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Queen’s directorates ensure the university’s professional and academic needs are fully supported. This ensures effective communication, decision-making and advice on issues of critical importance to the working of the university.

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Our amazing people

Professor Maire O'Neill

Staff leading innovation

Professor Maire O'Neill

Maire is a British Female Inventor of the Year and the youngest-ever engineering professor at Queen’s University Belfast

She is widely regarded as one of Europe’s leading cryptography experts and the inventor of a high-speed silicon security chip that is used in more than 100 million TV set-top boxes. Her current work focuses on the design of novel security solutions for communications applications.

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Gift Sotonye-Frank

Students who make a difference

Gift Sotonye-Frank, PhD Law

Gift Sotonye-Frank – a PhD student in the School of Law recognised for her dedication to the area of gender, sexuality and human rights, with a focus on female’s rights, including the right to education for young women in Nigeria – is the winner of the 2019 First Trust Bank Queen’s Student of the Year Award.

Elected in March as the 2019/20 Students’ Union Vice-President Postgraduate Officer, Gift was previously a Women’s Officer campaigning on issues of importance to women students in the Union, University and beyond and supporting the engagement of female students.

She was chosen as 2019 Student of the Year for her contribution to student life and for being the voice of women students at Queen’s.

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Amazing Alumni

Lisa McGee

Lisa McGee, stage and screen writer, and creator of Channel 4 smash hit sitcom Derry Girls has scooped the coveted First Trust Bank Queen’s Graduate of the Year Award. Lisa graduated with a BA in Drama in 2002.

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Honorary graduates

Seamus Heaney

A Queen's graduate in his own right, Heaney was honoured in 1982. Regarded as one of the most recongisable poets in the world, he won a Nobel Prize in 1995.

Honorary Graduates

Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellors

Nola Dundas-Hewitt

Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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Professor Ian Willliams

Engineering and Physical Sciences

Welcome to EPS

Professor Stuart Elborn

Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

Welcome to MHLS


Professor David Jones

PVC, Education and Students

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Emma Flynn

Professor Emma Flynn

PVC, Research and Enterprise

About Professor Flynn

Professor Richard English

PVC, Internationalisation and Engagement

About Professor English

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