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10 Key Facts About Queen's

Queen's is a member of the Russell Group of the UK's 24 leading research-intensive institutions and is home to more than 17,000 students and 3,000 staff.

In the era of the knowledge-based economy, the University is playing an increasingly important role in economic development. Its research plays a pivotal role in underpinning Northern Ireland's industrial base and it makes a significant contribution to wealth and job creation. Around 50 companies have emanated from Queen's research, creating over 1,000 jobs.

In the last Research Assessment Exercise, Queen's had 11 subject areas ranked within the top 10 in the UK and 24 in the top 20.

Queen’s has more than 250 buildings, some 120 of them listed as being of architectural merit. Other Queen’s premises are at the Royal Victoria and City Hospitals, Newforge Lane, and the Marine Biology Station at Portaferry. The best known image of Queen’s is the dignified façade of the Lanyon Building which features in all kinds of media.

Queen’s is proud of its pioneering record on social equality issues. The University’s Charter of 1908 guaranteed women equal eligibility to hold any office and enjoy any advantage of Queen’s – 12 years before women were admitted to Oxford and a full decade before they were given the vote. Full rights for women students had already been granted in the 1880s. The 1908 Charter, which consolidated the principle of non-denominational teaching, also made trailblazing provision for student representation on the Senate, the governing body of the University.

Queen’s makes a huge contribution to Northern Ireland’s professional life. Most doctors and dentists, architects and lawyers, pharmacists and psychologists, nurses and engineers are graduates of Queen’s, as are many of its leading managers, teachers, scientists, social workers, accountants and clergy of every denomination.

Queen’s outlook and reputation are truly global.  More than 70 countries are represented in the student community and a high proportion of its academic staff are from outside Northern Ireland. Queen's family of 100,000 graduates are making their mark all over the world in fields as diverse as physics, surgery, civil engineering, agriculture, archaeology and music.

Approximately 1,200 international students currently study at Queen's, benefiting from one of the lowest costs of living in the UK, as deemed by the British Council.

The University is central to the artistic and cultural life of Northern Ireland. The Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s, the internationally-acclaimed showcase of the performing and visual arts, is one of the bedrocks of the University’s contribution to the community. The University is also home to the Naughton Gallery at Queen’s, and to a full-time cinema, the Queen’s Film Theatre. The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry underpins Queen’s reputation as a world literary force.

Queen’s is investing over £200 million in new staff and improved facilities to improve its research performance, increase its international standing and raise entry standards.