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About Queen's

The ninth oldest University in the UK, the beautiful campus — where long-established meets modern-day — displays the rich history and academic heritage of Queen’s as well as its contemporary ethos, extensive investment and state-of-the-art facilities.

The University’s enduring focus is on quality teaching, research excellence and a student-centred culture. A member of the Russell Group, it is ranked joint 1st in the UK for research intensity (Complete University Guide 2021), while 10 subject areas are ranked in the top 200 in the world (QS World Rankings by Subject 2021). Our global reputation is building.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2022) placed Queen’s 17th in the world for international outlook and according to U-Multirank 2020, positions us in the top 25 universities for international joint publications. Global partnerships continue to grow and we are forging alliances with leading institutions in America, China, India, the Middle East and Asia. Queen’s plays a key role in Northern Ireland’s social and economic development.

The University is renowned for its strengths in enterprise and innovation, and was ranked 1st in the UK as the most entrepreneurial university in 2019 and 2020 (Octopus Ventures Impact Rankings). Queen’s has grown from a small cohort of students in 1845 to today’s thriving multi-cultural University of 4,300 staff and 25,000 students, 3,500 of them from 96 different countries.

This has been a uniquely challenging year for the whole Queen’s community but the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated our resilience, our world-leading research, our willingness and ability to ‘rise to the challenge’ and our unwavering commitment to our students. We have a central role in the development of the BRCD. We are accelerating economic growth in Northern Ireland, ensuring a talent pipeline of fully equipped, future-ready graduates to meet demand.