Queen’s Annual Fund

The Queen’s Annual Fund was established in May 1999 to support and enhance all aspects of the Queen’s student experience. Over the years, gifts from loyal alumni have enabled the Queen’s Annual Fund to build distinctive programs and innovative research initiatives both in and out of the classroom.

Flexible funds allow the University to prioritise and to support new areas to ensure that future generations benefit from the Queen’s experience. Over £2.2m has been pledged from over 5,000 graduates and friends.

Queen’s Sporting Academies play a vital role in enhancing the student experience by offering over 120 scholarships to GAA, Rugby, Soccer and Rowing each year.

Academy Scholarships allow athletes to enhance their performance by providing free access to sports facilities, excellent coaching and the high-quality clothing needed for their sport.

Elite Athlete and Academy Scholarship and Bursary Programme

he Elite Athlete and Academy Scholarship Programmes are designed to develop and nurture student athletes at Queen’s. Currently there are five academies – Rugby, GAA, Soccer, Rowing and Hockey – with over 35 teams and 600 students competing each year. Add this to the thousands of students active in clubs and societies and sporting alumni worldwide creates a unique collegiate spirit and values base that embodies all that is good about Queen’s.

Rugby and GAA Academy Scholarships are named after Sean O’Neill (Gaelic Football), Jack Kyle (Rugby), Henry Downey (Hurling); sporting legends that have graced the Queen’s jersey with pride.

All our academies aim to support and challenge students by developing areas such as:

– People – coaching, support staff and students.
– Facilities – training and competition.
– Programmes – scholarships, sports science and academic mentoring.

There are currently 11 out of a total of 13 athletes on the EAP scheme representing a range of individual and team sports. Each academy has also set sports specific criteria for students to meet with over 100 Academy Scholarship places available each year. There is now a pathway developed starting with the Student Club feeding into the Academy and then on to the Elite Athlete Programme (EAP). The academy support system correlates to the PDP model of Reflect, Plan, Do and Review.

Values, attitudes and behaviours are at the core of what the programme stands for.

High standards of achievement and potential are set.

1. Academic and Sporting performances are reviewed.
2. A support system is individually designed to meet their needs.
3. Feedback is given at individual review meetings.
4. Student athletes are mentally and physically tested.
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What is the Queen’s Rowing Academy?
At present, the Rowing Academy is more of a term than a formal organisation. It represents the combined efforts of Lady Victoria Boat Club and Queen’s Sport to develop rowing at Queen’s. Rugby and GAA also have Academies at Queen’s. Each Academy is unique to its own sport and is structured differently.

The Queen’s Rowing Academy supports both the Ladies’ and the Men’s Clubs.