Alumni engagement and philanthropy

Armagh Tigers Scholarship to support vital Diabetes research

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(L-R) Colm Quinn, Armagh Tigers (AT) Treasurer, Prof Tim Curtis, Dept Director of Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, Stephen O’Reilly, DARO Development Manager, Emma Donnelly, Kieran McAnallen, AT Chairman, Dean Hetherington, AT Secretary, Ciaran Campbell, AT Secretary & PR and Terence Donnelly, Donnelly Group Executive Chairman.

Friday 22 July 2022

A new scholarship funded by the Armagh Tigers Charitable Trust will enable two students to undertake vital research into the treatment of diabetes.

The Armagh Tigers Diabetes Research Scholarship will be presented for the first time for the academic year 2022 – 2023 to support students who have been accepted onto the MSc Experimental Medicine course.

Students will receive support with their tuition fees and an additional bursary to go towards study materials and living expenses, while they undertake a diabetes-related project.

The Armagh Tigers Charitable Trust (ATCT) was set up in 2008 by a group of business leaders based in Armagh. The Trust has raised almost £800,000 for good causes to date and continues to raise money and allocate funds in aid of worthy causes.

The £20,000 ATCT Diabetes Research Scholarship helps the Trust achieve some of its main goals – to contribute towards the relief of sickness and preservation of health and also the relief of financial hardship through grants towards items, services and facilities.

The scholarship is of particular interest to Terence Donnelly, Group Executive Chairman of the Donnelly Group and a longstanding associate of the Armagh Tigers.

Mr Donnelly has been living with diabetes throughout his life, as have his family members including his daughter Emma (pictured above). He is a passionate advocate for education and awareness of the disease.

Professor Tim Curtis, of the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine at Queen’s, welcomed the new scholarship opportunities.

“We’re training the next generation of researchers to improve patient outcomes and develop new treatments for future generations dealing with diabetes and its complications,” he said.

“Our Master’s degree programme will allow the students supported to gain significant laboratory or clinical research experience, providing them with an important first step in their journey towards becoming a diabetes researcher.”

“We are excited and look forward to working with the Armagh Tigers Charitable Trust as we endeavour to create a brighter future for people living with diabetes”.

Nathalie Trott, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Queen’s, said that the scholarships would “empower students to help identify and fight the effects of what can be a devastating condition.”

“It is very concerning to read that diabetes cases in the UK have risen so much in recent years, especially considering the profound effect it can have on people’s wellbeing.”

“Queen’s is proud to help combat diabetes through research in a bid to create better diagnostic tools, improve treatments and also raise awareness of measures to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

“We’re delighted that the Armagh Tigers Charitable Trust and its community have chosen to show their support in this way and help fundraising efforts for life-changing diabetic research at Queen's University Belfast.”

For more information on giving to Queen's, or the fantastic projects that donations support, visit the Queen's University of Belfast Foundation Page.

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