It’s been a whirlwind few weeks. We’ve been showing the wider world what we do here at Queen’s and they’ve been impressed. First came the splendid exhibition in the Naughton Gallery celebrating innovation past and present, then we staged a joint event in the Long Gallery at Stormont, along with the University of Ulster and the Open University.
It showed our public representatives how we’re advancing knowledge and changing lives. Our hosts were the Committee for Employment and Learning and we were delighted when they, in turn, came to Queen’s for a tour. During it they visited our research showcase in the Whitla Hall which highlighted the work of our academics and how they’re collaborating with industry and institutions beyond our campus. It was wonderful to see so many people filling the hall for this event.
These events are another example of why all of us, students and staff alike, should take pride in being members of the Queen’s family. Collectively we are a remarkable force for good in society but among our ranks are outstanding individuals.
And now there is Winter Graduation when we think of employment and learning again. The words go hand-in-hand. Our new graduates are leaving a University that emphasises the importance of employability and enterprise and has helped them to develop as individuals. They will grow as global citizens and as Queen’s people. We wish them every success in their future careers.
And finally – it’s the end of Movember. What a success that campaign has been with a final total of almost £20,000 raised. Congratulations to all involved, in particular the top five money-spinning teams – Estates, School of Education, Student Guidance Centre, Biomedical Science and Hospitality. The bonus, of course, is that most of those moustaches will be disappearing. Not this one, of course. It’s here for keeps.