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Legacy Gift : Education

Legacy Gifts

Invest in life-changing education with a gift in your will

A gift in your will changes lives for generations to come.

Legacy gifts which fund scholarships and bursaries help raise the aspirations of talented young people from all backgrounds, unlocking potential and attracting individuals who will go on to contribute to Northern Ireland’s success around the world.


This legacy gift was established by Frances Carpenter through a deed of variation of Jean’s will to encourage women to further their education through an undergraduate degree course at Queen’s.

Jean was a member of Queen’s Women Graduates, attending regular meetings and events. She had a passionate ambition to support women’s education, a subject area which Jean pursued through her own career – as a teacher, a head teacher and a representative of the National Association of Head Teachers.

The award was granted to first-year student, Seanna Turner. Seanna said: “As a 25-year-old mother of two returning to education, I found the financial struggle to be greater than I imagined. Social work is something I have always wanted to do. I am passionate about promoting equality, helping others and empowering socially disadvantaged groups. I am determined that my financial situation will not unfairly dictate my future and I am thankful for this amazing support.”


Professor Dunwoody set up a scholarship to recognise the institutions which had influenced his career.

He said of his motivation: “Queen’s played a very large part in my professional and personal life. As the beneficiary of a scholarship myself, I understand first-hand the benefits of helping gifted students who may not have the resources to support a university education, so I wanted to give something back. I hope that those who can, will give a little to help support such individuals.”

One student beneficiary of the Dunwoody Scholarship was Jubin Jomon, who said of the support:

“It has helped me immensely by reducing my educational expenses. Furthermore, it has enabled me to devote more time to studying so that I can make the best use of my opportunity to study at Queen’s University. In the long term I hope that the skills and knowledge I acquire at university will help me to contribute more fully to society and to the field of engineering in particular. It has also inspired me to encourage other students into the field of engineering.” Jubin Jomon, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, MEng (UM) Chemical Engineering.


In December 2017, Professor Hastings Donnan, Director of The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice presented Angela Narbano Iranzo with the Dr and Mrs Tyrrell Prize for Conflict Transformation and Social Justice.

The prize was a legacy gift from the late Murray Tyrrell (BA German, 1973). Murray had studied at Queen’s during a time of intense civil unrest in Northern Ireland and this experience had sparked an interest in the dynamics of conflicting societies.

Murray’s sister Helen was delighted to learn that her late brother’s legacy has had such an impact. She said: “I feel privileged in having a chance to read her prizewinning essay and I know it will add to the growing body of literature in this important area”.


To ensure that Queen’s University can continue to invest in research which changes lives in Northern Ireland and worldwide, your help is needed.

When you choose to leave a charitable legacy you become part of the solution.

You inspire the greatest minds and invest in world-class research.

You change lives.

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