Development And Alumni Relations Office




As UK lockdown continues for many graduates around the world, check out our top picks to read, do and watch from Queen's University this month.

Ask an expert a burning question

Want to know how to get your child to actually learn in lockdown? Want to know the latest coronavirus vaccine news? Join our team and a guest expert(s) for live Q&A sessions on everything and anything.

You can find recordings of our previous sessions below:

 How to Engage Your Child to Learn During Lockdown

 The Science Behind COVID-19

 Combating Loneliness

How to go Green

How Gender Matters

Getting that Graduate Job

In Conversation: Susannah Dickey & Glenn Patterson

Don't Let Cancer Become the Forgotten C of COVID-19

Offer to volunteer in your local community

Volunteer Now has initiated a #HelpEachOther campaign to enable people – including Queen’s alumni – to get involved and offer help during what is an unprecedented time, said Andy Nisbet Friel, Alumni Engagement Officer, Queen’s University Belfast. Registration is available via a pop up box on their home page for anyone able to provide support as the pandemic progresses.

Keep active with Queen's Sport

Queen’s Sport is offering students, staff and graduates a chance to keep active at home. In partnership with Healthy Campus Framework in Staff Wellbeing and Student Wellbeing those at home will be able to access online content including regular daily fitness activities, mental and wellbeing advice, sports blogs, and much more. Join Mo, Helen and Andrew Raeburn via Twitter and Facebook for the latest workouts.

Test your general knowledge

Take part in our Quick Fire Quiz on social media! Either play with friends, use it for your weekend quiz or take a break from work to have some fun. Sen on your answers to for a chance to win a weekly prize.

Tell us about a Lockdown Legend

Nominate a person who has made a big effort during the Covid-19 crisis, via the University’s Twitter account. So far the ‘Lockdown Legends’ Hall of Fame includes University coronavirus researchers, members of the Welfare Taskforce for Malaysian Students Abroad and local landlord Charlie Harington (who works for Qubis at Queen’s), who has offered his property (via Airbnb) to NHS workers fighting the pandemic.

Support our Rapid Response Innovation Fund 

Your support will help our work to produce innovative protective equipment for healthcare workers as well as using simulation-based training to equip our students in the healthcare professions with the skills and confidence required for their early entry into the mainline workforce. If you would like to make a gift to support the University in its efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, please click here.

Why not start a community fundraiser for the fund? Get in touch with us at to receive support and advise on fundraising for Queen's.

Join a virtual event

While campus remains closed, our colleagues have been organising a range of events for students, staff, alumni and the general public, from Q&A sessions to career seminars. To view the latest events at Queen's, please visit What's On At Queen's.

Give back to Queen's as a volunteer

There are many ways to give back to Queen's as a volunteer, whether you are attending an event, acting as am ambassador, providing a vital placement for a current student or spreading the word about your time at Queen's and the opportunities you were given here.

Providing a profile of your career and degree programme can have a significant impact at events and in University communications. The University can use this information in prospectuses or on our website to inform prospective students of the value of a Queen’s degree. If you would like to volunteer in this way, please draft 300 words (max) outlining your career path and send this, along with a recent high-res profile photo, to Natasha Sharma

Joining an association can open up professional and personal avenues. These groups – and the events and activities they organise – are run by alumni volunteers, who find it a mutually beneficial way of staying in touch. For more on joining or becoming involved in the running of one of our alumni groups at home or around the world, visit our associations’ web page.

Volunteer mentors increase employee knowledge and improve existing skills in current students and recent graduates, can be hugely beneficial in terms of professional and personal development and improve employee satisfaction and retention. For more information, please contact Natasha Sharma.  

When alumni introduce us to their organisations, we can create placement opportunities for our students by understanding company needs and opportunities. By implementing a system that’s been operating for more than 25 years, the right students are then matched to relevant opportunities, such as placements, careers fairs and company visits, creating long-standing positive relationships with our engaged corporates. Work related learning can even occur virtually, with individual or groups of students. To discuss providing a student placement, please contact Natasha Sharma.   

Sharing your experience at Queen’s with young people considering an application to Queen's is vital to our recruitment process. As a volunteer, the individual may speak at online recruitment events, stand with us at careers fairs or network with potential students at virtual events. To discuss becoming a recruitment volunteer for Queen's, please contact Natasha Sharma.


For further information on activities during lockdown, contact








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