All news

Six students from AHSS win a place on the Washington Ireland Programme

Queen's Students Selected for Prestigious Washington Ireland Programme


Six Queen’s students have been selected for the prestigious Washington Ireland Programme (WIP) 2017 to build the next generation of leaders across Northern Ireland and Ireland.

They are among thirty students to be selected from hundreds of applicants for the twelve month leadership programme.

The programme includes a two month placement in Washington D.C. where students gain experience in an area matched to their skills and interests. Previous students have interned in the offices of the then U.S. Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Cordelia McGeown, a History and International Relations student said, “WIP offers students a real opportunity to make a difference in this world, to make connections and networks. I’m delighted to have been offered this opportunity and will definitely make the most out of it.”

Robert Murtagh, who studies Politics, Philosophy and Economics said: “I’m really excited to be selected for this programme and I hope that through this experience I will develop the skills to be able to move NI forward from a post-conflict society to a society that celebrates diversity, and that puts equality of all people at the fore. I hope to gain a deeper understanding of how change happens, learning from those who have been at the heart of making that difference.”

Community involvement is at the heart of the programme and for the majority of WIP alumni, this extends far beyond a year-long commitment.

Philip Murray, a WIP alumni who graduated from Queen’s in 2012 said: “Being part of WIP really helped me to think more about how I can play an active role in my community. I learnt so much through the programme and I’m glad I can use the skills and connections made to contribute positively to the community.”

Prominent Alumni include members of the Irish Government, Northern Irish Executive and Northern Ireland Assembly. WIP alumni from Queen’s University include former Justice Minster Claire Sugden and former DUP MLA Emma Pengelly. 

Media inquiries to Suzanne Lagan, Communications Office at Queen's University Belfast on Tel: 028 90 97 5292 or email 

More news and features

Renewable energy

€9.7 million renewable energy centre opens at Queen’s University Belfast

17/01/2018 - A €9.7 million cross-border research centre for renewable energy projects has been opened at Queen’s University Belfast.


Queen's scientist will test the limits of quantum theory

16/01/2018 - A scientist from Queen's University is working with researchers at two other UK universities to test one of the fundamental laws of physics as part of a major Europe-wide project awarded more than £3m in funding.