Development & Alumni Relations Office 


04 May 2016

Seven students from Queen’s have been named winners of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Advanced Leadership Awards, which recognise aspiring leaders in the engineering sector.

The winners are all students at Queen’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The seven are: Stephen Colbert from Dungannon, Cherie Gardiner from Belfast, Connor McShane and Gareth Stephenson from Newry, Alice Purcell from Limavady, Conor Taylor from Ballymena, and Christopher Bartolo from Wigan.

The Advanced Leadership Awards Programme aims to provide support for engineering undergraduates in UK universities who have the potential to become leaders in engineering and who are able to act as role models for future engineers. They enable ambitious and inspiring engineering students to undertake an accelerated personal development programme while they complete their studies. Each winner will receive £5,000 to be used over three years towards career oriented personal development activities.

Dr Trevor Robinson from the School said: “We are delighted to announce that seven of our undergraduate students have been awarded Advanced Leadership Awards by the Royal Academy of Engineering. 

“This is an amazing accomplishment given that only thirty-five awards were given out across the UK this year.  Individual credit must go to all of the award winners for their incredible achievement.

“This year’s awards build on previous successes for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering students from Queen’s who won a total of four awards in both 2015 and 2014 and three awards in both 2013 and 2012.”

Photo: (L-R) Four of the seven Queen’s Royal Academy of Engineering Advanced Leadership Award winners – Conor Taylor, Cherie Gardiner, Connor McShane and Alice Purcell.

Media inquiries to Michelle Cassidy (Thurs-Fri) or Anne-Marie Clarke (Mon-Wed) at Queen’s Communications Office; telephone +44 (0)28 9097 5310.




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