“The education system presents a huge opportunity for relationship building in divided societies. It is my hope that our work in shared education can make a real difference to the lives of beneficiaries and promote wider social cohesion in communities affected by conflict and division.”Professor Joanne Hughes
What impact did it make?
DELIVERING A MODEL FOR SHARED EDUCATION
The research directly influenced the statutory duty on the Education Authority to ‘encourage, facilitate and promote’ shared education in The Education (Northern Ireland) Act 2014 and, in consequence, the same statutory duty on the Department of Education in the Shared Education Act (Northern Ireland) 2016.
The University’s Centre for Shared Education was established in 2012. The impact of this work is being felt not only in Northern Ireland but across the world. The Northern Ireland Model of Shared Education has been adapted for implementation in other divided societies most notably Israel and North Macedonia.
Queen’s University is now recognised internationally for its Shared Education and the positive impact it is having in post-conflict societies.
In 2019 Queen’s University was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its work on shared education and the impact of this work in Northern Ireland an internationally. The submission which achieved the award includes letters from a host of principals and international figures on the impact of the research on their work. The Prize was presented by His Highness Prince Charles at a ceremony in 2020 in Buckingham Palace and received by Professor Ian Greer, Vice Chancellor of Queen’s, and Professor Joanne Hughes, Director of the Centre for Shared Education.
- Queen’s University’s Centre for Shared Education was established in May 2012 to promote shared education as a mechanism for the delivery of reconciliation and educational benefits to all children.
- The impact of this work is being felt not only in Northern Ireland but across the world.
- In 2019 Queen’s University was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its work on shared education and the impact of this work in Northern Ireland an internationally.
Impact related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Learn more about Queen’s University’s commitment to nurturing a culture of sustainability and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through research and education.
- SDG 4 - Quality Education
Impacting in Countries/Regions
School/InstituteSchool of Social Sciences, Education and Social WorkThe Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
- Peace, identity, conflict and social sustainability