Development & Alumni Relations Office 


Celebrating the students and graduates who make Queen’s and the wider community a better place




27 April 2020


Nominations for the 2020 AIB Queen's Graduate and Student of the Year have now closed. 

Over the last few weeks we've had a great response to the 2020 Student and Graduate of the Year campaign.  We have received nominations for students across all walks of University life who are making a positive impact on the lives of their fellow students and wider community and for graduates across the world who are utilising their skiils and expertise as true global ambassadors of Queen's.   Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to nominate someone and highlight the outstanding work being carried out by students and graduates alike.

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 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).


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. 


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.  

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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