Queen’s University and Ulster University have recently advertised scholarships for PhD research:
These opportunities may be of interest to RightsNI readers: Both universities have research centres or institutes devoted to the themes of human rights, transitional justice, criminal justice, conflict transformation. These include:
- Human Rights Centre
- Institute for Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation
- Institute for Research in the Social Sciences
- Transitional Justice Institute.
The research of both universities was assessed in December 2014 as part of the UK wide Research Excellence Framework 2014. This exercise examines the research quality, impact and environment. Of particular interest is the ‘impact’ criterion that considers the real-world impact that academic research has on society. Both Law Schools performed impressively on this criterion, being ranked in the top 4 across 67 Law Schools in the UK (Ulster ranked 1st, QUB ranked 4th). Details on these are available at http://www.law.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofLaw/Research/Impact360deg/ and http://www.ulster.ac.uk/ref2014/units-of-assessment/20/