Annual Mary McAleese Diversity Lecture Series
In June 2019, former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, formally launched the Queen’s Management School Annual Mary McAleese Diversity Lecture Series during an event at the University. The new lecture series is part of Queen’s Management School’s mission to promote greater equality and diversity in the workplace, particularly with regards to ensuring equality of opportunity and respect for diversity across the University and the wider community.
Speaking at the event, Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas, Head of Queen's Management School said: "I am delighted that former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, has loaned her name to this new lecture series at Queen’s Management School.
“The School is committed to promoting equality and wider diversity in the workplace with a particular focus on gender equality. The lecture series will highlight the importance of diversity and will inform us of the latest research and practice.
“Speakers from diverse backgrounds will act as role models for staff and students in the Management School and wider community.”
Mary McAleese, who is a Professor of Children, Law and Religion at the University of Glasgow, discussed female empowerment, same sex marriage, misogyny and homophobia, during the course of the event.
A barrister by profession, she graduated from the School of Law at Queen’s in 1973 and was called to the Northern Ireland Bar in 1974. She was appointed Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology at Trinity College Dublin the following year and later took up the position of Director of the Institute of Legal Studies at Queen’s in 1987. Professor McAleese became the University’s first female Pro-Vice-Chancellor in 1994.
Mary McAleese, was elected the 8th President of Ireland in November 1997, succeeding Mary Robinson. She is the second female president of Ireland, the first president from Northern Ireland and served as for two terms until November 2011.