Queen’s University, Belfast

Founded in 1845, Queen’s University in Belfast is the United Kingdom’s ninth oldest university and was founded by Queen Victoria as a non-denominational educational facility that was an alternative to Trinity College Dublin and controlled by the Anglican church at that time. This dynamic and diverse institution has seen student numbers grow exponentially from 600 students in 1909 to over 23,000 today from over 80 countries.


Queen’s University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group and is a world-class research facility committed to maintaining the highest standards in research and education. It is this dedication that won it six Queen’s Anniversary prizes for its outstanding contribution made by a University in the United Kingdom. Some of these awards include;

  • Northern Ireland’s Comprehensive Cancer Services programme;
  • world-class achievement in green chemistry;
  • environmental research;
  • palaeoecology and law.

Queen’s was also successful in achieving five prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) awards further recognising the University’s contribution to society. Queen’s received the award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts in 2008, was awarded the title of the UK’s Entrepreneurial University of the Year in 2009, won the Outstanding Engineering Research Team of the Year category in 2010 and received the Most Innovative Teacher of the Year Award in 2011 and Fundraising Team of the Year Award 2012.

Queen’s University claims many high achieving and famous alumni including Mary McAleese (President of Ireland), Tan Sri Datuk Rafiah Salim (Vice-Chancellor, University Malaya), Professor James Francis Pantridge (inventor of portable defibrillator), Baron Brian Kerr (Justice of the Supreme Court, United Kingdom) as well as Nobel laureates Seamus Heaney and Lord Trimble.

The iconic architecture at Queen’s University Belfast remarkably resembles Hogwarts so much so that it started its own Harry Potter Society At Queen’s and even more amazing is that movie executives saw the uncanny resemblance and chose its Great Hall for the real Harry Potter movies.


Queen’s University Belfast is rooted at the heart of Northern Ireland and attracts the brightest and best local and international students and staff. This impressive university complex, with interesting iconic architecture, is a truly diverse and global campus that should be added to every academic group visiting Northern Ireland.