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Student helpline is Robert's proud legacy

Queen's University student Robert Stewart will graduate today with a degree in Biological Sciences with Professional Studies.

But it was the Belfast man’s ability to help those in despair that remains his proudest achievement. During his time at Queen’s, Robert has put others first. He was awarded the Students’ Union President’s Award for volunteering excellency as he embraced a range of roles during his university life.  

Robert joined RAG (Raise & Give), the official fundraising group of the Students’ Union and in his final year was appointed the group’s vice-president.

In his second year, he and a fellow student set up Nightline, a free, confidential listening and information service run by students for students at Queen’s.

He commented: “Setting up Nightline is one of my proudest achievements. Recently, a student told me how he was contemplating suicide, but talking to a Nightline volunteer stopped him — that made me realise that the time and effort we put into setting it up was more than worth it.”

Robert also immersed himself in the School of Biological Sciences and was elected the student representative three years in a row. He said: “I relished all the opportunities that came my way at Queen’s, which I believe have helped me to become a more rounded person, ready for what lies ahead.”

On his future plans, he added: “I’m delighted to be embarking on a PhD in Agriculture and Food Security at Queen’s, a university ranked number one for food science.”

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