Development & Alumni Relations Office 


22 May 2018

A special ceremony supported by Queen's Annual Fund (QAF) was held at the University last month (18 April 2018), when students and their personal guests were welcomed to a presentation evening in the Sir William Whitla Hall to recognise all those who had been awarded scholarships and prizes over the last year.  

The celebration was organised by the Scholarships and Awards Group, a sub-group of the University’s Education Committee, which is responsible for the approval of centrally-funded prizes, scholarships and awards.

The University currently offers 550 scholarship and prize opportunities across all Schools and Faculties.

The Group’s remit covers 13 different awards which, in 2017/18, were conferred on 106 students. These included scholarships for undergrad and postgrad students ranging from entrance scholarships to prizes for trainee teachers. They also included travel scholarships to enhance and further students’ education in their chosen field of study, as well as those for travel to broaden personal development and leadership.

Postgraduate scholarships for outstanding achievement were also included.

Among the awards presented were the William and Betty MacQuitty Travel Scholarships, the Helen Ramsey Turtle Scholarships, scholarships sponsored by the Queen’s Graduates’ Association, A Level Entrance Scholarships, Dr Baird Scholarships and University Travel Scholarships.  

The ceremony also provided an opportunity for scholarship benefactors to meet recipients, to hear the students’ personal experiences of how they had benefited from the awards, and the impact of the students’ projects.

Student projects included conservation activities in Jersey and Puerto Rico, animal welfare in Romania and Costa Rica, working with Syrian refugees in the Lebanon, outreach programmes for vulnerable women and children in Africa and China and medical projects in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Africa.

Benefactors, students and the students’ invited guests reported that the evening was immensely enjoyable and was a wonderful opportunity to share in a celebration of achievements.

To read about the importance of scholarships to student life at Queen’s read our news story here; to find out more about supporting scholarships at the University go to the Queen’s Foundation web page or contact Naomi King, Development Manager.

Further details and photographs of this year’s ceremony are available here.

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

Pictured above with recipients of William and Betty MacQuitty Travel Scholarships are: Ms E Dickinson, Dr Eileen Murphy (Chair of the University Scholarships and Awards Group), Ms Norma Sinte (Director, Development and Alumni Relations Office), Ms E Campbell, Ms L Boem, Ms J MacQuitty (Benefactor), Professor David Jones, (Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education and Students), Ms M MacQuitty (Benefactor), Ms C McNulty-Burrows, Ms L Stock, Ms K Moylan and Ms Dianne Conway (Development and Alumni Relations Office).


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