Extra special day for Kelly-Ann as husband Ian plays the organ for her graduation ceremony

Kelly-Ann Eastwood will graduate today (Saturday 30 June) with a PhD from the Centre for Public Health

Dr Kelly-Ann Eastwood is graduating today (Saturday 30th June) with a PhD from the Centre for Public Health within the School Of Medicine, Dentistry And Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University.

This day of celebration will be a very special one for Kelly-Ann as her husband Rev Dr Ian Mills will be playing the organ in the Whitla Hall, as he does at every graduation - but for this ceremony the occasion will be ‘extra’ special.

“Before being ordained in the Church of Ireland, my husband was a full-time organist. As a Queen’s graduate, he’s delighted to maintain this link with his alma mater by playing at the summer graduation ceremonies, a role he has enjoyed for the past ten years.

“I am very excited to share this special day with him and it will be wonderful to know he will be playing at my graduation.”

Kelly-Ann is an Academic Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology within the School Of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University and completed her PhD as a mature student.

She is currently on secondment to St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol where she is completing sub-specialty training in Maternal and Foetal Medicine.

Speaking ahead of her graduation, Kelly-Ann comments: “I enjoyed my time as a PhD student immensely.”

“Stepping out of my clinical training programme in Obstetrics and Gynaecology was somewhat daunting initially, however, I felt supported and encouraged to pursue my research interests and develop independence as an early career researcher.”

“I am absolutely delighted to be graduating. Looking back, completing my PhD has been a once in a lifetime experience; it has undoubtedly made me a more inquisitive clinician and instilled in me a desire to improve obstetric outcomes for mothers and their babies.”

Kelly-Ann is due to return to Belfast next year to continue her research in the field of pre-eclampsia and obesity in pregnancy.