Queen’s University of Belfast (QUB) is one of the oldest universities in the UK, its roots going back to the Belfast Academical Institution in 1810. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading research universities in the UK, and in the top 1% of global universities. In 2014, the UK-wide Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2014) placed Queen’s 8th in the UK for Research Intensity. Queen's academic structure is based on three Faculties containing a total of 20 Schools and one of these, the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS), is where most of QUB’s space-related activities take place.
QUB has excellent facilities to support both its in-house research programmes and external users, subject to normal commercial terms. The ECIT is a world-leader in FSS antenna technology and reconfigurable reflectarrays, supported by an extensive suite of world-class manufacturing and test facilities. QUB’s Engineering Workshop has comprehensive machining facilities and the expertise necessary to produce space-quality hardware, and its Electronics Workshop has particular expertise and facilities for the production of space-quality PCBs for its microwave work.