Welcome from Professor Ellen Douglas Cowie

Professor David Jones
Professor David Jones Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education and Students

Dear Applicant

I am delighted that you are holding an offer of a place at Queen’s University Belfast. The contents of this website explain what happens next in the Admissions process and what you need to do in order to prepare for university life. I would encourage you to read it carefully and contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Studying at University
Studying at university is an exciting experience. It allows you to explore areas of real interest to you in depth. At Queen’s you will follow a curriculum (whatever your subject) that is research-led. Queen’s staff are internationally recognized for their research and that research informs the curriculum. This means that you will learn about how knowledge is developing rather than acquire a static body of knowledge from a text book or the internet. We don’t just give you information that you learn for an exam – we ask you to engage with us, think critically about what you have been told, argue with it, bring a different perspective and listen to what fellow students have to say.

Skills for Employment
You may not yet be thinking about what you are going to do at the end of your time at university! But it is important to realise early on that the way you learn at university will prepare you for employment. Here at Queen’s we work closely with employers and alumni to develop your employability through employer attuned courses, and local and international opportunities for work and study placements. You will also find that a range of skills beyond your specific subject that employers want are embedded in your degree – skills in thinking and reasoning, practical and social skills relevant to the workplace, communicative skills, interpersonal and team skills. These are the skills that employers want alongside up to date knowledge in your subject area.

Outside of your academic degree there are also opportunities for you at Queen’s to widen your experience in ways that will further equip you for the job market when you graduate. You can add a Degree Plus award to your degree by participating in a range of activities (eg voluntary work, short courses, clubs and societies) that count towards this award and develop your skills set.

Life at Queen’s
Life at university can be one of the best periods of your life. As with anything, the more you put into it the more you will get out of it. We realise that the transition into university life can take some time to get used to – there is, after all, a lot to take on board!

When you join us in September, your academic School will have in place an induction process to help you to make that transition and to orientate you to your new surroundings. You will meet your Personal Tutor who will talk to you about your timetable, explain what is expected of you as a student, and generally help to introduce you to university life. You will get your timetable for the induction week in early September.

There will also be a range of activities put on centrally by the University during Welcome Week, including events in the Students’ Union and the Elms Student Village for those of you who are planning to live in university accommodation. These events are designed to help you get to know other students, as well as prepare you for university life.

It just remains for me to say once again how much we are looking forward to welcoming you to Queen’s and to ensuring that your time as a student is rewarding and enjoyable. I wish you all the very best for the summer, especially those of you who have recently taken exams.

If, in the meantime, you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact staff in our Admissions and Access Service on 028 9097 3838 in the first instance. They will be happy to take your query or point you in the right direction.


Professor David Jones
Education and Students


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