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Our Graduates | ARTS

Clare Chandler

Degree: BA (Hons) first class Drama (graduated 2004)
Current Job: Lecturer in Musical Theatre at Edge Hill University.

‌Responsible for development, delivery and coordination of the Musical Theatre programme at Edge Hill University.

"My time at QUB was brilliant and I learnt so much that I have applied in my working life as an actress, facilitator and, more recently, a lecturer. The opportunity to work with lecturers at the top of their game within a rich cultural environment both in the university and in Northern Ireland was second to none.   In relation to my current job my time at QUB taught me that you can provide a strong academic grounding whilst also exploring concepts practically and started me on a discovery of the value of practice as research."

Edge Hill University

Dr Kevin McCluskey

Degree: BA in Drama with Film, MA in Drama, PhD in Drama.
Years at QUB: 2007 – 2015
Current Job Title: Analyst Consultant with Deloitte (

I work in technology consulting, specialising in helping businesses introduce and integrate new IT applications.

Through studying Drama at Queens I developed the ability to think creatively and express myself in both performance and in a written context. This, along with the experience of working independently on a large research project with my PhD, has been invaluable for my current work, where research skills are coupled with presentation skills and teamwork on a daily basis.

Lucy SkerrittLucy Skerritt

Degree: MA in Arts Management
Years  at QUB: 2014-2015
Current Job Title: Programme Support - Generator NI

My job involves supporting the Generator NI music business support programme through working with organising events, writing reports, updating social media and aiding local music businesses and artists in any way possible. 

My experience of Queen's is very positive, which I put down to both the course itself, and amazing facilities like the Graduate School. The course was well structured and lecturers were very experienced within the arts. The course allowed me to specialise within music industry support, but provided me with breadth of knowledge across the wider arts industries. I was able to focus assignments on the local music industry in Northern Ireland which has given me great breadth of knowledge which I can call upon daily within my work. Being able to write 'critically' has aided me immensely when it comes to writing evaluations for funders and key stakeholders of the Generator NI programme. 

Christopher McCorry
Christopher McCorry

Degree: BSc in Music Technology
Years at QUB: 2004 - 2007
Current Job Title: Senior Technician  - The Mac Belfast

Responsible for sound and lighting for shows and events in the MAC theatre, and also responsible for assisting with the technical requirements of the gallery installations.
My time at QUB helped me to have a deep understanding of the methods and workflow of modern digital audio systems, and helped me develop a critical technical ear.



Chris LaveryChris Lavery

Degree: BSc Music Technology & Sonic Arts

Current Job: IT Project / Delivery Manager
Delivering bespoke financial trading services via Co-location and private cloud to a global clientele including the leading global investment banks, hedge funds, proprietary trading firms and stock exchanges. 

"Queens was a spark to the fuse of my technological curiosity. I was taught by creative and technical experts and was studying with gifted and motivated colleagues, providing ample opportunity to explore different interests and potential career paths. My interest in the use of low latency IP networks to transport media now underpins the field in which I currently work."

Hannah McPhillimy

Degree: BMus in Music  (graduated 2013)
Current Job: Singer-Songwriter / Music Teacher 

Performing is the most visible part of my job, but the bulk of what it is happens behind the scenes - writing, practicing, planning, event managing and sometimes crisis managing when things don't quite go to plan!

"My time at Queens was a real turning point for me; my lecturers took an interest in my work, encouraged me to take risks and perhaps most significantly, created a very supportive, trial and error type learning environment in the 'Performance Workshop' module run by Dr. Paul Stapleton. This module in particular helped me to figure out my strengths, as well as how to make the most of my limitations. I don't honestly think that without it, I would have taken the plunge to make a career in music at all - I really am very grateful for my time there."

Graduate Careers | ARTS

Our graduates have gone into a diverse range of careers, including: 


  • Graham Archer (Audio Engineer, Sarm Studios, London)

  • Nicholas Crowe (Audiologist, Birmingham)

  • Nicholas Gillian (Post-Doctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

  • Saul Rayson (Course Coordinator Music Production, SERC)

  • Mark McKeague (Bang & Olufsen internship)

  • Fiona McDermott (Peter Lloyd Acoustic Consultancy)

  • Gregory Ferguson (DJ/Remix Artist)

  • Niall Kelly (iOS Software Developer, Ecliptic Labs)

  • Keir Hurley (Audio Engineer, Adlib Audio, Liverpool)

  • Gerard Haughian (Financial Software Engineer, First Derivatives)

  • Donna O’Connor (Course Coordinator Music Production, Belfast Metropolitan College)

  • Donna Lennon (Apple Support Engineer)

  • Richard Lower (Head of Sound, Mandela Hall, Belfast)


  • Jim Samson, Professor of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London

  • Gráinne Hambly, Irish harpist

  • Carol McGonnell, clarinetist

  • Deirdre Gribbin, composer

  • Marie-Claire Doris, Producer at BBC

  • Noreen McFarland, Education and Outreach Officer, Ulster Orchestra

  • Karen Diamond, NI Music Therapy Trust

  • Angela Haley, Events and Conferencing Manager, Eventus

  • Caroline Simpson, Online Marketing Executive, i3


  • Claire Campbell (Researcher, BBC NI)

  • Daniel McCabe (Production Trainee, BBC)

  • Niall McEvoy, (on set VFX supervisor, HBO, Game of Throne)

  • Grace Sweeney (Camera Department, HBO, Game of Thrones)

  • Michele Devlin, (Director of The Belfast Film Festival)


  • Lucia McAnespie (Actress RADA trained)

  • Lisa McGee (writer for theatre, film and television)

  • Cat Barter  (Singer and Actress trained in Musical Theatre in Royal Academy of Music)

  • Ciaran Mc Quillan   (Outreach Officer with Tinderbox)

  • Connor Phillips, broadcaster (Cool FM)

  • Ian Baxter (Broadcaster, UTV)

  • Tom Finlay (Artistic Director, Rainbow Factory)

  • Alison McCrudden (Lecturer)

  • Des Kennedy (Theatre Director—Royal Court Theatre, Out of Joint Theatre)

  • Karen Hassan (Actor, Hollyoaks)

  • Jennifer Neil (Teacher, Banbridge Academy)

  • Richard Gray (Teacher, Strangford College)

  • Philip Hilditch (BBC Cameraman)

  • Adrian Dorrian (Church of Ireland minister)


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