Search is on for Queen’s Graduate and Student of the Year

Search is on for Queen’s Graduate and Student of the Year

Therese White was named Student of the Year in 2011

The search is underway for this year’s Graduate and Student of the Year.

The annual awards, which are supported by First Trust Bank, recognise excellence, achievement or service by exceptional Queen’s alumni and students, either to the University or to the wider community. They are presented by Queen’s Graduates’ Association (QGA) with generous support from First Trust Bank.

Last year’s Graduate winner was Northern Ireland man Francis Campbell, a former UK Ambassador to the Holy See. And the Student of the Year Award, which comes with a £500 prize, was made to medical student Therese White in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the Students Working Overseas Trust (SWOT). Other winners have included wild-life TV presenter Jonathan Scott and student entrepreneur Vincent Murray.

Joseph McGowan from First Trust said: “We are delighted to support the Queen’s Graduate and Student Awards.  They recognise and celebrate the achievements of Queen's students and graduates who make such a valuable input to life not only in Northern Ireland but across the globe and it is important that we recognise these inspiring individuals.”

Jonathan Hill, President of the QGA, said: “Academic qualifications, high office or fame are not prerequisites to winning an award. The judging panel would love to see nominations that are, in their own way, novel, courageous or even bold. Something that stands out and meets the high ideals of Queen’s University is very likely to catch the eye.” 

The nominations process is open until Friday 25 May 2012 and anyone can submit an entry - not just graduates, staff and students, but also families and friends.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Peter Gregson will present the winners with their trophies during Graduation Week in July.

For more information, or to submit an entry, please contact Gerry Power at the Development and Alumni Relations Office, or click here.

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