In Pictures: Painting unveiling and Platinum Jubilee Scholarships Presentation
Professor Mary McAleese and Lord Lieutenant of Belfast, Dame Fionnuala Jay-O'Boyle, attended a painting unveiling and Platinum Jubilee Scholarship presentation event at Riddel Hall on 9 November 2022.
The painting unveiled during the event, by artist Michelle Rogers, was inspired by the moment her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and the former President of Ireland, Professor Mary McAleese paid their respects at the Garden of Remembrance as part of Her Majesty’s state visit to Ireland in 2011.
Following the unveiling, the Lord-Lieutenant for the County Borough of Belfast and President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Greer presented Platinum Jubilee Scholarships to undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University.
Established in 2022 in honour of the late Queen Elizabeth II, the Platinum Jubilee Scholarships were funded through the Queen's Foundation Annual Fund, which was established in 1999 to enhance the student experience at Queen's. Each year the fund, which is made possible through philanthropic gifts from graduates and friends of the University, supports a diverse range of projects and events, including scholarships, mental health and wellbeing initiatives, sports development, community impact, and cultural diversity initiatives.
Platinum Jubilee Scholarship Winners
- Jack McKinney (Undergraduate): Jack McKinney is a former student of Belfast Boys’ Model School and is the first in his family to attend university. He currently studies Medicine at Queen’s.
- Ellie-Jo Taylor (Undergraduate): Ellie-Jo is a former pupil of St Cecilia’s College in Derry/Londonderry, currently studying Law.
- Erin Johnston (Postgraduate): Erin is a mother of two young children and the first in her family to study at university level. Having completed her full-time Social Work degree in 2018, Erin is continuing her postgraduate studies in Systemic Practice and Family Therapy, and hopes to use the award to continue her social work with the most marginalised families within our society.
- Michelle Edwards (Postgraduate): Michelle is a first-generation student who is undertaking her Master's in Law and Technology. Michelle will use the bursary to seek out career-related opportunities and use the funding to assist with her studies and career development.