Events Archive

Schooling and Pupil Progress - Professor Bob Lingard

Date: Tuesday 11 September 2012
Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Old Staff Common Room, Queen's University Belfast

Schooling and pupil progress: What needs to be done in policy, schools and classrooms. This public lecture will consider multiple ways to address the pressing political and policy issue of inequalities in schooling, which needs to be overcome if we are to ensure pupil progress and secure improved learning outcomes for all. Professor Bob Lingard has been Professorial Research Fellow in the School of Education at The University of Queensland since June, 2008. He is also affiliated with ISSR. He has also been Professor at the University of Edinburgh (2006-2008), where he held the Andrew Bell Chair of Education, and the University of Sheffield (2003-2006) in the UK. From 1989-2003, he worked in the School of Education at The University of Queensland, where he was professor and for a period, Head of School.

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A Non Enlightened and Non Romantic Ethnographic Approach to the Production of Identity and Culture: Researching Events in the Lives of Children at the Integrated Bilingual Schools in Israel.

Date: Friday 9 March 2012
Time: 1.00pm - 4.00pm
Place: School of Education, 20 College Green (Room G005)

Humans, by the mere fact of being alive are in a state of intermittence; always in flux – stubbornly refusing reification. When researching living beings, if you want to be true to what you observe, the first thing you realize is that you cannot easily attach to the observed phenomena predefined categories. Yet categories are always available to us, thanks to the shallowness to which we have become accustomed in our fast research world. Identity, ethnicity, culture, nationality are all ready-made – flattened and generalizable categories. Such categories obscure the world and its complexity and promote homogenization – which the powerful, so much need in order to dominate. In my work I have tried to fight these predefined categories, honestly, with data, and to show them in their inaptness when trying to make sense of the complexities of bilingual, multicultural, integrated education in the conflictual and hideous world which is reflected in Israel’s reality.

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Respecting Diversity and Addressing Belonging in Educational Contexts: A Case study

Senate Room, Queen’s University Belfast, Monday 22nd October 2012
4.00pm - 5.30pm

By Dr Ingrid Johnston
Professor, Department of Secondary Education
Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, CANADA

This seminar will raise issues of respecting diversity and of belonging through presenting a case study of a collaborative project between university researchers and a large urban high Canadian school with a high immigrant and refugee population.
Professor Johnston has been Dean of Research. Her research interests include cultural difference and teaching, preparing student teachers for working inethnoculturally diverse classrooms and developing literary curricula with relevance to the backgrounds of immigrant and Aboriginal students. Her research is grounded in postcolonial literary theories, and psychoanalytic approaches to teacher identity.

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Respecting Diversity and Addressing Belonging in Educational Contexts: A Case study

Senate Room, Queen’s University Belfast, Monday 22nd October 2012
4.00pm - 5.30pm

By Dr Ingrid Johnston
Professor, Department of Secondary Education
Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, CANADA

This seminar will raise issues of respecting diversity and of belonging through presenting a case study of a collaborative project between university researchers and a large urban high Canadian school with a high immigrant and refugee population.
Professor Johnston has been Dean of Research. Her research interests include cultural difference and teaching, preparing student teachers for working inethnoculturally diverse classrooms and developing literary curricula with relevance to the backgrounds of immigrant and Aboriginal students. Her research is grounded in postcolonial literary theories, and psychoanalytic approaches to teacher identity.

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Conference - Supporting Programme for Government Commitments on Shared Education

Thursday December 13th 2012 – Riddell Hall, Queen's University

  1. Collaboration and its impact on education outcomes – discussion on models of collaboration from a research and the work of best/next practice partnerships  - Dr Gavin Duffy
  2. Reconciliation/societal benefits of shared education – sharing through ‘sustained contact’ research and the work of best/next practice partnerships – Professor Joanne Hughes
  3. Workshops from the three Sharing Education Learning Forum partners – Fermanagh Trust, Queen’s SEP and NEELB’s PIEE
  4. The current government processes (Area Based Planning, Ministerial Advisory Group on Shared Education, Common Funding Formula review) and how Shared Education is key to each - Professor Colin Knox

Further information will be available closer to the date.

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Date: 13th February 2013
Time: 10am - 4pm
Venue: Riddel Hall, Stranmillis Road

Recognising that religious education has various forms - from situations where it is fully intertwined with religious schooling to those where it is primarily concerned with providing information about religion - this conference will combine theoretical discussions around the possibilities and challenges surrounding sharing religious education as well as research-informed descriptions and evaluations of current examples.

The conference is being organised in Northern Ireland at a time when, following years of division and separation in education, interest in sharing and collaboration in education is high and where experimentation in forms of sharing and collaboration between schools is increasingly common.

Some questions and issues that we hope will be addressed include:

  • Is it possible to share religious education across schools of different religious ethos?
  • What are the various models of sharing religious education that exist?
  • What does research evidence tell us about these?
  • Does sharing religious education increase tolerance between pupils?

Guest Speakers include - Mr John Keast OBE, Dr Jones Irwin (Dublin City University), Professor James Conroy (University of Glasgow), The Tony Blair Faith Foundation

The conference is aimed at teachers, policy makers, researchers and academics.

Tea/coffee break: 9.30am, lunch will also be provided.

RSVP to Gareth Amos  – 028 9097 5235

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Shared Education in Plural Societies: A Comparative Politics Perspective

Date: 1st March 2013
Time: 3pm - 4pm
Venue: Room 116 School of Education 69 University Street

The Centre for Shared Education kindly invites you to attend a presentation by Giuditta Fontana.

Giuditta Fontana is a PhD student at King’s College London who is working on education reform in plural societies. She will be talking with the group about her current research which looks at three ‘experiments’ with shared education in three societies – Lebanon in the 1960s, Northern Ireland in the 1970s, and Macedonia in 2010. She will highlight the deep differences in understandings of sharing, as well as some of the principles that can inform current policy.

Please join us in what we are sure will be a thought provoking talk and discussion, open to staff and students.

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The 2013 All Children Together Dunleath Lecture: “Thick or Thin Integration – Deep or Shallow Peace?”

Date: 6th March 2013
Time: 7.30pm (refreshments 7pm)
Venue: Canada Room, Queen’s University Belfast

GUEST SPEAKER: Professor Brandon Hamber

Hosted by NICIE in conjunction with the Sharing Education Programme in the School of Education at Queen’s University Belfast

Professor Hamber is Director of the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), an associate site of the United Nations University based at the University of Ulster. He is also a Mellon Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the School of Human and Community Development, and the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Dunleath Lectures were started in 1997 by All Children Together to promote public debate on the issues facing the integration of Northern Ireland school pupils.

A limited number of seats are still available. Those interested should contact NICIE on 028 9097 2910.

RSVP: NICIE on 028 9097 2910

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Educational Research at Queen's: How we're making an impact

Date: 15 March 2013
Time: 10am - 1pm
Venue: Riddel Hall, Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5EE

This show case event by four leading researchers will allow you to hear first hand about the School of Education's ground breaking work. The event will give you the opportunity to learn more about some of our key programmes of research within the School and the impact we are having not just in Northern Ireland but nationally and internationally. We will be showcasing the work of our four research centres. Each centre is led by an eminent international authority in their area. Under their directorship, the four centres are taking forward impressive and highly innovative programmes of research.

What unites the four centres is a commitment to impact and to ensuring that our research leads to real change in transforming the lives of learners and educators.  This event will give you the chance to hear specific examples of how this is being done in practice and also to learn about our ambitious plans for the future.

Everyone welcome.

Download the event programme here.

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Collaborative Leadership: what can we learn from leadership research?

Time: 5pm - 6.30pm
Date: Tuesday 26th March
Venue: 20 College Green, Room 12

The Centre for Shared Education would like to invite you to the discussion seminar above.

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Promoting shared education in Macedonia - an exploration of the challenges.

DATE: 2 May 2013
TIME: 2 – 4pm
VENUE: Cathcart room (OG/007), School of Education 69/71 University Street
SPEAKER: Violetta Petroska-Beska

Violeta Petroska-Beshka is a professor of psychology at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. She is a co-founder and co-director of the Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, a training and research center dedicated to improvement of interethnic relations through education. She served as a senior fellow at the US Institute of Peace, Washington, DC (2000-2001), working on issues on intercultural education. A former Fulbright fellow, she holds an M.A. from Columbia University's Teachers College (1983) and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Belgrade (1989). For her accomplishments on improvement of interethnic relations she received the Teachers College (Columbia University) Distinguished Alumni Award for 2011.

In the Republic of Macedonia, education is segregated along ethnic/language lines. Ethnic Macedonian and ethnic Albanian students attend classes with their mother tongue as the language of instruction and most of them study in separate schools. About 20% of the elementary schools have ethnic Macedonian and Albanian students under the same roof but even in these schools all curricular and extracurricular activities are divided and students from the two ethnic communities have very little interaction. The need for shared education is recognized but its implementation in practice faces various challenges mainly due to the existing interethnic tensions and lack of political will.

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Practicing Peace-Reunification Education in Schools: Attempting to overcome national division in Korea

Date: Thursday 9th May
Time: 12.30  - 2pm  (sandwich lunch)
Venue: Cathcart Room, School of Education, 96/71 University Street.

Speaker: Professor Soon-Wan Kang, Hanshan University, South Korea.

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Beyond Distinction, Beyond Difference - Transforming Lives in Delhi's Slum Communities

DATE: 15th May
4pm - 6pm
Canada room, Lanyon Building, Queens University Belfast
A Presentation on Asha’s Higher Education Programme by Dr Kiran Martin, Director of Asha

Dr Kiran Martin began a medical career in 1988 as a pediatrician treating cholera in a Delhi slum. Today she is an internationally recognized expert on urban health and development. She is the founder and director of the Delhi based NGO Asha Society ( Asha works in partnership with slum communities to improve living conditions and gain access to healthcare, financial services and education. Under Kiran’s leadership Asha’s programs have benefited over 400,000 people and 50 slum colonies in Delhi, and have become models for national programs throughout India. Kiran received the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian awards, and Asha’s work has been awarded Best Practice by UN-Habitat. Kiran continues to live and work in Delhi, India.

Slum dwellers make up 30% of New Delhi’s population of 14 million. The UN estimates that the number of people in the world living in slums passed 1 billion in 2007. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest annual slum growth rate at 4.5%, followed by Southern Asia at 2.9%. Twenty per cent of the world's slum dwellers reside in India. The residents are disadvantaged in nearly every conceivable way, suffering from numerous health, environmental, social and political problems. In Delhi slums, the maternal mortality ratio, and under-fives mortality rate are among the highest in the world. Higher Education is viewed by slum families as a process that delays their children's ability to contribute to the family income. Most families have no money to spare for college tuition and other expenses. Children struggle with the lack of space, the noise of the slum environment, and unreliable power supplies. They have no role models and their career options are limited. Inevitably, the cycle of deprivation is perpetuated as children take up the same unskilled and poorly paid jobs as their parents. Asha’s Higher Education Programme is a pioneering project; in July 2009, for the first time in its history, India witnessed the acceptance of 106 slum children to one of the nation’s most renowned centres of higher learning, Delhi University.
In this presentation, Dr Martin explores the concept of inclusive growth and demonstrates how the pro-poor model of education adopted by Asha continues to transform the lives of slum dwellers.

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Sharing Education Programme Conference 26 - 27 June 2013

TIME: Registration 9.30 am
DATE: 26th and 27th June
VENUE: Riddel Hall, Stranmillis
RSVP: By e-mail to Niki Moat or by telephone 02890973801


  • Prof Tony Gallager (Pro Vice Chancellor, QUB)
  • Prof Colin Knox (UU)
  • Prof Violeta Petroska-Beska (Chair of the Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, Macedonia)
  • Dr Shany Payes (Head of the Peace Studies at Nazareth Academic Institute, Israel)
  • Prof Mark Hadfield (University of Cardiff), and
  • Prof Joanne Hughes (QUB)
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Sharing Education Programme Conference 26 - 27 June 2013

TIME: Registration 9.30 am
DATE: 26th and 27th June
VENUE: Riddel Hall, Stranmillis
RSVP: By e-mail to Niki Moat or by telephone 02890973801


  • Prof Tony Gallager (Pro Vice Chancellor, QUB)
  • Prof Colin Knox (UU)
  • Prof Violeta Petroska-Beska (Chair of the Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, Macedonia)
  • Dr Shany Payes (Head of the Peace Studies at Nazareth Academic Institute, Israel)
  • Prof Mark Hadfield (University of Cardiff), and
  • Prof Joanne Hughes (QUB)
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New Managerialism in Education

TIME: 9.30am - 1.30pm
DATE: 27th September 2013
VENUE: Riddel Hall, Stranmillis

SPEAKER: Professor Kathleen Lynch

New managerialism represents the organisational form of neoliberalism. It is premised on the assumption that the citizen’s relationship to the State and others is mediated via the market. Within education, it involves governing through enacting technical changes imbued with market values. Schools and Colleges change from centres of teaching and learning to service delivery operations with targets or ‘deliverables’. The changes are encoded in the morally laudable language of ‘choice’ and ‘efficiency’ endorsed through the glorifying of competition as virtue. Students become ‘customers’ while teachers and academics become ‘customer service providers’. 

The ultimate purpose of new managerial reforms is to ensure that schools and colleges are run at reduced costs, thereby reducing the cost of public services to capital. The net outcome is privatising (to individuals and families) the costs of education. New managerialism is thus a highly politicized management strategy. The ostensibly neutral language utilised to enact new managerial reforms is deceptive as it masks the change in the culture of governance from democratic to market control; it conceals the privatising of education as a public good.

In a market system, market-type accountability in educational spending, involving meeting financial and related targets becomes a priority; success in meeting targets leads to an inevitable preoccupation with performance measured through indicators, league tables and rankings. This has a serious impact on the culture of school and college life over time. It encourages a culture of self-fabrication, whereby all achievements are publicly proclaimed. Only what can be measured matters.  As we found in our study of Irish primary, second-level and tertiary institutions of education, it promotes deeply careless culture in education (Lynch et al. 2012).

A key question for educators is how to resist neo-liberal-inspired new managerial changes. What can be done to restore education to its nurturing, holistic and person-oriented purposes? How can issues of equality in education be re-prioritised?

Lynch, Kathleen, Grummell Bernie and Devine, Dympna (2012) Managerialism in Education: Commercialization, Carelessness and Gender (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan)

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Should the State withdraw funding from religious schooling?

DATE: 28th November 2013
TIME: 4pm – 6pm
VENUE: 6 University Square, room G05

SPEAKERS: Professor James C Conroy and Professor Robert A Davis

In this paper Conroy and Davis argue that demographic shifts in religious affiliation alongside growing opposition to state funding of religious schooling (Woodhead 2013) presage the need to revisit the obligations of the State with regard to religious schooling. Not infrequently they are charged with disrupting attempts to forge civic alliances and community cohesion. Here they ask what, if any, function religious schools serve today in complex plural societies. 

Bob Davis is Professor of Religious and Cultural Education at the University of Glasgow. He is currently Head of the School of Education, where he has previously served as Chair of the Department of Religious Education and Deputy Dean. He is the editor of the Journal of Philosophy of Education and is widely renowned for his work on education and the imagination.

Jim Conroy is Professor of Religious and Philosophical Education. He is currently Dean of European Engagement and Strategy at the University of Glasgow and previously Dean of the Faculty of Education and Chair of the Department of Religious Education. He has written widely on religion, culture and education. Their most recent publication is entitled, 'Does Religious Education Work?'


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Education Inequalities in Northern Ireland (Research undertaken by the School of Education, QUB)

TIME: 9.30 am to 12.30pm
DATE: Monday 20th January 2014
VENUE: Lecture Room 1, Riddel Hall, Stranmillis Road, Belfast
REGISTRATION: By invitation, contact (028 90 973041)
Refreshments will be provided.

This event will be a presentation of the interim findings of research undertaken by the School of Education.

The Commission’s 2007 ‘Statement on Key inequalities in Northern Ireland’ identified a range of persistent key inequalities in educational access and achievement.  In seeking to review and update the policy statement, the Commission tendered for research on Education Inequalities in Northern Ireland.  This research will provide: “an up-to-date evidence base leading to the robust identification of new and/or persistent key inequalities in education in Northern Ireland as a whole, and individually for each of the nine equality grounds”.  The research is being undertaken by Dr Stephanie Burns, Professor Ruth Leitch, Professor Joanne Hughes and Dr Ian Shuttleworth from the School of Education, QUB.

The research team will present a paper outlining the interim findings of the research.  There will also be an opportunity to ask questions on the interim findings.  Participants will then be asked to contribute to a roundtable discussion on barriers and enablers to education in Northern Ireland across the nine equality grounds.  The roundtable will be followed by a sandwich lunch.

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Becoming Peace: From Pugwash and Beyond

TIME: 2.30pm – 4pm
DATE: 30th January 2014
VENUE: School of Education, Room 0G/007/69/71 University Street
SPEAKER: Sherida Sherry Hassanali

Sherida Sherry Hassanali is the Multicultural Education consultant for the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.  She has been teaching in Nova Scotia for the last 20 years. She began her career, teaching English as a Second Language in various capacities to immigrant newcomers & refugees to Canada.  For the past 16 years she has been teaching in Pre-Service and Graduate Education, and International Development Studies programs.  She has been teaching courses across educational streams (i.e. Curriculum Studies, Educational Foundations, TESL, Life-Long Learning, and International Development Studies.  Her doctoral studies gave her expertise in critical and transformative education, social and cultural studies, and curriculum studies.  She has worked for many years with all eight provincial school boards around cultural competency & proficiency training.  In her "spare time", she is the Director and Founder of the Thinker's Lodge Peace Institutes -- which are held each year in Pugwash, NS.  There she leads groups of teachers (who get to actually live for a week, in the beautiful and national historic site) to deconstruct "peace", and creates a space for them to develop tools for peace in their classrooms, schools and communities. 

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Enriching Intergroup Research with Social Network Analyses

Time: Friday 14th February 2014, 3 - 4.30pm
Location: 69-71 University Street/Room 0G/007
Speaker: Dr. Ralf Wölfer, University of Oxford, Department of Experimental Psychology                                     
RSVP: This is an open and free event.

Within the last decade, social scientists increasingly recognize the potential of social network analyses (SNA), which enrich the explanation of human behavior by explicitly taking their social structure into account. Driven by the recent technical advancement of statistical programs that allow the application of complicated algorithms to large datasets, SNA have reached a point of analytic refinement that make them a valuable tool in order to test the social mechanisms that underlie our behavior. Particularly for the field of intergroup relations, this analytic perspective is highly valuable, because they allow illuminating intergroup contact objectively within its actual social structure. Therefore, in this presentation, I provide an introduction of SNA by demonstrating cross-sectional and longitudinal applications that highlight their potential and limitations tailored to the specific interests of group researchers.

Speakers Biography:  I studied psychology at the Freie Universität Berlin from 2003 to 2008, before I received a three-year predoctoral research scholarship from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (LIFE Research School). After my doctoral degree in 2011, I worked as a research scientist in Berlin and since 2013 at the University of Oxford.

My main research objective is to understand the nature of social relationships by examining the extent to which this underlying social structure affects our behavior and vice versa. In particular, I am interested in the operating social influence processes that are responsible for the occurrence and maintenance of aggressive behavior (e.g., ostracism, (cyber-) bullying, and intergroup conflict). For this purpose, I combine different research perspectives (e.g., social network analyses, experimental studies, and longitudinal large-scale surveys) in both basic and applied research.

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Socio-pschological Processes of Intergroup Reconciliation

DATE: Monday 9th June 2014
TIME: 4pm
VENUE: Old Staff Common Room, Lanyon Building, QUB
GUEST SPEAKER: Dr Sabina Cehajic-Clancy
This is an open and free event but for numbers please RSVP to, Refreshments provided.

As a social psychologist I have been examining processes pertinent for understanding and facilitating intergroup reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2004. More specifically, I have been looking at processes of acknowledgment of responsibility, intergroup forgiveness, collective emotions and recently also at what effects apology and reparation offer as well as intergroup contact. My methodological approach ranges from qualitative to experimental using various strategies including films.

In this talk I would like to present my major findings and share my insights into how to restore damaged intergroup relations in post-conflict societies. My talk will consist of three parts. In the first part, I will talk about how people deal with the knowledge that members of their group have committed grave atrocities against others. More specifically, I will accentuate the importance of acknowledgment and acceptance of responsibility and which factors might facilitate this rare psychological phenomenon.
Then I will proceed to talk about group-based emotions of guilt and shame and their role for intergroup reconciliation. I will present findings on implications of guilt and shame as felt by perpetrator group members as well as their effects on victim group members. Finally, I will talk about the importance of intergroup contact and ways to facilitate its positive effects on intergroup relations in post-conflict settings.

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2015 All Children Together Dunleath Lecture, hosted by the Centre for Shared Education, Queen’s University Belfast and NICIE: Shared Future or Separate Development? The Political Economy of Education Policies in Northern Ireland

DATE: Wednesday 11th March 2015

TIME: 7pm - Tea, Coffee and light refreshments. 7.30pm - Commencement of Lecture by Professor Alan Smith

LOCATION: Canada Room and Council Chamber, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University Belfast.  Car Parking available main QUB car park at the McClay Library at the top of Botanic Avenue.

REGISTRATION: RSVP by 2nd March either by e-mail or by post: E-mail to Postal address NICIE, 25 College Gardens, Belfast BT9 6BS Phone  02890 972910 Fax: 02890 972919

SPEAKER: Professor Alan Smith
Professor Alan Smith is holder of the UNESCO Chair in Education at the University of Ulster. His work has included research on education and the conflict in Northern Ireland, young people's understanding of human rights and the development of social, civic and political education.

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Investigating Links in Achievement and Deprivation, Presentation and Discussion of Preliminary Research Findings

DATE: Tuesday 31st March 2015
TIME: 4pm – 5.30pm
VENUE: Riddel Hall, Stranmillis Road, Belfast.
(Tea and Coffee and a light finger buffet will be provided)
REGISTRATION: Please register with

Investigating Links in Achievement and Deprivation (ILiAD) is a research study funded by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM).  Initiated in 2012, ILiAD will be coming to completion this Spring 2015.
The study, carried out by a team of researchers from the School of Education QUB, Stranmillis University College and independent consultants, with the support of an Advisory group, has aimed to understand the factors and dynamics that contribute to differential achievement in seven Ward areas of Northern Ireland that are within the top 20% of Wards on the Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure 2010. There will be a presentation of the preliminary findings and an opportunity to contribute to a round table discussion on the emergent findings and issues.

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Dealing with the legacy of the past: the role of history and citizenship education

Date: Monday 8th June 2015
Time: 10:00am – 3:30pm
Venue: The Great Hall, Queen’s University Belfast. 
Registration: As places are limited, please register with for the event by Monday 1st June
The event is free and open. A light lunch will be provided.
Keynote Speakers:  Professor Keith Barton (Indiana University), Professor Audrey Osler (University of Leeds /Buskerud and Vestfold University College, Norway)

This event aims to draw together academics, policy makers and practitioners to discuss the role of education in dealing with the legacy of past conflict. The morning session will explore the role of history and citizenship education in helping young people make sense of the past and its impact on their current societal context.  The afternoon will be devoted to considering the implications of this for policy and practice in the Northern Ireland context.

Findings from an evaluation of the ‘Prison to Peace: learning from the experience of political ex-prisoners’ programme will also be presented by Lesley Emerson, Karen Orr and Paul Connolly (School of Education, Queen’s University Belfast). This research demonstrates the potential of programmes which engage directly with issues relating to the conflict to have a significant positive impact on young people’s attitudes and behaviours.

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Peace education in a conflict-affected society: An ethnographic journey

TIME: 3.30pm – 5pm
DATE: Friday 6th November 2015
VENUE: 69 University Street /0G/007
SPEAKER: Dr. Michalinos Zembylas, Associate Professor, Open University of Cyprus, Nicosia

This presentation is based on a recently finished book by Michalinos Zembylas, Constadina  Charalambous, and Panayiota Charalambous (to be published in 2016 by Cambridge University Press) exploring the implementation of a peace education policy in Cyprus in 2008, which aims to promote Peaceful Coexistence between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots through schools. Dr Zembylas will discuss a multilevel analysis of the ‘life-cycle’ of the policy, elaborating on:

•   The policy’s textual representations (i.e. policy documents) and the intertextual relations with other policy texts (i.e. ‘I don’t forget’; Intercultural Education).
•   Its reception and interpretation by teachers (e.g. survey and interviews).
•   Its enactment (i.e. teaching practices).
•   Interventions through teacher training and re-enactment.

 The overarching questions to be addressed include:

•   What challenges do peace education initiatives pose to teachers working in conflict-troubled settings?
•   To what extent and how do these challenges influence the trajectories of a peace education policy?
•   How can teacher educators manage them?
•   What issues may contribute to a peace education initiative’s success or failure?

 REGISTRATION: These are free and open events, but places are limited so please register in advance with  Jan Speer

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Exploring Social Network Analysis: Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Applications for Studying Intra and Intergroup Behaviour

TIME: 10:30 am – 1pm, Wednesday 17 June 2015
DATE: Wednesday 17 June 2015
LOCATION: Room 016, 69/71 University Street (Lab119)
SPEAKER: Dr Ralf Wölfer, University of Oxford, Department of Experimental Psychology
REGISTRATION:To register, please contact Dr Danielle Blaylock by email at

 The Centre for Shared Education is hosting a training seminar on the application and analysis of social network data on Wednesday 17 June 2015. The training seminar will be taught by Dr Ralf Wölfer from the University of Oxford, an expert in the application of social networks to examine the social mechanisms that underlie group behaviour. This event will provide training and hands-on experience in the use of social network analysis to explore intra and intergroup dynamics. The seminar will be split into three sessions and participants will be provided with data.  These sessions include,

•           Introduction to social network analysis
•           Analysing intergroup relations in networks
•           Analysing longitudinal network dynamics

This is a free and open event for staff and students, but registration is essential as places are limited. To register, please contact Dr Danielle Blaylock by email at by Monday 15 June 2015.


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Research Seminar

School of Education - Centre for Shared Education and School of Creative Arts

Lunchtime ‘brown bag’ open seminar

Friday 15 January 2016, 12.45-2.00pm
6 College Green, Room G1

Exploring the potential of interactive documentary for ‘post conflict’ storytelling and reconciliation: Maze3

Jamie McRoberts (Final year PhD candidate in Film Studies, School of Creative Arts)

Storytelling is often cited as an important device for recovery and transformation in societies emerging from war and conflict. When official storytelling processes are problematic or non-existent, the process of addressing a conflicted past is often tackled creatively.

Maze3 is an interactive documentary that offers a first-person immersive experience of the Maze and Long Kesh Prison, the production of which has been the centrepoint of a practice-based doctoral research project. By means of a three-dimensional game engine used to digitally reconstruct the prison, users can enter, uncover and experience the audio-visually recorded memories of those who inhabited the place during the conflict.

The seminar will illustrate the artefact and provide a brief reflective account on its production before moving on to a participative discussion on the potential for research on user-experience of Maze3 in relation to education and/or reconciliation.

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Children’s participation in Reconciliation – how Australian primary school children learn about Aboriginal history, culture and people

TIME: 3pm – 4.30pm
DATE: Monday 2nd November 2015
VENUE: Graduate Research School, TR7, Queen’s University Belfast,
SPEAKER: Talia Avrahamzon, Research Scholar, Australian National University
REGISTRATION: These are free and open events, but places are limited so please register in advance with

In Australia, there is a growing focus on ethnic-racial socialisation of children regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and people under the banner of ‘reconciliation’.   Yet, little or no evidence exists on whether these approaches being implemented are reducing prejudice, discrimination and racism in the present or for the future, albeit their good intentions.  This talk will provide insight into school-based reconciliation practices in Australia and present a research design that aims to further understand children’s subjective experiences of these practices. 

Speaker Biography:  Talia Avrahamzon is currently undertaking a PhD at the Australian Centre for Applied Social Research Methods (AusCen) at the Australian National University (ANU), as a Sir Roland Wilson Scholar.  Her thesis – children’s participation in reconciliation – is a mixed methods qualitative enquiry into how Australian primary school children are socialised about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and people.  It seeks to understand the messages delivered by different socialisation agents to children and how they are interpreted from the perspective of the child.  Before joining ANU, Talia was employed by the Department of Social Services (DSS) as an assistant director and has extensive experience in the development and implementation of social and community development programs and policies with a particular focus on children and families.

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Collaboration for Conflict Transformation - Friday 27 May, Queen’s University

This event has been organised by Dr Katy Hayward (School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work) and Dr Cathal McManus (Centre for Shared Education), and aims to bring together a wide range of groups and individuals from civil society and academic organisations to discuss how greater collaboration can be developed to ensure that resources for conflict transformation are used most effectively. The one-day workshop will include panels with contributions from researchers (including Prof Joanne Hughes, Director of the Centre for Shared Education), community organisations and funding bodies to discuss the ways in which our various priorities can be made complementary.

This event has been funded through the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation & Social Justice, Queen’s University Belfast as part of its Spring Festival

For more information and to register, see

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Leadership, trust, and school improvement: Lessons from England



Paper 1: The importance of trust to research-informed school improvement in England: Findings from a social network analysis of 43 English schools

Dr. Chris Brown, Senior Lecturer at UCL Institute of Education (London Centre for Leadership in Learning)

Dr Chris Brown will be presenting findings from a study that examined what drives teachers’ perceptions that their school: first, encourages the use of research evidence to support improvements to teaching; and second, whether school improvement strategies are grounded in research on effective practice. The results illustrate the importance of learning and trust in facilitating the types of relations needed to provide teachers with access to the research/evidence-centred social capital that resides within a school.

With a long standing interest in how evidence can aid education policy and practice, Chris has written four books (including 'Leading the Use of Research and Evidence in schools'), several papers and has presented on the subject at a number of international conferences in Europe, and North America. Chris has extensive experience of leading a range of funded projects, many of which seek to help practitioners to identify and scale up best practice, and was recently awarded a significant grant by the Education Endowment Foundation to work with 100+ primary schools in England to increase their use of research. Other projects include an evaluation of England’s progress towards an evidence informed school system (funded by England’s Department for Education).  In 2015 Chris was awarded the American Educational Research Association ‘Emerging Scholar’ award (Education Change SIG).

Paper 2: The transformational shift in educational outcomes in London – how did it happen? A local authority perspective

Sean Hayes, Interim Head of Children's Services Performance and Data, London Borough of Hounslow

Sean Hayes will be discussing the transformation in educational outcomes in London over the past 15 years, and will argue the case for the place of local authorities in London’s success story.  Sean has worked as an educational researcher in London local authorities since 1990.  He is currently interim Head of Performance & Data in Hounslow Children’s Services, having also worked in Islington, Greenwich, Lambeth and Hammersmith & Fulham.  One of his main educational interests is in the provision of high quality performance data analysis for schools.  His research interests are largely in the school improvement area, focusing on educational attainment and the intersection of social class, race and gender.  He sits on the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Executive Council and is currently its Treasurer.  He is a graduate of Queen’s and has been writing and presenting educational research papers for over 20 years.  He is also a governor at a secondary school in London.

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Trump’s Threats to Educational Values and American Educators’ Resistance

Speaker: Professor Judith L. Pace, University of San Francisco and Visiting Professor, Queen's University Belfast

Date: Wednesday 1 March

Time: 5pm to 6pm (light refreshments served from 4.30pm)

Venue: Old Staff Common Room, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University Belfast 

Donald Trump’s campaign and election to the US Presidency have posed major threats to core educational values such as truth, tolerance, and protection of all children. Surveys have documented the ways in which his vitriolic rhetoric and hostility to vulnerable groups have played out in classrooms and schools. His actions as President contradict the US Constitution. Educators at all levels of schooling are resisting through teaching, development of resources, and political activism. This seminar raises crucial questions about the roles of educators in preserving educational values when democracy itself is undermined.

Judith L Pace is a professor in the teacher education department at the University of San Francisco.  She co-edited Classroom Authority: Theory, Research, and Practice and Educating Democratic Citizens in Troubled Times: Qualitative Studies of Current Efforts.  Her recent book is The Charged Classroom: Predicaments and Possibilities for Democratic Teaching. 

This seminar is also part of the ongoing work of the Five Nations Network for Citizenship Education (NI). Places are limited so please register by Monday 27 February with Dr. Dani Blaylock (

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