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Volunteering Excellency Awards

A Queen’s student who has pioneered a mental health programme for students, helped raise over £38,500 for healthcare in developing countries, and assists familes who have had a cancer diagnosis, has been awarded the ‘Special Contribution’ accolade at the Queen’s Students’ Union Volunteering Excellency Awards, sponsored by KPMG.

James Nixon, a Medicine student from Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh is Co-Founder and President of ‘Mind Matters’, a student society at Queen’s that aims to educate the student body on mental health. He is also a Board Member of ‘Mind Your Mood’, a student-led campaign which helps equip students with skills to protect their mental health whilst at University.

On receiving the award, James said, “I have met some amazing people through volunteering. Such strong individuals who have gone through such difficulties in their lives - it is so empowering and inspiring. Volunteering is so important, it’s not just what you give but what you get back as well. It has built me up and made me a better person and I know that the people I have met and the experiences I have gone through will make me a better Doctor. I am delighted and honoured to have won this award – it’s a great way to start the Summer!”

Top UK awards for Queen's University engineers

Seven students from Queen’s University have been named winners of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Advanced Leadership Awards, which recognise aspiring leaders in the engineering sector.

The seven winners are all students at Queen’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. They are: Stephen Colbert from Dungannon, Cherie Gardiner from Belfast, Connor McShane from Newry, Alice Purcell from Limavady, Gareth Stephenson from Newry, and Conor Taylor from Ballymena, Christopher Bartolo from Wigan.

These awards help ambitious and inspiring engineering students to undertake an accelerated personal development programme while they complete their undergraduate studies.  All awardees receive £5,000 to be used over three years towards career oriented personal development activities.

Dr Trevor Robinson from Queen’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering said: “We are delighted to announce that seven of our undergraduate students have been awarded Advanced Leadership Awards by the Royal Academy of Engineering. 

“This is an amazing accomplishment given that only thirty-five Advanced awards were given out across the UK this year.  Individual credit must go to all of the award winners for their incredible achievement.

RAE students

L-R Queen’s University students Conor Taylor, Cherie Gardiner, Connor McShane and Alice Purcell are among seven Queen’s students named among the winners of the Royal Academy of Engineering Advanced Leadership Awards.

Past pupils from St Paul's Bessbrook and Coleraine Grammar recognised for outstanding achievements

Queen's University is very proud to announce that two of our top female athletes, Claire McLaughlin and Aimee Mackin, have both recently been recognised for outstanding achievements in their respective fields.

Claire, a former student from Coleraine Grammar, has become the first female Queen's University student to be included in the Irish Rugby squad. Aimee, who is a past pupil of St Paul's in Bessbrook, was selected on the Universities and Colleges All-Star team in the position of right full forward. Both athletes have competed for their schools in the past and more recently for Queen's and are excellent ambassadors for both.

Queen's awards 25 fee-free educations to students

Queen's University Belfast has awarded 25 students over the past three years as part of the Queen's Scholars programme. All 25 students were selected from schools and colleges from across Northern Ireland. All students are now enrolled on Undergraduate degree pathways at Queen's and are currently full-time students at the University.

In 2015, the last five Queen's Scholars were awarded. Please see details of the 2015/16 winners below.

Queen's University is very proud to have presented 25 awards since 2013, which has underlined the University's commitment to supporting excellence. Queen’s Scholars will not run for the 2016/17 academic year, however, there are a number of bursaries and awards available.

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             Stephanie Hill                                     Niamh Lundy                               Callum Mullan-Young                              Carrie Coulter                                        Jordan Ferris
             SERC Bangor                               St Dominic's Belfast                    St Mary’s Magherafelt                     Ballymena Academy                           Limavady Grammar

Information for Care-experienced Young People

If any of the young people in your school have been in the care of a Health and Social Care Trust for more than three months of their secondary school years, Queen's University can offer them a range of additional support when they arrive at university.

This support is designed to ensure that their learning experience is an enjoyable one and that they have the same opportunities as their peers. 

Queen's University has received the Buttle Quality Mark for their work with care leavers, providing a range of support including:

  • a Care Leavers Bursary
  • guaranteed accommodation
  • learning support
  • additional support when needed

Campus visits can also be arranged for young people who have had experience of care. To arrange a visit or for further information, please contact Deirdre Lynskey to find more.


Tel: 028 9097 1567


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