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Queen's confirmed as top 20 UK University

Queen’s University has established itself in the premier league of UK research-intensive universities.

The UK wide research assessment exercise (RAE), announced today, shows Queen’s has 11 subject areas ranked within the top 10 in the UK and 24 in the top 20. With almost 800 staff submitted, every area had research assessed as world leading.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Gregson said: “Queen’s has strengthened its reputation as a major force in research. The research power index, which measures the quality and quantity of research, places us in the top 20 universities in the UK.

“Northern Ireland has, in Queen’s, a world-class university and today’s results demonstrate that Queen’s is a world leader in areas central to our future including: engineering, medicine and the humanities.

“With all of engineering in the top 10, Queen’s is well placed to make a really strong contribution to economic development and the Programme for Government in Northern Ireland. We have cemented our position in the professions as reflected by excellent performances in Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, Education and Management.”

Professor Gregson also highlighted the University’s strong performance in English and Music.

“Queen’s contribution to the Northern Ireland economy can be seen in its capacity to lever significant inward investment. Over the past seven years the university has received £160 million of government funding and leveraged an additional £261 million of external research funding.

“This money is subject to competition and our RAE performance shows that we can compete effectively with the best universities in the UK. This in turn means Northern Ireland is competitive nationally and internationally.”

Professor Gregson said the future of Northern Ireland as a successful knowledge-based economy was dependent upon there being a world-class university within the region.

"The announcement last month that Queen’s is to host the £25 million National Centre for Secure Information Technology is a good example of how the research investment in Queen’s, highlighted in the RAE results, generates high quality research, and benefits directly the citizens of Northern Ireland"
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