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Queen's University, Belfast

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For other educational establishments called Queen's, see Queen's College and Queen's University (disambiguation)

Queen's University, Belfast (QUB) - or officially The Queen's University of Belfast - is a university in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The university was originally part of Queen's University of Ireland created to encourage higher education for Catholics as a counterpart to the Protestant Trinity College, Dublin. The university offers academic degrees at various levels and across several faculties including those in dentistry, engineering, humanities, law and medicine.

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History

The university has its roots in the Belfast Academical Institution, founded in 1810, whilst the university was established as a college in 1845 as Queen's College, Belfast when it was associated with what was then Queen's College, Cork and Queen's College, Galway as part of the Queen's University of Ireland (1850) and later the Royal University of Ireland (1880). The Irish Universities Act, 1908 dissolved the Royal University of Ireland and created two separate universities - the current National University of Ireland and Queen's University of Belfast.

A more detailed history: A History (QUB Website) (http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/TheUniversity/AboutQueens/HistoryofQueens/)

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The Lanyon Building designed by the Belfast architect Sir Charles Lanyon
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The Quad at Queen's

Academic

In addition to the main campus in the centre of Belfast, the university has two associated university colleges, these being St Mary's and Stranmillis both also located in Belfast. Although offering a range of degree courses, these colleges primarily provide training for those wishing to enter the teaching profession.

The university has formal agreements with other colleges in Northern Ireland and operates several outreach schemes to rural areas, the most successful of which is at Armagh, the Armagh Campus (http://www.armagh.qub.ac.uk).

Institutes

Several institutes are also associated with Queen's. Located close to the main campus is the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen's which offers training to law graduates to enable them to practice as solicitors or barristers in Northern Ireland, England & Wales and the Republic of Ireland. Admission to the Institute is highly competitive and depends on the graduate's overall academic standing and their performance in an unseen written exam. The Institute of Theology consists of several colleges with a Christian emphasis, including St Mary's (Catholic), Union Theological College (Presbyterian) as well as Baptist and Methodist colleges in Belfast - in all five colleges teach any programmes with a religious emphasis on behalf of the university.

Reputation

Independent league tables published by The Times newspaper in 2004 placed Queen's in the top-ten of all United Kingdom universities for subjects including dentistry, law, engineering, celtic studies and physics.

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Universities of Ireland
Republic of Ireland: Dublin City University | National University of Ireland | University of Dublin | University of Limerick
NUI Constituent Universities: Cork | Dublin | Galway | Maynooth
Northern Ireland: Queen's University of Belfast | University of Ulster
QUB University Colleges: St Mary's | Stranmillis

Other degree awarding authorities in Ireland
Dublin Institute of Technology | Higher Education and Training Awards Council | King's Inns | Pontifical University of Maynooth | Presbyterian Theological Faculty Ireland
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