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Student of the year

Nominations now closed

Graduate of the year

Nominations now closed


4 March 2019


The closing date for nominations for this year’s exceptional Queen’s University graduate and student was Tuesday 7 May in the 2019 First Trust Bank Queen’s Graduate and Student of the Year Awards.

The organisers wanted you to tell them 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, and 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 First Trust Bank.

The First Trust Bank Student of the Year Award will be presented during summer graduation week (Jun 27 - July 3), while the First Trust Bank Graduate of the Year will be presented at the Charter Day Dinner at the end of November. 


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.

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 First Trust Bank Student of the Year Awards. 


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 recipient(s) of the Graduate of the Year Award will need to be available to attend the annual black tie Charter Day Dinner on 22 November, organised by Queen’s Graduates’ Association.

The 2019 nomination process was open until Tuesday 7 May and anyone could submit an entry, including graduates, staff, students, families and friends.

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 First Trust Bank Graduate of the Year Awards. 

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 Relations Officer Natasha Sharma, tel: +44 (0)28 9097 3135. 

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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