21 Apr

Obama attends funeral of ex-ambassador to Ireland

The Irish Times LogoThe Integrated Education Fund was saddened to learn of the death of former US Ambassador to Ireland, Dan Rooney. Dan was a great friend to the peace process in Northern Ireland and over 40 years ago he helped to establish the Ireland Funds who have been tremendous supporters of integrated education over many years.

During his recent funeral in Pittsburgh this support was acknowledged by Cardinal Donald Wuerl.


20 Apr

Northern Ireland 15-year-olds ‘happy with lives’

Most 15 year-olds in Northern Ireland are happy with their livesMost 15-year-olds in Northern Ireland are happy with their lives.

That is according to an international study of students’ well-being.

The report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that Northern Irish pupils were more satisfied with their lives than their counterparts elsewhere in the UK


12 Apr

Applications are invited for a DfE funded PhD studentship at the Ulster University Coleraine Campus.

Applications are invited for a DfE funded PhD studentshipat the Ulster University Coleraine CampusApplications are invited for a DfE funded PhD studentship tenable in the Faculty of Social Science at the Ulster University Coleraine Campus. Please note that a faculty reorganisation is underway at Ulster and the studentship will be based within the new structure in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science.

The studentship will comprise fees together with an annual stipend of £14,553 and will be awarded for a period of up to three years subject to satisfactory progress.



11 Apr

Youth got Community Spirit competition

Youth got Community Spirit competitionBelfast Harbour and Eden Project Communities have teamed up and are asking young people across Northern Ireland to show “Youth” got Community Spirit!

If you’re aged 8–18, this exciting competition not only celebrates community spirit but gives you, community groups and organisations an opportunity to win awesome prizes that will help you bring people together for fun, food and friendship as part of this year’s Big Lunch.



6 Apr

After 200 years integrated education still a work in progress

Irish News LogoFor nearly 200 years attempts have been made in Ireland to have Catholic and Protestant children educated together.

In 1831 Ireland became the first country in the English-speaking world to have a state-funded nationwide system of schools, the National schools. It was intended that the schools would be attended by both Catholic and Protestant children, with a separate time set aside for religious instruction according to the denomination of the pupils. However, by 1860, under pressure from the Churches, the system had become entirely denominational, with the schools run by the different Churches.



16 May

Education – could do better is the message to the new NI Assembly

Research carried out just before the NI Assembly Election found widespread dissatisfaction with public services in Northern Ireland – and Education was no exception to this.

Independent polling company LucidTalk ran a “Tracker” survey (one of a series following trends in opinion) in March and found that only 48% of the representative sample gave education even a slightly favourable rating.  Most of these people judged the service a middling  ‘fairly good’ (ie very few thought education in NI “very good”). (more…)

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