Bryan Ross

Bryan Ross

PhD student

Summary: My thesis focusses on animal rights with the aim of examining various points of contact between normative theory and animal ethics.


Current Research:

PhD Thesis Title: Committing to Animal Rights: At All Costs?

Supervisors: Dr Gerald Lang and Dr Rob Lawlor

Research Interests:

Moral theory; Applied Ethics; Political Philosophy


I am able to study for a PhD thanks to receiving a scholarship from the University of Leeds. 

Academic History:

  • MLitt Philosophy, University of St Andrews, 2013
  • BA Philosophy (1st Class Honours), Queens University Belfast, 2012


  • University of Leeds 110 Anniversary Research Scholarship (2014): Full fees and maintenance for the duration of my PhD.
  • Philosophical Quarterly Bursary Award (2013): £4,000, University of St Andrews.
  • Monsignor Arthur Ryan Prize (2012), awarded by the Department of Philosophy, Queens University Belfast, for producing work of the highest academic merit within my graduating year.
  • The Undergraduate Awards 2012 (Philosophical Studies Category): Highly Commended Essay Award.


External talks

Regan and the Problem of the Innocent Attacker: Falling Prey to the Predation Argument:

  • MANCEPT, University of Manchester, 1st-3rd September 2015.
  • Worldly Matters, 6th International Graduate Conference, CEU, Budapest, 1st-2nd April 2016.
  • Society for Applied Philosophy Conference, Queens University Belfast, 1st-3rd July 2016.

Internal talks

  • PG Seminar, University of Leeds, 6th November 2015.

Teaching Experience:

I am currently tutoring on:

  •  PHIL 1002 Introduction to Ethics.
  •  PHIL 1105 The Mind.

Additional Qualifications:

  • SAPERE Level 1 Qualification: A P4C (Philosophy for Children) initiative designed to encourage philosophical enquiry and critical thinking in primary and secondary schools taught through various games and storytelling achieved after sixteen weeks of teaching.