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Happy New Year from the team at the Development and Alumni Relations Office!

It has been a challenging year, but we have a lot to be proud of at Queen's. To celebrate the University's achievements in 2020, we have rounded up our top stories, from essential Covid-19 research, the appointment of our new Chancellor, Student of the Year, and more.

Check out the list below.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton appointed as new Chancellor Celebrating 175 years of Queen's
Secretary Clinton, who received an honorary Doctorate of Law from Queen’s in 2018, became the University’s first female Chancellor. As part of the celebrations, Queen’s awarded Honorary Degrees to four Presidents of the Learned Societies in the UK and Ireland.
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University receives Queen’s Anniversary Prize £700m City Deal announced to aid Covid-19 recovery
The Centre for Shared Education at Queen’s and Belfast Metropolitan College awarded prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize. Belfast Region City Deal partners, including Queen's, announced new investment for infrastructure, regeneration, and Covid-19 recovery.
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World-class hockey facility opened at Queen's Queen's launches campaign to aid Covid-19 rehabilitation 
The £1.2m investment will enable the University to meet the growing needs of the sport and support student hockey at all levels.  Performers and musicians joined forces to thank frontline NHS staff and raise funds for those recovering from Covid-19.
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Student frontline workers awarded Student of the Year Marie-Thérèse McGivern awarded Graduate of the Year
Over 700 students at Queen's who graduated early to help the NHS fight the coronavirus pandemic, were awarded the AIB (NI) Queen's Student of the Year title. Marie-Thérèse McGivern, Chair of Belfast Maritime Trust and former Principal of Belfast MET, was awarded the AIB (NI) Queen's Graduate of the Year title.

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Queen's awarded UK grant to find Covid-19 treatment How microplastic pollution is threatening biodiversity
Researchers at the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine were awarded £295,626 to find urgent treatment for Covid-19. Queen's research has highlighted the effects of plastic pollution on hermit crabs, which play an important role in balancing marine ecosystems.

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Caroline McElnay, Director of Public Health, New Zealand Suzie Arbuthnot wins BBC’s Best Home Cook
As Chair of the Pandemic Influenza Technical Advisory Group, Dr McElnay has been at the forefront of New Zealand's pandemic response. A chartered accountant who graduated in Economics and Management, Suzie has baked, sautéed and roasted her way to victory in the BBC’s Best Home Cook.
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Massive thanks to supporters of the Queen's Annual Fund
Your kindness and generosity has had a positive impact on thousands of students' lives; from scholarships and bursaries to initiatives in mental health, sport, arts, medicine, cultural diversity and more. Read about some of the projects.


In Conversation: Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Glenn Patterson

Join Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre, Glenn Patterson, and author and inaugural 2018 Seamus Heaney Centre Fellow, Doireann Ní Ghríofa to talk about her acclaimed novel, 'A Ghost in the Throat'.

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TEDxQueensUniversityBelfast 2021 digital conference, ‘Give Back | Move Forward’

This series of TEDxQueensUniversityBelfast talks will showcase our staff, students and alumni, who, as they move forward with their own work, study, research and lives are making a meaningful and positive contribution to society, locally and globally.

Join alumna, Sheree Atcheson, award-winning global diversity, equity and inclusion champion; Nathalie Trott, Director of Development and Alumni Relations; and more in January 2021.

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Masterclass: digital transformation is not a matter of technology but a matter of mindset. Are you ready to go OFFROAD?

Join the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute virtual masterclass on Thursday 4th February at 11am, featuring Programme Director, Dr Ulf Bosch. Ulf will be sharing practical advice and strategies for leaders to thrive on digital transformation from his book 'Digital OFFROAD', written in collaboration with Google. This free DIGITAL OFFROAD masterclass offers an opportunity to meet Ulf and discover the commercial benefits for leaders and their organisations in taking an energised, strategic approach to change leadership and digital transformation. Open to all.

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Strategic Change Leadership for Digital Transformation

The world is changing, and so is strategic leadership. Be an exceptional leader and lead through exceptional times. Join the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute dynamic new online programme with Dr Ulf Bosch and take away a toolkit of skills to lead the change. Enrol on this four day, online live course, below.

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Volunteers' Week
From 1-5 June 2020, we celebrated the amazing work of alumni volunteers at Queen's. From graduate associations and recruiters to placement providers and event speakers, our alumni have been an invaluable part of the student experience at Queen's.

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