One of Northern Ireland’s most renowned academics has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to scholarship and public life.
Professor Lord Paul Bew, Professor of Politics at Queen’s University, Belfast, received the Special Recognition Award at the Political Studies Association annual awards ceremony held in London at Church House, Westminster.
Professor Bew was recognised for his immense contribution to political history scholarship and public life.
As well as being an accomplished academic, Professor Bew made a significant contribution to the peace process. His role was acknowledged with an appointment to the House of Lords in 2007.
Professor Bew has been a member of Queen’s faculty since 1979, where he has taught hundreds of students of Irish history and politics.
He is a fellow of the Royal Irish Academy and his latest book, Enigma: A new Life of Charles Stewart Parnell, was the Sunday Times biography of the year.
He said: “I am delighted. As well as a personal honour, I regard it as a tribute to the engagement with political theory and practice that is at the heart of politics at Queen’s, and has been since the days of John Whyte, the University’s first Professor of Irish Politics.