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History made at Queen's as Student of the Year accolade awarded to more than 700 students who helped in Covid-19 fight

History has been made at Queen's University in Belfast after the Student of the Year accolade was this year awarded to a group of more than 700 students who helped in the fight against Covid-19
Marie Louise McConville

FRONTLINE students studying in the field of medicine and health during the coronvirus pandemic have been awarded by Queen's University.

History was made after the Student of the Year accolade was presneted to a group of more than 700 students.

For the first time in the 22-year history of the award, it was presented to frontline final year and graduating students in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences (MHLS) and in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW), in the Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences.

These students were among those who selflessly stepped forward to aid the fight against Covid-19 in the community in various locations across Northern Ireland.

The Student of the Year Award recognises exceptional individuals for excellence, achievement or service either to the University or to the wider community.

Victoria Denoon , President of the Queen's Graduates' Association, said: "The award of the AIB Queen's Student of the Year accolade to those final year students who joined the workforce early is reflective of the debt of gratitude we owe them during these unprecedented times.

"Their commitment to ensuring the health and wellbeing of their community, whilst putting themselves at increased risk, should be recognised," she said.

"I welcome them to the alumni community, and I hope to have the chance to congratulate them in person at a future QGA event".

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