Development & Alumni Relations Office 


17 May 2018

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.

Involved in local politics for over 40 years, Mr Robinson served as the First Minister of Northern Ireland from 2008 until his retirement in 2016, and as 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 (which will run from 2018-21, is part-time and not remunerated), 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.

The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice is one of the University’s Global Research Institutes (GRI), and is a flagship for interdisciplinary research in areas of major societal challenge.


The Institute brings together researchers from a wide range of disciplines to tackle some of the greatest global issues of our age and offers a range of courses, from an interdisciplinary Master’s programme to short courses, including International summer and winter schools.


Media enquiries to Queen’s Communications Office on +44 (0)28 9097 3091.


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