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Jade Yuen Kei Wong

Autumn in Belfast

18/10/2018 - Autumn is not just about beautiful yellow leaves, it's also time for Halloween. With all the makeup and costumes, drinks and parties, you won’t want to miss any of this!

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Hew Hoong Liang, LLB LAW

A Day in the Life of Liang: Diary Of A Law Student

17/10/2018 - Malaysian Student Blogger, Liang shows you what it like is to be a law student at Queen’s University Belfast.

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Tejinder Gill, BDS Dentistry

Best Second-hand and Charity Shops Close to the Main Campus

15/10/2018 - If you’re feeling a little strapped for cash after paying for your tuition fees and accommodation, check out Tejinder’s guide to the best thrift stores near campus to save you some cash!

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6 Reasons to Love the Literific

15/10/2018 - Club and societies are great way to make friends when you start uni. There’s over 200 to choose from – there’s sure to be one that’ll take your fancy. For Peter, it was the Literific Debating Society.

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4 Ways to Become a Game of Thrones Tourist

10/10/2018 - Game of Thrones – the world’s top TV show. You might not know – a load of it is filmed in and around Belfast. While you’re waiting for season 8 (I know it’s taking ages!) then check out these 4 ways to become a GoT tourist! POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!

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Hew Hoong Liang, LLB LAW

Exploring Belfast’s Nightlife – Malaysian Edition

8/10/2018 - So you’ve got some free time during the night but you’re not quite sure where to hang out. Fear not, while our Malaysian Student Blogger Liang shows you how to spend your night – the Malaysian Way.


Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

How to book the cheapest flights from Asia to Belfast

8/10/2018 - Unlike GB students, the price of air fare for international students can be quite expensive. Fortunately Shing Him Mak is here with advice on choosing travel options from Asia to Belfast.

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Tejinder Gill, BDS Dentistry

Best Vegetarian and Vegan Food Outlets Around Campus

8/10/2018 - Having a vegetarian or vegan diet can be quite difficult to maintain, especially when you want to get some takeout, or go to a restaurant with friends. Tejinder's here with a guide to all the best places to eat around campus.

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Jia Xin Chang, LLB LAW

My Internship with Funds-Axis

3/10/2018 - Jia Xin shares her experience in doing an internship with a regulatory technology company, and how she found working in an office environment for the first time.

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Jade Yuen Kei Wong

Tips for transitioning from school to Uni

1/10/2018 - Read Jade's tips on how to get off to a great start at uni.

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Top 5 Belfast Breakfasts

1/10/2018 - What’s the best way to set you up for the day? No this isn’t some cereal promotion blog. The best way is to have a good old Ulster Fry or another top Belfast breakfast. Here’s my top 5 breakfast haunts in Belfast.

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13 awesome things to do on the weekend when you are a student in Belfast

21/09/2018 - It’s the weekend! No more lectures or tutorials, so what to do? Here’s my pick of activities to keep entertained (rather than just lying in bed for the whole weekend!)



7 reasons why Queen’s is the best kept secret in higher education

21/09/2018 - Queen’s may be that bit further away on the map from other UK universities, but it offers everything you could want from your uni experience (shh! just don’t tell everyone!)

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Hew Hoong Liang, LLB LAW

5 Best Places To Walk in Belfast

19/09/2018 - Belfast is an extremely walkable city: here are some of the best spots to hit on foot.

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Anna Kruglova


19/09/2018 - While Northern Ireland is technically just another part of the UK, it has its own micro-culture which sets it apart.


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19/09/2018 - As an international student, it doesn’t take long for Belfast to feel like home.

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

Where to Buy Food Around Campus

18/09/2018 - When you start uni, you do have to fend for yourself - and that means cooking and buying your own food! Thankfully, there are plenty of places around uni to get your groceries.

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Justin Ng

Inside Queen’s Kickboxing & Muay Thai Club

12/09/2018 - As the martial arts club enters its biggest competition yet, there has never been a better time to join. Here are four things it’s given me.

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Jia Xin Chang, LLB LAW

5 Mistakes I Made as a fresher

12/09/2018 - Everyone makes mistakes, but here’s how to remedy the most common ones in the new academic year.

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Jia Xin Chang, LLB LAW

Smoothing the transition from college to university

12/09/2018 - During A-levels you were probably whining about tough exams and how you couldn’t wait to get to university to put an end of those sleepless nights and endless cramming. But starting university is just the beginning of a brand new student journey…

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Jia Xin Chang, LLB LAW

4 tips for surviving uni exams

12/09/2018 - We have all faced the dread of exams during A levels, but these top tips will stop you having to pull an all-nighter before your first uni exams.



6 reasons you are financially better off at Queen’s compared to other UK unis

11/09/2018 - Belfast is the cheapest student city in the UK according to Which? University. But don’t just trust the stats – here are six reasons why student life here really is more affordable.

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Justin Ng

6 Belfast Restaurants You must visit this academic year

10/09/2018 - Where to dine in style this semester

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Justin Ng

6 of the coolest vegan-friendly joints in Belfast right now

10/09/2018 - Whether you are a long-term vegan or recently transitioned into it, there are plenty of places in to eat cruelty-free in Belfast.

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Jade Yuen Kei Wong

8 delicious Asian food spots to try near campus

7/09/2018 - Guaranteed to make you nostalgic for your home country.


Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

13 Things about Belfast that will keep your mum coming back to visit EVERY semester

7/09/2018 - Worried Belfast is too far from your family? Don’t be. With cheap airfares and super speedy flight times, your nearest and dearest won’t be able to resist a visit (or three).

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

10 Things that will get your uni life sorted

4/09/2018 - For those of you just starting at Queen’s then welcome to Belfast! If you’re anything like me, you’ll love it! Here’s some top tips of things to get you started in your first few weeks at Queen’s.

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Maisha Hossain, MA Creative Writing

6 Reasons Why Queen’s accommodation beats renting privately

3/09/2018 - You can’t beat the craic in Queen’s accommodation, says postgraduate student Maisha Hossain.

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Hannah Badger, BSc (Hons) Human Biology

Open Day: Top tips from real students

3/09/2018 - Queen’s students offer their advice on what to see and who to talk to.


William Graham, BSc Business Management

5 ways NI people are unique

31/08/2018 - Nervous about moving to Northern Ireland, a small country with people you’ve probably heard little about? Local student William Graham tells you everything you need to know about the NI locals.

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Anna Kruglova

International students: What to buy when you come to Northern Ireland

28/08/2018 - From souvenirs to bring home to your family at half-term to local treats to sample, here is your definitive guide of what to buy as a first-time visitor to Belfast.

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Queen's Student Blog

Your Open Day Survival Guide

27/08/2018 - With so much information to take in, it can be difficult to know where to start. Make sure you cover your bases with these handy tips.


Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

Everything international students need to know before they leave their home country

23/08/2018 - Are you travelling to Belfast for the first time in your life? Don’t miss one of our overseas pre-departure seminars for everything you need know.

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Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

Three Ways to Get a Job in Belfast if you are an International Student

23/08/2018 - Your Belfast experience will be all the richer if you have some extra cash to spend.

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Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

Everything you need to know as a Chinese, Hong Kong or Macau student At Queen’s

23/08/2018 - Studying in Belfast as a Chinese student may be challenging for some of us due to the language barrier, but you can get the most from this experience with this guide.


Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

Top tips for Moving to Belfast from England, Scotland or Wales

21/08/2018 - With this guide, moving to uni in Northern Ireland will be as easy as moving to the uni down the road in England.

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Queen's Student Blog

Clearing 2018: Finding Last-Minute Accommodation in Belfast

22/08/2018 - Don’t panic, no matter which NI uni you’ve enrolled to, we’ve got accommodation options to suit.


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Open Day questions you’ll ask versus what your parents will ask

22/08/2018 - This is why it pays to bring mum or dad with you when you visit Queen’s campus.

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Queen's Student Blog

Who are we?

20/08/2018 - Hearing about Queen's University for the first time? Allow us to introduce ourselves...

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Queen's Student Blog

What makes Belfast special: The craic

21/08/2018 - Add this catch-all phrase for fun, entertainment, gossip, news and good banter to your vocab, stat.

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Séverine Robert, Postgraduate Research

Five ways Belfast is unlike other capital cities

17/08/2018 - Safe, friendly and affordable – what’s not to love?

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

Five reasons you’ll feel at home in Belfast from the moment you step off the plane

21/08/2018 - We defy you not to get the warm and fuzzies when you hear the accent.

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Anna Kruglova

5 places to visit in Belfast and Northern Ireland

20/08/2018 - From the Giant's Causeway to the birthplace of the Titanic, these are the must-see sights for anyone living and studying in Belfast.


Marese O’Hagan, BA Eng/Social Anthropology

5 Ways to boost your confidence at university

17/08/2018 - From finding a university society that's right for you to maxing the support services on offer, here is how you can be your best self at university.


Jing Yen, LLB Law

Guide to choosing the right university

17/08/2018 - Guest blogger Jing Yen, LLB Law from Malaysia on how you know which uni is ‘The One’


Sue Lyn Cheang,LLB Law

VIDEO: Welcome to Elms BT9 Treehouse and reception

16/08/2018 - Student vlogger Sue Lyn Cheang from Malaysia offers a whistlestop tour of the Treehouse


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You’ve accepted your offer – congratulations! Now what?

16/08/2018 - Here, your step-by-step guide to what to expect when you arrive at Queen’s in September.


Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

Results day: What next?

16/08/2018 - Some people will be happy with their results, while others may not be so lucky to get what they want.

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Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

10 places around Queen’s to get the best Instagrams

16/08/2018 - Coming to our Open Day? Set your feed on fire at one of these awesome sites around the city.


Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

7 Questions About Queen’s That International Students are Too Embarrassed to Ask

13/08/2018 - Here, I answer some of the unusual questions I’ve been asked about Queen’s by fellow Hong Kong students.


Hew Hoong Liang, LLB LAW

How International Societies at Queen’s Helped Me Make New Friends

7/08/2018 - Making friends can be hard, especially if you’re entering University in your First Year. Fear not, as Liang shows you how Queen’s has allowed him to network and connect with the right people even before he landed in Belfast.


Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

12 people at Queen’s you can ask for help at any time

6/08/2018 - You’re a uni newbie. You might be away from home for the first time – it’s a big change. Here at Queen’s, there are loads of support services available to make that transition that little bit easier.

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

5 Budget City Breaks to Take from Belfast

1/08/2018 - Belfast is an amazing city in itself, but it’s also a gateway for exploring Ireland, the rest of the UK, Europe and beyond. Make the most of the uni holidays and jet off on a cheap city break from Belfast! Here is some of my travel inspo’.


Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

What happens at our overseas Clearing Events?

25/07/2018 - Even if you didn’t get the results you need, you can still apply to Queen’s through our overseas Clearing events. Here’s the rundown.


Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

6 Reasons to Book Your Place at Queen’s Open Day

23/07/2018 - Before applying to universities, I went to a load of open days - they’re the perfect opportunity to see which uni suits you. Here’s 6 reasons to visit Queen’s on 8th September.


Hew Hoong Liang, LLB LAW

Why choose Queen's?

20/07/2018 - As a Final Year Law Student pursuing a UK Transfer Degree Programme, Liang reveals what influenced him to finish his final year of law studies in Queen’s University, Belfast.

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Victoria Brown, MA Film

Best Places to Study in and around Queen’s

19/07/2018 - At peak times the McClay can be a little more crowded than usual. But don’t despair! There are plenty of places, in and around Queen’s, which can provide a haven for productivity.

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Jia Xin Chang

Misconceptions about Studying Law

19/07/2018 - It's easy to have misconceptions about a subject before you start university, Jia Xin explores four misconceptions she had about studying law.

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Hew Hoong Liang, LLB LAW

Five lessons you learn from outside the lecture theatre

17/07/2018 - Studying law is hard but Liang is here to tell you about all the things he has learned from outside the lecture theatre that have helped him in his legal journey.

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Shreya Mohal, International MBA

My advice to potential students of the Santander Internship in India

17/07/2018 - The Santander Internship in India is just one of the many global opportunities offered at Queen’s.

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Andre McCarron, Product Design Engineering

Belfast on a budget

17/07/2018 - Product Design Engineering student Andre McCarron knows that it's hard to make the student loan last. Here are his six simple tips to making your money go further.

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Jia Xin Chang, LLB LAW

Some advice for current and prospective university students

16/07/2018 - Jia Xin is back to reassure you that everything you are thinking and feeling about student life is perfectly normal. Here is her advice...

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Jia Xin Chang, LLB LAW

Things most Law students will agree on

16/07/2018 - As a law student, Jia Xin is here to share with you 4 things that she believes most Queen's Law students will agree on.

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Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

What to expect during the Student Registration Process

28/06/2018 - Shing Him is here to explain what exactly happens during the registration and enrolment process.

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Jia Xin Chang, LLB LAW

Exploring Nature in Belfast

25/06/2018 - There's a lot more to university than studying, Jia Xin talks you through the great green spaces in and around Belfast that you can visit when you need a break from the books.


Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security

Four Places that will inspire you to visit Donegal

6/07/2018 - Did you know the most northern point of Ireland is in the south? You read that right: it’s in Donegal, the county of the Republic of Ireland that borders Northern Ireland in the Northwest.


Hannah Badger, BSc (Hons) Human Biology

5 Places in Ireland to Visit from Belfast

6/07/2018 - Summer is here (hurrah!) so there’s never been a better time to get out there and explore what’s on your doorstep. Here are a few places North and South of the border that I think are worth a visit this summer…

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Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

How Your Queen’s Degree Can be the Springboard for a Great Career

28/06/2018 - The Queen’s experience is about so much more than what you learn on your course.


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Queen's rockstar researchers and how they're changing the world

3/05/2018 - The research at Queen’s is making a huge impact on the world and with a degree from Queen’s so could you.


Séverine Robert, Postgraduate Research

Five life hacks for international students in Belfast

4/07/2018 - Simple tips to smooth your transition to life at Queen’s.


Jade Yuen Kei Wong

Everything you need to know about your first week at Queen’s

4/07/2018 - From finding your bearings to making friends, we have got you covered for your September arrival.

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

GB Schools Activities: Inside the AHSS summer school

3/07/2018 - At Queen’s, we have developed an inspiring programme of talks, tours, workshops and events that connects GB students and teachers to the Queen’s community.

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Shreya Mohal, International MBA


2/07/2018 - The Brussels Workplace Study Tour is just one of the many global opportunities offered at Queen’s.

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Claire Kilpatrick, BSc Business Management

Discovering Hong Kong: Inside Queen’s Global Leadership Programme

2/07/2018 - Claire Kilpatrick, a Business Management student from Queen’s, recently took part in our Global Leadership Programme in Hong Kong. Here is what she learned.


Owen Smith, MSc Marketing

Where in the world will a Queen’s degree take me? New York

2/07/2018 - Queen’s graduate Owen Smith is working at Moët Hennessy in NYC for one year as part of the US-NI Mentorship Programme.


Queen's Student Blog

13 photos that prove the Malaysian Society at Queen’s have far too much fun

29/06/2018 - It’s amazing how we manage to squeeze in lectures!

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

8 Things you can do in Belfast that you can’t do anywhere else

29/06/2018 - Belfast is a unique place, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.


Michael O'Hagan, BSc Geography

Where will a Queen's geography degree take me?

29/06/2018 - Michael O’Hagan, BSc Geography (2005) is a hydrographer for Melbourne Water in Australia


Bernadette Collins, MEng Engineering

Where will a Queen’s Engineering degree take me?

29/06/2018 - Bernadette Collins, MEng Engineering (2009), has forged an exciting career in Formula 1, joining McLaren Racing graduate scheme before her most recent post as a Senior Strategy Engineer at Force India.


Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

Go Green at Queen’s: Inside Our Environmental Leadership Programme

28/06/2018 - With global warming a growing problem, every one of us has a role to play in making our planet greener.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

Inside Belfast’s Silicon Valley: Catalyst Inc Science Park

28/06/2018 - Belfast’s next-gen science park is an innovative community of people changing the world. Here’s all you need to know.


Nothern Ireland Student Blog

8 things you didn’t know about Northern Ireland’s booming film industry

26/06/2018 - Goodbye Hollywood, hello Belfast! Thanks to our stunning coastlines, castles and countryside, Northern Ireland is the new go-to filming location for a host of big-budget productions.


Northern Ireland Student Blog

Student meals for under £1 a portion

26/06/2018 - We understand you want to make your student budget stretch as far as possible, and with these fast and easy recipes, cooking on a budget is a cinch.

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Jia Xin Chang, LLB LAW

4 skills you learn in a part-time job that will benefit your entire career

25/06/2018 - It pays the bills, but a student job can also set you up with work skills that are essential for your future career. Here are just a few of them.

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Nothern Ireland Student Blog

8 Awesome Companies Affiliated With Queen’s

25/06/2018 - You can take advantage of our links with some of the biggest employers in Northern Ireland.

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Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

Dealing with homesickness when you’re studying abroad

25/06/2018 - Studying abroad is tough, especially you don’t get to see your friends and family in your home country as often as you’d like.

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Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

Four Things You Can Expect from a Queen’s Career Development Programme

25/06/2018 - I took part in the USA Global Leadership Programme 2018, after an extremely competitive selection process. I had so much fun and made a lot of new friends in the process.

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Hannah Badger, BSc (Hons) Human Biology

Steps to running a Development Week Event

21/06/2018 - Fancy staging an on-campus event to inspire your fellow students? Read on.

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Bimsarie Neranja Jananee Weerathunge

Travelling to Queen's from Sri Lanka

21/06/2018 - Postgraduate student Bimsarie Weerathunge gives her top tips on moving to Belfast from Sri Lanka.

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Bimsarie Neranja Jananee Weerathunge

A day in the life of a Master’s Student at Queen's

21/06/2018 - Bimsarie Weerathunge on the realities of completing a Masters in Management at Queen’s.


Sara Venning, MEng Electrical Engineering

Where will a Queen’s Electrical Engineering degree take me?

20/06/2018 - Queen’s alumna Sara Venning is the CE of NI Water – one of the top five most successful companies in Northern Ireland. She explains how her experience at Queen’s was instrumental to her success.


Northern Ireland Student Blog

Cool workspaces and meet-ups in Belfast where you can get creative

18/06/2018 - Belfast is home to a burgeoning community of start-ups, freelancers and innovators. Here is just a snapshot of the dynamic hot-desking and networking spaces where they operate.


Jia Xin Chang, LLB LAW

The do’s and don’ts of getting a part-time student job

20/06/2018 - Max the experience to boost your CV and earn some extra cash.


Marese O’Hagan, BA Eng/Social Anthropology

4 reasons you’ll never be the same after Erasmus

20/06/2018 - In the first semester of second year, I studied at the Universitat de Barcelona. My Erasmus experience was one that gave me the invaluable experience of adapting to other cultures.

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Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

5 Ways Queen’s Careers team can change your life

19/06/2018 - Hello, dream job.

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Nothern Ireland Student Blog

Meet Belfast’s leading tech investors

18/06/2018 - If you’ve got an idea for an early stage start-up, there are plenty of investment opportunities right on your doorstep in Belfast – a city with innovation at its heart.

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Alex Jeffery, PhD History

Diary of a PhD student: Preparing for a PhD

18/06/2018 - Alex Jeffery explains the process of preparing for a PhD in the first of his blogs about his PhD experience


Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

Belfast's Best Burgers

18/06/2018 - It’s the summer at last. Time for barbecues and burgers. If the weather isn’t that great for a barbie, then nip into one of these top five Belfast burger haunts!


Nothern Ireland Student Blog

15 Queen’s students slaying the Belfast start-up scene

15/06/2018 - If you’ve got the drive and the innovation, Belfast is the place to make your entrepreneurial dreams happen – as these Queen’s graduates, alumni and students will attest.

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Nothern Ireland Student Blog

Why it’s time to get excited about Queen's Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

15/06/2018 - ICYDK, Queen’s is the top university in the UK for KTPs having managed around 350 projects and with 420 graduates employed after taking part. Here’s your at-a-glance guide to the programme.

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Nothern Ireland Student Blog

5 Reasons Why Belfast is the Perfect City to Make Your Way in The World

14/06/2018 - With over 895 international companies employing over 99,000 people in Belfast, Queen's graduates can mine the wealth of employment opportunities available on our doorstep.

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Shauna McCaul, BA Drama

Where to turn to at Queen’s after bereavement

14/06/2018 - Support is available when you are at your most vulnerable.

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Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

Three things to expect when flying to Queen’s from overseas

11/06/2018 - It’s scary landing in a new country, which is why Queen’s student support team are on hand to guide you every step of the way.


Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security

Postgraduate Student Housing Guide

11/06/2018 - Belfast has affordable student housing to suit all lifestyles and budgets.


Anna Kruglova

Moving to Belfast from Moscow

7/06/2018 - Studying abroad is a real adventure, which makes it simultaneously exciting and scary.

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Lauren Johnson, BA English

Your Essential Summer Gig Guide

7/06/2018 - With this line-up, summer is well and truly heating up!

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Karen Hassan, Queen's alumni (BA Drama, 2004)

Where will a Queen’s Drama degree take me?

6/06/2018 - Queen’s alumni actor Karen Hassan has starred in hit shows like Hollyoaks and The Fall. She explains how her experience at Queen’s was instrumental to her success.

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Queen's Student Blog

Five amazing things you can buy with the money you save with the GB scholarship

6/06/2018 - From an unforgettable gap year to a house deposit, here are some ideas on how to spend the £7,500* you could save with Queen’s GB scholarship

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

5 bakeries to try while you’re at Queen’s

6/06/2018 - Northern Ireland, home of wheaten, soda and potato bread. But where can you get your share of baked goods in and around Belfast?


Tejinder Gill, BDS Dentistry

Moving to Belfast from Canada

5/06/2018 - Starting out at a new university can be a very overwhelming experience, let alone moving to a new country. Here are six tips and tricks I picked up when moving from Canada to Belfast!

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Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security

4 Reasons to Discover Kinbane Castle

5/06/2018 - On your next Causeway roadtrip, don’t miss this hidden gem.

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Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

My Journey to Belfast from Hong Kong

4/06/2018 - Leaving home for the first time should be exciting, but at the same time it is nerve-wracking as well. Here is my experience when I first moved from Asia to Belfast.

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Jia Xin Chang, LLB LAW

Moving to Belfast from Malaysia

4/06/2018 - For international students, it can be always nerve-wracking to leave your home and to move to a different country. It takes guts. But guess what? You are not alone.

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

Inside Queen’s Global Leadership Programme

4/06/2018 - The chance to travel and give your CV a massive boost at the same time? Sign me up!

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Queen's Student Blog

29 things you need when moving into Queen’s Accommodation

30/05/2018 - The ultimate list of must-haves, might-wants, luxury items and basic essentials.

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Anna Kruglova

5 truths every PhD student will understand

30/05/2018 - Read these before you decide if a PhD is right for you.

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Justin Ng

5 Reasons to join Queen’s Kickboxing/Muay Thai Club

30/05/2018 - Eat your heart out, Jean Claude Van Damme.

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Justin Ng

6 Places in Belfast that will cure your homesickness for Asia

30/05/2018 - For International students, being away from home can be tough especially when you are feeling a little homesick. If you’re looking to have some food from home, look no further than these six restaurants.


Jia Xin Chang, LLB LAW

Three misconceptions Asian students have about Belfast before they come here

28/05/2018 - Newsflash: There is such a thing as a Northern Irish summer

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Cat Rafferty, Residential Assistant

Queen's Accommodation: Your questions answered!

23/05/2018 - Residential Assistant, Cat Rafferty, is here to answer some of your frequently asked questions about living in Queen’s Accommodation.


Victoria Brown, MA Film

4 Reasons I chose Queen’s to study an MA in Film

4/05/2018 - Victoria Brown is making the leap from undergrad to postgrad and gives you the scoop on why she chose to stay at Queen's for an MA in Film.

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Bimsarie Neranja Jananee Weerathunge

Go it alone in Belfast!

4/05/2018 - There's so much to do in and around Belfast with no mates required!


Northern Ireland Student Blog

The first few weeks of university- my advice

3/05/2018 - Starting university can be daunting for everyone, but our guest blogger, Severine Robert, has some top tips to get you off to a flying start.

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

Top Four Belfast Cinemas

1/05/2018 - Whether you're a movie buff or only in it for the blockbusters, there's a cinema to suit everyone in Belfast!

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Hannah Badger, BSc (Hons) Human Biology

A typical week for a 1st year Biomedical science/Human Biology student*

23/03/2018 - Hannah is here to give you the inside track on Biomedical Science and Human Biology at Queen's...


Northern Ireland Student Blog

Where to get delicious food from your home country in Belfast

10/05/2018 - Let our international students be your culinary guides.

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Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

Four things that will surprise you if you’re coming to Queen's from Asia

10/05/2018 - The driving etiquette is a LOT different from home - and don't even get me started on the accent.

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Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

Three things that happen when you come to Queen’s

9/05/2018 - You’ll soon start to own this whole adulting thing.

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Niamh Wallace, BA English

The Ultimate NI Road-trip: The North Coast

9/05/2018 - School’s out for summer, so hit the road and visit the must-see sites of The Causeway Coast, the region dubbed the best in the world to visit this year!

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Bimsarie Neranja Jananee Weerathunge

6 practical tips for International students in Belfast

4/05/2018 - All you need to know to settle into student life in Northern Ireland.


Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

An A-Z of Sport at Queen’s

4/05/2018 - Queen’s has a rep as one of the premier sporting universities in the UK and Ireland. Here are just some of the reasons why.

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Alisha Ratcliffe, BA English

Your Practical Guide to Moving into Queen’s Student Accommodation

4/05/2018 - So, you’ve got the grades and confirmed your offer at Queen’s, but now you face what seems like your first big feat as an adult – moving out.

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Shreya Mohal, International MBA

5 Ways the MBA at Queen’s helped me

4/05/2018 - Step out of your comfort zone and begin a challenging journey, says MBA student Shreya Mohal.


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10 cool things to do that are less than 2 hours away from Belfast

3/05/2018 - Explore caves, castles and coastline – and be back in time for tea!

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Maisha Hossain, MA Creative Writing

Inside the Hillsborough Literary Festival

1/05/2018 - Creative writing student Maisha Hossain visited the first ever springtime festival featuring more than 30 events including poetry, prose, music, film and talks.


Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

Five Belfast restaurants you must eat in while studying at Queen's

1/05/2018 - There’s a reason we’ve been voted the top place to travel for food*, you know.


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21 events and activities in Queen’s halls that’ll make you want to move in immediately

1/05/2018 - At Queen’s Accommodation, we don’t just provide first-class student rooms, we offer a jam-packed social schedule to help you make friends. From beach trips to quiz nights, there is with something for everyone. Here is a taster.

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Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

Three differences between school and university

30/04/2018 - From navigating a supersized campus to coping with a sea of new faces, Shing Him Mak explains the main differences between school and university – and how to deal with it all.


Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

9 Things to Know About Queen’s Accommodation - from someone who’s lived there

27/04/2018 - From navigating a shared bathroom sitch to whether to bring your own pots, Peter Moor nixes all your freshers’ fears about halls.


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26 student photos that perfectly capture the beauty of Northern Ireland

25/04/2018 - Wondering what there is to do in your downtime while you're a student at Queen's? Take a leaf out of these students' books and take in the epic countryscapes, beaches and mountains right on the doorstep of Belfast.


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What these Queen’s students say about Belfast might surprise you

24/04/2018 - If all you know about Belfast is what your parents have told you about a bygone era, think again. As these students found out, Belfast is safe, friendly and affordable modern city that’s buzzing with energy and culture.

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28 amazing photos from Queen's students that will make you want to study abroad

24/04/2018 - Got a bad case of wanderlust? With the global opportunities available at Queen’s, you can travel the world during your time here. Let these pictures from our current students inspire your #travelgoals

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24 pics that will reassure you if you’re worried about making friends at Queen’s

24/04/2018 - From the like-minded folk on your course to the fun-loving peeps you’ll encounter in our clubs and societies, there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people and make friends at Queen’s. Just let these student pictures inspire your #squadgoals


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14 Times Queen’s Campus Reminded us of Hogwarts

25/04/2018 - From the Great Hall to the castle-like Lanyon Building, we can see Harry and Hermione fitting right in here – and you can even play Quidditch!

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

8 Amazing Part-time Student Jobs Available Right Here on Campus

19/04/2018 - How would you like to earn cash, have fun and boost your CV to boot?

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Queen's Student Blog

What is a Russell Group uni and what does it mean for you?

18/04/2018 - You’ve probably come across the phrase ‘Russell Group’ in your university selection process. But what does it mean and how important is it?

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Queen's Student Blog

Why the GB Scholarship is a great reason to make Queen’s your firm choice.

18/04/2018 - How does £7,500 a year sound? How about free flight, room upgrades and more? Read on…

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Scott Duffield, BA Broadcast Production

A GB Student’s Guide to Flying Home for the Weekend

13/04/2018 - It’s easier than you think to pop home for a visit!


Michael McConway, BA History and Politics

Top tips for coming out of your shell at uni

13/04/2018 - Introverts, there is where you come into your own

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Victoria Brown, BA English and Film Studies

The emotional journey of writing at university versus writing at school



Alisha Ratcliffe, BA English

7 Truths Every English Studies Student at Queen’s Knows

11/04/2018 - Six hours of class a week does not mean it's easy, okay?

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Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security

A week in the life of a Global Security and Borders postgraduate student

11/04/2018 - Borders are a hot topic these days (Brexit, anyone?) and as Master’s student Marissa Piccolo explains, it’s incredibly rewarding to study some of the greatest challenges facing us all.


Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security

10 Hours in Winterfell: Inside a Game of Thrones Tour!

11/04/2018 - When you arrive at Queen’s, prepare to get your GOT nerd on and express your inner Stark., says Master's student Marissa Piccolo, from Connecticut, USA.

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Ingrid Briano Jasso, MSc Leadership

5 ways my Queen’s placement has been a life-changing experience

11/04/2018 - As part of her MSc in Leadership for Sustainable Development, Queen's student Ingrid Briano Jasso, from Mexico, got the opportunity to volunteer in Kenya - a trip that has changed her life.


Nermin Al Sharman, PhD Interpreting

My first St Patrick’s Day in pictures


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Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

Making the leap from school to university

11/04/2018 - Starting university is a big change from school life, but keep these top tips in mind and it’ll be a breeze.

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

What it’s really like to study English at Queen’s

11/04/2018 - From a typical timetable to what happens inside the lecture theatre, Peter Moor reveals what it’s like to be an English student at Queen’s.

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

Where to relive the history of the Titanic in Belfast

11/04/2018 - On April 15th 1912, the famous Titanic ship sunk; 106 years on, Belfast pays homage to the passengers of the doomed liner.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

Things to do in Belfast: A Student Guide to the Best Festivals and Events in the City

26/03/2018 - From art and food to culture and comedy, Belfast has a packed schedule of international festivals, celebrations and events for you to enjoy. Here is just a snapshot.

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Hannah Badger, BSc (Hons) Human Biology

A guide to living with your parents while at Queen’s

23/03/2018 - It’s not as bad as you think (and you’ll be guaranteed free food!).

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

Five reasons to book a campus tour before confirming your offer

26/03/2018 - Campus tour guide Peter Moor explains why visiting Queen’s is the only way to get a feel for the university and the city.

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

Top five theatres in Belfast

13/03/2018 - From cutting-edge comedy to big-band musicals, Belfast is home to some of the best theatre in the world.


Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

How to Deal with Mixed Feelings About Leaving Home For University

22/03/2018 - International student Shing Him Mak offers his advice on making the move to Belfast from overseas.


Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security

Four Things to do in Downpatrick (just in time for St Patrick’s Day)

14/03/2018 - Master’s student Marissa Piccolo, from Connecticut, USA, on why a cultural trip to Downpatrick is a must while you’re studying in Belfast.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

A-Z of Belfast for 2018

7/03/2018 - Your bite-sized guide to student life in the city.

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10 Reasons to Confirm Your Place At Queen's

8/03/2018 - Here are just ten of the reasons you should join us in Belfast.


Nermin Al Sharman, PhD Interpreting

Six money-saving tips every Queen's student needs to know

13/03/2018 - The apps, sites and discount cards that can save you major mullah.

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Emily Romeril, Guest blogger

Four things you might not know about Queen’s rowing Club

13/03/2018 - Row, row, row your boat gently down the Lagan, says guest blogger Emily Romeril, a member of Queen's Rowing Club

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Nermin Al Sharman, PhD Interpreting

Where to find The best veggie food close to campus

12/03/2018 - Six of the best meat-free maestros in and around uni.

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Francesca Morelli, BSc International Business

Why a placement year abroad is worth it

9/03/2018 - As her year working in France winds down, Francesca Morelli is leaving Paris with new friends, new skills and new confidence.


Nermin Al Sharman, PhD Interpreting

Where to find Halal food in Belfast

9/03/2018 - Having access to home comforts is at the very top of every international student's list of priorities. Queen’s postgraduate student Nermin Al Sharman from Jordan has got you covered with her guide on where to get halal food in Belfast.

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Sinead Henry, BA Politics, Philosophy and Eco

5 Things I Love About Volunteering

6/03/2018 - I’ve been a volunteer since I was 14 and now I can’t imagine my life without it. I’ve made so many friends and done things I never would have done before, so take a look at why I love volunteering.

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

6 International Foodie Hotspots in Belfast

2/03/2018 - Yes, you’re in Northern Ireland, but that doesn’t mean that you have to stick with endless Ulster Frys and bowls galore of beef stew. Take the chance to go a bit exotic and try some of these international foodie hotspots around Belfast.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

A Student’s Guide to Belfast

27/02/2018 - Get your bearings with this local guide to the student hotspots.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

What Belfast people say versus what they actually mean

26/02/2018 - Hint: this can get confusing.

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Nermin Al Sharman, PhD Interpreting

Why Queen's Qulture Shock is an event not to be missed

13/04/2018 - Hello, drama, dance, music, comedy, rituals and food from around the world.

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Shing Him Mak, LLB Law

My Experience of the St Patrick’s Day Parade

5/06/2018 - The St Patrick’s Day Parade in Belfast is so much fun. I represented the University by participating in the parade in March 2018. Here is my experience.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

QUIZ: Are you a Titanorak or a Thronie?

26/02/2018 - Belfast’s film industry is thriving with every major production crew from 'Line of Duty' to 'The Fall' coming to Northern Ireland, but which TV tribe do you belong to?

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Ten things about studying in Northern Ireland that’ll stop your parents worrying

27/02/2018 - Did you know it’s the safest place in the UK?

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Shreya Mohal, International MBA

6 Thoughts You Have Seeing Snow for the First Time

2/03/2018 - The Northern Irish weather can be, erm, unpredictable, but it also throws up some beautifully unexpected surprises, says MBA student Shreya Mohal.


Farah Hamdan, BSc Environmental Management

The Best Places to Go Hiking in Belfast If You Don't have A Car

22/02/2018 - These jaw-dropping hikes are a must on your uni bucket list, says Environmental Management undergraduate, Farah Hamdan. The best bit? They are just a short bus ride away from campus.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog

Belfast student area guide

28/02/2018 - Our guide to finding the right area to live in the city.

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Shreya Mohal, International MBA

5 Culture Shock Moments that Indian Students Experience When they Arrive in Belfast

12/02/2018 - Living and studying at Queen’s University has been the best experience, but it’s not without a few surprises, says MBA student Shreya Mohal.


Nermin Al Sharman, PhD Interpreting

18 Instagrams that will make you want to study in Belfast

19/02/2018 - Queen’s postgraduate student Nermin Al Sharman, the Jordanian blogger behind The White Rose Project shares Belfast through her lens.


Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

Five Simple Travel Hacks if You’re Flying To Queen’s from other parts of the UK

20/02/2018 - With these air travel tips, the one-hour flight to Belfast from your UK city will be a doddle, says Peter Moor, from Huddersfield.

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Alisha Ratcliffe, BA English

A Student’s Guide to Living in Stranmillis

13/02/2018 - There are lots of affordable areas where students choose to live after they move on from Queen’s accommodation. Here, undergraduate Alisha Ratcliffe explains why she chose Stranmillis.

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

The most charming bookshops in Belfast (updated)

13/02/2018 - You’re going to university. The reality is you’re going to be doing a fair bit of reading. The perfect excuse to take a nosey round some of the cutest bookshops in and around Queen’s, says Peter Moor.

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Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security

5 things to do on a Sunday Staycation in Portrush

9/02/2018 - Just over an hour and forty minutes by train at the reduced Sunday fare of £7.50, Portrush inspired a #StaycationSunday tradition for Master’s student Marissa Piccolo, from Connecticut, USA.

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Lucy Brown, PhD Chemistry

Four reasons you should dive in to the Underwater Hockey club at Queen’s

2/02/2018 - Fun, friends and fitness are just a few of the reasons to take the plunge, says Lucy Brown from Cambridge, England, a member of Queen’s Underwater Hockey Club

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Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security

Why Whitehead is the unsung hero of the Causeway Coast (and it's only 40 mins from campus!)

1/02/2018 - Need a study break? Dramatic limestone cliffs and an old-world charm make this coastal resort a must-do day trip, says Master's student Marissa Piccolo, from Connecticut, USA.

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Jocelyn Hill, MB Medicine

Five reasons Queen's sailing club rocks

31/01/2018 - When you find a hobby that you love, university life is plain sailing, says guest blogger Jocelyn Hill from Queen's sailing club

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Francesca Morelli, BSc International Business

Parisian Things I was Unaware of Before Working Abroad

1/02/2018 - French pigeons came to slay, says International Business with French undergraduate, Francesca Morelli


Nyemahame Okwu, MB Medicine

Four things to know about Queen’s cultural melting pot

30/01/2018 - Everyone can benefit from our global campus, says guest blogger Nyemahame Okwu, from Queen's African Caribbean Society


Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics

Six things to do on a day trip to Dublin

24/01/2018 - The Irish capital is less than two hours by train and costs as little as a tenner return, so it’s well worth a day trip, says undergraduate Peter Moor, from Huddersfield, England.

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Maria Luiza Amadeu Henriques dos Santos, LLM

5 Ways Queen's has boosted my confidence

30/01/2018 - There are lots of lessons to be learned outside the lecture theatre, says Maria Luiza Amadeu Henriques dos Santos, LLM International Business Law, from Brazil

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Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security

5 Reasons Your Next Day Trip Should be to Murlough Nature Reserve

25/01/2018 - Combining sea and mountains and more fresh air than your lungs can handle, the stunning Mourne Mountains should be top of your Northern Ireland travel bucket list, says Master's student Marissa Piccolo, from Connecticut, USA.

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Francesca Morelli, BSc International Business

Working abroad: Office life versus student life

12/01/2018 - Those early starts are a shock to the system, says International Business with French undergraduate, Francesca Morelli


Rafal Kacprzyk, MSc Biochemistry

Four things I’ve learned about Skydiving at Queen’s

6/09/2017 - The sky is not the limit, says guest blogger Rafal Kacprzyk, President of Queen's Skydiving Club

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Alisha Ratcliffe, BA English

Christmas in Belfast on a budget

19/10/2017 - December is an expensive month, but you can still feel festive on a student budget, says English undergraduate Alisha Ratcliffe.


Francesca Morelli, BSc International Business

Top tips for surviving your first months working abroad

19/10/2017 - Working abroad is a life-changing experience, but that doesn't mean it isn't a lonely one, says International Business with French undergraduate, Francesca Morelli

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Francesca Morelli, BSc International Business

Confessions of an NI girl in Paris

19/10/2017 - Contrary to what you see on Instagram, she doesn't spend her weekends eating baguettes at the Eiffel Tower, says International Business with French undergraduate, Francesca Morelli


Lucy Rutherford, BSc Psychology

If you have these personality traits, Queen’s surf club could be for you.

6/09/2017 - You can't stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf, says guest blogger Lucy Rutherford from Queen's Surf Club


Rachel Darragh, PGCE Education (Mathematics)

Four reasons I love Queen’s dance club

6/09/2017 - Dance lets you find yourself, and lose yourself at the same time, says guest blogger Rachel Darragh, President of the Dance Society at Queen's

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Farah Hamdan, BSc Environmental Management

Five Stunning Green Spaces in Belfast

1/02/2018 - Need some headspace when the assignments are piling up? Grab some fresh air in one of these incredible outdoor places – most within walking distance of campus, says Environmental Management undergraduate, Farah Hamdan

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Alishia O'Boyle, Law LLB

A trip to the Naughton Gallery

19/12/2016 - On the 8th of December, I visited the Naughton Gallery at Queens for the first time. It was a refreshing new experience as I had never actually visited a gallery before although it was on my ‘to do’ list.

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Alishia O'Boyle, Law LLB

The Difference Between School and University

13/12/2016 - Throughout sixth form, I always used to hear the same comments by teachers – ‘this is sixth form now, the spoon feeding is over’ which more or less translated to stop being lazy and do the work yourself this time round.

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Calista Arthey, History & Archaeology

Starting University with mental health issues

5/12/2016 - Mental health problems are becoming an increasing issue for young adults across the world, and these issues can have a significant effect on life at university.



Autumn Adventures: Belfast and Beyond

29/11/2016 - Hey guys, so here's my second blog on my Autumn Adventures which include Halloween, Dublin and the Christmas markets!

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Alishia O'Boyle, Law LLB

My last minute journey to Belfast after clearing and adjustment

28/11/2016 - Coming through adjustment, especially being the only student in my school to do so that year, was a pleasantly surprising but simple process which led me to where I initially wanted to be in the first place – Queen's.

Rhianne Morgan, MA History

Moving in and a trip to the Titanic: My first few weeks in Belfast

22/11/2016 - So this is my first blog entry and it only seems right to speak about my move to Belfast and what I was up to the first two weeks. So here's goes...

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Meg Walton, BSc Business Management

Life in Belfast: My first few weeks at Queen's

21/11/2016 - Apart from a little bit more rain compared to what I am used to at home, I couldn’t have imagined a friendlier environment.

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Calista Arthey, BA History & Archaeology

7 ways I cope with student stress

21/11/2016 - With a hundred thoughts pacing through my head, I glance at my calendar once again – 3 deadlines next week. 3 essays from 3 modules. All 2000 or 3000 words each...

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Alishia O'Boyle, LLB Law

Belfast to the Isle of Man: Heading home for Bonfire Night!

14/11/2016 - So here I am, about to set off home to the Isle of Man for the weekend. Can’t say I’m not ecstatic to get a cup of tea which I haven’t had to make, or food for that matter.

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