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HANDOUT PHOTO: Queen's Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Peter Gregson greets the of Former President of Ireland Professor Mary McAleese for the offical opening of Queen's University Riddel Hall, Belfast, Friday 19th, 2012. Photo/Paul McErlane  Former President of Ireland Professor Mary McAleese will today officially open Queen's University's Riddel Hall campus, which has been transformed into a 21st century portal for the economic development of businesses across the island of Ireland. Riddel Hall, which was endowed to the University by Eliza and Isabella Riddel almost 100 years ago, is also the venue for the launch of an ambitious £140m fundraising campaign by Queen's Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Peter Gregson. The campaign is dedicated to helping Queen's provide the ultimate student experience and address some of the greatest challenges facing society today. Professor Gregson will announce that the campaign has got off to the best possible start with the University having secured £17½ million from individual donors, businesses, Foundations and Trusts. Making the announcement Professor Sir Peter Gregson said: ?It was the generosity of the Riddel sisters that enabled Riddel to be built 100 years ago. And it's that same spirit of philanthropy that has enabled Queen's to redevelop Riddel into a new Northern Ireland portal for business. ?The new fundraising campaign is an ambitious goal to raise £140m to provide the ultimate student experience and to invest in those areas in which we globally excel. It is a campaign that will allow Queen's to continue to make its disproportionate contribution to the success of Northern Ireland. From cybersecurity to the humanities, and from food science to medicine, Queen's impact and influence on society is exceptional. ?Earlier this year the quality of research at our Institute of Health Sciences was recognised with the award of a Diamond Jubilee Queen's Anniversary Prize.  A prize that was secured thanks to the work at Queen's which h