Queen's University Belfast - QUB • Belfast, Ireland
Queen’s University in Belfast was founded in 1845 along with two other ‘Queen’s College’ institutions in Galway and Cork. Queen of England – and at the time ruler of Ireland too – Queen Victoria allowed for the establishment of these institutions to further Irish education. Today, Queen’s in Belfast is the only one of these three institutions that remains under British rule as it is in Northern Ireland. Queen’s has been an autonomous university since 1908, and shares its motto with the city of Belfast: ‘Pro Tanto Quid Retribuamus’ or ‘what shall we give in return for so much?’
There are three faculties: the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences. These parts of the university run courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as having the power to award scholarships to worthy students. In all, around 23,000 students attend Queen’s, coming from the Ireland, the UK, and over 80 countries worldwide. Famous alumni from the past include Irish poet and Nobel Prize for Literature winner Seamus Heaney. The university’s dedication to literature has remained evident, with the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry and, in ode to another acclaimed Irish writer, the Brian Friel Centre for Theatre Research.
As for other buildings on campus, the spectacle that is the university’s main building was designed in the 19th century shortly after the opening of Queen’s, and remains a brilliant sight to behold. Sir Charles Lanyon was responsible for its design. Additionally, Queen’s has a magnificent library in which they have heavily invested called the McClay Library, which is home to older sources as well as modern technology. In other academic facilities, the institution boasts many IT services, study areas, cafes, and a Language Centre, catering for the needs of the various faculties.
For accommodation, Queen’s students may choose to reside in the Queen’s Houses student accommodation, or in the city centre location opening in September 2018. Once they have somewhere to live, students may also get involved in the sporting life at Queen’s, which covers a range of sports in state of the art facilities. There are also sports scholarships available.
One final point is the university’s proximity to the city of Belfast, it takes only fifteen minutes to walk there from campus.