Development & Alumni Relations Office 


02 October 2017

The annual Queen’s magazine for 137,000 alumni and friends of the University has been published. The Graduate showcases news from around the campus, features alumni updates and successes, and highlights the achievements of staff and students throughout the last year.

The 2017 publication includes a special appreciation of the life of the late Professor Patrick Johnston, the University’s Vice-Chancellor who died suddenly on 4 June, which includes tributes from many local dignitaries (pp44-45).

Elsewhere in the magazine can be found an in-depth look at the how the University’s Pathway to Opportunity programme will further widen participation (pp8-10), the Top Ten things graduates love about Queen’s (pp26-27), and a chance for 2 lucky readers to win an overnight stay for 2 in a 4 star Belfast city centre hotel (pp34-35).

Commenting on the current issue, Editor Gerry Power (LLB, 1982) said: “The Graduate provides an extensive roundup of life at Queen’s (p4) and is instrumental in helping to keep alumni in touch with their alma mater and – for many – with Belfast and Northern Ireland.

“In this edition, readers are introduced to our new Children’s Writing Fellow (p6), can find out why keeping in touch with Queen’s is becoming ever more important (pp18-19) and can read about the impact of the University’s largest ever legacy donation (pp21-23).

“And they can meet Seán Hunt, the 2017 Volunteer of the Year (pp28-29).

“More importantly, however, The Graduate showcases the achievements of Queen’s alumni here in Northern Ireland and around the world. And it’s a great way for former students to maintain contact with each other,” he added.

Research on UK university alumni publication readership indicates that the most popular sections are always ‘class notes’ (pp36-43) – where graduates share their personal and career news – and the obituary pages (pp44-48), which recall and celebrate the lives of former students and staff.

The latest issue of The Graduate is currently being mailed to graduates around the world; those who do not receive their personal copy by Friday 13 October, should contact

Alumni who have lost touch with the University since graduating, and who would like to receive a copy of the 2017 issue of The Graduate, should update their contact details on-line to ensure that they get future issues of the magazine or email to request a copy of this year’s publication.

Alternatively, an online version of the 2017 magazine is available here.  

Inquiries to Gerry Power, Communications Officer, Development and Alumni Relations Office – tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5321.


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