Development & Alumni Relations Office 


5 February 2019

Individual copies of Donor News, the dedicated publication for supporters of Queen’s University Belfast, will soon be on their way to over 8,000 donors and volunteers around the world, highlighting the huge impact of philanthropy – in money, time and kind – on the University, during the past 12 months.

Published by the Development and Alumni Relations Office on behalf of Queen’s University of Belfast Foundation, the 24-page magazine is a review of fundraising activities in Northern Ireland and beyond during 2017-18, which brought in over £7m.

The Donor News reflects how graduates, trusts and foundations, local and international companies – and non-alumni supporters – are making a huge and important difference to those currently studying and carrying out cutting-edge research at Queen’s and to life on campus.

Commenting in the foreword, the Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Norma Sinte, said: “This publication is an opportunity to review the highlights of the past year – and there have been many – and to see how philanthropy is making a real difference to Queen’s.

“Whatever your personal motivations for giving, your gifts of money, time and expertise will provide Queen’s students with the very best experience and finest education possible, while also helping to advance our world-class research,” she added.

The current issue of Donor News reflects on another successful fundraising year and features donor profiles of scholarship funders Rachael Stanford (pp8-9) and John Maxwell (pp14-15). Plus there are stories on volunteering for Queen’s sports clubs (pp10-11), the latest updates from Queen’s Annual Fund (pp12-13) and health fundraising initiatives (pp16-17), and a chance to hear from some widening participation students who have taken up places at Queen’s in recent months (pp18-19).

As Editor Gerry Power points out, Donor News is a publication which not only acknowledges all those 1,700+ individuals who supported the University in the last year but also highlights the importance of alumni philanthropy. “Donor News gives Queen’s a chance to say a huge 'thank you' – on behalf of all those students and academic staff – who have benefitted directly from the wide range of generous gifts of time and money received by the University over the course of the last year,” said Gerry.

“It is also a very tangible demonstration of the impact of – and the continuing need for – altruistic giving right across the University.

“Without the 7,742 gifts (up almost 5 per cent on last year’s figure), from the 1,741 donors who contributed £7m between them, much of the world-class research carried at Queen’s may not have been possible.”

Also among the latest Donor News stories are those covering topics such as how:

  • Spectacles are improving global productivity
  • Elite sport at Queen’s has received a boost
  • Local golfers are helping to fund the latest cancer treatment
  • Simulated learning is preparing the medics of the future
  • Legacies are pushing the boundaries of research 

An online version of Donor News  can be viewed here. To request a hard copy please contact Jacqui McCormick or telephone +44 (0)28 9097 5378.

Whether you are already a Queen’s donor or volunteer – or are reading Donor News for the first time – we would welcome your feedback on the current issue by email to

And if you'd like to make a gift to Queen's, or to find out more about current areas of University research and other projects that need your help, please click here or call +44 (0)28 9097 3114.

General enquiries about this news story to Gerry Power, Communications Officer/Editor Donor News, Queen’s Development and Alumni Relations Office; tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5321.

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