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Old scholars give Riddel Hall revamp ‘the once over’

Old scholars give Riddel Hall revamp ‘the once over’

'The Riddell Hall Old Scholars' pictured in the new Graduate Executive Education Centre at Riddell Hall

The renovated Riddel Hall has been given the seal of approval by a group of women who resided in the building from the 1960s to the mid-70s.

Known as ‘The Riddel Hall Old Scholars’, the group of women inspected the building which has been restored to the new Graduate Executive Education Centre.

Organised by former resident Maria Hopkins, the event was attended by Diana Hadden who worked with Gillian McClelland on the book, Pioneering Women: Riddel Hall and Queen’s University Belfast. Diana presented a drawing of the Riddel Hall gate lodge to Norma Sinte, Director of Development and Alumni Relations. The painting will take pride of place in the new Riddel Hall.

Riddel Hall was originally set up as a residence for women students in 1913 by Eliza and Isabella Riddel, who never had the opportunity to embark on third-level education but were passionate about women’s education. The sturdy old front doors finally creaked closed to female residents in the 1970s and since then, still under Queen’s ownership, it has been used by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and by various university staff as office accommodation.

The facility will now provide world-class graduate and executive education and create more synergy between the academic and business communities.

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