Becoming a University of Sanctuary: Lessons from the University of South Wales

Universities have a responsibility to serve their societies and communities through access to education, resources, expertise, and consultancy. Yet within a hypercompetitive global higher education sector that champions internationalisation, local needs can be neglected or deprioritised. This series of seminars showcases a range of projects exploring higher education institutions’ civic responsibilities towards their wider societies and communities.

The University of Sanctuary movement is a national network of university staff, lecturers, academics and students working to make Higher Education institutions places of safety, solidarity and empowerment for people seeking sanctuary. University of Sanctuary status is awarded to institutions that can demonstrate their commitment to creating a culture of welcome for people seeking sanctuary within, and beyond, their campuses. In this seminar, Dr Cath Camps will reflect on the University of South Wales’ journey towards University of Sanctuary status, and outline number of associated ventures and initiatives at USW that are helping people displaced by war or persecution. Attendees are invited to join in discussions concerning the University of Kent’s own application for University of Sanctuary status, planned for 2023.

Dr Cath Camps is Deputy Director of the Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at University of South Wales where she has specific responsibility for inclusive assessment and equity within the curriculum. Her interests centre around the application of counter-hegemonic approaches to curriculum design and enactment. A key contributor to USW’s successful application to be awarded University of Sanctuary status, she is currently Co-Chair of the University’s Community of Expertise on Refugee and Migrations Studies. A supporter of Cara’s Syrian programme for many years Cath has established USW’s innovative Cara Fellow Scheme which enables displaced academics access resources.

Please note: This session is being organised in conjunction with the University’s Migration and Movement Signature Research Theme network, and will be hosted on Microsoft Teams

Booking details

Please book through Eventbrite. Attendees will be sent a Microsoft Teams link prior to the seminar.