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Bronach Kane


Where are you from?

Craigavon

What year did you complete your degree? 

2003

What degree pathway did you study/are you studying at Queen’s?

Modern History

Why did you choose to study History at Queen’s?

The teaching ranges from classical history up to late twentieth-century Ireland and Europe, and the organisation of the degree courses allow students to sample modules from all of these areas. The department is strongly research-led, and is well-respected because of this.

What did you particularly enjoy about studying this subject at Queen’s?

The opportunity to discuss research topics with experts in the field, and to debate these issues in seminars.

Tell us about any funding you received to help you take this course or any scholarships/prizes you have been awarded.

Prizes: Best Performance in First Year Examination; Lewis Warren Prize for Best Performance in Medieval History Module; Harford Montgomery Hyde Prize for Highest Aggregate Mark in Single Honours History. Since leaving Queen's I have been awarded Funding:  Master’s Studentship, University of York; Doctoral award from AHRB (now AHRC); Power Fellowship, Institute of Historical Research/Economic History Society; Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities; Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship.

What about studying at Queen’s in general? What was that like?

I took some language courses, including Latin, and took dances classes too. I joined the Student History Society and made many new friends through the events that it organised.

What is your current occupation? What are you enjoying about your career?

I am a Leverhulme Eary Career Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London. My research focuses on late medieval cultural and social history, but I also teach history to undergraduates too. The opportunity to continue researching history, and to share these findings with students is exciting and very rewarding.

Would you recommend studying History to other students and to study at Queen’s? What advice would you give them?

I would definitely recommend studying History to prospective students at Queens. As a History student, you gain a wide range of transferable skills that employers do recognise and respect.