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If you have stumbled upon my blog in the dark confines of the online blogging community, welcome! Hereafter follows some information about the girl behind the blog.

I am the resident Irish chatty student at your service. My name is Leah and I hail from a small town outside of Belfast, Northern Ireland. It’s a tucked-away little corner of the world, but it is the place I am pleased to call home.

I am an aspiring human rights/transitional justice academic and researcher.

Currently, I am a Masters candidate in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast (2016-2018). Outside of the lecture hall, I work part-time as a political researcher and monitoring assistant, monitoring the Northern Ireland Executive, Assembly, and Committees. My hobby is my job, and it is perfect.

I am a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, where I took a LLB (Hons) degree. I also graduated with Degree Plus, and with a Certificate in American Business Practice. I am still trying to determine just how time flew in so rapidly. I had a marvellous time at university and had the honour to make fabulous friends, and cherished memories. I have enjoyed participating in several student organisations such as the Law Society, Young City Leaders and Amnesty International whilst being entrusted with positions of responsibility, including Social Media Officer for the Young City Leaders society and Executive Secretary for the Student Managed Fund.

I was selected to be a participant representing Northern Ireland on the BBC Generation 2016 programme, a platform for young people interested in politics. I was fortunate enough to be invited to share my views on local radio, as well as sit in the audience during a Leaders’ Debate in the run-up to the Assembly election.

When I am not at university, or working as a political researcher/monitoring assistant, I am currently a campaign Ambassador for the wonderful 50:50 Parliament movement. I believe politics should be reflective, and more women need to become involved in politics.

I was fortunate to be awarded a ‘Study USA’ scholarship with the British Council NI back in 2014. Thus for the academic year 2014/2015, I studied Business Administration as a major and Political Science/Communications as minors at a private liberal arts college in Iowa, USA – the wonderfully delightful and friendly Coe College. It was a brilliant experience, in terms of discovering a new educational system, culture, and of course new friends. I enjoyed discovering shared interests with other students in various organisations, volunteering and even joining a sorority. I created a website to host my memories and reflections of studying abroad; please feel free to have a look.

In sum:

  • I am a self-confessed and unashamed political and current affairs addict. Whether it is about Northern Ireland, the UK or the USA etc – I’m following it, and most likely tweeting about it, too. (Or boring friends and family, alas.)
  • I am interested in Constitutional and Administrative law, and am passionate about Human Rights law.
  • I am a music and film buff. The Eighties and the Nineties are my scenes.
  • My natural habitat is one of books and newspapers.
  • The way to my heart is through dark chocolate and fancy notebooks.
  • A dark coffee a day helps me work, rest and play.
  • I was most likely a rugby commentator in another life. If you desire to hang out at the weekends when the Six Nations is on: sorry, I’m AWOL.
  • Volunteering and community work: I love it. To give back to the local community, which has provided me with so much is a marvellous thing.
  • I am a veggie and proud. Whilst Gary Francione would not approve of my vegetarian, and not vegan lifestyle, I adore his work. I am interested in animal rights and welfare, and keenly follow the Nonhuman Rights Project.

Sassy senate jumper pose

(I think this is an excellent example of supreme political punfoolerly at its finest.)


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