Welcome from the Vice Chancellor
As President and Vice Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, I would like to thank you for showing an interest in the position of Faculty Pro-Vice Chancellor.
Queen’s is one of the top 200 universities worldwide, ranked at 173 in the QS World University Rankings 2020. With an annual turnover in excess of £370 million, over 23,000 students and 4,000 staff, our university plays a unique leadership role in Northern Ireland, contributing £1.9 billion to the UK economy. This website provides you with all the information you will need about these senior roles and the Faculties they lead, as well the wider University.
I am proud of the positive impact that we make on society and the economy in Northern Ireland, supporting the communities that we serve. This impact reflects both the strengths of Queen’s and our approach to partnership and collaborative working. Our Social Charter for example, reaffirms our commitment to engaging with society and celebrates the many ways our students and staff make a valuable contribution to our local community. The University is also playing a key role in the Belfast Region City Deal, leading on a number of innovation projects that will have a transformative effect on the local economy.
Providing a world-class education and student experience is always a priority in our thinking. For example, we recently launched a new campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues for our students and staff. Last year our international student population increased by 11% and this will continue to be a focus for us moving forward. Ranked 22nd in the world for international outlook, we are a diverse institution with almost 700 international staff and over 3,000 international students from over 88 different countries.
As a member of the Russell Group of UK research intensive universities, we are continually looking to strengthen our culture of research ambition, tackling global challenges such as Food Security, Cyber Security and Global Peace, Security & Justice. The University was ranked 8th in the UK for Research Intensity by Times Higher Education with over 75% of our research assessed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in REF 2014. In research innovation, our impact has been recognised by seven Queen’s Anniversary Prizes, the most recent just this year for our work on shared education. We have also just been ranked No 1 in the UK for commercialising our research through spinout companies.
We are globally connected from our home in Belfast with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally. Amongst our dynamic partnerships are academic links with leading institutions in America, China, India, the Middle East and Asia.
During the 2019-20 academic year, we are developing our new Strategic Plan which will reflect the changing external environment and new opportunities. It will be an exciting time to come and join us on our journey as we continue to ‘Shape a Better World’.
- Professor Ian Greer
- President & Vice Chancellor