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INCORE: Specialist Units


INCORE is the co-ordinating body for all conflict, peace and reconciliation-related work undertaken by the University of Ulster. Some of this work is undertaken by specialist units focusing on particular themes – such as education, social and political issues in Northern Ireland and cross-community relationship-building.

These specialist units include

  • ARK - Northern Ireland Social and Political Archive

ARK is a joint resource of the University of Ulster and Queens University Belfast. ARK provides comprehensive and detailed information on social and political issues in Northern Ireland. ARK provides a variety of different kinds of information including background facts and figures, survey results, research reports, research summaries, audio-visual material and election results. ARK also features specialist sections such as elections surveys, the Northern Ireland Life & Times Survey, as well as CAIN - the award-winning Northern Ireland online conflict archive. Within the University of Ulster ARK forms a constituent part of INCORE. At Queen's University Belfast ARK is based in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work.


The Centre for Young Men’s Studies is a partnership between the Department of Community Youth Work at the University of Ulster and YouthAction Northern Ireland. It resides within INCORE (International Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies at the University of Ulster) and the School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies. The Centre has five key strands. Strand 1 – Action Research with young males aged 11-16 about their experiences of growing up in Northern Ireland. Strand 11 – Longitudinal Research in schools across Northern Ireland. Strand 111 – The development of models of best practice. Strand 1V- Training for teachers, youth work practitioners and support workers in order to develop new approaches to working with young males. Strand V – Dissemination of learning.


The Peace and Conflict Research Group addresses issues related to cross-community contact, sectarian attitudes and forgiveness in Northern Ireland. This work brings together cutting-edge theorising on intergroup relations with sophisticated methodology to illustrate how psychology can contribute to improving life for the citizens of Northern Ireland and more generally address the pressing global problem of intergroup conflict. Within the University of Ulster the research group has close links with the United Nations University through INCORE, and group members play an active part in both the management and programmes of INCORE. Members of the research group also collaborate with colleagues from the Centre for Media Studies and the Institute for Social and Policy Studies.


Nobel Laureate John Hume is the current holder of the Tip O’Neill Chair in Peace Studies, currently funded by The Ireland Funds. The Chair was inaugurated by then-US President Clinton during his visit to Northern Ireland in November 1995. The appointment of Professor Hume to this Chair marks both a milestone and a benchmark in the Irish peace process. A founding father of the SDLP, he has now stepped back, handing the baton to a younger generation of leaders whose task will be to consolidate the peace process realised by his vision. Professor Hume’s tenure has been notable for an array of high-profile Peace Lectures given by prominent global policymakers involved in peace and conflict issues.


The UNESCO Centre was established formally in February 2001 and was marked by the visit of the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura and the NI Minister for Further and Higher Education, Dr Séan Farren. The Centre is a recognised research centre within the University and received significant funding from Atlantic Philanthropies to support research and development work in education for pluralism, human rights and democracy. Total income for the five-year period (2002-07) has been £5,820,305. Over 30 projects have been completed. Professor Alan Smith is Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair at the University of Ulster and an Advisory Professor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education.




 

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