Time: 2:00 - 3:00pm
Venue: GC114, Graduate Centre
Since 1933 the Council for At-Risk Academics (Cara) has provide support for persecuted academics across the globe. For the last decade, alongside its long-established Fellowship Programme, it has delivered country programmes in contexts were academics, as a group, are being targeted.
This talk will describe how Queen Mary has been working with Cara with the Fellowship Programme and also outlines the Language Centre’s work with the Cara Syria Programme, launched in 2012 in response to the civil war in that country which brought about the world’s gravest humanitarian crisis in a generation. The overall aim of the Programme is to connect and strengthen Syria’s academic community in exile to ensure they are ready to play their vital role in the reconstruction of Syria’s higher education and research sectors when security allows. This is achieved through the use of an innovative and responsive range of tools and methods by a team of volunteers from a number of UK universities on a partnership model.