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Professor Patrick Johnston Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast

Professor Patrick Johnston

Welcome to Queen’s University Belfast.

This is a university with a rich heritage and a history, producing Nobel Laureates, leading global academics and national and international leaders over the last 160 years. I am honoured and proud to have been asked to lead this outstanding institution as its 12th President and Vice-Chancellor.

The spirit of leadership, innovation and discovery is alive and well throughout Queen’s. We are part of the Russell Group of the UK’s 24 leading research-intensive universities. On five occasions we have won Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Further and Higher Education – for our world-class achievements in cancer research, environmental research, palaeoecology, law and green chemistry, with the ionic liquids developed by our scientists named the most important British innovation of the 21st century.

The impact of Queen’s on society at home and across the world continues to grow. There are research collaborations with global industries such as Petronas and InfoSys, clinical trials in a partnership with the Northern Ireland company Almac Discovery helping in the development of a new cancer drug, the ambitious NICOLA project a major population study, and we are leading research into eye disease, diabetes and genetic illnesses.

Strategic links with academic institutions in many different countries increase our international influence. These include the development of a joint college in Shenyang with the China Medical University.

We encourage individual achievement and we support the growth of innovation. The award-winning Students in Free Enterprise initiative helps to improve the lives of disadvantaged people everywhere from Belfast to Uganda while more than 60 businesses have been created from ideas which originated at Queen’s.

A dynamic curriculum attuned to the needs of students and their future employers is central to our teaching and learning. Our academics win awards for teaching excellence and our students develop entrepreneurial skills which will help them to grow professionally and as global citizens.

We constantly work to refresh our curriculum. There are new programmes in Advanced Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics with Finance, Politics, Philosophy and Economics and Actuarial Studies. These, together with other advances such as formal integration of the medical training offered through Queen’s University Teaching Hospitals across Northern Ireland, ensure that our graduates are fully equipped for whatever career they choose.

A new MSc in Cyber Security at our Centre for Secure Information Technologies, a UK Centre of Excellence which each year hosts the World Cyber Security Summit, demonstrates that this is a university that looks to new horizons and is engaged in work which will benefit wider society and future generations.

Dynamic new institutes address issues such as food security, conflict transformation, cyber security, social justice and health. We are also proud to be the home of the William J Clinton Leadership Institute, an investment in the future of Northern Ireland and its place in the wider world.

In the arts, the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry underpins our reputation as a world literary force. Among our academics is Sinead Morrissey, TS Eliot poetry prizewinner and Belfast’s first Poet Laureate.

Queen’s is a leader in equality initiatives. We hold two Athena SWAN Gold Awards and nine departmental Silver Awards, the highest number held by a UK university. The University was also the first in the UK to receive an institutional Silver Award.

We provide an exceptional environment for students and staff. Examples of this are the McClay Library, hailed as one of the finest university libraries in Europe, our Riddel Hall campus, housing the Queen’s University Management School, and we have the emerging Health Sciences Campus and the magnificent sports facilities at Upper Malone.

This is a university that has achieved a great deal in its distinguished history. By working together to realize our ambitions we will ensure that we achieve much more.

So welcome to the Queen’s experience. Whether you are a prospective or current student or member of staff or if you are just curious, this website will tell you a lot about Queen’s that you might not have known before.

Enjoy browsing.

Professor Patrick Johnston
President and Vice-Chancellor