Our Mission

Our mission is to promote sharing education as a mechanism for the delivery of economic, social and educational benefits to all children.

We aim to deliver our mission through 3 core strands of interlinked activity:

Research

The Centre supports a programme of comparative national and international research that aims to enhance understanding of school-based sharing, the collaborative process, and associated outcomes. Our work is theory driven and empirically based, and we work in partnership with leading experts from a range of academic disciplines.

Programme

A major Programme for Sharing Education (SEP) in Northern Ireland is delivered through the Centre. More than 200 schools and 7000 pupils participate. SEP offers a model for exploring the possibilities of sharing in a deeply divided society that is seeking to build peace after a long period of violent conflict. The model can be shared globally and we are currently working with academics, policy makers and practitioners in other divided jurisdictions to develop similar programmes

Education and Teaching

We have an established training programme for SEP practitioners in Northern Ireland, and we have offered in-country courses to other jurisdictions. Our aim is to consolidate and extend existing training provision and to develop a short course programme that can be tailored to meet the requirements of practitioners in a range of sharing contexts. In addition, we are in the process of developing a Masters in Education programme on Intercultural Education. The MEd will have a global focus and be delivered in regular and online formats.

We are an applied and inter-disciplinary centre committed to research, teaching and the facilitation of evidence based practice in all areas relating to shared education. Shared education is broadly defined as any collaborative activity within or between schools or other educational institutions that can: contribute towards school improvement, provide access to opportunity, encourage more effective use of resources, and promote social cohesion.

We are particularly interested in the role of shared education in societies that are divided on ethno/religious lines, and our work is underpinned by a commitment to the principle that educationalists have a role to play in promoting social harmony.