Development And Alumni Relations Office


06 October 2020

As the new semester gets underway I wanted to update all members of our alumni community on what we are doing at Queen’s as this most unique academic year gets underway.

In bringing students back to campus, we have an enormous responsibility to do so in a safe and organised manner. The health and wellbeing of our students and staff has been at the centre of our planning and detailed preparations and this has included the introduction of range of safety measures across campus.

We have also developed a connected learning approach – where the amount of face-to-face teaching can be varied to align with necessary public health measures. Despite the challenges of COVID, we are determined that our students will still have an authentic experience as far as possible within the public health guidelines. Underpinning our connected learning approach will be access to valuable student resources such as library and sporting facilities and also our award-winning Graduate School.

As we continue to work hard to ensure the safety of students and staff, we all have a part to play. We routinely issue clear guidance to our students and staff, explaining what they should do and are encouraging them to download the StopCovid NI app, which will be a key tool for us to understand and mitigate the potential spread of the virus on campus.

I would also like to remind you of the outstanding research which continues across campus, much of it at the forefront of the fight against the virus. You can keep up with all the latest developments online and on social media via the links displayed below.

In the meantime, please do watch out for emerging online activities – celebratory occasions, Q&A sessions, plus film, drama and poetry events – which are available to you our graduates during this unique period in the life of the University.

I hope you and your families are safe and well and I look forward to welcoming you back to campus soon for the usual range of activities that are such a part of keeping in touch with, and supporting, our alumni community.

With my sincerest regards

Professor Ian Greer        

President and Vice-Chancellor                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

For general enquiries about this story or to submit a graduate news item, please contact Gerry Power, Communications Officer, Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO), Queen’s University Belfast, on telephone: +44 (0)28 9097 5321.

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07 April 2020

I am writing to you, a member of our alumni community, at what is an unprecedented time for us all.

Regardless of where you live around the globe, your life, your family and your work are undoubtedly being influenced by the evolving Covid-19 situation. Whilst countries and regions are taking different approaches we are all experiencing challenging and uncertain times.

I wanted to take a moment to send our thoughts of solidarity to you. Amongst our alumni community we have a great many working in healthcare professions worldwide; in research, tackling diseases like the one we face at the moment; in caring for loved ones, old and young. We have alumni who will be confined to quarantine, those whose workload has increased exponentially and those whose concerns are growing daily. Our thoughts are with you and we wish you strength wherever you may be, as we work together to find a way through these coming days, weeks and months.

At Queen’s we are working hard to keep our students, our staff and our community safe whilst continuing as best we can with our core mission of education, research and transformation. Through technology we will continue to teach our students, to connect with one another and to use research to seek solutions to the challenges we face.  The University remains committed to answering the question what can we do for Northern Ireland. We know that in the months that lie ahead we have crucial contributions to make in confronting not only the obvious health issues but the related economic and social pressures felt by our society too.

If you have further questions about how Queen’s is responding to the evolving situation we have a comprehensive set of Frequently Asked Questions on our website which are updated daily.

Our Alumni Relations Team continue to work, albeit remotely for now, to answer your questions and help to connect you to our virtual networks. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to them, now or at any time.

With my sincerest regards,



Professor Ian Greer

Vice-Chancellor, Queen's University Belfast


For general enquiries about this story or to submit a graduate news item, please contact Gerry Power, Communications Officer, Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO), Queen’s University Belfast, on telephone: +44 (0)28 9097 5321.








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