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Wednesday 14 - Friday 30 November

From Lynn Library to Graduate School

2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Lynn Library building as part of Queen’s College Belfast in 1868. Now a vibrant hub for the postgraduate community at Queen’s University Belfast, the Graduate School welcomes thousands of students through its doors each year. The Lynn Library has seen significant changes throughout its history, but the building has remained at the heart of life at Queen’s for 150 years.

To mark the anniversay a number of events are taking place in The Graduate School and a website looks back on the buildings history, including the original architectural plans.

From Lynn Library to Graduation School Exhibition
Wednesday 14 - Friday 30 November

Join the celebrations at the Graduate School, view the historical exhibition original architecture plans and hear stories from those who worked and studies in eth building over the years.

Graduate School Historical Tours
Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 November, 1.00-1.30pm

Take a guided tour of the Graduate School, formerly the old University Library. You will learn more about the Irish born architect, William Henry Lynn, and how the building he designed underwent significant change, whilst remaining at the heart of University life for over 150 years.
Booking required via the Graduate School - 150 years on website.

Share your story

The Graduate School is collecting memories of the building its staff and students as part of a larger commemoration and would love to hear your stories. Please submit yout story online via surveymonkey.

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15 November

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Parents’/Guardian's Evening

Thursday 15 November 2018, 7.00pm – 9.30pm, Whitla Hall, Queen’s University

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Parents/Guardians Evening for Year 13 will take place on the 15 November 2018 from 7pm to 9.30pm.

You will have the opportunity to attend talks on the various degrees and hear about employability and further study opportunities available to graduates. You will also have the chance to chat informally with staff and current students.

Find out more and register

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Wednesday 21 & Thursday 22 November

Women in music

The Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queen’s University Belfast will host a roundtable discussion and debate on women in music technology around the world.

A number of leading international organisations are taking part in the event including: the Female Laptop Orchestra (UK), Women in Music Tech (USA), WoNoMute (Norway), Sonora (Brazil) and Yorkshire Sound Women Network (UK).

The roundtable and concert are open to the public and free to attend. For more information, please visit the SARC webpage.

The roundtable panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session which will explore transversal topics and open issues in the field such as women role models, visibility of women’s work, mentoring, collaboration, funding, impact assessment, and sustainability.

The event has been organised by Dr Franziska Schroeder from the School of Arts, English and Languages and SARC at Queen’s University.

The roundtable will take place on Wednesday 21 November 2018, 1.00 – 2.00pm and the concert will take place on Thursday 22 November 2018, 1.00 – 2.00pm.

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29 November

Professor David Armitage to deliver the Frank Wright Lecture

Professor David Armitage, from Harvard University, will deliver the Annual Frank Wright lecture at Queen's University. 

Professor Armitage is Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History and former Chair of the Department of History at Harvard University, where he teaches intellectual history and international history. He is also the author of a number of highly influential works, most recently Civil Wars: A History in Ideas (2017). He was recently appointed Honorary Professor in History at Queen's.

Thursday 29 November 2018, 6.00-7.30pm, Emeleus Lecture Theatre, Queen's University Belfast

The lecture, which will be hosted by the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, is entitled: 'Treaty Consciousness: A History of Rise and Fall and Rise Again?'.  In the lecture Professor Armitage will adress the rise and fall and rise again of treaty consciousness in global context from the early modern period to the present, in order to shed light on contemporary transformations in the international order, Brexit among them.

The lecture is an annual event in memory of Professor Frank Wright who was Lecturer in Politics at Queen's University Belfast from 1973-93. 

The lecture is open to the public and free to attend. Registration not required. 


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13 December

Dr Deborah Mack to deliver the Annual Keith Jeffery Lecture in Public History

Dr Deborah Mack, from the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian Institute, will deliver the annual Keith Jeffery Memorial Lecture in Public History at the Ulster Museum

Thursday 13 December 2018, 6.00 - 7.30pm, Ulster Museum Belfast

The lecture, which will be hosted by the Centre for Public History and the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, is entitled: 'The work you do, the person you are: Intentional process in institution building to reclaim the past and create cultural legacy'. 

The lecture is open to the public and free to attend. Registration not required. 






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13 March

Science at Queen’s Parents’ Evening

Wednesday 13 March 2019, 6.30pm – 9.30pm, Whitla Hall, Queen’s University

For Years 11, 12 and 13 students and their parents who have an interest in:

  • Archaeology and Palaeoecology
  • Chemistry
  • Biological Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Geography
  • Mathematics and Physics
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychology

Find out more and register:

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25 October


Thursday 25 October 

Join us on 25 October in Queen’s University Belfast for the next event in our Global Challenges Debates Series and hear from world-leading experts to discuss some of the greatest challenges facing us today.

Hear from Professor David Livingstone (QUB) and Professor John Hedley Brooke (Oxford).

See further details here.