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Ulster Rugby ace Trimble and singer Vance delighted by degrees

By Rebecca Black

A Ulster Rugby star will add another string to his bow this morning as Andrew Trimble graduates from Queen’s University with a Masters degree in Finance.

The sportsman from Coleraine, who plays for both Ulster and Ireland, has paid tribute to the Queen’s Management School for helping him balance his studies with his demanding training schedule.

Andrew (33), who is married with two children, has played professional rugby since he was 19 and is the most capped Ulster Rugby player.

Speaking ahead of his graduation ceremony, Andrew said now that the big day had arrived, it made all the hard work worthwhile.

“Queen’s has been very supportive and helpful as I balanced by studies with my full-time, and sometimes demanding, job as a rugby player,” he said.

“I really enjoyed my course and my time as a student at the university, and will miss being around the campus. I am delighted and feel great satisfaction in graduating with distinction. It makes all the hard work worth it.”

Meanwhile, there was also recogition for critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Foy Vance, who received  an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) from Ulster University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music.

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