- Shared education is included as one of 19 Signature Projects within Queen’s University’s Social Charter. The Social Charter affirms the University’s commitment to engaging with society and highlights its positive impact, locally and internationally.
- The Centre hosts a UNESCO Chair in Globalising a shared education model for improving relations in divided societies, held by Professor Joanne Hughes. The purpose of this Chair is to reduce prejudice and foster mutual understanding through intergroup contact and intercultural engagement in education.
- Staff from the Centre have had substantial engagement with government, locally and internationally. Colleagues have provided written and oral evidence to the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Committee for Education, most recently to inform the Shared Education Bill (2015). In Israel, Professor Tony Gallagher has presented on shared education to the Israeli Minister of Education and senior advisers; while in Cyprus, Professor Joanne Hughes has met the Minister of Education to discuss the shared education model.
- The Centre’s work has also been profiled in national and international media, including The Telegraph newspaper in the UK, the Haaretz newspaper in Israel (link), and The Forward, a leading magazine for the Jewish community in the USA (link).
The Queen’s Anniversary Prize
In February 2020, the Centre for Shared Education was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize- a UK-wide award recognising the excellence, innovation and public benefit of various UK colleges and universities and their work. The Centre was honoured to receive this award for having made a considerable impact on Northern Ireland’s education system and beyond in the field of Shared Education. The Queen’s Anniversary Prize is regarded as one of the most prestigious awards in the education sector.For further information click here
Queen’s University Social Charter Podcast- Chapter One: Shared Education
The Charter Podcast is a serialised podcast from the Queen’s University Social Charter, which delves into the impact that Queen’s University Belfast, its staff and students have on communities here in Northern Ireland and others around the world. In Chapter One of the podcast, Maurice Macartney talks with Prof Tony Gallagher, Prof Joanne Hughes and Dr Gavin Duffy about how Shared Education was developed in Northern Ireland and how it has grown to influence other post-conflict societies in other countries.
To listen to the podcast click here
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