The Sugden Institute

In honour of the College’s founder, EH Sugden, a man of the world, of science, a musical enthusiast and a literary scholar interested also in theology and social injustice, the College inaugurated the Sugden Institute in 2018. The Institute’s aim is to encourage students’ intellectual curiosity and freedom, interdisciplinary understanding, and global citizenship. Sugden, an egalitarian with a strong interest in promoting education for women, encouraged the ‘cultivation of the disciplined open, mind’ and ‘searching spirit’. The Institute manages our Visiting Scholars’ program, as well as partnerships with other academic and cultural bodies intended to enhance global and local opportunities for students.



Queen’s hosts two major public lectures a year – an Indigenous Oration and the Sugden oration.

Queen’s hosts 3 ‘Dine with a scholar’ events each semester. These curated dinners allow students at all levels of study to access Visiting (and other) Scholars and discuss topical and global issues in an informal setting.

The Sugden institute also hosts other events, such as book launches and occasional informal seminars.