Tim grew up in Belfast and attended both Belfast Royal Academy and College of Business Studies (renamed Belfast Metropolitan College). He graduated with a B.A. degree in social history from the University of Lancaster in 1986 and worked for over 15 years in the field of youth work and homelessness. Queen’s University, Belfast awarded Tim a post-graduate diploma in organisation and management in 2000 and then a M.A. degree (with distinction) in Irish studies in 2009. During his masters degree Tim was presented with a merit award, in January 2009, at the Centre for Migration Studies in Omagh. He is currently working toward a PhD.
Research topic and interests
Tim’s thesis for his masters degree examined the economic, political and cultural context of the Palatine ( Pfälzer ) migration to Ireland, 1709-1720. For his PhD he is currently researching ‘Order and disorder in Ireland, 1692-1735’, an examination of the relationship between government and Irish society, with a specific focus on the struggle to maintain order.
Professor David Hayton