With almost 19,000 undergraduates and nearly 5,000 postgraduates, Queen’s is a dynamic and diverse institution at the heart of the city’s cultural, arts and social scenes. It is one of the largest employers in Belfast and each year contributes more than £700 million to the Northern Ireland economy. To date it has developed 66 spin-out companies with a combined turnover of £171 million. The university is a magnet for inward investment, a patron of the arts and a global player in fields ranging from cancer studies to sustainability, and from pharmaceuticals to creative writing. Of its student body, 11% are from outside the UK, as are 42% of its academic staff.
In the most recent assessment of research quality in UK universities, 25% of the university’s research was rated world-leading and a further 52% rated internationally excellent. The university has won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize on six occasions; for Northern Ireland's Comprehensive Cancer Services programme and for world-class achievement in green chemistry, environmental research, palaeoecology, cyber-security and law.
The case studies below are just a snapshot of the range of activity taking place at Queen's University Belfast. From world-class research and collaboration with industry to innovative programmes designed to improve access for all students to higher education.