The Centre for Cross Border Studies, now in its 6th Year of operation, has had another busy and productive twelve months.
Under the leadership of director Andy Pollak, the Centre’s expanded team has taken on a range of new challenges.
These range from a major research study on how public services are provided to ethnic and immigrant groups in Ireland, North and South, and Scotland, to the first ever training course for civil servants working in the North/South co-operation field. The work with Universities Ireland and the Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCoTENS) goes from strength to strength.
This is a vital component of developing links and understanding between research and learning institutions on the island of Ireland. In this and other activities, the continued support of funders such as the EU Peace Two programme, The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Department of Education and Science (Dublin), the Department for Employment and Learning (Belfast), the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, as well as public sector partners like the North/South Ministerial Council and InterTradeIreland, has been particularly helpful. (Extract from the foreword by Chairman Chris Gibson OBE.)