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Queen's University Belfast has a record of academic achievement which stretches back more than 150 years. Founded in 1845, Queen's opened 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 listed for their architectural importance. The first batch of students numbered 90. Today there are some 24,000.
The current Vice-Chancellor is Professor Peter Gregson, who took up office in August 2004. The University's Chancellor is former United States Senator, George Mitchell. One of the main architects of the peace process in Northern Ireland, and an international statesman, Senator Mitchell is one of a distinguished line of chancellors stretching back to the Ninth Earl of Shaftesbury, and including Field Marshall the Viscount Allenbrooke, the actor-manager Sir Tyrone Guthrie and Lord Ashby.
The University is situated in a tree lined Victorian suburb renowned for its restaurants, bars, theatres and fine architecture. It is one mile from the City centre, is convenient to both the City and International Airports and is well served by public transport. Its unique blend of the historic and the modern offers an ideal venue for conferences, business meetings, exhibitions and presentations. The magnificent Lanyon Building, lends a spectacular backdrop to any event. At the heart of the campus, where the conference facilities are concentrated, our traditional quadrangle and cloisters provide a haven where delegates can relax during conference breaks while still enjoying the bustle and vibrancy of a modern working university.
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