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INCORE Summer School 22-26 June 2015.

The INCORE Summer School provides a structured learning opportunity to analyse the dynamic and constantly changing field of conflict transformation and peacebuilding. Focusing on the latest research and concepts in peace and conflict studies and practice, participants are invited to compare, contrast and learn from different perspectives.Picture of class in progree
The School offers a unique opportunity to create links between theory, practice and policy. Special attention is given to how the experience and research of both practitioners and academics can impact upon policy makers within the field of conflict resolution, peacemaking, peacebuilding and reconciliation.

Previous participants have included USAID, European Union DG External Relations, UK Department for International Development, World Food Programme, UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and others.

“ Open, friendly, diverse and engaging”

“I needed this imersion experience into another conflict area and in the academic field.....it gave me the space to reflect and learn ”

The INCORE Summer School is recognised by the Peace Operations Training Institute, and may form part of The Certificate-of-Training In Peace Support Operations (COTIPSO) Programme. Visit http://www.peaceopstraining.org for further details.

The Summer School ran from 22-26 June 2015.

We offered two courses:

  • Social Innovation, Technology and Peacebuilding
    (Facilitated by Professor Brandon Hamber, Dr Stephen Ryan and John Peto)

    New technologies are not only becoming critical to campaigns aimed at social change (both negative and positive change), but are increasingly being used in the peacebuilding and human rights field (e.g. UN early warning systems, mapping conflicts, education). This module will describe and evaluate the impact of new technologies on the nature of violence and the pursuit of peace. It will provide participants with a thorough and critical understanding of the impact that new technologies have had/will have on peace strategies, peacebuilding and conflict resolution. The module is run in partnership with the Nerve Centre and run under the auspice of the newly launched PeaceTechLab (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBknWcDBndI). The module will include not only a theoretical background to key issues, but hands on work in the FabLab at the Nerve Centre crafting and building new projects, concepts and ideas using state of the art equipment. A discrete element will then guide learners through the practicalities of commercialising an idea and making it market ready as a entrepreneurial undertaking. The module will appeal to anyone with an interest in peacebuilding and technology, or those from a technology background interested in how technology can contribute to social good. At the same time, the module does not require specific technology skills. Practical work will be tailored to your level of experience and knowledge.
  • Peacemaking and Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland
    (Facilitated by Dr Brendan Lynn and Grainne Kelly)

    This module is aimed specifically at undergraduates or individuals with less knowledge of the Northern Ireland conflict interested in exploring the lessons from Northern Ireland in terms of peacemaking and peacebuilding. Through a series of lectures and workshops with INCORE staff and invited speaker,s participants will be able to examine some of the key themes and issues for themselves. The subject matter to be covered will include an introduction to conflict transformation and peacebuilding theory; peacemaking and the new political disposition in Northern Ireland; justice, truth and reconciliation; segregation, sectarianism and its impact; victims, survivors, and commemoration; the role of personal accounts or testimonies in peacebuilding, and public opinion and attitudinal change in Northern Ireland.


INCORE International Summer School 2015

Draft Programme

Sunday 21 June

Arrival Day
Pavillion, Duncreggan Student Village, Duncreggan Rd
2.00pm – 12 midnight
(Manned desk from 2pm-6pm)

Monday 22 June
Day 1


Introduction Lecture

8.30am - 9.30am

Module Classes
(See individual micro timetables)
10.00am - 4.00pm
Opening Buffet

Tuesday 23 June
Day 2

(See individual micro timetables)

9.30am - 4.00pm

Wednesday 24 June
Day 3
(See individual micro timetables)
9.30am - 4.00pm

Thursday 25 June
Day 4
(See individual micro timetables)
9.30am - 4.00pm

Friday 26 June
Day 5
(See individual micro timetables)

9.30am - 2.45pm

Evaluation Session
3.00pm - 4.00pm
Closing Dinner and Presentation of Certificates

Saturday 27 June

Departure Day


Clinton International Summer School
In 2015 INCORE will be partnering with the Clinton International Summer School. Each summer since 2012 the Clinton International Summer Program has brought together accomplished university students from underserved communities around the world to promote entrepreneurship, business leadership and community engagement. The program helps prepare young leaders to advance positive change and development in their home countries. Drawing on Northern Ireland as a model for economic progress in a post-conflict society, emphasis is placed on acquiring the practical knowledge and real-world skills needed to return home and make a concrete, measurable economic and social difference. Participants from the Clinton International Summer Program will join other participants on the Social Innovation, Technology and Peacebuilding.

  • Magee campus, University of Ulster
    Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Tuition Fees

Tuition Fees
Full Payment on Acceptance
of Application

  • Earlybird rate for payments received before 27 April 2015
    (applications must be submitted before end 15 April 2015)

£550 (Pounds Sterling)

  • Standard rate for payments received after 27 April 2015
    (applications must be submitted before end 18 May 2015

£650 (Pounds Sterling)

Cancellation Policy 

Cancellations will be subject to an administrative fee of 25%. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after 15th May 2015.

If you are applying for a visa and it is declined please note the above cancellation policy will still apply. Further information about visas is available on our FAQ page.

University Accommodation (standard student accommodation) is provided for six nights at cost of £168.00 (pounds sterling). Further information about University Accommodation is available on our FAQ page.

Application Process 

The International Summer School attracts experienced participants from a wide diversity of backgrounds. The small class sizes mean that spaces are limited and are in high demand. Individuals are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

    (Qualifying Earlybird Rates will be applied upon payment)


Application Forms need to be completed in full to be entered into the selection process. INCORE will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible as to the success of your application. Once notified, the full receipt of the Tuition Fee is required to ensure confirmation of a place in the Summer School.

The INCORE Summer School is suited to a range of individuals, including practitioners, academics, researchers and students alike. Applicants are expected to be educated to a minimum of degree level in a relevant subject area (except for the Peacemaking and Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland module where those currently undertaking undergraduate or certificate studies in the peace and conflict area or social/political/international studies is sufficient); and/or to have relevant work experience in a peace and conflict related area. All applications are subject to selection on the basis of suitability for the module applied for.

Applicants are invited to Apply online.

Contact Details
Tel: +44 (0) 28 7167 5500 Fax: +44 (0) 28 7167 5510
Ulster University, Aberfoyle House, Northland Road, Derry/Londonderry
Northern Ireland, BT48 7JL

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