Frequently Asked Questions
Alumni Relations Queries
How can I update my contact details with Queen's?
If you are registered with Net Community, you can log in and amend the contact details that we hold for you.
Visit the User Page to log in, reset your password or to register for an account.
You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org to have your details updated. If doing so, please include your:
- full name
- date of birth
- the subject (s) that you studied at Queen's and
- the year(s) of your graduation (s).
All graduate information is collected and stored in accordance with the latest UK data protection legislation and will be treated confidentially. You can read our current Data Protection promise to you here.
- How do I obtain a copy of my degree certificate or transcript?
Replacement degree certificates can be obtained if the original parchment has been lost or destroyed, at a cost of £25 per parchment. For full information on requesting a copy of a degree certificate (often referred to as a parchment) please visit the Student Registry Services website.
A transcript is a confirmation of your academic history and will list academic modules and results obtained during your studies. For more information on how to obtain one, visit the Official Transcripts FAQ page.
- I was unable to be on campus for graduation, can I hire a gown to take photos?
Yes, gowns are available for hire in a range of sizes for graduates with Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees and PhDs.
Gown hire costs £25 for 48 hours. A copy of your degree certificate is required to book a gown.
Gowns must be collected from the Welcome Centre, as delivery is unavailable.
Visit the Welcome Centre website for more information or contact email@example.com.
- Can I continue to use my Queen's email address after graduating?
Who do I contact if I have issues with my Queen's email address?
Your Queen's email address remains active for 2 years following your graduation. Following this, it may be deleted if it is inactive for over 6 months.
Although you retain access to your email address, you lose access to Canvas, QOL and Office365 after graduation.
Full terms and conditions here.
If you are continuing to have issues that are not solved by above guide, email firstname.lastname@example.org including the following information so we can verify your identity before raising this directly with IT on your behalf:
- Your full name
- date of birth
- the subject (s) that you studied at Queen's and
- the year(s) of your graduation (s).
- Can I continue to use the on-campus facilities like the gym and the Library?
You certainly can, in fact Queen’s graduates can take advantage of discounted rates for these services.
Graduates can save up to £48 per year compared to member of the public with Queen’s Sport.
Becoming an Associate Member of the Library means you can borrow up to 10 books at a time. For members of the public this costs £120, but for graduates it is £69. Those who graduated in the past six months can avail of a further discount of just £54 for the year.
Can Queen’s offer any support in finding a graduate job?
You can continue to use the services and information available through the Careers, Employability and Skills team for 2 years following graduation.
Current vacancies, help with interviews, help with CVs and one-to-one support is available.
- How do I submit a story or a Class Note for inclusion on your website?
We love to hear about our graduates and will always do our best to include your news in the Class Notes section of our website. Details should be emailed to email@example.com.
- A graduate acquaintance has died – can I submit an obituary for publication?
Obituaries and appreciations should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be published online in the Obituaries section as soon as possible.
- I’d like to contact a former Queen’s classmate – can you help?
Email your query to email@example.com and, if we hold a current address for your former classmate, we will forward your message to them on your behalf.
Alternatively, if you are happy for us to do so, include your contact details and we can ask them to contact you directly.
- How can I trace an ancestor who I think went to Queen’s?
Yes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your query, providing as much detail about your ancestor as you can.
For example in addition to their full name (including maiden names for married female graduates) and date of birth, please also provide their subject of study, any degrees they obtained, their year of graduation etc.
Is there an alumni group/association in my area?
Queen’s has an extensive network of associations and alumni chapters around the world. Check our Associations page to find out if there’s one near you.
Often where there is not a formal association, there are dedicated LinkedIn groups, where graduates in specific regions can interact.
If there is not currently an association in your area and you are interested in setting one up, please contact email@example.com. We can then check how many graduates are in your area and provide advice on getting an association started, if there are sufficient numbers.
- How do I organise a class/year reunion?
Reunions are a great way to meet up with former classmates and are, inevitably a lot of fun!
General advice on organising such graduate events can be found on the Reunions & Events page.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for some help in getting an event together.
- Can I get married at Queen’s?
Queen's campus is an ideal location for your wedding. As a graduate you can hold a civil ceremony and/or wedding reception in the historic Great Hall on the main campus or in the quiet leafy surrounds of Riddel Hall on the Stranmillis Road.
Find out more on our Weddings page.
- I’d like to buy a Queen’s branded gift – where can I do so?
Queen’s Welcome Centre is a Northern Ireland Tourist Board Local Information Office. It serves as an information point for visitors and tourists, as well as offering a varied selection of souvenirs and gifts, many engraved with the crest of the University.
You’d be very welcome to drop in during opening hours (8am-5pm, Mon-Fri), to email your enquiry to email@example.com, to give us a call (+44 (0)28 9097 5252) or to shop online.
- What does the Queen's Development and Alumni Relations Office do?
The Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) keeps graduates of the University in touch with each other and with Queen's through a programme of regular engagement and raises vital funds to support the ongoing activities of the University.
You can follow DARO's activities on social media by following us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Why are Queen’s fundraising?
Queen’s is always striving to conduct more cutting-edge research, to maintain and build upon the excellence of the University’s facilities and to continue to enhance the student experience.
Fundraising has had a huge difference not only on campus, but in the wider community as research at Queen’s has changed so many lives for the better.
Among the countless examples of projects funded by generous donations at Queen’s are the POP programme, the vibrant creative writing hub at the Seamus Heaney Centre and the life-changing work underway at The Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research.
- What will my money be spent on?
Many of our donors request that their money is spent in areas that are passionate about, whether this is the University’s Rugby, Rowing or Wado Ryu Karate clubs, scholarships and bursaries for incoming students, or certain schools, faculties or research institutes at Queen’s.
If you have no particular preference, then your donation will be allocated to the area of most urgent need within the University.
- I’d like to support Queen’s financially, what is the best way to do this?
You can set up a recurring gift, or send a one-time gift in Pounds from our 'Make a Gift' page, for which a small admin fee will be incurred. There are also pages for American and Canadian donors wishing to contribute in Dollars.
Alternatively, contributions can be made by post, bank transfer, through payroll and more. For more information visit our Giving pages:
For general information on supporting the University please visit the Queen’s Foundation web page.
- I’d like to support Queen’s through volunteering, how do I go about this?
There are always a number of volunteer opportunities, whether this is working with students as a mentor, providing a profile on your career achievements since graduation or representing graduates as a member of Convocation.
Find out more on our Volunteering page.
- Can I leave a gift to Queen’s in my will?
Legacy gifts from alumni and other supporters of Queen’s make a huge impact, funding the latest research and supporting students and staff across the University.
Read about the difference that previous legacy gifts have made to Queen's and find out more information on our Legacy Gifts page.
Can I make an anonymous donation?
Yes you can request that your donation remain anonymous by notifying us at the Development and Alumni Relations Office : email firstname.lastname@example.org,
We will ensure that you gift remains anonymous and that your name does not appear on the Donor Roll of Honour.
- Are funds available for student projects, clubs and societies?
The Queen's Annual Fund is dedicated to enhancing the student experience and supports a diverse range of projects led by students.
Each year the Fund supports Schools, Clubs and Societies with a diverse range of projects and events, including scholarships, mental health and wellbeing initiatives, sport development, community impact, cultural diversity and much more.
Read more and apply for funding on our Annual Fund page.
- Are there tax advantages to giving to the University?
Queen's University of Belfast Foundation has its own Registered Charity Number: NIC 102044. This means that gifts made by UK income tax payers can benefit from Gift Aid. More information contact email@example.com.
- Does Queen’s have a Donor Charter and Gift Agreement Policy?
Queen's treats all of its donors with the highest level of care and respect.
Our Donor Promise and Gift Acceptance Policy are available to assure all donors and prospective donors of the integrity and accountability of the Development programme at Queen’s.