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New £140m fundraising campaign up and running

New £140m fundraising campaign up and running

The University's new fundraising campaign will raise £140m over the next five years

Queen’s has launched a new fundraising campaign to raise £140m over the next five years to improve the student experience and enhance the impact the University makes on society and the economy.

Known as Beyond, the campaign has got off to a good start with news that £17½m has been secured from individual donors, businesses, Foundations and Trusts and a further £32m secured to establish a world-leading Centre for Experimental Medicine.

The new Centre will specialise in scientific research into finding cures for eye disease, diabetes and developing a global programme into understanding the genetics of complex chronic diseases. This has been made possible through generous philanthropic support with leveraged investment through the UK Research Partnership Infrastructure Fund. The philanthropic support has included £15m from The Atlantic Philanthropies, the largest gift that Queen’s has ever received.

The Beyond Campaign was launched by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Peter Gregson, at the official launch of Riddel Hall by the former President of Ireland, Professor Mary McAleese.

The themes of the Beyond Campaign are:

  • Investment in the student experience
    o new scholarships and internship programmes to support students
    o further improvements in teaching facilities
    o new building for the School of Biological Sciences
  • Investment in the Institute of Health Sciences bringing together over 1,000 leading scientists and clinicians charting a course from discovery to recovery
  • A new Institute for Global Food Security to spearhead the development of innovative solutions in sustainable food production
  • A renewed focus on blue sky and industrial research projects in cybersecurity
  • Investment in research in green chemistry to provide sustainable solutions to global problems and ensure safer and healthier lives for our children
  • Support for our internationally-renowned researchers in astrophysics
  • A new Institute for the Humanities which will promote collaborative study and discussion of academic, social and cultural issues.

For further information on the campaign, visit www.queensfoundation.com

To watch the campaign video, click here.

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