2020 is a special anniversary year for Queen's

It's 175 years since the establishment of the Queen's Colleges in Belfast, Cork and Galway, and the beginning of our history as a university.

Since 1845, our world-leading researchers, pioneering students and inspirational alumni have been making a difference to society in Belfast and across the world.

View our virtual celebration event here on Tuesday, 10 November at 7.00pm (GMT), and hear stories of Queen's contribution through the years via this 175th anniversary website and podcasts.

Virtual Celebration Event

Watch as we award Honorary Degrees to four Presidents of the Learned Societies in the UK and Ireland, hear from our Chancellor, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and a royal reflection of 175 years of Queen’s University.

Honorary Graduates

In order to mark this important anniversary year, we are delighted to welcome into our University community, the Presidents of the British Academy, the Royal Irish Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Academy of Medical Sciences:

Professor Dame Anne Glover
President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
Professor Peter Kennedy
Immediate past President of the Royal Irish Academy
Professor Sir Robert Lechler
President of the Academy of Medical Sciences
Professor Sir David Cannadine
President of the British Academy
Honorary Graduate profiles

175th Anniversary Messages

Watch a congratulatory message from the First Minister Arlene Foster.

Making a difference for 175 years

From medical breakthroughs and improving cancer care, to protecting the online security of internet users and transforming the education sector in Northern Ireland, Queen’s touches the lives of thousands of people every day. Explore our contributions below and listen to the podcasts in each section.


A timeline of the Queen's story

Queen’s is one of the UK and Ireland’s leading universities and continues to grow its global reputation for teaching and research.

The ninth oldest university in the UK, the beautiful campus symbolises both the rich history and academic heritage of Queen’s.

Founded in 1845, Queen’s has grown from a small cohort of students to a thriving multi-cultural community of over 4,200 staff and 24,000 students.

Explore some of the key events in the Queen's story.

View the timeline