Founded as Queen’s College in 1845, Queen’s University Belfast 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 more than 3,700 members of staff and a turnover of over £315 million.

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.