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Annual Meeting of Convocation 2019

 will take place in

The Canada Room/Council Chambers, The Lanyon Building, Queen's University Belfast


 Thursday 14 November 2019 at 6 pm


A wine and hot nibbles reception will welcome guests from 5.30 pm.

Please click on the links below to view the documents

Form to submit a motion - deadline for submission is 1 November 2019

The minutes for the Annual General Meeting 2018


The agenda will be available from 4th November 2019







 took place in


The Canada Room/Council Chambers, The Lanyon Building, Queen's University Belfast






A wine and hot nibbles reception welcomed guests from 5.30 pm.
 The lecture will follow the business of the annual meeting.


Please click on the links below to view the documents

The meeting agenda for the Annual General Meeting 2018

The minutes for the Annual General Meeting 2017



Annual Meeting of Convocation 2017
and Convocation Lecture 2017

 will take place on

 Thursday 16 November 2017 at 6 pm

Speaker:  Dr Ruth Dudley Edwards

Dr Edwards will speak on her work as a historian, crime-fiction writer, and journalist who writes insightfully on Northern Ireland issues.

A wine and hot nibbles reception will welcome guests from 5.30 pm.
 The lecture will follow the business of the annual meeting.


2017 Election Results

Chair of Convocation

Professor James Patton Taylor MBE PhD

21 votes

Eoin McMullan BSc

64 votes



Eoin McMullan BSc is declared Chair of Convocation.

Deputy Chair of Convocation

Jonathan Hill MSc is declared Deputy Chair of Convocation.


Chair's Report to Convocation 2017

Good evening members of Convocation and guests,

I’m Carol Kinkead, and it gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this year’s Annual General Meeting. It’s my last as your Chair of Convocation, having served 7 years as Chair. I am stepping down a year early to re-align Convocation’s representation on Senate with the reconstitution of the Senate commencing January 2018. But before I retire at the conclusion of this meeting, I am delighted to be here with you this evening, it is really important to have this opportunity to connect face to face with our Convocation community.

I want to start by thanking you for coming together tonight, your support and presence here is truly indicative of your interest in the continuance of Convocation. I offer sincere thanks to all the members who sent messages of support and were unable to attend this evening. I hope you had an opportunity to meet with fellow graduates before you came into the Council Chamber this evening. But if not there will be another chance to do so at the coffee break, and again after this evening’s lecture.

This has been a year of challenge and change for the University. One of the biggest challenges was following the untimely death of our Vice-Chancellor Patrick G Johnston (known to his many friends as Paddy), on the 4th of June 2017. Many members will remember the lecture he delivered at our AGM on the 17th of November 2011.  The title of the lecture was ‘Better medicines for a better world’. At that time he was Dean, School of Medicine Dentistry, and Biomedical Science. It was no surprise that on March 1st, 2014 he would become the 12th Vice Chancellor of this great University. He was an exceptional man who genuinely cared about people, and made an enormous contribution to Queen’s and to the wider society.  

It is often said that change is the only constant in life. And in the world of business and in the world of education the acceleration of change requires swift proactive reactions. Under the sad circumstances I have just covered, it was reassuring to witness how the many deeply distressed University staff, continued with the day to day complex business of the University.

I would like to pay tribute to the Registrar and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. James P. O’Kane, for his strong leadership and personal resilience during this enormous loss. He sensitively choreographed the funeral proceedings at Queen’s to enable assembled mourners to say a final farewell, and to express support for Paddy’s family, as the cortege passed by. The Registrar demonstrated great dignity and empathy for the assembled crowd while dealing with the great sadness, and dramatic change that would be brought about by such an enormous loss.

Of course, out of any change comes a period of consolidation, and the University was very fortunate that Professor James C McElnea agreed to undertake the position of Acting President and Vice-Chancellor. Through his leadership, he will drive forward Paddy’s ambition for Queen’s - Vision 2020 and beyond until the appointment of the 13th Vice-Chancellor of this University. Vision 2020 seeks to make Queen’s ‘A world-class international University that supports outstanding students and staff, working in world-class facilities, conducting leading-edge education and research, focused on the needs of society’.

Paddy was a true visionary whose local approach to education across all communities, had so many global applications and possibilities. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by Convocation. 

It is fitting therefore that the Committee of Convocation is currently exploring options to establish a suitable memorial from the membership of Convocation to be located in a prominent position in the University grounds. The options currently under discussion are a memorial tree with a plaque, or a bench with a plaque.

A Memorial service is currently scheduled by the University for the afternoon of the 13th December 2017.

Moving on, I am pleased to report that the Convocation Studentship interviews were held on 10th October 2017. Six candidates applied and were interviewed.

The considered outcome of the panel was the two very worthy candidates who delivered presentations to members, and guests this evening.

The first award to Marcus Mackle, who is pursuing an MSc Business for AgriFood and Rural Enterprise. Marcus’ research will address rural development issues, elaborating on the specifics of agricultural approaches and the social phenomena framing these practices.


The second award to Paul Loughran, who is pursuing an MA in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice. Paul will focus on the relationship between mental health problems and suicide in a post-conflict Northern Ireland and the political failure of Stormont.


Congratulations to both candidates, and I wish you both success in your continuing studies.


I don’t propose to speak much longer this evening but would like to take this opportunity to thank a few people.

My thanks to all the members of the Standing Committee of Convocation, members of the Convocation studentship interview panel, and the Clerk of Convocation for giving their time, and support during my term of office.

Thank you to all members of convocation for your support since I was elected Chair in 2010, and for your attendance at the 2017 Annual Meeting and Lecture on such a very cold night. I respectfully ask you to continue to offer your support of the University through the Standing Committee of Convocation.

A special thanks to the catering staff for the wonderful food they serve, the cleaning staff, who tidy up after the AGM and Lecture, and the security staff who keep us safe at these events.

So, before I finish my remarks I would like to say thank you to members for your very kind comments to me this evening. I appreciate your thoughtfulness and thank you all sincerely. It’s been an honour to serve as your Chair of Convocation. I move on with tremendous sadness.

But of course, no journey is ever complete. I leave knowing that with your continued support, Convocation will be in good hands under the leadership of the incoming Chair and members of the Standing Committee of Convocation.

May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Christmas, and a Peaceful New Year. I wish everyone a safe onward journey home. Thank you.


Carol Kinkead BA(Hons.), MSc, PgCHEP

Chair of Convocation November 2017


Annual Meeting of Convocation 2016
and Convocation Lecture 2016

 will take place on

 Thursday 17 November 2016 at 7pm

in the Canada Room and Council Chamber,
Lanyon Building, Queen's University Belfast

Speaker:  Baroness Nuala O'Loan DBE MRIA

Tea / coffee will be served from 6.30pm.
Nibbles will be served in the break between the lecture and the business of the annual meeting.

All members of Convocation are invited to attend.

Agenda for the Annual Meeting

Click here to download a copy of the 2016 agenda.

Minutes of the 2015 Annual Meeting

  Click here to download the minutes. 



Annual Meeting of Convocation 2015
and Convocation Lecture 2015

 will take place on

 Thursday 19 November 2015 at 7pm

in the Canada Room and Council Chamber,
Lanyon Building, Queen's University Belfast

Speaker:  John Larkin QC, Attorney General for Northern Ireland


What kind of branch?
Reflexions on the Court of Justice of the European Union

Convocation Elections 2015

Nominees for the election of Deputy Chair:

Prof James Patton Taylor – MTh 1977, MA 1987

Nominee for the position of Ordinary Member of the Standing Committee:

Ciaran Gallager -  BSc Honours 2011

Click to download the Standing Orders of Convocation which govern this election.


Agenda and Motions for Annual Meeting 2015

Please click here to download the full agenda for this meeting, which includes all motions.

Minutes of the Annual Meeting of Convocation 2014


Please click here to download the minutes of the Annual Meeting 2014.



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