Academic & Student Affairs

University Entrance Scholarships

Dr George Alexander Baird Entrance Scholarships

Two Entrance Scholarships for Non-A-Level entrants were created by the University in 1995, in recognition of the increasing numbers of students entering the University with non-traditional entrance qualifications.  Their introduction was recommended to the University by Dr George Alexander Baird (1939-1997) who served with distinction as Secretary to Academic Council at Queen's from 1985 until 1997.

Dr Baird graduated with a Physics degree from Queen's University in 1960, followed by an MSc from the University of Waterloo in 1962 and PhD from the University of Alberta in 1966.  He held the posts of ICI Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at University College Dublin, before taking up a temporary appointment as Research Associate and Assistant Professor at the Simon Frazer University, British Columbia.  Following his return to University College Dublin, he was elected Dean of the Faculty of Science in 1976.

In 1998, the Non-A-Level Entrance Scholarships were named the Dr George Alexander Baird Entrance Scholarships in recognition of Dr Baird's enormous contribution to the work of the University, and as a mark of the affection and respect with which he was remembered by colleagues.

All full-time or part-time students entering the University at Level 0 or Level 1 for the first time, and on the basis of entrance qualifications other than two or more A-Levels as entrance qualifications, will be eligible for consideration for a Baird Scholarship on completion of stage 1 modules.  Four scholarships of £600 each will be awarded each year to the students who are eligible to proceed to Level 2 and who have achieved the highest average mark in Level 1 examinations.  This will normally be calculated on the basis of six Level 1 module marks.  Students entering at Level 0 will be considered for the scholarships the following year, alongside direct entrants to Level 1.

The awards will be made by the Scholarships & Awards Sub-Committee.  Two awards, one in science-based faculties and the other in arts-based faculties, will be made to students with entrance qualifications deemed equivalent to A-Levels (e.g. Scottish Highers, or the Irish Leaving Certificate).  Two further awards, one in science-based faculties and the other in arts-based faculties, will be made to students whose academic background and qualifications promote the University‚Äôs goal of widening participation (e.g. entrants via Access courses).  The Sub-Committee may choose not to make an award(s) if a sufficiently high performance in Level 1 is not achieved.

New Regulations [1999 AC 82]

David Russell Lappin Scholarship

This scholarship was founded in 1953 under the will of Miss Marianne Tinsly.  The scholarship will be awarded to the candidate who attains the highest place in the Entrance Scholarship competition and is tenable with any other scholarship, provided that its award does not have the effect of reducing any public authority award held by the recipient.

The value of the scholarship, which is tenable for three years, is £600 per annum.  In the event of the holder's failing to successfully complete all Level 1 modules and to progress to Level 2, the scholarship shall be withheld and offered for award at the next Entrance Scholarship competition.  It will normally be available for award annually.

Last Revised March 2007, November 2010, July 2010

Sullivan Scholarships (F328)

These scholarships were founded in 1868 under the will of Robert Sullivan.

1.  One scholarship is available annually to the candidate who obtains the highest place in the Entrance Scholarship competition.  It is tenable for three years and is of the annual value of £1,000.

2.  One scholarship, open to pupils of at least three years' standing at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, will be awarded annually at entrance to the duly qualified candidate who distinguishes himself most in the Entrance Scholarship competition; it is tenable for three years and is of the annual value of £200.

3.  These scholarships may be held in conjunction with any other scholarship awarded by the Academic Council provided that this does not have the effect of reducing any public authority award held by the recipients.

Revised November 2009

John Sinclair Porter Scholarship (F311)

Two Entrance Scholarships, founded in 1939 by Mrs Porter in memory of her husband, the late John Sinclair Porter, will be awarded to the students who gain the second and third places in the Entrance Scholarship competition.  They are of annual value of £600, tenable for three years, and may be held in conjunction with any other scholarship awarded by the Academic Council, provided that this does not have the effect of reducing any public authority award held by the recipient.

Drennan and Tennant Exhibitions (A931)

These exhibitions, founded in 1864, are of the value of £5 each.They are offered annually to students who enter the University from the Royal Belfast Academical Institution.

No candidate will be entitled to hold either exhibition unless he is adjudged to have attained the standard required for University Entrance Scholarships.

1. The Drennan Exhibition is awarded to the duly qualified pupil from the Royal Belfast Academical Institution who obtains the highest place in the subjects of Greek, Latin and English at the examination for Entrance Scholarships.

If no such candidate satisfies the examiners in these subjects, the exhibition may be awarded to another duly qualified candidate who gives evidence of literary ability.

2. The Tennant Exhibition is awarded to the duly qualified pupil from the Royal Belfast Academical Institution who obtains the highest place in mathematics at the examination for Entrance Scholarships.  If no such candidate satisfies the examiners in mathematics, the exhibition may be awarded to another duly qualified candidate who gives evidence of scientific ability.

Megaw Scholarship (F289)

This scholarship, which is of the value of £900 and tenable for one year only, was founded in 1908 under the will of Matthew George Megaw of London (formerly of Co. Tyrone).  Candidates must be (i) the sons or daughters of bona fide farmers farming land in Ulster and; (ii) under the age of twenty years at the date of the examination.

This scholarship is offered annually and is tenable with any other scholarship provided that its award does not have the effect of reducing any public authority award held by the recipient.  It will be awarded on the results of the Entrance Scholarship competition.


November 2008

Reid-Harwood Scholarship (F316)

This scholarship was founded in 1911 by Mrs Septimus Harwood, of Sydney, New South Wales.  It is awarded annually on the results of the Entrance Scholarship competition in Modern Languages.  The annual value of the scholarship is £800, payable to the successful candidate during his or her first, second and third years at the University.

No candidate is eligible who does not show proficiency in spoken French and German or any two of the modern foreign languages taught in the University.

The scholarship may be held in conjunction with any other scholarship awarded by the Academic Council provided that its award does not have the effect of reducing any public authority award held by the recipient.  The holder is required to pursue a course of study leading to an honours degree in a modern foreign language or languages.  In the event of the work of a Reid-Harwood scholar not proving satisfactory, as shown by examinations in Modern Languages in his or her first and second years, the payment of the annual instalment to that scholar is to be suspended and the amount placed in a special reserve fund.

Pakenham Scholarships (F306)

Two scholarships, tenable for three years and of the annual value of £200 each, were founded in 1876 by Arthur Hercules Pakenham, one called the Sir Hercules Pakenham Scholarship in memory of Sir Hercules Robert Pakenham, the other The Emily, Lady Pakenham Scholarship, in memory of Emily, Lady Pakenham.

These scholarships are open to anyone under twenty years of age, entering the University for the first time, whether as a matriculated or non-matriculated student.  They will be available annually and will be awarded on the results of the Entrance Scholarships competition.

The holder of the Sir Hercules Pakenham Scholarship shall, during the tenure thereof, pursue a course of study prescribed for students in the Faculty of Science of the first year, and the holder of the Emily, Lady Pakenham Scholarship shall, during the tenure thereof, pursue a course of study prescribed for students in the Faculty of Arts of the first year, or such other courses as the Academic Council shall from time to time respectively prescribe.

The two scholarships shall not be tenable at any time by the same person, nor shall either of them be tenable at the same time by the holder of any other scholarship, studentship or exhibition.

Dunwoody Scholarships

These scholarships, set up in 2010 by Professor Emeritus James Dunwoody, are open to pupils of the three Christian Brothers Grammar Schools (CBS) in Northern Ireland (St Mary’s, Belfast; Abbey, Newry and Omagh) to inspire pupils to consider Engineering and Physical Sciences as a career.  Two scholarships will be awarded annually at entrance to the candidates who obtain the highest places in the Entrance Scholarship competition.

Professor Dunwoody is a past pupil of St Mary’s Christian Brothers Grammar School.  He graduated from Queen’s University in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.   He came to work at Queen’s University in 1965 following three years as a Senior Scientific Officer in the Mathematics Division of the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, Middlesex.  He retired from his post of Professor of Theoretical Mechanics in 1998. 

The first scholarship will be awarded to the best student entering one of the following courses, ranked in order of preference: a BSc or four year MSc/MEng in:  Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering; Electrical Engineering or Civil Engineering.

The second scholarship will be awarded to the best student entering one of the following honours (or joint honours) courses, ranked in order of preference: Mathematical Studies; Physics or Chemistry or Chemical Engineering.

The scholarships will be awarded through the University’s annual A-Level entrance scholarship competition by the Scholarships and Awards Group.  Candidates will be required to specify on the application form whether they have attended a Christian Brothers Grammar School (as listed above).

Both scholarships are for the annual value of £500 and are tenable for 3 years.  They are tenable with any other University award.  Awards will normally be paid to recipients at the beginning of Semester 2, subject to satisfactory academic performance in Semester 1.

In the event of there not being a suitable candidate in either group the Committee may award a second scholarship from the other group. 

November 2010

Kerr Undergraduate Scholarship

(See Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards)