Development And Alumni Relations Office


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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