Development & Alumni Relations Office 


10 June 2016

Queen’s has appointed the leading Irish and British History and Politics academic – Professor Richard English – as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation and Engagement.

Professor English, who is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, will take up the post on 1 September 2016.

He returns to Queen’s from the University of St Andrews where he is currently the Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) and Wardlaw Professor of Politics. He was previously Professor of Politics in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen’s from 1989 – 2011.

Welcoming the appointment, Queen’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Patrick G. Johnston, said: “As an internationally renowned expert in the fields of history and politics, Professor English’s work has already done much to impact positively on life in Northern Ireland, and beyond.

“I am delighted to welcome him back to Queen’s where he will play a key leadership role in the delivery of our Vision to become a world-class international university, focused on the needs of society.”

Professor English said: “I’m very excited about the prospect of taking up this role at Queen’s. It will be excellent to work with Queen’s colleagues as the University delivers its pioneering research, its invaluable teaching, and its many other societal contributions.”

Born in Belfast in 1963, Richard English read Modern History at Keble College, Oxford (MA, 1985) and studied for his PhD with Professor Charles Townshend at Keele University (1990). He is a frequent media commentator on terrorism and Irish politics and history including work for the BBC, NPR, the Times Literary Supplement, Newsweek, and the Financial Times.

He is also the author of seven books, including Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA (2003), which won the politics book of the year award from the Political Studies Association and was shortlisted for the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize and Irish Freedom: The History of Nationalism in Ireland (2006), which won the Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize in 2007.

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