The UCLan Peace and Justice Studies Network

Peace and Justice Studies Network

Welcome to the University of Central Lancashire’s Peace and Justice Studies Network. The Network aims to provide a forum for individuals and groups, both within and external to UCLan, to engage with the study of promoting peace and justice, in all its manifestations. It will engage with ‘hate crime’, and other criminal, discriminatory, or adverse behaviour, but its aim is the promotion of peace and justice.

The Network has been made possible by Higher Education Innovation Funding within UCLan’s School of Law and Social Science. In part, the funding is to enable and promote knowledge transfer between the University and communities.

The aim is to create an environment that attracts and engages with excellent theoretical and ‘real life’ applications of research and practice from academics and practitioners. Recent collaborations, for example, have seen research staff evaluate Restorative Justice and ‘hate crime’ projects within the North West.

The Network aims to be interdisciplinary. It offers not only evaluation of existing programmes to promote peace and justice, but also research into potential new programmes.  It engages, for example, with the factors leading to anti-social but also discriminatory behaviour in many contexts, and their wide effects: The Network is linked to our Criminal Justice Partnership, and the researchers within this.

The Network also builds on the EU Daphne 111 funded project for research into:

  • The protection of children, young people and women against all forms of violence and attain a high level of health protection, well-being and social cohesion.
  • Its specific objective is to contribute to the prevention of, and the fight against all forms of violence occurring in the public or the private domain, including sexual exploitation and trafficking of human beings. (When Law and Hate Collide)

The Network will also provide Continuous Professional development opportunities: offering for example, (but not exclusive to), training in:

  • Engaging with Diversity
  • Supporting Victims of Crime
  • Responding to Hate Crime
  • Restorative Practices
  • Mediation


The Centre for mediation provides civil and commercial mediation services to UCLan students and staff, as alumni and those external to UCLan.

The practice of mediation is rapidly gaining in popularity, due to it's low cost and confidential nature, among other aspects. The University of Central Lancashire is fully invested in the practice of mediation, with it's well-renowned Mediation Clinic, and offers professional training and accreditation.

“The trainers had excellent communication skills, were enthusiastic and inspirational”
Michael Redfern, QC

The practice of mediation has over recent years has gained rapidly in popularity, due to its low cost and confidential nature, among other aspects. The University of Central Lancashire is fully invested in the practice of mediation, with our well-renowned Mediation Clinic, and our professional training and accreditation.

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Debating Differences

The ‘Debating Differences’ scheme runs in partnership between HMP Kirkham and UCLan. The focus of this innovative scheme is to bring together those of differing circumstances to learn from each other, improve social skills and debate current issues in a structured setting. The debate location is the visitors room of HMP Kirkham and all involved in the scheme are volunteers.

Each week involves a different thought provoking and current  topic for debate, eg.,‘Does the internet do more harm than good?’-   Students and prisoners are given preparation work to complete surrounding the main points of the topic a week prior.

This is a recent development, but feedback from all involved is that it is an enjoyable and worthwhile activity.

The initiative is now in its third year of running, with final year law and criminology students. This year’s activities commence 17th October 2018.

Please contact Dr. Laura Kelly ( for more information.

Membership Form

The Peace and Justice Studies network is currently a virtual network with a website, which is being updated. The network was launched on the 13th July 2018.

It is intended that it will become a real network of people interested in the promotion of peace and justice.

Membership Benefits

  • Face-to-face and virtual network opportunities, conferences, seminars, workshops, CPD, research, publicity for your innovative work, and the sharing of ‘best practice’.
  • Ambassador and media roles.
  • Social media exposure (e.g., Twitter, ResearchGate, etc.) via UCLan and Criminal Justice Partnership, and other network members.

The membership will enable us to send information regarding events, publications, research and opportunities to work together.

A membership list will also enable us to keep track for impact purposes, and if a ‘critical mass’ is reached the network could potentially become a centre.

The membership is a way of keeping track and promoting work that is taking place – with the participants permission – for example, rehabilitative work in prisons, restorative justice via Lancashire police, etc.

We would not publicise any initiatives without the necessary express permissions. Your details will be retained as long as you are a member of the network.

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The Centre for Mediation is hosting an event on Friday 12th October as part of Mediation Awareness Week.  It is meant to be a fun introduction to the ‘magic of mediation’ and should particularly appeal to Harry Potter fans (you even get your own wand!)

Please see the event flyer for more information, and here is the Eventbrite link if you wish to book on.

We hope to see you there!

Social Mobility in the Legal Profession

Lancashire Law School is delighted to announce its inaugural’ Social Mobility Conference in the Legal Profession’.  This will take place in the Media Factory on 19/11/18.

Please see flyer for details of the speakers which include our very own Rachel Nir and Tina McKee who will be hosting an interactive diversity workshop based upon their Fairness Project research.

You can sign up here. 

Peace and Justice Studies Research Network Conference
Identity, Diversity, Community Cohesion and Conflict: What Now?

Group of conference speakers
Some of the speakers at the Identity, Community Cohesion and Conflict: What Now? Conference, UCLan 28th June 2019.

Friday June 28th 2019 the Media Factory at UCLan saw the highly successful second annual conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Network: Identity, Community Cohesion and Conflict: What Now? Convened and hosted by the network lead, Dr.Kim McGuire. UCLan was delighted to welcome a wide range of speakers,  from Paul Giannasi, the National Lead on Hate Crime, to members of Cumbria constabulary, Suzanne Wilson reporting on the Connected Communities initiative in Cumbria, Brian Dalgleish discussing ‘hate Crime’ and a secure Forensic unit, Victoria Gregson presenting her work on the Far right in Northern England, and David Orr and Kim Mcguire, senior lecturers in UCLan’s Law department, discussing community cohesion, and the issue  of the treatment of former members of extremist groups.

Delegates report finding the day interesting and informative, and we look forward to future events and networking opportunities!

View conference programme

Two people talking

Dr Kim McGuire and Paul Giannasi running through the programme.

People taking selfie

Brian and Bhavna find time for a selfie, before presenting “Hate doesn’t belong here: the experience of a Forensic/secure unit.”

Delegates chatting

Paul chatting with delegates during the networking/lunch session.

‘Promoting Peace and Justice in Innovative Ways: The Launch of the UCLan Peace and Justice Studies Network.’

Friday 13th July 2018 10.00am – 4.00pm, Media Innovation Studio, Fourth Floor, Media Factory

In the year of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Friday 13th July saw the launch the UCLan's Peace and Justice Studies Network.

This event involved a range of short talks from academics and practitioners discussing ‘best practice’ and new innovations for promoting peace and justice, in various contexts, for example, in restorative justice, hate crime, rehabilitation in prisons, community cohesion/resilience in the wake of terrorist attacks. The conference used innovative techniques to illustrate a range of methods to educate, rehabilitate and transform lives in multiple settings, including a dramatic performance by OddArts, and a cartoonist from ICE capturing the day – images to follow soon!

The network aims to encourage partnerships with a particular emphasis upon future collaborations, sharing best practice, programme development and research design. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and delegates have already shared their experiences of creating new collaborations.

A section of the artwork captured on the day


Kim McGuire

For further information, contact:

Dr Kim McGuire