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NOMINATIONS FOR 2020 WILL OPEN 2 MARCH

Student of the year

Nominations open 2 March

Graduate of the year

Nominations open 2 March

 

21 February 2020

 

Nominations for the 2020 Allied Irish Bank Queen's Graduate and Student of the Year will open on Monday 2 March.  

We want you to tell us about a graduate or graduates who have made a substantial impact on the arts, science, business, sport or public life or a significant contribution to others.  We also want to hear about a student or students who have done something amazing during their time at Queen's.

The annual Graduate and Student of the Year Awards were introduced in 1999 by the Queen’s Graduates’ Association (QGA) and the University’s Development and Alumni Relations Office, with the generous support of Allied Irish Bank (formerly First Trust Bank).

The Allied Irish Bank Student of the Year Award will be presented during summer graduation week (1 - 8 July), while the Allied Irish Bank Graduate of the Year will be presented at the Charter Day Dinner on 20 November.


STUDENT AWARD

Queen’s students are distinguished alumni in the making. Every year thousands of individual students make a positive impact by participating in community service projects, internships and volunteer activities both on and off campus.

Those nominated for the Student of the Year Award should have made a significant contribution to the life of the University – or to the lives of others – during the previous 12 months. 

In the past, this Award has gone to individuals for their volunteer work or their entrepreneurism and to groups of law, medical and engineering students for initiatives and breakthroughs in their respective fields.  The current holder is Gift Sontonye-Frank.

In addition to a trophy, the Student winner(s) will receive a cheque for £500!

Click here for a full list of previous winners of the Student of the Year Awards. 


GRADUATE AWARD

Nominations for individual – or groups – of graduates should be for those who have made a substantial contribution to the arts, sciences or business or to sporting, public or academic life. Entries for those who have made a significant contribution to the lives of others, or to the life of the University, can also be considered.

Previous graduate recipients have come from many different fields including architecture (Johann Muldoon), broadcasting (Jonny Bramley), rugby (David Humphreys), GAA (Kieran McGeeney), business (Dr Anita Sands), the arts (The Priests) and law (Lord Brian Kerr).  The current Graduate of the Year is global diversity and inclusion leader, Sheree Atcheson.

The recipient(s) of the Graduate of the Year Award will need to be available to attend the annual black tie Charter Day Dinner on 20 November, organised by Queen’s Graduates’ Association.

The Awards judging panel consists of representatives of the QGA, the University, the Students' Union and First Trust Bank. The judges stress that academic qualifications, high office or fame are not prerequisites to winning; they will also be looking for nominations that are novel, courageous, innovative or even bold.

Click here for a full list of previous winners of the Graduate of the Year Awards. 


The 2020 nomination process for both awards will run from Monday 2 March until Friday 24 April.  During this time anyone can submit an entry, including graduates, staff, students, families and friends.

All nominations will be decided on by an awards judging panel consisting of representatives of the QGA, the University, the Student's Union and Allied Irish Bank.  The judges stress that academic qualifications, high office or fame are not prerequisites to winning, they will also be looking for nominations that are novel, courageous, innovative or even bold.  


Allied Irish Bank (formerly First Trust Bank) has supported the prestigious Awards since their launch.  The Bank's endorsement helps recognise and celebrate the achievments of outstanding Queen's Students and graduates who make such a valuable input to life in Northern Ireland and beyond.

For further details please contact Queen’s University Alumni Engagement Officer Andy Nisbet Friel, tel: +44 (0)28 9097 1945.

General inquiries to Gerry Power, Communications Officer, Development and Alumni Relations Office at Queen’s; tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5321.

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