The Quad - Queen's University Belfast



The venue for the Higher Education For Democratic Innovation Global Forum 2014 is Riddel Hall, Queen's University Belfast.


Riddel Hall

Queen’s first admitted women in 1882 and Riddel Hall was founded and endowed in 1913 by Eliza and, her sister, Isabella Riddel, who donated £25,000 for the establishment of a residence for female students and teachers at Queen’s.

A building of significant architectural and historical value, Riddel Hall is the subject of Gillian McClelland's Pioneering Women: Riddel Hall and Queen's University Belfast (Belfast: Ulster Historical Foundation, 2005). 

It is now home to Queen's University Management School, the William J Clinton Leadership Institute, the Institute of Directors (IOD) and the Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy, Learning and Development (NICPLD). 

Riddel Hall is located on the Stranmillis Road and is a ten-minute walk from the main campus. For directions to Riddel Hall, please click here.


Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities, providing world-class education underpinned by world-class research.

Founded as Queen’s College in 1845, it became a university in its own right in 1908. Today, it is an international centre of research and education rooted at the heart of Northern Ireland.

With a total of 18,000 students and 3,700 staff, it is a dynamic and diverse institution, a magnet for inward investment, a patron of the arts and a global player in areas ranging from cancer studies to conflict transformation and social justice, and from pharmaceuticals to creative writing.

The University is situated in a tree lined Victorian suburb renowned for its restaurants, bars, theatres and fine architecture. For a campus map, click here.


Notable Alumni and Honorary Graduates 

Queen’s graduates are household names, not just in Northern Ireland but around the world, and have included figures such as Mary McAleese (LLB 1973), eighth President of Ireland and Poet and nobel laureate, Seamus Heaney (BA Eng 1961; DLit 1982). To find out more about the contribution of Queen’s alumni to all walks of life, click here. Bill Clinton (LLD 2001), Sir David Attenborough (DSc 2013) and Senator George Mitchell (LLD 1997) are among the University's honorary graduates.