This is a university with a rich heritage and a history, producing Nobel Laureates, leading global academics and national and international leaders over the last 160 years. I am honoured and proud to have been asked to lead this outstanding institution as its 12th President and Vice-Chancellor.
The spirit of leadership, innovation and discovery is alive and well throughout Queen’s. We are part of the Russell Group of the UK’s 24 leading research-intensive universities. On six occasions we have won Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Further and Higher Education – for our world-class achievements in cancer research, environmental research, palaeoecology, law, cyber security and green chemistry, with the ionic liquids developed by our scientists named the most important British innovation of the 21st century.
The impact of Queen’s on society at home and across the world continues to grow. There are research collaborations with global industries such as Petronas and InfoSys, clinical trials in a partnership with the Northern Ireland company Almac Discovery helping in the development of a new cancer drug, the ambitious NICOLA project a major population study, and we are leading research into eye disease, diabetes and genetic illnesses.
We encourage individual achievement and we support the growth of innovation. The award-winning Students in Free Enterprise initiative helps to improve the lives of disadvantaged people everywhere from Belfast to Uganda while more than 60 businesses have been created from ideas which originated at Queen’s.
A dynamic curriculum attuned to the needs of students and their future employers is central to our teaching and learning. Our academics win awards for teaching excellence and our students develop entrepreneurial skills which will help them to grow professionally and as global citizens.
This is a university that has achieved a great deal in its distinguished history. By working together to realize our ambitions we will ensure that we achieve much more.
Professor Patrick Johnston
President and Vice-Chancellor