The Astrophysics Research Centre (ARC) is one of Queen's University's leading research clusters encompassing both observational and theoretical astrophysics. We hold substantial grant funding from the UK's STFC, EPSRC, the Royal Society, the Leverhulme Trust, UKAEA, and EU funding through the European Research Council, FP7 and Horizon 2020.
We are members of major international partnerships including Pan-STARRS1, the Next Generation Transit Survey, HARPS-N, and Euclid. ARC staff built and operate the ROSA high-cadence imager, the SuperWASP transit facility and we now lead one of ESO's public surveys, PESSTO. Recent developments include leadership of the UK consortium to build a first light instrument for the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) and a major role in the UK’s bid to join the Rubin Observatory's Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST).
In recent years ARC staff have been awarded the RAS Group Prize, an ERC Advanced Grant, STFC Ernest Rutherford fellowships, Royal Society University Research Fellowships, RAS Winton Capital award and election to the Royal Irish Academy. We are part of the Queen's Foundation 5-year fundraising campaign.