Research strategy

Our aim

To be distinguished by our academic strengths and recognised globally for the social, economic and cultural benefit we deliver through our research

Excellence in research and innovation,
and making a positive global impact,
are central to what we do at Queen’s
University Belfast.

  Research at Queens 2016-2021 (PDF)

 Research at Queens

Research priorities


Promoting excellence

in research ambition

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Tackling global challenges

through supporting new interactions

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Fostering a vibrant community

by growing our postgraduate family

Our environment


Valuing all contributions

We will tackle cross-disciplinary research priorities.

We will approach issues of global significance and encourage rounded contributions to research life.


A nurturing environment

Queen’s seeks to provide the flexibility for talent to flourish.

We draw postgraduate and postdoctoral students into our wider research culture, and provide the highest-quality learning and training environment.

Research student

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Eighth in the UK for research intensity

This positive reflection on our research environment provides a strong foundation from which to embark on the next phase of research development at Queen’s, which has started with the development of our Research Strategy 2015 – 2020.

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Support for researchers

With our researchers and research support staff we will work to create an inspiring research environment, that nurtures talent and rewards outstanding leadership and excellence.


Research Internationalisation

Supporting the creation of international research partnerships and access to international funding streams

And attracting the most talented international research staff and students.


Research impact and environment

Maximising the potential for our research to deliver academic, societal and economic impact.

Creating and sustaining a world-class research environment characterised by cutting-edge facilities, linked with high-quality training and professional support.

Head of research policy

Karis Hewitt

Research contacts

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