Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Queen’s is a university where talent is allowed to flourish, where innovation is encouraged and supported. It is an international centre of research and education and a major part of the fabric of Northern Ireland.

With more than 23,000 students and 3,700 staff, it is a dynamic and diverse institution, a magnet for inward investment, a major employer and investor, and a global player in research areas ranging from cancer studies to sustainability, and from pharmaceuticals to creative writing.
Queen's is a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities and is ranked in the top one per cent of global universities.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results placed Queen’s joint 8th in the UK for research intensity, with over 75 per cent of Queen’s researchers undertaking world-class or internationally leading research. The University also has 14 subject areas ranked within the UK’s top 20 and 76 per cent of its research classified in the top two categories of world leading and internationally excellent. These results validate Queen’s as a University with world-class researchers carrying out world-class or internationally leading research.

The University has won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education on five occasions – for Northern Ireland's Comprehensive Cancer Services programme and for world-class achievement in green chemistry, environmental research, palaeoecology and law.

KTP at Queen’s has become the standard-bearer for the whole of the UK. Queen’s consistently tops the UK league table for both quantity and quality of University KTP projects, in spite of our comparatively small regional size and pool of businesses. Since 1993 Queen’s University has collaborated on 350 successful KTPs, leading to careers for 400 KTP Associates and generating £350m in increased profits for the Northern Irish businesses involved. In the process, 700 jobs have been created, representing an investment in plant and machinery of £67m.

The University is also a UK leader in terms of spin-out activity. To date, we have developed 68 spin-out ventures with a combined turnover of £190m and the creation of almost 1,600 skilled jobs.

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KTP at Queen’s University Belfast

Since 1993, the Queen's KTP has had 350 successful KTPs at Queen’s University, leading to careers for 400 Associates, generating many millions in profits for the Northern Ireland economy.

KTP at Queen’s University Belfast

The KTP initiative was known as the Teaching Company Scheme, and early projects employed multiple Associates in partnerships with large companies.

DNA of Innovation Creative Connections

See our selection of videos from Queen's University Belfast, showcasing the way their various departments have developed through collaborative excellence.

KTP – Queen’s University Belfast No1 in UK

Bullivant Taranto Ltd has 20 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of a range of concrete products for the construction, water, marine and agricultural markets.

£500,000 project at Queen’s to convert catering waste oils to fuels and chemicals

Researchers at Queen’s University have been awarded a grant to support a £500,000 project to convert waste fats and oils into biofuels, which could be used as replacements for petrol, diesel and aviation fuels.

Northern Ireland’s universities and colleges open for business

Over 70% of research submitted by Queen’s University and Ulster University has been officially classed as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.