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Queen’s awards Honorary Professorship to Former First Minister Peter Robinson

Queen’s University Belfast has awarded former Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson an Honorary Professorship in Peace Studies at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.

Peter Robinson

Involved in politics for over 40 years, Mr Robinson served as the First Minister of Northern Ireland from 2008 until his retirement in 2016, and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party from 2008 until 2015.

He also served as the Minister for Finance and Minister for Regional Development, MP for East Belfast from 1979 to 2010, and MLA for East Belfast from 1998 until he retired in 2016.

Welcoming the appointment Professor Richard English Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation and Engagement, said: “Queen’s is pleased to welcome Peter Robinson as an Honorary Professor at the University.

“As a former First Minister Mr Robinson has considerable political and governmental experience which will enhance both teaching and research at the University. We look forward to his contribution over the next three years."

In his role as Honorary Professor Mr Robinson will take part in Workshops and Masterclasses with students and will participate in events at the University.

Mr Robinson will give his public first lecture as part of the Queen’s Policy Engagement (QPol) series on Thursday, 7 June 2018,  entitled: “Negotiating the Way Forward: Restoring Government in Northern Ireland”.

The lecture will be free and open to the public. 

Details regarding registration will be released in due course via Queen's social media channels.  


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