After completing an LLB in Scots Law with French at the University of Dundee Conor decided to come to Strathclyde. Find out what Conor thinks about studying here...
Can you tell me a bit about your background and led to you studying at Strathclyde?
I am in my first year of PhD study at Strathclyde Law School, exploring the relationship between social and economic human rights and women’s participation in transitional justice processes. Human rights law and humanitarian law were always subjects that really interested me, and that interest led me to pursue my Master’s degree in Human Rights Law at Strathclyde. It was during that course, and with the support of the fantastic academic staff at Strathclyde, that I was inspired to continue my research here.
Why did you decide to study at Strathclyde?
I first enrolled at Strathclyde on the LLM Human Rights Law course. At that time, I wanted to study here because I had an interest in human rights from my undergraduate degree and was keen to explore the subject further. I had a fantastic experience during my LLM: I learned from knowledgeable and experienced lecturers; I was lucky enough to work as a research assistant, and I also participated in research projects organised by the Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law (CSHRL). While completing my dissertation, I decided that I would like to pursue PhD study, and I received a huge amount of help and support from my supervisors and the Law School to make that happen.
Describe Strathclyde in three words
Challenging but exciting!
Strathclyde offers an environment where you can explore subjects that excite you with lots of support from the academic staff.
What has been the highlight of your course?
I’ve had a lot of great experiences at Strathclyde, but an especially proud moment was winning the prize for the best dissertation by a student on the taught Masters programme in Human Rights Law. Writing my dissertation was a challenging but worthwhile experience that has definitely influenced my current PhD research.
How do you find studying in Glasgow?
I absolutely love living and studying in Glasgow – it’s a really welcoming city with lots of interesting things to do and, most importantly, great places to eat!
What advice would you give to someone looking to study here?
Apply! And once you’re here, make the most of it. I’ve had a lot of fantastic opportunities here, from getting involved in research projects to teaching. I’d advise anyone starting out at Strathclyde to make the most of the opportunities that come their way – they can be invaluable to your career.
What has been your main challenges?
Securing funding for PhD study can be a long and difficult process – at least it was in my experience! Thankfully I had a lot of help and support from my supervisors and other staff in the Law School to help me get here.
What are your ambitions for the future?
I enjoy researching and teaching in a university environment so I would love to continue working in academia, but I’ll keep an open mind to any opportunities that come along.
What specialist knowledge/professional skills have you developed studying your course?
My LLM and PhD have allowed me to improve my knowledge of the international legal system, particularly international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, and transitional justice. I have also had training to allow me to teach at the university, so I’m lucky enough to be able to share that knowledge with students!
How is your course helping to enhance your current career and prepare you for your future career?
My course has helped to enhance my specialist knowledge of my subject area, which is important not only for my PhD but for my future career prospects. The university also offers a range of training courses for PhD students on topics from tutoring to presenting your research, which is useful not only in the context of completing the PhD but preparing for the next steps of your career.
"I’d advise anyone starting out at Strathclyde to make the most of the opportunities that come their way – they can be invaluable to your career."
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