Queen's University Belfast

Universitas Reginas Belfastum

United Kingdom

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.

As a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities, Queen's is building on its tradition of excellence to secure a future for its students - the leaders of tomorrow. They can look forward to being taught to the highest standards by academics who are both world-class teachers and researchers.

Queen's is currently investing over £200 million in students, staff and facilities.

Our distinctive campus is further enhanced by the new landmark McClay library, redevelopment of the Elms student village, and major refurbishment of the Physical Education Centre and the Students' Union.  Academic developments range from a substantial expansion in Medicine to new postgraduate courses in Governance and Sustainable Development, from the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology to the Sonic Arts Research Centre, and from the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry to novel approaches to "green technology".

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Key staff:

Chancellor: Thomas Moran

Vice Chancellor: Patrick Johnston 


The University has won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education on five occasions – for Northern Ireland's Comprehensive Cancer Services programme and for world-class achievement in green chemistry, environmental research, palaeoecology and law.

QUB has achieved four prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Awards.

Queen’s received the award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts in 2008, was awarded the title of the UK’s Entrepreneurial University of the Year in 2009, won the Outstanding Engineering Research Team of the Year category in 2010 and received the Most Innovative Teacher of the Year Award in 2011.

Key facts:

Established: 1810

Academic Staff: 2,414

Administrative Staff: 1,489

Students: 24,995

Affiliations: Russell Group, ACU, EUA, Universities UK, Universities Ireland.