Queen's Research In UK's 'Top 20'

Queen's University Belfast has been ranked among the top 20 UK university's for its research quality and impact.

It follows a UK-wide research assessment of higher education institutions.

In addition, more than 75% of the university's researchers are undertaking world-class or internationally-leading research.

The 'Research Excellence Framework' (REF) assesses the quality and impact of research being carried out by the UK's higher education institutions. It is also used to allocate some £2bn in research funding within the UK.

With more than 95% of Queen's academic staff returned for assessment, the REF found the university has 14 subject areas ranked within the UK's top 20, while 76% of its research classified in the top two categories of world leading and internationally excellent.

Welcoming the findings, Vice-Chancellor Professor Patrick Johnston, said: "I am delighted with today's announcement and I would pay tribute to all the hard work of my colleagues that has resulted in this excellent result.

"Queen's University has continued to make substantial progress since the 2008 assessment exercise, with the majority of research areas demonstrating significant improvement.
News Image
"It is particularly satisfying that the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) has highlighted the depth of quality of Queen's research across the whole university. Whether it is in food security, pharmacy, health, modern languages, cyber security, education or history, Queen's research has performed magnificently."

He added: "Through the introduction of the new 'impact' measure, REF 2014 has recognised Queen's as one of the top UK research-intensive universities.

"Queen's impacts right across our society by creating jobs, informing government policy and developing new treatments for many of the world's most chronic illnesses, protecting children and creating new technology.

"Through its global research excellence, Queen's is having a real and meaningful impact on society by improving people's lives, and not just in Northern Ireland, but right across the world.

"Research at Queen's also makes a huge contribution to the local economy through creating new technologies and new companies and delivering real benefit to our non-academic partners. By working alongside major businesses such as Seagate, Bombardier, Wrightbus, FG Wilson, Randox and Almac, Queen's research is applied to market challenges and 'real world' projects."

A total of 154 universities took part in the assessment. Northern Ireland's other university, University of Ulster, remained in 38th position.


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

14 September 2021
Agio To Create 100 New Jobs At Belfast Technology Centre
Agio, a New York-based IT and Cybersecurity services provider, have announced that they are to establish a new technology centre in Belfast with the creation of 100 new jobs.
20 September 2021
Executive To Debate Change To NI Organ Donation Rules
The NI Executive is set to debate changing Northern Ireland's organ donations rules to an opt out system, which would mean people would automatically become donors unless they specifically opt out. Currently, NI is the only part of the UK still using an opt in system, and the DUP have previously blocked any attempt to change the system.
03 September 2021
Further Roll Out Of 20mph School Speed Limit Schemes
The second phase of the part-time 20mph speed limit schemes at 106 schools across Northern Ireland has been rolled out, Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon has announced. This takes the total number of schools benefiting from this new road safety scheme introduced by Minister Mallon to 209.
02 September 2021
New Covid Test 'Pharmacy Collect' Service Announced
A new 'Pharmacy Collect' service has been announced to enable people to collect rapid COVID-19 tests from selected community pharmacies. Making the announcement, Health Minister Robin Swann, said: "Alongside vaccination and contact tracing, testing is one of the main pillars of protection against the virus.
21 September 2021
New Legislation Proposed To Abolish Hospital Car Parking Charges
Sinn Féin have proposed new legislation to abolish hospital car parking charges to ease the burden on staff and visitors. West Belfast MLA Fra McCann is currently taking the bill to abolish charges through the Assembly where he expects to receive cross-party backing. He said: "Hospital car parking charges have always been an unfair tax on workers.