Kaitlyn McCaw: My Research Story

Throughout the month of June, we’re hosting a multidisciplinary celebration of postgraduate research at Queen’s, aiming to promote inclusivity and collaboration in the work of our researchers. Researchers at all stages, from all places are invited to join us for this Celebration of Research Culture. We’re asking some of our postgraduate research students to tell us a bit about their research and how they hope it will make an impact on the world around them.

Hi Everybody, 

I hope you are doing well and able to enjoy our lovely city now that things are opening up. This month the Graduate School is hosting ‘A Celebration of Research Culture’. This event is really special as it encourages the postgraduate research community at Queen’s to come together and celebrate their different disciplines. The Graduate School serves as a unique hub where all postgraduate students at Queen’s, despite their varying subjects, can connect. We encourage you to keep an eye out for research workshops and keynote speakers. We are very excited to be hosting such a jam-packed event and showcasing the work of our researchers. You can read more about the event by clicking here.

A bit about my research

Personally, I am quickly approaching the research component of my degree. For my thesis, I will be looking at restorative justice. In a nutshell, restorative justice is an alternative method of addressing crime, where a strong focus is placed on the rehabilitation of offenders. This is achieved through facilitated interactions between victims and perpetrators to better understand the impact of the crime. This method has been shown to lower reoffending rates. I will be focusing on how this practice is currently being implemented into school systems within Northern Ireland. I feel very fortunate that the flexibility of QUB’s research domain has allowed me to pursue a topic which I am passionate about. For my undergraduate degree, I studied psychology – I was particularly fascinated with developmental psychology. Now, my postgraduate degree is in law. Researching restorative justice within Northern Ireland’s school system has allowed me to seamlessly combine my academic passions.

I feel very lucky to attend a university that has been recognized as a belonging to the Russell Group for its excellent research standards. We are able to interact within an environment that actively encourages our personal research goals. The professors within our university, who we are able to pair with during our research components, have obtained noteworthy academic achievements. As students at Queen’s, we are granted the opportunity to interact with globally renowned academics, and access to so many incredible professors allows us further insight and support as we navigate our self-selected research topic. I know that personally, I am very excited to be working with my supervisor. 

A Celebration of Research Culture

I am really enjoying ‘A Celebration of Research Culture’; as I begin my own research journey it has been lovely to see what other students are showcasing. If you have the time, I strongly encourage you to check out the different events being offered throughout the month and support our peers as they discuss their research. Personally, I think it’s great both socially and academically, to expand our networks beyond our own schools. 

Kaitlyn McCaw is a Juris Doctor in Law from Australia.

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