Queen’s University in Belfast has been given a major academic honour for its work on shared education.
Its Centre for Shared Education has been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for further and higher education.
The award was announced in London on Thursday and will be presented formally at Buckingham Palace in February 2020.
The prize, organised by the Royal Anniversary Trust, is presented every two years by the Queen to honour outstanding academic work.
It is part of the UK’s national honours system.
Shared education involves pupils from separate schools and different backgrounds taking part in joint classes and activities.
It is distinct from integrated education, where pupils from Catholic, Protestant and other backgrounds are educated together in the same school.
Some community opposition
Queen’s University said that since shared education