Author Archives: Orlaigh McIntyre

GUEST BLOG: “I felt trapped trapped inside my own body; fighting a battle that no one could see”

The final blog post in our series, written by our students to provide visibility to the broad range of disabilities and the issues that students with disabilities face Writing blogs is not something I’ve really done much of before, but … Continue reading

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GUEST BLOG: Coming to accept the term disability

Another in our series of guest blogs written by our students to provide visibility to the broad range of disabilities and the issues that students with disabilities face. Disability was always a distant term to me, it didn’t seem to … Continue reading

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‘My mind was numb. Just a swirling pool of white noise’ – Student Officer, Welfare openly talks about her own mental health as part of our ‘Think Out Loud’ Mental Health Campaign

I wanted to write this blog post not only to tell my story, but to reach those out there who might be struggling with their own mental health, to reach those that might think everyone else’s lives are perfect and … Continue reading

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GUEST BLOG: My firsthand account on why a loud and clear ‘yes’ is so important.

Last year I was raped by a guy I had been seeing. He doesn’t realize that he has raped me. It took me months to come to terms with the words ‘rape’ or ‘sexual assault’. I told myself that I … Continue reading

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Top Tips to Survive Fresher’s Week

Hello everyone! My name is Jess and I’m your Student Welfare Officer here in Queen’s Students’ Union. As Welfare Officer it is my top priority to ensure all your welfare needs are met. I’m here to help with any welfare … Continue reading

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MSM Blood Ban Victory

Today  marks a partial win in the fight for equality for our LGBT+ family. Following the Department of Health’s announcement back in June, Men who have sex with Men (MSM) and Women who have or had sex with Men who … Continue reading

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Blood Drive on Campus – if you Can’t Donate. Nominate! Help us lift the MSM blood ban

Last semester we launched our campaign ‘Can’t Donate. Nominate’ to end the lifetime blood ban for men who have sex with men (MSM). The ban is discriminatory on the grounds of sexuality, and is founded on an outdated hatred of … Continue reading

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Wash Your Mouth Out – Think positively. Speak positively.

The words you use can really impact others. We use words and phrases every day without thinking about their true meaning and the effect they can have on others. How many times have you said phrases such as ‘man up’ … Continue reading

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Top Tips for a Safe & Sound St Paddy’s Day

Some Queen’s students hear the Christmas adverts during December singing ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’ and think to themselves – no way, that’ll come in three months’ time in March. While Paddy’s Day can be fantastic – … Continue reading

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Guest Blog – Vicky Potts from Ivea Labs gives us her top 5 Dragons’ Den Moments

Thinking about entering QUB Dragons’ Den this semester? Vicky Potts one of last year’s finalists gives us her top 5 Dragons’ Den moments. 1)    Pitching in an authentic Dragons’ Den on camera  – a terrifying but exhilarating experience. 2)    Learning … Continue reading

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