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Five Queen’s Anniversary Prizes

For world-class achievement in cancer research, green chemistry, environmental research, palaeoecology and law

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Our vision

Our aim is simple: to be distinguished by our academic strengths and recognised globally for the social, economic and cultural benefit we deliver through our research.

We want to be recognised globally for the social, economic and cultural benefit it delivers, Queen’s is an inspiring research environment that nurtures talent and rewards outstanding leadership and excellence.

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An ambitious, connected community

We hope to promote excellence, provide the environment for talent to flourish, and encourage contributions from all our students.

Through cross-disciplinary partnerships, our research addresses global issues and attracts the most talented international staff and students.

A global player

Queen's is home to over 1,000 researchers and 60 research groupings across 20 research-led Schools and Institutes


Global Food Security

At a time when the world’s population is growing at its fastest ever rate, food security is a major global challenge.

The Institute for Global Food Security aims to play a major role in delivering safe, sustainable and authentic food to the world’s population, and has become globally recognised for its excellence in research.

The Institute for Global Food Security
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Peace, Security and Justice

How can societies emerging from violence establish peace? How can issues of justice and security be resolved?

The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice links peace-making with social transformation, examining the need for reform of state institutions alongside cultural and social healing. It brings together researchers from fields as diverse as politics and computer engineering.

The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

A member of the Russell Group

As one of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities, Queen's is committed to the highest standards of research, education and knowledge transfer


Technologies for a Future Digital Society

How can we secure, process and transmit the information created by citizens, enterprise and government? How can we accelerate the adoption of innovation to deliver economic impact?

The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology is host to the award winning UK Innovation & Knowledge Centre for cyber security, The Centre for Secure Information Technologies, ECIT also houses The Centre for Wireless Innovation and The Centre for Data Science and Scalable Analytics Systems.

Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology

Global health

The Institute for Health Sciences addresses disease areas which affect populations worldwide: cancer, respiratory conditions, eye disease and diabetic vascular complications.

These priority disease areas share processes and mechanisms. The Institute focuses on common areas such as immunology, innate immune responses and aspects of infection, and works in partnership with the health sector and the pharmaceutical and biotech industries to ensure advances in therapeutics have the broadest possible impact.

The University has won five Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Further and Higher Education – for world-class achievement in cancer research, green chemistry, environmental research, palaeoecology and law

Advanced materials

Producing advanced materials

ANSIN, an international research centre – set up with major international partners including Seagate – is a hub for an expanding area of research: advanced materials.

We have now been named an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training, producing high-quality graduates to support the needs of this new technology.

ANSIN site
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The most important innovation of the 21st century

This was the accolade given to Queen's by the Science Museum in London.

Its research is helping the oil and gas industry to become safer and more environmentally friendly. The Director of Queen's University Ionic Liquid Laboratories (QUILL), Professor Ken Seddon, was named the UK’s top chemist in Times Higher Education’s listing of the world’s Top 100 Chemists of the Past Decade.

QUILL site

No 1 in the UK

for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

A leading role in manufacturing

The Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre plays a leading role in the manufacturing sector in Northern Ireland and beyond.

Officially opened in January 2012, the industry led centre, hosted by Queen's, is a technology hub for the research and development of advanced engineering and materials technologies, particularly in the area of composites technologies.

NIACE website

Joint 8th in the UK for Research Intensity

Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014)

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