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Advising the international media on the politics, society, economy and international politics of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea).

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2018 News

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Dr Niki Alsford, Director of the International Institute of Korean Studies was featured in BBC Radio Lancashire about our Korean programme at UCLan (8 November 2018, Graham Liver show).


Upon Inter-Korea Summit, which was agreed between two leaders from South and North Korea when South Korean President Moon visited North Korea between 18-20 September, Dr Sojin Lim was featured in BBC Breakfast to discuss the implications from this Summit on 18 September 2018, and in ITV News at 10 Show on 19 September 2018.


Dr Sojin Lim, Deputy Director of the IKSU had a live interview with SKY on 20 August 2018 to discuss family reunion between South and North Koreas.

JULY 2018

On 31 July 2018, Dr Sojin Lim, Deputy Director of the IKSU had an live interview with Sky News about North Korea nuclear missiles.

JUNE 2018

Laura Hamunen (UCLan graduate, Asia Pacific Studies, Korean pathway 2016) has been awarded a very prestigious Global Korea Scholarship administered by the South Korean government to study in Korea. She will do a short language course at Keimyung University before pursuing a PhD in Korean History at the Sungkyunkwan University.

On 25 June 2018, the Northern England Policy Centre for the Asia Pacific (NEPCAP) was launched at the University of Central Lancashire. The NEPCAP was established to disseminate policy research results in various areas, such as security, international relations and development, and to maximise academic research impact in policy and practice. While the NEPCAP was introduced during the ‘International Workshop on the Landscape of Taiwan Studies and Korean Studies’, an extended back-to-back launch event was held during its first roundtable series, ‘Linking the Academic Research into Policy and Practice: North Korea and Beyond’ on 2 July 2018.

Dr Sojin Lim discussed a North Korea representative hand delivering a letter from Kim Jong Un to President Donald Trump on Sky News (1 June 2018).

Dr Sojin Lim, Deputy Director of the IKSU has appeared in media at several occasions over the US-North Korea Summit on 12 June in Singapore, such as BBC World (11 June), BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 BBC Radio World Service, and BBC Radio Lancashire (12 June), and BBC Radio London (13 June).

Dr Niki Alsford, Director of the IKSU and Reader in Asia Pacific Studies, has published his discussion on North Korean at Conversation. Further details.

MAY 2018

On 25 May 2018, Dr Sojin Lim discussed the North and South Korea meeting on BBC Breakfast and BBC World News.

On 24 May 2018, Dr Sojin Lim was quoted by the Independent on the Trump’s cancellation of US-North Korea Summit, and she also discussed it with BBC Radio 5 Live Drive. Further details.

Dr Sojin Lim discussed destroying nuclear test site in North Korea with BBC World News on 22 May 2018.

APRIL 2018

On 27 April 2018, Dr Sojin Lim discussed the Inter-Korean Summit in April 2018 with BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC News.

In April 2018, Dr Sojin Lim, Deputy Director of the IKSU received two grant schemes from the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) for the workshop and for her research project on “North Korea and the United Nations”.

IKSU Director’s Interview with Daily UNN

On 21 April 2018, the interview of Dr Niki Alsford, Director of the IKSU, on the landscape of Korean Studies and its future was published by the Daily UNN, the university newspaper network in South Korea. Further details.

Seven new academic partners for study abroad in South Korea

Due to increasing number of students in Korean pathway at the School of Language and Global Studies, Dr Niki Alsford and Dr Sojin Lim made a visit to South Korea in April 2018 to expand the partnership with academic institutions for wider opportunity of study abroad. Based on the existing partnership experience with 11 universities in South Korea, now UCLan has 7 more new partners. View our full list of academic partners of IKSU.

Dr Ed Griffith, Senior Lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies at UCLan, has published his piece in Conversation about Korean peace process. Find his article here.

Deputy Director of the IKSU, Dr Sojin Lim had an interview with BBC World Minute Radio, which mainly targets the youth as its audience, about Inter-Korean Summit held in April 2018 at DMZ in Korea Peninsula on 25 April 2018. Further details.

MARCH 2018

UCLan as a new TOPIK Test Centre in the UK

On 23rd March, the Korean Education Centre and the IKSU agreed to have a Test of Proficiency in Korea (TOPIK) Test Centre in the UK at UCLan main campus from 2019 onwards. From 2019, there will be TOPIK tests twice a year at UCLan main campus in Preston, Lancashire. The other TOPIK Test Centre can be found in London. More details for application process will be announced near to test dates in 2019 at UCLan IKSU website.

Dr Sojin Lim was quoted by the Telegraph on A new play about North Korea is the latest in a series of productions to examine life in the hermit kingdom, on 19 March 2018. Further details.


PhD candidate Priscilla Jung Kim had an article published on The Conversation in February 2018 about the relationship between North and South Korea in the wake of the Winter Olympics, entitled ‘How informal diplomacy might just get the Koreas to the negotiating table’.


Dr Sojin Lim as a Council Member for the British Association for Korean Studies (BAKS)

Dr Sojin Lim has become a committee member for the British Association for Korean Studies (BAKS) from 2018 onwards. BAKS was founded in the late 1980s to support, promote and further Korean Studies in the UK. BAKS stimulates teaching and research on any aspect of Korea by hosting academic events and by publishing the peer-reviewed journal European Journal of Korean Studies, formerly Papers of the British Association for Korean Studies (BAKS Papers). BAKS also administers two scholarships: the British Korean Veterans Association/Samsung Undergraduate Study Year Abroad Bursary; and the British Korean Veterans Association/Samsung Post-Graduate Scholarship to Study in Korea.

BAKS Council is composed of academics, museum curators, librarians and members of the British Foreign Office with strong, long-standing interests in Korea. More details can be found here.

Dr Niki Alsford, IKSU Director had an interview with METRO about North Korea. Further details

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2016 News  

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Preston student wins top prize in global contest

A Preston student has won a global competition for her research into North Korea.

Preston student wins top prize in global contest

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2015 NEWS

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Chokoladekiksen, der blev en politisk trussel for Nordkorea

North: Korea Markets and Military Rule

Image courtesy of Politiken



Course to combat media 'trivialisation' of N Korea (.pdf 1.3MB)

MA to fill 'academic lacuna' and focus on the nation that is the 'key security issue for East Asia'.


MA North Korea - THE 

JULY 2015


World first as UCLan launches new course

Preston is set to become the only place in the world - outside of South Korea- where students can undertake post graduate degree in North Korean studies.

Photo: The official opening of UCLan's International Institute of Korean Studies

The official opening of UCLan's International Institute of Korean Studies

JULY 2015


It's Now Possible To Do A Masters On Kim Jong Un And North Korea At University of Central Lancashire

IKSU master program on North Korea reviewed.

Kim Jong Un

May 2015

Dr Brian Rosebury, interviewed by Chosun Ilbo

In late May 2015, Dr Brian Rosebury, lecturer at UCLan's School of Humanities and Social Sciences was interviewed by Taehoon Lee from the Chosun Ilbo (one of the major daily newspapers in South Korea) in relation to the work of the of the Tolkien Society. The interview was featured on the Chosun Ilbo and is available (in Korean).

Mr. Lee also took the chance to visit IKSU, meeting Priscilla Kim - one of the PhD students, and Xi Chen, Assistant Lecturer in Korean Language.

Dr Brian Rosebury

Dr Brian Rosebury lecturer at School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Brian Rosebury

Mr Taehoon Lee (Chosun Ilbo) and Professor Rosebury visiting IKSU

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2014 NEWS

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April 2014

The Financial Times

Philippines seeks US support in confrontation with China (.pdf 1.5MB)