Irish Studies Centre
The main purpose of the Irish Studies Centre is the promotion of Irish Studies through teaching, research, documentation and community liaison. Founded in 1986, the Irish Studies Centre is based in the Institute for the Study of European Transformations and aims to increase the understanding and appreciation of the Irish contribution to all aspects of economic, cultural, political and social life. As well as teaching and research, it achieves this through a number of other activities including the Irish Writers in London Summer School, its holding of the Archive of the Irish in Britain, the annual Irish in Britain Seminar Series, its publications and its international links with Irish academics, researchers and politicians.
London Metropolitan University
For more than one hundred years London Metropolitan University has served the higher education needs of people in and around London. Our central mission is to provide the best educational experience and outcome for the widest possible clientele and in particular, to open up learning and employment opportunities for "non-traditional students". In keeping with our mission, we established the Irish Studies Centre in October 1986, the first of its kind in Britain. Its location at North Campus in the heart of a large Irish community means it attracts a large number of Irish students to the range of degrees offered by the University.