Queen’s University Belfast is a public university in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is often referred to simply as Queen’s, or by the abbreviation QUB. The university was chartered in 1845, and opened in 1849 as “Queen’s College, Belfast”, but has roots going back to 1810 and the Royal Belfast Academical Institution. Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s 20 leading research intensive universities, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the European University Association.
In addition to the main campus not far from 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. While the university refers to its main site as a campus, the university’s buildings are in fact spread over a number of public streets in South Belfast, centering on University Road, University Square and Stranmillis Road, with other departments located further afield.