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Rising star who looks set for a brilliant future

The winner of the UK Universities Brightest Business Brain student graduates from Queen’s University today before embarking on an entrepreneur programme which will see him have one-to-one meetings with the likes of David Cameron and Richard Branson.

David Galbraith, from east Belfast, outshone more than 3,000 competitors to claim the accolade earlier this year.

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Since then, he has beaten over 6,000 other students to secure first place in the GradIreland National Student Challenge and competed in the AB InBev European University finals.

David graduates with a degree in Computing and Information Technology. Having received job offers from a number of companies, he has chosen to spend a year on the New Entrepreneurs Foundation programme, which gives up to 30 of the UK’s brightest, entrepreneurially-minded young people the opportunity to work for a year with some of the country’s leading business.

Most recently, David’s Q Consulting team of Queen’s students beat off strong competition to become Irish champions at the Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (Cima) Global Business Challenge (GBC).

David will travel to Sri Lanka to represent Queen’s and Ireland at the GBC Global final at the end of July.

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He said: “The last year has been a bit of a whirlwind for me. I got off to a shaky start at university and had to repeat my first year.

“It was only after my final year industrial placement that I realised the benefits of throwing myself into university life, giving 100% to everything I did, both inside and outside the lecture hall.

“Alongside my studies and competition entries, I signed up to Queen’s |International Buddy Scheme, volunteering to help international students settle into university life in Belfast.

“I was also a founding member of the Computer Science Mentors programme within the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, mentoring students through their first year at Queen’s.

“I’ve had a busy few years, but I have realised that I thrive under pressure — an attribute that I’m sure will be useful over the next year as I will be working alongside some of the UK’s leading business people.

“That said, I am delighted to be taking a day off to relax and enjoy my graduation — I think I deserve it.”

David will celebrate his graduation alongside his mum Deborah and sister Amy.