Our impact


Research Impact

Global Research Leadership

Queen's brings together researchers across disciplines to address some of the greatest societal challenges of our time.

• Joint 8th in the UK for research intensity.
• Ranked in the top 20 for research quality and impact.
• Over 75 per cent of our research rated as world class or internationally leading.

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Research at Queens 2016-2021

Our research strategy

Making a global impact through excellence in research and innovation is central to what we do at Queen’s.

It is our purpose and responsibility to take on major global challenges, and to find answers that will help to build a better society.

Research at Queens (PDF)


Bringing together a critical mass of excellent researchers working in world class facilities, we have four flagships for interdisciplinary research tackling some of the greatest global issues of our age.


The Institute for Global Food Security

The Institute aims to play a major role in delivering safe, sustainable and authentic food to the world’s population, and has become globally recognised for its excellence in research.

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The Institute for Health Sciences

The Institute addresses disease areas which affect populations worldwide: cancer, respiratory conditions, eye disease and diabetes, working closely with the health sector to ensure the broadest possible impact.

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The Institute of Electronics, Communications

and Information Technology
With more of our information held digitally, communicated wirelessly and connected across devices, significant challenges are emerging which are being tackled by ECIT.

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The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute

for Global Peace, Security and Justice
The Institute links peace-making with social transformation, examining the need for reform of state institutions alongside cultural and social healing.

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Our impact

Case studies and publications

Learn more about the real world impact our ground-breaking research is having across the globe by reading our case studies and 'DNA of Innovation' series of research publications.

Case studies

Pioneer Research Programmes

Our Pioneer Research Programmes provide the scope for novel collaborations, creating space for the rapid development of new ideas which will address emerging societal challenges.

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Understanding what works

in tackling social problems through early intervention

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Securing sustainable,

affordable energy supplies

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Designing smart manufacturing

systems for tomorrow's world

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Better understanding

Links between risk and social inequality

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Using advanced technologies

to improve healthcare outcomes

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Optimising treatment

of cancer patients using radiation

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Support for Impact

Impact support for researchers

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