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As term begins to wrap up, I hope you can make room for this term’s final Queen’s College Symposium (QCS). I’ve wanted to do the theme of ‘What does it mean to have a voice in politics?’ for over a year now, and I’ve finally found the right pieces to communicate the best story.

** No Sign Up Required **

The two speakers are:

  • Professor Anthony Gardner, is a Professor of Fine Arts and has written extensively on the role that politics has played in art and vice versa. 
  • Faye Curtis, is a final year DPhil student in International Relations and will be presenting her research on the changing character of war (and how this relates to theories of change).

After the speakers present their research and thoughts on the evening theme, I’m delighted to further announce that there will be an interactive group Q&A / panel discussion featuring the speakers as well as two outstanding members of the MCR who have dealt extensively with the question of voice.

These are:

  • Prakriti Bhattarai, cofounder of  Political Literacy for Women – a thinktank in Nepal that empowers and supports Nepali women to launch political careers
  • Kiran Manku, founder of The 1928 Institute – a thinktank that provides research on the lives of British-Indians and Anglo-Indian relations. 

Though attending the talks is free and requires no signing up, the FREE dinner in the Magrath Room can be signed up for using the booking button on the right.

Seb Wilkes
MCR Academic Officer

Image: Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix 

“Joseph Williamson as a Bridge between Business and Government in the Early Years of the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved African People” by Professor Will Pettigrew (Lancaster University)


Between 4.30 and 5.30 pm: the Librarian will be on-hand in the Upper Library for those who wish to view the exhibition on Joseph Williamson ahead of the talk
5.30 pm: Talk by Professor Will Pettigrew in the Shulman Auditorium, with an introduction by the Provost
6.15 pm: Q&A hosted by Fellow in History Dr Meleisa Ono-George

Educated at Oxford and Yale, Professor Pettigrew was a Junior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford before taking up a permanent post at the University of Kent in 2009. He came to Lancaster in 2018 as Professor of History. His work assesses how the history of Britain has been shaped by global forces as well as the effects that Britain has had on the rest of the world. These interests have led him to complete studies of the development of the British contribution to the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans, the constitutional determinants of British economic growth, the history of English trading corporations, and the role of international trade in shaping the English constitution. He is interested in supervising research in any aspect of Global British history in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  His most recent monograph is Global Trade and the Shaping of English Freedom (OUP, 2023).

Prof Will Pettigrew black and white headshot
Professor Pettigrew

Queen’s Women’s Network & Student Networking Dinner

Booking for this event has now closed. Please contact the Old Members’ Office if you have any further queries.

Hello Old Members!
Would you like to share your journey from Queen’s until now with current students at Queen’s?

Hello Current Students!
Would you like to meet Old Members and members of the Queen’s Women’s Network (QWN) for an evening of Finding our voices: Stories from 45 years of co-education at Queen’s?

On Saturday 2 March, in the first of its kind, the QWN in conjunction with the JCR and MCR will host an evening of small-group networking across the decades in the Upper Library for Old Members and students, followed by dinner to continue conversations. The event is being held to mark International Women’s Day and to commemorate the 45th anniversary of women starting at Queen’s.

As a Queen’s Old Member, there are two ways to get involved and share your experience and knowledge with our students: Join as a story-sharer; or as a dinner only.

  • Story-sharer: If you would like to be considered as a speaker during the networking part of the evening, please indicate this on your booking*. You may want to think about your journey from Queen’s until now, what you have learnt along the way, what has sparked your passion and what challenges you’ve overcome.
    This ticket option also includes your dinner place.
  • Dinner only: If you are happy to join the networking element of the event as a guest and prefer to share your story informally over dinner only, please select this option on booking.

*Please note, spots are limited for this and we may not be able to accommodate all interest this time.

Queen’s Students, please select a student ticket on the booking form.

Upon booking, all guests will be asked a few short career-related questions to help us with the organisation of the event. Please leave blank if these do not apply.


Old Member tickets are £30. Places are limited. Closing date for Old Members is 11 February.
Student tickets are £15.

Book by 11 February (Old Members) and 18 February (Students)

This event is open to all Old Members and students.
All tickets include access to the Networking event, 3-course dinner and a glass of wine.



5.00pm Networking in the Upper Library
7.15pm Networking Dinner in Hall (Smart dress)

The Beer Cellar is open for post-dinner drinks (with limited capacity and card only).


Unfortunately, we are not able to provide accommodation at Queen’s for Old Members on this occasion because this event is being held in term-time to maximise student participation. If B&B is required there are several hotel options in the city and further afield to suit a range of budgets. The dinner is scheduled to conclude by c9.00pm at the latest.


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