I am a proud alumnus of Hazelwood Integrated College and currently I am completing my PhD in history at Queen’s University Belfast. My current research is focussed on the urban history of nineteenth-century Belfast. Whilst studying I have taught Irish history to undergraduates and worked at the Irish Studies Summer School at Queen’s. Previously I have also volunteered with the Belfast Interface Project and the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education. In 2015, I was selected to join participate in the Washington Ireland Program for Service and Leadership; I returned in 2017 to join the Management Team. Most recently, I have joined the Belfast Hub of the Global Shapers Community, which is an initiative set up by the World Economic Forum.
I heard about Integrated AlumNI from one of my classmates on the Washington Ireland Program, and I knew immediately that I had to get involved! Attending an integrated school opened my eyes to the world and allowed me the opportunity to grow in confidence and develop the skills required to fulfil my aspirations. I am passionate about Integrated AlumNI because I want to ensure that future generations of young people in Northern Ireland are able to avail of the wonderful opportunity I enjoyed in attending an integrated school.