Why choose Queen's?

10 Key Facts About Queen's

  • Queen's is one of the Top 20 UK universities out of a total of more than 170 which have been independently assessed to measure both the quality of teaching and the excellence of research.
  • The main University campus is the size of a small town, situated within the three designated conservation areas. More than 250 buildings make up the University, half of which are listed as being of special architectural merit.
  • Queen's has about 17,500 full-time and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students, plus a further 10,000 enrolled part-time students in the Institute of Lifelong Learning. Around 7,000 full-time and part-time students come to Queen's each year and the total number of primary degrees awarded annually is more than 3,000, with around 1,200 higher degrees also being gained.
  • Most professional people in Northern Ireland are graduates of Queen's.
  • A high proportion of senior management and academic staff are from outside Northern Ireland, including the Chancellor, Senator George Mitchell.
  • More than 30 new companies have been created in recent years to exploit the business potential of Queen's research.
  • The Belfast Festival at Queen's is an internationally-acclaimed showcase of the performing and visual arts. Although centred on the Queen's campus, it is a 'town & gown' celebration, with many events staged in world-class venues such as the Grand Opera House and Waterfront Hall.
  • More than 3,500 employees, including nearly 1,600 teaching and research staff, make Queen's one of Belfast's biggest employers.
  • The award-winning Queen's Film Theatre is one of the few cinemas to be operated by a university anywhere. The two-screen QFT has been presenting the best contemporary and classic movies in very comfortable surroundings since the 1960s.
  • The best known image of Queen's internationally is the dignified red-brick façade of the Lanyon Building which features in tourist brochures, postcards, Irish banknotes and credit cards. It has recently been refurbished, including the highly-acclaimed transformation of its Great Hall.