A member of the Russell Group of the UK's 20 top research-intensive universities Queen's University Belfast is an international centre of innovation and excellence, providing world-class education underpinned by world-class research. The University is a global player in areas from cancer studies to sustainability, wireless technology to creative writing and from pharmaceuticals to sonic arts. It has won the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education, part of the national honours system, on four separate occasions ?? for world-class achievement in green chemistry, environmental research, palaeoecology and law. The most recent UK-wide research assessment exercise (RAE), in 2008, confirmed Queen's as a major global force in research. The RAE identified world-class research across all academic disciplines, and the Research Power Index, which measures the quality and quantity of research, placed Queen's in the top 20 universities in the UK. Queen's led the programme for the Improvement of Cancer Services in Northern Ireland, in collaboration with local Health and Social Services Trusts. This initiative, recognised internationally for its excellence, has led to the formation of the Comprehensive Cancer Centre and to significantly improved cancer survival in Northern Ireland.