Queen’s Belfast History;
Queen’s Belfast is one of the cities most iconic and stunning architectural pieces. The Centrepiece of Queens University is called The Lanyon Building which opened in 1849 and is named after its architect Sir Charles Laynon. This part of Queens Estate is the most recognisable and is often used in tourist videos and posters to showcase the City. His Design of the building was influenced by the Gothic and Tudor character of the great medieval universities, particular Magdelen College, Oxford. Laynon has also designed a few other noticeable landmarks in the city such as Customs House, Belfast Castle and Crumlin Road Gaol.
The campus also contains over 100 buildings that are listed as being a special architectural and historic merit. In 1909 there were around 600 students, mostly drawn from the historic nine counties of Ulster. In the present day, there are approximately 23,000 students from the UK and Ireland and more than 80 other countries. Queen’s Belfast is a major part of Northern Ireland and exists as a centre of international-standard education and research.
Queen’s Inspiring Alumni;
- Máire O’Neill, Meng 1999 – Won British Female Inventory in 2007: She is widely recognised as one of Europe’s leading cryptograohy experts to enhance data security throughout the world. She is also one of only five engineers to win the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal for her contribution to society in 2014.
- Patrick Kielty, Bssc Psychology 1992 – He is a stand-up comedian and well known for his TV presenting. Patrick is one of Northern Ireland most recognised and celebrated entertainers.
- Seamus Healy, BA English 1961– He is known as one of the worlds best-known poets and his work has been highly acclaimed. Besides being an Irish poet he was a playwright, translator and even lectured in Queen University on Modern English Literature. Seamus was also the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995 for Literature.
- Mary McAleese, LLB 1973- When Mary graduated she was called to the Northern Irish Bar in 1974 and practised criminal and family law. Most people would know her as being the eighth president of Ireland from 1997 to 2011, the first from Northern Ireland and the second-ever female.
If you would like to know about other Queen Alumni, you can find more on the Queens University website.
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