A Queen’s student society has won a major, national award, fending off competition from some of the UK’s top universities in a general-knowledge quiz.
Queen’s Students Working Overseas Trust (SWOT) beat off competition from 26 other UK universities in a series of heats before emerging as the outright winners of the University Challenge-style quiz at a glitzy gala event in London recently.
Called Opportunity Challenge, the competition is an annual event, open to student societies and clubs from all over the UK, with £5,000 for the overall winners to spend on their society. It is run by accountancy firm Price Waterhouse Cooper.
SWOT plan to spend their £5,000 on medical supplies for hospitals in developing countries. They have an additional £1,000 in prize money for winning the regional, Northern Ireland heat.
Run by fourth-year Medicine students, SWOT raises money for healthcare in less developed countries. Every penny goes directly to provide basic medications and equipment. The students then visit these countries as part of their Medical Elective to see for themselves how the money is being spent.
SWOT has won a string of awards in recent years, including Best Society at the Students’ Union Awards and Best Society in a Large College at the Board of Irish College Societies (BICS) Awards.