Belfast Telegraph

Grace and Vincent keep it in the family with double celebration at Queen's

An award-winning brother and sister from Magherafelt will be celebrating their success at this year's summer graduation ceremonies.

Grace McKenna graduated with a degree in medicine on Friday while her younger brother, Vincent, will receive a master's degree in mechanical engineering today.

Both Grace and Vincent picked up prestigious awards during their time at Queen's.

Vincent is among six students from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering to receive the Royal Academy of Engineering Advanced Leadership Awards.

Grace, meanwhile, won the medical sciences category of the international Undergraduate Awards, which are aimed at recognising the brightest and most innovative undergraduate students across the globe.

The Royal Academy leadership award, which is awarded to only 30 people annually across all engineering disciplines in all UK universities, offers ambitious engineering undergraduates the chance to undertake an accelerated personal development programme.

As part of his degree, Vincent spent his third year on placement working for the Red Bull Formula One racing team in Milton Keynes, took part in a three-week student exchange visit to India, and learned to speak Italian.

Vincent said: "A degree from Queen's is much more than an education, it is a life changing experience. The opportunities for placements and exchanges really is incredible and I would never have imagined getting a placement with a Formula One team was possible."

Grace added: "Queen's equips you not just with a qualification but skills that make you workplace-ready and confident about your ability to make a difference. I look forward to taking up my job in August and using my degree to make a positive impact."

Vincent plans to do a PhD in mechanical engineering at Queen's, while his sister starts work with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust in August. They join the 94% of Queen's students who are in employment or further study six months after graduating.

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