Queen's University, Belfast has been shortlisted for the prestigious Sunday Times University of the Year award.
The shortlisting caps a remarkable year for the university. Its admission to the Russell Group of research-led universities - Britain's equivalent to the American Ivy League - last November was an acknowledgement of the progress that it has made over the last few years.
Commenting on the announcement, vice-chancellor Peter Gregson said: " This is a tremendous achievement for the university, which recognises Queen's as one of the UK's leading higher education institutions.
"Staff and students have a right to be proud of this accolade from the Sunday Times as they begin another exciting academic year at Queen's.
"Queen's investment in staff and facilities has had a major impact on its ability to attract world-class academics and high quality students, individuals such as Professor Paddy Johnston, who heads the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology.
"This month he takes over as Dean of Medicine, heading up a medical school that last year gained funding for a 40% increase in numbers."
The new Sir Anthony O'Reilly Library is due to open in 2009, which will give Queen's one of the most outstanding university libraries in the UK.