Ulster Museum: National Museums Northern Ireland announces university partnerships

National Museums Northern Ireland announces university partnerships

Simon Stephens, 10.04.2019
Aim is to boost cultural research, maximise public engagement and share expertise
National Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI) has formed research partnerships with two universities, it was announced this week. 

NMNI will collaborate with Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University to advance cultural research, maximise public engagement and share expertise.

“These exciting partnerships open up new areas of research and focus for NMNI and the universities involved,” said William Blair, the director of collections at NMNI.

“Through close cooperation, utilising the talent pool and our collective expertise, we can continue to highlight the importance and value of our museums through integration with cutting-edge research to improve public awareness and knowledge of our collections.”

As well as increasing awareness of opportunities for cross-institutional research, the partnerships will also support the development of staff and students.

“Queen’s has enjoyed an excellent relationship with NMNI over the years, especially the neighbouring Ulster Museum,” said Ian Greer, the president and vice-chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast. “We are very proud of the collaborations we have had in the past and look forward to sharing our collective expertise and working closely together in the future.”

Paddy Nixon, the vice-chancellor and president at Ulster University, said: “Building on Ulster University’s expertise in the creative industries, we will be working together on areas including research collaboration on projects and PhD topics, student placements opportunities, public engagement and sharing of faculties, training and resources.

“By combining our respective knowledge, experiences and expertise, this partnership will deliver real benefits for our cultural heritage, our staff and ultimately for the general public.”

Students from both universities will have the chance to take part in museum projects. Placements will also be available.