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Hannah Gillespie will graduate today (Saturday 30 June) with an MB BCh BAO in Medicine

Hannah Gillespie

Celebrating graduation success, Hannah Gillespie will today (Saturday 30th June) graduate from the School Of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences with a Bachelor Degree in Medicine.

Hannah is the first Queen’s University student to be awarded the prestigious appointment of President of the Association of Medical Students Ireland as well as being  co-founder of the award winning society, SwotUP, an initiative which has seen Queen’s medical students help with advice and deliver training to over 400 school pupils across Northern Ireland who aspire to study medicine.

Speaking ahead of her graduation ceremony, Hannah said:  “As medical students, we recognise that getting a place at medical school is a competitive process. We hope that by sharing our knowledge and guidance we can help school pupils who want to study medicine.

“It has been lovely to see this initiative grow over the last few years, we now have tutors who were once pupils at SwotUP courses themselves.”

As President of the Association of Medical Students Ireland Hannah has travelled with other medical students from all around the world tackling important issues that affect people, their health and healthcare globally.

She added: “Representing medical students studying in Ireland has been a wonderful experience, I have learnt so much about healthcare in other countries and met amazing people along the way.”

Following her graduation Hannah will start work as an Academic Foundation Doctor in the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, a two year training programme that combines clinical medicine with a period of research back where it all began at Queen’s University.