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Queen's scholar crowned UK Student of the Year

By Lindsay Fergus

A Queen's University student has beaten seven million students from across the UK to win the Endsleigh Insurance Student of the Year Award.

The awards recognise inspirational students who make positive contributions towards society.

Aidan Bannon is the first Queen's student to win the award and NUS judges said he demonstrated "exceptional levels in capability and focus on varying needs of students and the local community."

The third year medical student founded the University Red Cross Society this year, co-ordinating over 60 volunteers to fundraise and raise awareness of international crises.

It comes just a week after Aidan received the 2013 Queen's University Belfast 'Student of the Year' award.

The 21-year-old is also the first student from Queen's Medical School to be accepted on the Heidelberg Medical Erasmus programme, securing a paid research assistantship in the Centre of Infection and Immunity specialising in Cystic Fibrosis.

Niall McShane, president of Queen's Students' Union, said: "Aidan is a true example of an exceptional student. He is a natural student leader, with a passion for community youth work and increasing the opportunities available for young people and students. His hard work and commitment has touched the lives of people of all ages and across all communities, and his legacy will continue for years to come."

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