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Graduate Student and Alumni Volunteer of the Year

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Student impact and contributions
Student of the Year Award

Queen’s students are distinguished alumni in the making. Every year thousands of individual students make a positive impact by participating in community service projects, internships and volunteer activities both on and off campus. Those nominated for the Student of the Year Award should have made a significant contribution to the life of the University, or to the lives of others, during the previous 12 months. In the past, this award has gone to individuals for their volunteer work or their entrepreneurism and to groups of law, medical and engineering students for initiatives and breakthroughs in their respective fields.

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Graduate of the Year trophy is awarded to Lisa McGee
Making a difference after graduation
Graduate of the Year Award

Nominations for individuals or groups should be made for those who have made substantial contributions to the arts, sciences, business, sporting, public or academic life. Entries for those who have made a significant contribution to the lives of others, or to the life of the University, are considered. The recipient(s) will be awarded at the annual black tie Charter Day Dinner, organised by the Queen’s Graduates’ Association. The judging panel consists of representatives of the QGA, the University, and the Students' Union. Judges stress that academic qualifications, high office or fame are not prerequisites to winning; nominations that are novel, courageous, innovative and bold are encouraged.

Previous Winners
Sean Hunt accepts his award
Enhancing the lives of others
Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award

An Award will be made to the graduate or group of graduates who has (have) committed time and expertise to the University in support of its goals, to advance the student experience, enhance the University’s reputation, support student recruitment activities, improve the employability of our students, support our alumni community, or to assist in governance. The Alumni Volunteer of the Year may have mentored staff or students, provided student placements or projects, supported the University, association or committee governance, written graduate profiles, spoken at Queen’s events, organised alumni events and activities or otherwise supported the University with a substantial gift of time. A selection criteria will be used by the panel to assess all nominations.

Previous Winners
Students of the year 2020
AIB Queen's Student of the Year 2020
Frontline healthcare students

For the first time in it's 22-year history, the Student of the Year award went to a group of over 700 students from a range of faculties and schools across the University. The award went to frontline final year and graduating students in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences (MHLS) and in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW), in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The students in these cohorts were acknowledged for selflessly stepping forward to aid the fight against COVID-19 in the community in varioous locations throughout Northern Ireland.

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Graduate of the Year 2020
AIB Queen's Graduate of the Year 2020
Marie-Thérèse McGivern

Marie-Thérèse McGivern, BSSc Political Science (1976), Chair of the Belfast Maritime Trust, Non-Executive Director on the Board of NI Water, Non-Executive Director on the Strategic Investment Board for Northern Ireland and, until March 2020, Principal and Chief Executive of Belfast Metropolitan College, was announced as the recipient of the 2020 AIB (NI) Queen’s Graduate of the Year Award.

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Gerry Gormley receives the Volunteer of the Year award
Alumni Volunteer of the Year 2019
Professor Gerry Gormley

Professor Gerry Gormley is a Queen’s medical graduate (1995) and Clinical Professor in Simulation and Clinical skills in the Centre for Medical Education at the University. Gerry has been tireless in his support throughout the development of the new Simulation Centre, attending events at weekends and evenings, giving tours to individuals and groups, hosting visits to the existing clinical skills centre and leading on an event in London for potential donors.

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More information
Contact Andy Nisbet Friel
Graduate of the Year
Nomination form
Student of the Year
Nomination form
Alumni Volunteer of the Year
Nomination form