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Lifetime Achievement

This award recognises a long-serving member of staff who has made a significant contribution to the University which has had a long-lasting, positive impact. This individual embodies all the Core Values of the University. A long-serving member of staff is someone who has 15 years’ service or more


WINNER - Professor Sir John McCanny CBE FRS FREng

Regius Professor of Electronics and Computer Engineering

Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology

The recently knighted Director of ECIT, Professor McCanny is widely regarded as a leading scholar who has not only excelled in his own career but has brought significant benefits to Queen’s and Northern Ireland. A world leader in computational architectures for digital signal and video processing and cryptography, his academic research has been acknowledged at the highest international levels.

On a more practical level, he is credited with the vision, within Queen’s, that led to the creation of the NI Science Park. Today 160 high technology companies are located there, employing over 2,600 people.



Dr Mary Flynn MBE

Research and Enterprise Directorate

As Head of KTP and Business Networks, Dr Mary Flynn has developed 360 partnerships between Queen’s University and businesses since 1994, making Queen’s the leading university in the UK for KTPs, generating income of £31m. Since she took up her position, she has worked tirelessly to open doors for business to access academic research that will benefit them, the local and national economy and the UK knowledge base.

On a personal level, Mary is extremely generous with her time and encourages everyone around her to continue learning and reach their full potential.



Nicky Clarke MBE

Student Plus Directorate

As Banqueting Operations Coordinator, Nicky Clarke provides a first-rate service for University events, including those aimed at engaging with alumni and prospective benefactors. High-profile events in which Nicky has been involved include visits to the University by Her Majesty The Queen, former US President William J Clinton, the launch of the first fundraising campaign with Senator George Mitchell and Seamus Heaney and the ‘Narnia’ fundraiser for the new Library with members of the Disney Corporation.

Having worked at Queen’s for 24 years, Nicky previously honed his skills across Europe on film shoots – including looking after celebrities like Morgan Freeman and Kevin Costner!


Professor A P de Silva

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

This nomination recognises Professor de Silva’s sustained contribution over more than 30 years to Queen’s, and to public healthcare. His innovative fluorescent PET (photoinduced electron transfer) sensors have become the marketleader in blood electrolyte analysers and are used every day around the world, often in life-or-death situations.

Professor de Silva continues to carry out pioneering research and has been published in Nature. In high demand to lecture around the world, he’s a natural ambassador for Queen’s wherever he goes with his infectious enthusiasm for science and great ability as a communicator.

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