Queen’s University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group 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, with a student-centred ethos, rooted at the heart of Northern Ireland.
The University has won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education on seven occasions - the most recent being for world-class achievement in Shared Education and global cyber security. Cancer Services, world-class achievement in green chemistry, environmental research, palaeoecology and law have received the Award. The University has also been honoured by Northern Ireland’s first Regius Professorship, awarded by Her Majesty The Queen for excellence in electronics and computer engineering. Queen’s is ranked 22nd in the world for international outlook (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020) and ranked ninth in the world for research collaboration, Queen’s is globally connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world.
The University is ranked number one in the UK for commercialising research (Octopus Venues 2019) and for its participation in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP). With more than 24,000 students and 4,200 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 sustainability, and from pharmaceuticals to creative writing.