Higginson Leadership Award

  • Higginson Leadership Award

Higginson Leadership Award

The Higginson Leadership Award was founded by a gift in 1954 from Wing-Commander John S Higginson, MA, CBE, OBE, who lived at Ballyward Lodge near Castlewellan in Co Down.  Wing-Commander Higginson was an RAF veteran of the Second World War, whose post-war activities became increasingly philanthropic in nature, focusing in particular on improving services and facilities for the youth of Northern Ireland.  Wing-Commander Higginson died in November 2000, but the award has been re-launched by his nephew and heir Andrew Higginson OBE, who has assumed the role of Trustee.  Andrew Higginson is a former Director of Higginson Associates Ltd, London-based Consultants in Conflict Resolution, Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Assistance, and Risk Management.

The Higginson Leadership Award Panel is:

  • Andrew Higginson - Chair
  • Eileen Murphy - Chair of the Scholarships and Awards Group and Professor of Archaeology, School of Natural and Built Environment
  • Karl Oakes - Development Manager, Queen’s Sport
  • Jenny Brown - Secretary to the Scholarship and Awards Group and Quality Assurance Administrator, Academic Affairs

The purpose of the award is to encourage a sense of social responsibility and inspirational leadership among students of the University, and to support enterprising activities or ventures overseas which will demonstrate initiative and the ability to inspire or act as a role model for others. 

Applicants must be enrolled Queen’s students at the application closing date. 

An award will be made up to the value of £3,000. The award will be open for application and allocation every two years. In the event that further funding is required for your overall project, Academic Affairs (aascholarships@qub.ac.uk) can direct the applicant to other funding opportunities across the University.

The winner of the award will also qualify for Degree Plus through Route A provided all conditions of the award have been met, before the Degree Plus deadline in the year which they are due to graduate.  This will be verified by the Award Panel.


Applicants are encouraged to submit a Stage 1 application form to the Award Panel by Friday, 25 January 2019.  This is a very useful opportunity to receive feedback from the panel on your proposal and should assist applicants to complete the detailed application form to the required standard. 

The Panel will provide feedback on your initial application by Friday, 15 February 2019.  Should your proposed project or activity not meet the criteria for the award, the feedback will indicate that a full Stage 2 application would not be appropriate. It would therefore be anticipated that only those proposals which are in line with the spirit and criteria of the award will proceed to Stage 2/Full Application.

Further guidance on suitable activities and, conversely, examples of those projects which are not in line with the criteria are included in both the Stage 1 application form and the Stage 2/Final application form.  For further guidance, you can also contact Academic Affairs at aascholarships@qub.ac.uk.

Stage 2/Full Applications closing date: Friday, 15 March 2019

Completed application forms, with references, should be returned to the Academic Affairs, Level 6 Administration Building, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN by the closing date.  You may be called for interview and you will be notified of the date in advance. 

All awards are subject to funding availability.


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