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Congratulations to Dr Michelle Rouse and PhD researcher Leah Rea on their success at the inaugural PhD Awards Dinner, held at the Hilton, 2 June 2022.

Michelle received the award for Outstanding Thesis in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Michelle’s thesis was on ‘Gender, Decision-Making and the Northern Ireland Senior Civil Service: A Feminist Institutional Analysis of Elite Bureaucracy in Transition’.

The thesis was examined by Prof Fiona Mackay (Edinburgh) and Prof Anne Marie Gray (Ulster), with Dr Fidelma Ashe as the chair.  Her supervisors were Dr Catherine O’Rourke, Dr Karl O’Connor and Prof Cathy Gormley-Heenan. Michelle is now a lecturer in the School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences.

Leah won the award for Best Presentation (Belfast) at the Ulster PhD Festival. Leah’s thesis is on ‘Exploring the development of human rights in constitutional arrangements through an examination of the relationship between parliamentary conventions relating to devolution and the progression of human rights standards in Northern Ireland’ and her supervisors are Dr Anne Smith, Dr Mark Simpson and Prof Grainne McKeever.