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Queen's University Belfast

LogoQueen’s University Belfast opened its doors in 1849 when the first students entered the magnificent new college building designed and built by Charles Lanyon. Since then, the University estate has grown to more than 300 buildings, many of them now listed for their architectural importance. The new, award-winning £50million McClay Library, epitomises Queen’s vision to be an international research-driven centre of excellence at the heart of the local community. In 2006 Queen’s joined the Russell Group of leading UK universities and boasts amongst its graduates Nobel prizewinners, medical pioneers, political leaders, leading figures in the arts and countless sporting alumni.

The School of English is one of the larger departments in the UK and Ireland, with 35 full-time staff supported by postdoctoral research fellows and teaching assistants. It is grouped into five distinct but inter-related research areas, namely, Poetry, Irish Writing and Creative Writing, Modern Literary Studies, Renaissance Studies, Medieval Studies and English Language and Linguistics. Attached to the School is the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry which houses staff such as Ciaran Carson, Medbh McGuckian, Sinead Morrissey, Glenn Patterson and Ian Sansom who is the BBC Writer in Residence; sponsorship is also provided by The Royal Literary Fund for two Writing Skills tutors. Seamus Heaney is a former student and member of the academic staff for whom the Centre is named.

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Life in Belfast

Belfast is a diverse city rich in history and culture. Its Victorian and Edwardian architecture stands alongside state-of-the-art convention centres, hotels and exhibition spaces. Historically an ideal location for naval and maritime industries, Belfast has undergone a transformation in recent years and has entered the twenty-first century as a dynamic and progressive place in which to live and work. The weather is typical of a temperate climate – wet and windy summer and winter alike.