Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers

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Philip is a final year PhD researcher based in the School of Law at Queen's University, Belfast. He is a Postgraduate Associate of the Institute of Irish Studies at QUB. His thesis has the working title of: 

Transgender Activism in Conflict and Transition. 

The research project aims to conduct theoretically-informed, empirical, socio-legal research on the transgender social movement in Northern Ireland (NI), focusing specifically on activism, community and transition. 

Philip's additional research interests include transitional justice, crime and the media, penal policy and corporate governance. 


PhD (Queen's University, Belfast)

LLM Criminology and Criminal Justice - Distinction (Queen's University, Belfast - 2017-2018) 

MSc Management and Corporate Governance - Pass with Commendation (2:1) (Ulster University, 2016-2017)

BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice - First Class Honours (Ulster University, 2013-2016)


Awarded the Department for the Economy Studentship for PhD study (2018 - 2021)  

Philip was the only student to achieve a distinction in the 2017/18 Criminology and Criminal Justice LLM at the School of Law, Queen's University, Belfast. 

Ulster University - EDGE Employability Skills Award (2016) 

Ulster University - Dean's List: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Sciences (2014-2015) 

Ulster University - Dean's List: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (2013-2014) 


LLB Legal Methods & Skills (Tutor) - 2021-2022

LLB Legal Methods & Skills (Tutor) - 2020-2021

LLB Evidence (Tutor) - 2019-2020 

LLM Criminal Justice Processes (Guest Lecture) - November 2019: "Transgender Prisoners and the Media"

Queen's University Belfast (2019) - Small Group Teaching Training Course. 

Queen's University Belfast (2019) - Introduction to Teaching Training Course. 


Philip collaborated with Ulster Architectural Heritage in Autumn 2022 to deliver a series of Oral History workshops aimed at preserving Ulster's intangible architectural heritage. This formed part of their European Heritage Days 2022 programme. 

Philip works in The Graduate School at QUB as a Community Assistant for 2022\23 and is passionate about the post-graduate student experience and culture. 

In 2022, Philip worked alongside Professor Joan Loughrey, Head of School, on a Legal Professional Privilege project. 

Philip was the student co-ordinator of the School of Law podcast, LawPod, for the academic year 2019/20. 

Philip contributed to the Queering the North exhibition at the Museum of Free Derry that launched in February 2020. 

Philip presented his work as part of the Oral History Society - 'Voices From The Four Nations' LGBTQ research seminar, in August 2021. 


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