Winter School 2017


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The Winter School 2017 will focus on Peace Building and Conflict Transformation: Lessons and Challenges from the Northern Ireland Peace Process, and will run from 23 January 2017 to 27 January 2017.

Potential Participants

A broad range of interested participants can apply for the short course such as:

  • Representatives of Governmental Organisations
  • Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
  • International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs)
  • Charities
  • Companies
  • Freelance Researchers
  • Diplomats
  • Political party members
  • Independent Mediators
  • PhD students
  • Peace Workers / Activists

Also, those who want to develop their academic knowledge and capacities, intend to join missions in conflict regions or who work and live in countries with ongoing tensions or in a state of transition may benefit from attending the Winter School.

Please download the flyer for further information on the programme and speakers - Winter School Flyer.

Course Fees

PriceWhat's included

All tuition

Hospitality (Lunch & two coffee-breaks per day. One evening meal on the fourth day)

Course and stationery materials

Field Trips

Certificate of Participation


How to Apply

Please use the application form accessed through the last tab at the top of this table. After acceptance of your application, you will be contacted by email to complete payment online. Your place is only secure when you have paid. You will receive an automatic email from WorldPay as receipt of your payment. If you do not receive this within 10 days, please contact us directly.


Terms and Conditions

The Winter School 2017 must be taken in its entirety and is not available on a 'pick and choose' basis. There is no reduction in fees for participants arriving late / departing early. Please see the additional terms and conditions below:

  • Applicants must be aged 18 or over by 23 January 2017
  • DEADLINE EXTENSION - Applications can now be taken up until 4.00pm on Monday 16 January 2017
  • Applications must be made before the deadline via the online application
  • Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis
  • Please note that fees do not include air fares or day-to-day living expenses.

After submission of your application form you will be contacted by email to complete the payment online. Payment is included as part of the enrolment process. Your place is only confirmed once payment has been completed. For further enquiries, please contact:

Mr Brett Walker
Phone: +44 (0) 28 9097 1346


For international students ie. citizens of a non-EU/EEA country, it is essential to apply for the correct student visa before entering the UK.

Participants on the Winter School may contact the staff of the International Student Support Office for expert and up-to-date visa information and guidance. It is important to inform them that you are attending the Winter School 2017. You must also make arrangements to travel to Belfast through a UK airport (including Northern Ireland) so your visa can be stamped into your passport (or endorsed if you have pre-applied for your visa in your home country.)

Please note that Dublin and Cork airports or any airport in the Republic of Ireland are NOT UK ports of entry and you should therefore avoid booking travel to any of these airports.

Visas are a very complex and specialised area and the International Summer School is not qualified, nor permitted, to give the necessary advice.

The e-mail address for the International Student Support Office is: Please contact International Student Support, it is suggested that students begin to prepare their visa application and supporting documents about 2-3 months before they are required to begin their studies.  This should allow sufficient time to have everything in order for their arrival at Queen’s University. 

Healthcare / Medical Insurance

You may also enquire at the International Student Support Office about medical insurance to cover any emergencies.

Please be aware that if you have to consult with a doctor at the University Health Centre a charge may be made by the Centre for non-EU/EEA citizens.



The third annual Winter School will explore how some of the main issues that have been identified by the United Nations as being central to the process of peace building and conflict transformation have been addressed in Northern Ireland over the past twenty years.

Please download the flyer for further information on the programme and speakers - Winter School Flyer.

We will outline and analyse a number of key themes that are applicable to societies transitioning from conflict, including:

  • The process of reaching a peace agreement and establishing new institutions of governance
  • Creating a broader framework for a peaceful and just society through building a culture of respect for human rights and equality and re-establishing the rule of law through a process of police reform
  • The challenges of addressing the legacy of conflict, including dealing with past violence and supporting the needs of victims and survivors
  • Exploring the diverse role of civil society organisations in the ongoing process of conflict transformation.

The aim will be to consider some of the successes of the process of transition in Northern Ireland, while also exploring some of the challenges that remain to be addressed.

The school will be taught by a mix of experienced members of staff from the Mitchell Institute and academics from across Queen’s University, and will also have a significant input from non-academics and practitioners who have been actively involved with the issues being discussed.  

The course will be based in Queen’s University but will include a number of field trips to key locations in Belfast over the course of the week.  All sessions will be interactive and time will be provided for participants to engage in discussions to explore issues of comparative relevance and pertinent to different contexts.

Field trips include:

  • Guided bus tour of Belfast to see the murals and security architecture within the city
  • Visit to Northern Ireland Parliament Buildings at Stormont
  • Visit to an operational Police Station in Belfast
  • Visit to Crumlin Road Gaol


The University campus is one of the best-equipped in Europe and includes everything you need from nightclubs to sporting facilities, restaurants and our own art house cinema. Everything is within walking distance from student accommodation, with the city centre only 15 minutes walk to complete your experience at Queen’s.‌ We are at the of the city's culture, arts and social scene!

The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice is a newly established international centre of excellence at Queen's University Belfast. The Institute fosters collaborations across a range of subject areas which allow the Faculty to address some of the key global challenges faced in seeking to achieve fairness, security, prosperity, social harmony and progress.

We are “a gateway to interdisciplinary research... Harnessing the national and international experience and expertise of staff in the fields of Conflict, Peace-Building, Human Rights and Transitional Justice."

We benefit from a depth of expertise amongst our staff and a range of internationally renowned specialists. The global impact of our teaching and research is a defining feature of the University. As a member of the Russell Group of the UK's leading research-intensive universities, Queen's inspires its students to be the pioneers of progress who change society for the better.

Students enrich our thriving research culture and contribute much to our academic activity. In return, we provide a stimulating learning environment where individual interests can be pursued and academic ambitions achieved.


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