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Dec 2018

Queen’s University and PwC bring new technology degree to Northern Ireland

By |2018-12-11T13:29:09+00:00Dec 11th, 2018|Advanced Materials & Engineering, Education & Research, Government, ICT & Digital|

Queen’s University Belfast and PwC have announced that a flagship national technology degree apprenticeship will be extended to Northern Ireland, to help boost technology employment - essential to delivering on growth potential in financial services and advanced manufacturing. Queen’s will become one of only three universities in the UK to [...]

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Hundreds of Magherafelt pupils participate in global coding initiative

By |2018-12-11T13:06:09+00:00Dec 11th, 2018|ICT & Digital, STEM|

Over 250 primary and post-primary pupils from the Magherafelt area have taken part in a global educational initiative which provides an introduction to computer science. Hour of Code, part of Computer Science Education Week, saw students studying IT at Northern Regional College’s Magherafelt campus organise a series of sessions for [...]

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£1.3bn investment in new partnership driving early disease detection

By |2018-12-11T13:02:42+00:00Dec 11th, 2018|Government, Life & Health Sciences|

The second Life Sciences Sector Deal will support healthcare innovation and back businesses to create high-paid, high-quality jobs. Tens of thousands of lives could be saved by pioneering research to detect deadly diseases before symptoms even appear, thanks to a new collaboration between the government and the Life Sciences Industry. [...]

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Nov 2018

RAE MacRobert Award now open for applications

By |2018-11-02T10:04:56+00:00Nov 2nd, 2018|Advanced Materials & Engineering|

The Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019, is the UK's longest running and most prestigious prize for engineering innovation. It recognises outstanding engineering innovation combined with proven commercial success and tangible social benefit. Winners receive a £50,000 cash prize, gold medal and national [...]

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Oct 2018

Introducing Dr Rob Grundy, our new interim Chair

By |2018-11-02T10:45:30+00:00Oct 30th, 2018|Creative Technology, Education & Research, Government, ICT & Digital, Life & Health Sciences, STEM, Sustainable Energy|

Dr. Rob Grundy was recently appointed as MATRIX Interim Chair, following the retirement of Dr. Rob Hardeman. Dr Grundy is the founder of Anglezarke Life Sciences. He was previously CEO of CIGA Healthcare Ltd and Director of Commercial Development and Licensing at Almac Discovery. Rob’s main focus is on the [...]

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Tourism NI invests £200k in Augmented Reality Challenge

By |2018-10-24T11:27:02+00:00Oct 24th, 2018|ICT & Digital|

Tourism NI has launched a competition to inspire innovation in augmented reality (AR) amongst the local technology and tourism industries with a £200,000 prize fund. Technology companies are being encouraged to partner with the tourism industry to develop solutions to help visitors in Northern Ireland find and encounter new experiences [...]

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Would you like to join the MATRIX Panel?

By |2018-10-08T13:56:29+00:00Oct 5th, 2018|Advanced Materials & Engineering, Creative Technology, Education & Research, ICT & Digital, Life & Health Sciences|

MATRIX, the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel, is looking for new members. The panel, which was established in 2006, is an industry led group which advises government and informs academia and industry on the commercial exploitation of R&D and science & technology in Northern Ireland. One of its primary aims [...]

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Sep 2018

Steve Orr named as new Catalyst Inc CEO

By |2018-09-28T16:50:21+00:00Sep 28th, 2018|STEM|

Catalyst Inc announces today that entrepreneur and current Director of Connect, Steve Orr, has been appointed as CEO of Catalyst Inc, replacing our Deputy Chair Dr Norman Apsley OBE, who has held the position for eighteen years. Steve will take up the role on 1 November 2018. With a degree [...]

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Future Screens NI wins £13m AHRC investment

By |2018-09-12T11:49:53+00:00Sep 12th, 2018|Creative Technology|

A cross sector creative partnership, Future Screens NI, which is a collaboration between Queen’s, Ulster University and local industry partners, has announced a £13 million investment to secure the future of the creative industries in Northern Ireland. The new Creative Industries R&D partnership has been established to accelerate growth through [...]

Aug 2018

Universities collaborate on Belfast City Deal

By |2018-08-28T13:38:04+00:00Aug 28th, 2018|Education & Research|

Ulster University and Queen’s University Belfast have announced their commitment to work together to support innovation and drive economic growth across the region. Through an unprecedented collaborative approach, both institutions are currently developing integrated projects in key sectors, such as Digital, Creative Industries, Advanced Manufacturing and Health, to invigorate the [...]

Institute of Physics to hold a Technical Careers Fair in Derry

By |2018-08-17T16:08:18+00:00Aug 17th, 2018|Advanced Materials & Engineering, STEM, Year of Engineering|

This year's IOP Technical Careers Fair will take place on Friday 9th November 2018 from 10am to 2pm in The Student Zone, North West Regional College, Strand Road, Derry/Londonderry. Registration will open in September on the IOP Conferences website. Last year's fair was  widely welcomed for its clear advice to [...]