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About Queen's

Lanyon building viewed from the north west

Queen's University Belfast was founded as Queen’s College in 1845, before becoming a university in its own right in 1908. Today, it is an international centre of research and education and a major part of the fabric of Northern Ireland.

An international institution

Queen’s is in the top one per cent of global universities.

With more than 23,000 students and 3,700 staff, it is a dynamic and diverse institution, a magnet for inward investment, a major employer and investor, a patron of the arts and a global player in areas ranging from cancer studies to sustainability, and from pharmaceuticals to creative writing.

World-leading research

Queen's is a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities, alongside Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College London.

In the UK top ten for research intensity  

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results placed Queen’s joint 8th in the UK for research intensity, with over 75 per cent of Queen’s researchers undertaking world-class or internationally leading research.

The University also has 14 subject areas ranked within the UK’s top 20 and 76 per cent of its research classified in the top two categories of world leading and internationally excellent. 

This validates Queen’s as a University with world-class researchers carrying out world-class or internationally leading research.

Globally recognised education

The University has won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education on five occasions – for Northern Ireland's Comprehensive Cancer Services programme and for world-class achievement in green chemistry, environmental research, palaeoecology and law.

10 Key Facts About Queen's

  • Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s 24 leading research-intensive universities.
  • We are the ninth oldest university in the UK.
  • We are among the top one per cent of global universities.

  • We are a UK top ten research-intensive university.
  • We are one of the largest employers in Belfast with 3,700 staff.

  • We attract students and staff from all over the world. We currently have over 1,400 international students from over 80 countries.
  • We have over 150,000 alumni in more than 120 countries.
  • Queen’s is a Top 50 UK employer for women and is the lead UK university in tackling the unequal representation of women in science and engineering. We hold 11 SWAN departmental Awards, including two Gold, as well as an institutional Silver Award.
  • Each year, Queen’s contributes over £700m to the Northern Ireland economy.
  • We are ranked number one in the UK for participation in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) and are the UK leader in terms of spin-out activity. To date, we have developed over 60 spin-out companies with a combined turnover of £171m and the creation of over 1,500 jobs.
  • Queen’s has more than 250 buildings, some 120 of them listed as being of architectural merit. Over the past decade we have invested almost £350 million to provide exceptional facilities for our staff and students, including the award-winning McClay Library, the Elms Village, Riddel Hall and the new Graduate School. We’ll invest a further £350 million over the next ten years

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