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Professor Janice Carruthers
Professor Janice Carruthers

Languages is a thriving teaching and research unit with a dynamic undergraduate and postgraduate community. Employability skills and intellectual challenge are at the core of all our programmes. The degrees we offer are centred around four languages - French, Irish, Spanish and Portuguese - which can be combined with a wide range of other subjects in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Physical Sciences. As a School of Modern Languages, the international dimension to our work is crucial. For students of French, Spanish and Portuguese, this means a substantial period abroad as part of their degree programme, whether in Europe on an Erasmus placement or much further afield. In Irish, and in Translation and Interpreting, we attract many international students to Queen's, particularly to join our growing postgraduate community. For staff, 'international' means building research partnerships around the world. But if our networks are international, our approach to students is personal. As the smallest School in Queen's, we know all our undergraduate and postgraduate students well and take pride in our strong sense of community which fosters a learning environment in which all students are encouraged to fulfil their true potential.

The School is home to four interdisciplinary research Fora - the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Latin-American Studies Forum, the Postcolonial Research Forum and Translation and Cultural Encounter. It also supports the student-led Interdisciplinary Linguistics Group (ILinG).

Please browse these webpages to discover more about the School, our staff, our teaching and research, and the unique student experience we offer.  You might find it useful to view the School Handbook for 2014/15 by clicking SchoolHandbook2014-2015.


Contact details

Head of School: Professor Janice Carruthers
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 5363  E-mail: 

Director of Research: Professor Micheal O'Mainnin
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3717  E-mail:

Director of Education:
Semester 1 (2014/15) - Prof. Greg Toner
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Semester 2 (2014/15) - Prof. Isabel Torres  
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3633  E-mail:

Disability Officer:  Ms Deirdre McCrory
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3140

School Manager: Ms Deirdre McCrory
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School Secretary: Ms Lorraine Browne
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First Aid Officers

Dr Fiona Clark: Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3181, Room 104, first floor, 8 University Square
Dr Claire Moran: Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3147.  Room 301, third floor, 11 University Square
Ms Deirdre McCrory: Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3140.  Room G01a, ground floor, 9 University Square

School of Modern Languages                                             
8 University Square
Queen's University Belfast
Northern Ireland

Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5363
Fax: +44 (0)28 9097 5345