Learn more about our Elite Athlete Programme

The Queen’s Elite Athlete Programme (EAP) provides prospective, exceptional students a platform to achieve their sporting and academic goals.

Why Choose the Elite Athlete Programme at Queen’s?

Choose Queen’s to take you to the next level. We feel we are the best choice due to our:

  • World renowned education
  • Coaching
  • Top class facilities
  • Support network
  • Programme benefits
  • Cost-efficient city centre location

Important Application Dates

Application status
Open 2018/19
Closing date
1st March 2019
Award date
1st May 2019
Apply » 14 places available annually
  • Fees - £3,000 p/a
  • Accommodation - £2,000 p/a
  • Travel/subsistence allowance
  • Academic mentoring
  • Sports clothing
  • Personalised strength + conditioning
  • Academic flexibility
  • Medical support
  • 14 places available annually
  • + all other Academy benefits

Queen’s University recognises that combining high level sport and higher education can be difficult. The University is fully supportive of elite athletes who manage themselves well and are proactive in organising their sport and their studies.

The University has therefore developed the following guidelines for ACADEMIC FLEXIBILITY to allow those students to combine their sporting responsibilities with their academic requirements.

  • Deadlines
  • Examinations
  • Leave of absence/authorised absence from scheduled classes
  • Longer study period
  • Protocol

Both the student and the University have a responsibility to ensure that elite athletes can compete at the highest level whilst also meeting the requirements of their academic programmes.

  • Proven Junior or Senior International
  • Participation at Olympic Games, World & European Champs
  • Meet the academic standards for entry to Queen’s University Belfast
  • Progress on International Pathway or National Trialing programmes
  • Highly ranked within their chosen sport
  • Proven record of success
  • Meet specific test scores relevant to sport
  • Maintain satisfactory sporting performance
  • Meet the academic requirements of study
  • Attend and progress through four individual meetings per year
  • Represent Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) in all competitions
  • Act as ambassadors of QUB and Queen’s Sport (QS)
  • Wear the QUB branded apparel of their respective QUB Sports Club while competing on behalf of the University
  • Travel with the relevant QUB Sports Team or Club
  • Support Marketing and Recruitment and attend relevant promotional events/functions
  • Seek permission from QS to represent non-QUB affiliated Clubs or Teams on exceptional circumstances
  • Commit to training and testing as specified within the performance pathway of your sport
  • Attend all Personal Development Events (A.I.M)

Meet our current elite athletes

  • Chris Beck

    Chris Beck



  • Victoria Hastings

    Victoria Hastings



  • Shea Heffron

    Shea Heffron


    BSc Actuarial Science & Risk Management

  • Eoin Fleming

    Eoin Fleming


    BSc Mathematics with Finance

  • Fionnuala McKenna

    Fionnuala McKenna


    BSc Mathematics

  • Christine McMahon

    Christine McMahon


    BDS Dentistry

  • Chris Coulter

    Chris Coulter



Queen’s Sporting Greats

  • Dorothy Armstrong Read more

    Third level sport played a massive part in developing me as an athlete. Universities have a key role in nurturing people to achieve greatness.

    Dorothy Armstrong, Geography/Education (1970)

  • Jack Kyle Read more

    I have had a strong connection with Queen’s ever since I arrived at this great institution. It can foster the next generation of leaders in sport and in life.

    Jack Kyle, Rugby, Medicine (1944 - 1951)

  • Sean O’Neill Read more

    The Queen’s University sporting environment, with the exposure to high class coaching and players unquestionably laid the foundations for my career as a Gaelic Footballer

    Sean O’Neill, Gaelic Football, Law (1961)

  • James McCartan Read more

    Queen’s becomes a part of who you are. At Queen’s you play for, with and against the best.

    James McCartan, Gaelic Football, Civil Engineering (1993)

  • Jack Kyle Read more

    I spent 10 years studying at Queen’s and can’t speak highly enough about the learning environment both on and off the field of play

    Janet Boyle, Athletics, Medicine (1997)

  • Jack Kyle Read more

    I have had many special moments throughout my career culminating in an Olympic Medal in ’88. Queen’s should continue to support their top performing athletes like they did for me

    Jimmy Kirkwood, Hockey, Economics (1984)

  • Jack Kyle Read more

    Every time Queen’s is mentioned in the news, I feel a certain connection that will never break. The passion is hard to explain but one I cherish deeply.

    David Hewitt, Rugby, Law (1961)