The Sugden Institute

The founder of Queen’s College, EH Sugden, was a noted egalitarian and a strong advocate of women’s education who believed in the cultivation of a ‘disciplined, open mind’. Today, the institute named in his honour is all about keeping his ‘searching spirit’ alive. With regular events and orations, a Visiting Scholars program and international partnerships, the Institute aims to connect students to the big issues of the day and promote their intellectual curiosity, interdisciplinary understanding and global citizenship.



 Queen’s hosts two major public lectures a year – an Indigenous Oration and the Sugden Oration. There are at least three curated ‘Dine with a scholar’ events each semester, which allow students at all levels to access visiting and other scholars to discuss topical and global issues in an informal setting. The Institute also hosts events such as book launches and occasional informal seminars.