Vision for the Future

Queen’s University Belfast is unique. It is a leading university in the UK and Ireland, which combines an international reputation for excellence in research and education with a leadership role in the community it serves . 

The University’s proud academic tradition stretches back over 160 years. Established by Queen Victoria in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges in Ireland, Queen’s received its Royal Charter from King Edward VII in 1908, becoming an independent university in its own right.

Today, Queen’s influence far transcends its geographical location. As a Russell Group University it is a global force in research. The results of the most recent national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) identified areas of world-class research across all academic disciplines at Queen’s. This excellent outcome reinforced Queen’s position as a university leading the way in areas central to society’s future, including engineering, medicine, the humanities and the professions.

Queen’s is now on a transformational journey which will bring it into the Global Top 100 over the next five years. The global dimension is crucial to its future success. Queen’s already places Northern Ireland firmly on the world stage. Its researchers work closely with more than 250 universities around the world and the University is committed to enhancing these links still further. Among its dynamic partnerships are academic links with leading institutions in India, Malaysia, China, North America, Japan and Australia.

Queen’s students – the leaders of tomorrow – are its lifeblood, and the University is committed to ensuring that they have the best learning experience possible. As the tangible benefits of a £259 million investment in staff, students and infrastructure come to life, this is truer than ever.

Major projects include the magnificent new £50 million Library which opened for business in summer 2009. This landmark building is one of the finest university libraries in the world, housing 1.2 million volumes and 2,000 reader places.

The development of the Elms Student Village, and extensive refurbishment of the Students’ Union, has helped to create one of the best student campuses in the United Kingdom and Ireland. And the excellence of the University’s state-of-the-art Physical Education Centre, one of the best university sports facilities in these islands, is underlined by its selection as a training camp for Olympic athletes in the 2012 London Games.

Major new buildings include ECIT, the University’s Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology, the centrepiece of the Northern Ireland Science Park in Titanic Quarter, and the world-leading Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology on the Belfast City Hospital campus.

Current projects include large scale refurbishment programme of research and teaching buildings on the Engineering and Physical Sciences campus is under way, with phased completion between now and 2013.

The campus is also home to a range of major arts initiatives - the award-winning Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s, the Queen’s Film Theatre, the only art cinema in Northern Ireland, and the Naughton art gallery, which enrich the lives of Queen’s staff, students and the wider community.

The University’s greatest strengths have always been its staff and students who together make up an exceptional learning community.

From Nobel prize winners to medical pioneers, and from political and business leaders to leading figures in science and the arts, the Queen’s family has made its mark in the professions, in business and in civic and political life throughout the world.

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