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Second Shimna student gains place on QUB pathways programme

A Level student Katie McGurnaghan has secured a place on the coveted Queen's University Belfast's (QUB) Pathway for Biological Science. The programme is designed to nurture the next generation of scientific leaders, offering an unparalleled opportunity for students to delve into the fascinating world of biological sciences and embark on a journey of academic excellence and discovery.


QUB's Pathway for Biological Science is renowned for its rigorous curriculum, cutting-edge research opportunities, and exceptional faculty guidance. The programme provides students like Katie with a comprehensive understanding of various facets of biological sciences, from molecular biology to ecology, preparing them for successful careers in academia, research and industry.


Katie is delighted to have secured a place: "I am thrilled to have been accepted into QUB's Pathway for Biological Science. It’s a great opportunity for me to pursue my passion for Biology. I am looking forward to taking part and pursuing my passion for understanding the complexities of life."

In addition to the academic rigor of the programme, QUB offers a vibrant campus life and a wealth of extracurricular activities, ensuring that students like Katie have a well-rounded university experience. Katie will join fellow Shimna student Madison Crawford, who secured a place on the programme earlier this term.


Assistant Vice-Principal Joanne Poland with Katie McGurnaghan

Joanne Poland, Assistant Vice-Principal, commented: "We are so proud of Katie’s accomplishment. Her academic achievements, passion for Biology, and commitment to excellence make her an ideal candidate for the course. We look forward to supporting her academic journey and sharing in her future accomplishments."


“Katie's acceptance into QUB's Pathway not only highlights her academic prowess but also serves as a testament to her hard work and dedication. As she embarks on this exciting chapter of her educational journey, Katie is poised to make meaningful contributions to the field of biological science and beyond.”

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