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Issue 102 -  In this month's Border-Zine:


Other Cross Border News

What we're reading & watching.. 


CCBS and colleagues meet with Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Centre for Cross Border Studies convened a meeting this month between Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and a number of civic society groups engaged in cross-border collaboration. Those represented included Women’sTec, Bolster Community, and Longford Women’s Link. Representatives discussed the continued commitment to North-South cooperation among civic society groups and the importance of such work in the context of current political challenges.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and NUS-USI get behind New Common Charter
CCBS is delighted to welcome the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) and the National Union of Students-Union of Students in Ireland (NUS-USI) as the latest supporters of the New Common Charter for cooperation within and between these islands. To learn more about the Charter and how your organisation can become a supporter, click here

Ad Hoc Group meets with UK Co-Chair of Specialised Committee
This month the Ad Hoc Group for North-South and East-West Cooperation met with the UK Co-Chair of the Specialised Committee on the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol. The Group renewed its call for a forum for engagement with civil society on issues related to the maintenance of conditions for North-South cooperation to be established and for that forum to include representatives of civic society groups from both sides of the border.
Learn more about the work of the Ad Hoc Group here.

Border People
February’s meeting of  the Border People’s Practitioners’ Group (for cross border advisors and information providers) included a Brexit update from Una Boyd of CAJ. The cross-border discussion included free movement issues, the CTA, EUSS and the UK’s planned Electronic Travel Authorisation scheme.  Complex times!  Thanks to all the advisors and experts who attended the meeting, based North and South, a fabulous example of #Cooperation and #Collaboration

Universities Ireland Bursaries and Scholarships
Universities Ireland are delighted to announce that the call for applications for the 2022 North/South Postgraduate Scholarships and PhD Bursaries are now open. The aim of the North/South Scholarship scheme is to encourage outstanding students from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to cross the border to undertake postgraduate study and experience life in the other Irish jurisdiction. The history bursaries support students undertaking postgraduate study on a topic relating to the 1912-1923 period in Ireland, the decade of the First World War and the division of the island into the states of Ireland (Irish Free State) and Northern Ireland. 

SCoTENS Seed Funding Scheme
Each year, SCoTENS provides Seed Funding to support a number of collaborative research projects and professional activities in teacher education in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The sums allocated are usually in the region of £3,000 – £6,000 (approx. €3,750 – €7,500). All proposals must be submitted by North-South partnerships. The two lead partners MUST be from institutions that are fully-paid up members of SCoTENS. 

National Women's Council of Ireland - All-island Women's Forum January Meeting
On the 17th February the All-island Women’s Forum held a cross-border conference entitled
Women’s Voices in Peacebuilding: The Unfinished Work of the Peace Process.  Recordings of the expert speakers and special guests, including an opening address by the Irish President, are available to view on Facebook.

Event - Rights after Brexit: Minority ethnic groups, migrant people and border communities – 14.3.22
The Equality Commission, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission are hosting an event to discuss issues relating to cross-border equality and human rights after Brexit facing minority ethnic groups, migrant people and border communities in the North West region. Find out more and register here.

Levelling Up the United Kingdom (White Paper), Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, published 2 February 2022. 
Time for Fresh Thinking on Northern Ireland and Brexit, David Henig, ECIPE Policy Brief, published February 2022.

On 10th February, Prof. Katy Hayward gave the latest in UCC’s Jean Monnet Seminar Series, What should we do about the Irish border?: Reflections in light of Brexit, the Protocol, and the reordered British-Irish relationship.

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