Levelling up skills and investment for Northern Ireland

28 September 2021


Between 2014 and 2020, more than 12,900 new jobs were created by spinouts linked to Queen’s University Belfast. Those 295 active companies had a combined turnover of £1.5bn and brought £553m of investment to the region. 

In addition to the high value jobs created by their business spin-out activities, Queen’s University Belfast currently employs over 4,300 staff, an increase of 16.7% over the last 5 years. 

How universities are helping in Northern Ireland

Queen’s University Belfast - revolutionising online security

A cutting-edge cyber security cluster based at Queen's University Belfast is building a new pipeline of skilled workers as well as collaborating with public and private sector organisations to establish Northern Ireland as a leading investment location for international projects.

Universities aren’t just about graduates and skills; they are also about driving social and economic change, change that can transform people’s lives through the power of education and innovation. A key metric of a university’s performance is its economic impact, and Queen’s contributes £1.9 billion per year to the local economy.

—  Professor Ian Greer, President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast


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