Providing sanctuary for academics at risk

CCRI researcher Demelza Jones is co-chair of the University of Gloucestershire’s Sanctuary Steering Group, which works with local partners GARAS (Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) and Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees to support students from forced migration backgrounds.

The university recently held its inaugural Sanctuary Week which included a guest public lecture from Stephen Worsdworth, Executive Director of the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA). CARA provides help to academics in danger or forced into exile by conflict or repressive regimes. This includes a UK Fellowship scheme, and the lecture also gave the opportunity to hear about the experiences of the University of Gloucestershire’s current CARA Fellow who is undertaking a PhD co-supervised by Demelza.

Further information on CARA and their work, and how to help can be found here.