and Place is delighted to be part of the successful team led by University of Birmingham in the recent UKRI competition for £3.6m for a Strategic Co-ordination Hub for Local Policy Innovation Partnerships (LPIP) across the UK.

Community Research | 13 March, 2023

In 2022, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) supported by The Young Foundation, announced a new funding competition for a series of Community Research Networks across the UK.

Health | 7 March, 2023

On 28 February 2023, QCAP, the Market Development Association, and the Drug and Alcohol Network (DARN) at QUB partnered to facilitate a community conversation in the Market around tackling substance use.

27 February, 2023

QCAP is delighted to welcome Dr Karen McGuigan to the team as Irwin Fellow in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Cost of Living | 23 February, 2023

On Wednesday 22 February 2023, QCAP visited The Pantry to hand over the printed version of the impact evaluation statement we carried out for Ashton on The Pantry Community Supermarket.

Education | 21 February, 2023

We have worked with our community partner to establish an Education Action Group (EAG). Its aim is to enhance the community as a site for learning, ensuring that all residents have opportunities to develop skills for the future.

QCAP Domhnall Nugent podcast
16 February, 2023

QCAP has recently launched QCASTs, a podcast series that is designed to bring information to life for communities on issues that really matter to them.

Health | 8 February, 2023

We have worked with our community partner to establish an action group to align the strategic direction of the Market Development Association and QCAP.

20 December, 2022

QCAP staff were on the ground throughout Christmas week packing and delivering food hampers to local families in need.

18 December, 2022

In December 2022, QCAP supported Market residents to take part in Naloxone training within a community setting, the first time this bottom up approach to training has happened in Northern Ireland.

8 November, 2022

On 7 November 2022, a delegation from Belmont University, Nashville, visited QCAP and The Market as part of a visit hosted by Queen’s International Office’s North America Team.

3 November, 2022

On 2 November, 41 children and young people joined with QCAP and Market Development Association (MDA) staff at W5 to collaborate on the co-design of the QCAP Summer Scheme next year.

Transdisciplinary Research | 3 November, 2022

The Early Career and Contract Researcher Network (ENCORE) launched on 31 October in The Great Hall at Queen’s University (QUB), with QCAP invited to discuss the advantages and impact of our transdisciplinary approach.

Community Development | 24 October, 2022

On 21 October 2022, Queen's Vice-Chancellor, Minister for Communities and senior DfC and NI Civil Service officials visited the Market area for a site tour and meeting with QCAP and Market Development Association.

Community Development | 20 October, 2022

We are working with our partner, the Market Development Association (MDA) to better understand the persistent challenges around health, education and employment.

Community Development | 3 October, 2022

On the evening of 27 September 2022, the Market Development Community launched its “Rebuilding the Local Economy” community survey. Guest speakers at the event included Minister for Communities Deirdre Hargey and QCAP’s Professor Brendan Murtagh.

Communities and the Knowledge Economy | 1 September, 2022

On 23 July, QCAP travelled with our community partners from the Market in South Belfast to Dublin, for #DublinMaker2022.

Community Development | 25 July, 2022

For two days in June, QCAP welcomed a group of undergraduate students from Belmont University, Nashville, USA.

17 July, 2022

On 14 June 2022, Professor Tom Rodden, Chief Scientific Officer of Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and his team visited The Market for a tour of the area and discussions with members of QCAP and Market Development Association.

22 June, 2022

Since March 2022 QCAP’s Social Economy & Community Wealth Building Strand (SECW) has been engaging closely with BUILD Shankill—a community-led partnership that is working to address issues around vacant and derelict land across the Greater Shankill.

Children and Participation | 10 May, 2022

By facilitating a participatory research approach, a new QCAP initiative is helping to refurbish a community garden at St. Malachy Primary School in The Market.

27 May, 2022

Queen's University Belfast is developing a collaboration with colleagues at the University of Glasgow on a project that expands our work on student voice, the capabilities approach in research, and the role of place-based learning.

24 May, 2022

This week, members of the University of Glasgow’s Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland initiative visited Queen’s Community and Place (QCAP) as part of a knowledge exchange trip.

Community Wealth Building | 4 May, 2022

Researchers and practitioners have identified five priority areas for Building Community Wealth: Assets; Places; Economy; Work; and Procurement.

Children's Participation | 10 May, 2022

Community members, including children, should be regarded as experts in their own lives and as active partners in evidence gathering, according to a paper by QCAP's Emma Loudon and Ben McAteer.

COVID-19 Response | 10 May, 2022

“The strength of our community fabric is one of our greatest assets” says Moira Doherty, Deputy Secretary for Engaged Communities Group in the Department for Communities in a contribution to QCaptures.

26 April, 2022

On 25 April 2022, members of QCAP travelled to the University of Glasgow to meet with our partners in Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland, with whom we are collaborating on the Children, Learning and Inclusive Places (CLIP) Project.

Communities and the Knowledge Economy | 29 March, 2022

On Monday 28 March, QUB Head Gardener Paul Wallace visited St Malachy's Primary School in The Market, to discuss QCAP’s plans to help refurbish the school pond as part of our Communities and the Knowledge Economy work strand.

Community Wealth Building | 25 March, 2022

QCAP team members Brendan Murtagh and Andrew Grounds recently presented research results at a Community Wealth Building event organised by Development Trusts Northern Ireland (DTNI).

Partnership | 3 February, 2022

The QCAP Senior Team welcomed Communities Minister to Queen's on 2 February to discuss ongoing community, policy and academic partnerships.

Dr Sexton distributes prizes at St Malachy's
Education with Social Purpose | 15 December, 2021

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA joined Professor Kathy Higgins, QCAP Director, and the team, at a prize giving in St Malachy's Primary School on Wednesday, 15 December 2021.

Prof Brendan Murtagh, Community Education event
Education with Social Purpose | 15 November, 2021

Queen’s students and academics have taken part in a number of sessions during the 10 week Community Education Programme.

Visitors to the MDA
Research with Impact | 15 October, 2021

Members of the Queen’s Communities and Place team, along with their community partners, hosted a visit from delegates of Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee to the Market area of South Belfast, Friday, 15 October 2021.

Market Development Association image
Education | 15 September, 2021

Deirdre Hargey MLA, the Minister for Communities, officially launched the Market Development Association's new 10-week education programme on 15 September 2021.

Partnership | 6 September, 2021

The partnership between Queen's and our local community partners was further strengthened and extended when the MDA hosted a group of cross-disciplinary academics in the Market Community Centre.