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History

QUESTOR was set up at the Queen's University of Belfast in 1989 with 12 industry members. Its business model was based on the highly successful US NSF Programme of Industry/University Co-operative Research Centres.

In 1996 Queen's University was awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education in recognition of the success of the QUESTOR Centre.

In 2005 QUESTOR began a strategy of internationalisation, agreeing partnerships with 11 institutions in Europe, USA, Canada and China. These were: Stevens Institute of Technology (USA); The University of Duisburg-Essen and IWW Water Centre (Germany); Dublin City University and Dundalk Institute of Technology (Ireland); Cranfield University and Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (UK); Dalhouise University (Canada); Liaoning Shihua (Petrochemical) University and Dalian University of Technology (China).

This change in business model gave members access to a wide network of expertise and in turn academics at partner institutions were able to submit proposals for funding to the Industrial Advisory Board. This also led to successful applications for collaborative funding for projects such as ATWARM.

Following recent changes in QUESTOR in 2014, this formal partnership structure was re-evaluated. The Centre now maintains its international collaborations with partners only through externally funded projects.

Cutting the QUESTOR 25th anniversary cake
Photo caption: Professor Mike Larkin (left), Dr Wilson McGarel and Professor Jim Swindall cut the celebration cake to mark 25 years of QUESTOR in May 2014.

QUESTOR was successful in 2011 with a £5 million application to host a NI Competence Centre. This was officially launched in 2013 and now operates as a sister centre to QUESTOR - the Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy 

In its 25 years of operation QUESTOR has supported more than 100 projects, which included more than 90 PhD studentships, across a range of scientific disciplines. In the last 10 years alone it has leveraged £46.2 million in funding for research with member companies against a membership income of £1.8 million.

Contact Information

The Questor Centre
David Keir Building
Stranmillis Road
Belfast BT9 5AG

Tel +4428 9097 5577
Fax +4428 9066 1462
Email questor@qub.ac.uk

   

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