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The Student Union Volunteering Excellency Awards

22 June 2015

Volunteer Now would like to say huge congratulations to all of the inspiring nominees of these awards.

QUB student volunteers are involved in a wide variety of voluntary activity, each one contributing their time to making a difference to the lives of others.

Inspiring winners of the night included:

  • Staff Volunteer of the Year

Mervyn Murdock who is a Leader in Charge of a Boys’ Brigade Company and President of the Down Battalion Executive.  Through these roles, Mervyn and The Down Battalion have helped 1,500 children in Uganda to receive uninterrupted education and to access clean drinking water as well as providing free health care to the most vulnerable and poorest people in Uganda.

  • Voluntary Charitable School of the Year

School of Nursing and Midwifery who have supported various charities including Macmillan, Nepal 2015, the Romania International Elective Placement Project,  St Vincent de Paul NI, NI Hospice, MS Society, Diabetes UK and Cancer Focus by raising over 20,000.

  • Student Representative of the Year

Lydia Bachwho has brought many benefits to her peers by taking a proactive attitude to supporting other students.  Lydia organises career development workshops, guest lectures and mentors many students, one of whom quoted “ Lydia helped me make the most out of my educational experience at Queen’s”


  • Voluntary Charitable Club or Society of the Year

Awarded to St John Ambulance (QUB LINKS). QUB LINKS is a first aid Society made up of 48 student volunteers who have provided first aid cover upon the request of other Societies within the university and to any external events that need quality first aide care and support such as Belfast Marathon.   Several members are also actively volunteering in the community by transferring patients to hospital or back into their homes.

  • Student Volunteer of the Year

Winner is Brendan Quail who has volunteered on both short and long term development projects in India, Swaziland, Romania and Bosnia.  Closer to home he has volunteered with his local football, athletics, martial arts and youth clubs.   He has developed many voluntary initiatives to support the marginalised population.  For the past four years he has co-ordinated a second-hand shoes and clothing project to provide much needed clothing to homeless people.

  • Special Contribution Award

Mogue Lawless who has been the president of Enactus Belfast for 2 years.  He was project leader for ‘StART Talking’ which supports those with mental health issues in Belfast and has been involved in organising various ways of engaging those with mental health issues.  Mogue is also one of the founding members of NI’s new homeless charity ‘100 Help the Homeless’.

Students Union Excellency Awards