Erin Early

    Erin Early

    Postgraduate research student

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    Research Interests

    I am a PhD candidate in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work. My PhD explores the influence of socio-demographics, mainly sex, religion and socio-economic status on primary and post-primary attainment in Northern Ireland using quantitative methods. My research interests lie broadly in the field of inequality within social institutions and quantitative research methods.



    BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology, Queen's University Belfast
    MRes in Social Research Methods, Queen's University Belfast


    Shortlisted for the BERA ECR Award (2018) for paper entitled 'The influence of socio-economic background and gender on PISA attainment in the United Kingdom: a systematic review'.

    Queen's Graduates' Association Scholarship (2016)
    Awarded to postgraduate students in recognition of their dedication to their field of research. 

    Q-Step Scholarship (2015) 
    Following a summer internship at the Department of Justice, a Q-Step scholarship was awarded in 2015 to complete a Masters in Social Research Methods. 


    Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    Teaching Assistant/Tutor on the following modules:

    Academic Year 2017/2018

    • CRM2005 Crime and Society
    • SOC2004 Quantitative Research Methods
    • Q-Step Summer School

    Academic Year 2018/2019

    • SOC2003 Qualitative Research Methods



    Commissioner for Public Appointments NI Mentoring Scheme (2017-2018)
    Completed CPA NI mentoring scheme with the South Eastern Regional College 

    Queen's Graduates' Association Honorary Secretary (2018-present)

    Standing Committee of Convocation (QUB) (2018-present) 

    Barnardo's Research and Development volunteer (2015-present)

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