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Facts and Figures

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 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 100 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 and Riddel Hall.  We’ll invest a further £350 million over the next ten years.