The Network aims to facilitate cooperation and collaboration between UK higher education institutions in support of persecuted and at-risk academics, and in the defence and promotion of academic and university freedoms worldwide. 117 universities have so far committed themselves to support these aims.

To ensure institutional ownership, Network membership is established through the university’s senior management with the endorsement of the Vice Chancellor.  Universities wishing to join the Network should contact Stephen Wordsworth, Cara’s Executive Director, for more details.

When a university joins, they will be asked to provide the name and contact details of one or more senior faculty members to represent the institution on the Network and be responsible for the dissemination of Network material within the university, and to provide an undertaking, in principle, actively to consider hosting a persecuted or at-risk academic, with a fee waiver and possibly other support.  The final decision in each specific case, however, rests with the university.

University Network Members

University of Aberdeen, Mrs Caroline Inglis (Secretary to the University)

Abertay University, Dr Monish Bhatia (Lecturer in Criminology); Professor Steve Olivier (Vice-Principal & Deputy Vice-Chancellor)

University of the Arts London, Mr Stephen Marshall (University Registrar and Secretary)

Aston University, Professor Phil Mizen (Head of Sociology and Policy)

University of Bath, Professor Peter Lambert (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Learning & Teaching)

Bath Spa University, Dr Julia Paulson (Lecturer in Education Studies)

University of Bedfordshire, Ms Jenny Jenkin (Registrar)

Birkbeck College, Professor Penelope Gardner-Chloros (Professor of Sociolinguistics & Language Contact)

University of Birmingham, Professor Paul Jackson (Director International Development Dept.)

University of Bournemouth, Professor Tiantian Zhang (Head of Graduate School)

University of Bradford, Ms Naheeda Kauser (Head of Visa Support Team)

University of Brighton, Ms Helen Tatch (Equality and Diversity Advisor)

University of Bristol, Professor Nick Lieven (Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education)

Brunel University, Ms Jane Drysdale (Director of Human Resources)

University of Buckingham, Professor Geoffrey Alderman (Sub-Dean of Humanities and Prof of Politics & Contemporary History)

University of Cambridge, Mrs Anne Lonsdale (Deputy High Steward, University of Cambridge)

Canterbury Christ Church University, Ms Angela Osborne (Acting Head of the Vice-Chancellor’s Office)

Cardiff University/Prifysgol Caerdydd, Mrs Susan Midha (Director of Leadership & Training, HR Department)

Cardiff Metropolitan University, Professor Mohamed Loutfi (Pro Vice Chancellor, International)

University of Central Lancashire, Ms Lynne Livesey (Pro Vice Chancellor & Head of Lancashire Law)

Central School of Speech and Drama, Representative to be announced

University of Chester, Dr Sean Dunkin (Director of Student Services)

University of Chichester, Reverend John Dane (Chaplain)

City & Guilds of London Art School, Mr Magnus von Wistinghausen (Deputy Director)

City University, Professor Ken Grattan (Dean of the City Graduate School)

University College London, Dame Nicola Brewer (Vice Provost International)

Courtauld Institute of Art, Professor Deborah Swallow (Director)

Coventry University, Representative to be announced

University of Cumbria, Professor Diane L Cox (Director of Research & Head of the Graduate School)

De Montfort University, Mr Mark Charlton (Head of Public Engagement)

University of Dundee, Professor Karl Leydecker (Vice Principal, Learning and Teaching)

University of Durham, Mrs Sharne Procter (Director of International Office)

University of East London, Allaine Cerwonka (Dean of School of Social Sciences)

University of Edinburgh, Professor James Smith (Vice Principal International); Mr Alan Mackay (Director, International Office); Robert Lawrie (Head of Scholarships & Finance)

Edinburgh Napier University, Mr Iain McIntosh (Assistant Principal)

University of Essex, Professor Jules Pretty (Deputy Vice-Chancellor)

University of Exeter, Mr Andrew Johnson (Assistant Director, Policy and Reward)

University of Glasgow, Professor Alison Phipps (Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies); Dr Benjamin Thomas White (Lecturer in History)

Glasgow Caledonian University, Professor Valerie Webster (Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-Principal)

The Glasgow School of Art, Ms Kirsty Hendry (Student Engagement Co-ordinator)

Glyndŵr University, Professor Michael Scott (Vice Chancellor)

Goldsmiths, University of London, Claire MacLean (Interim Registrar and Secretary)

Goodenough College, Dr Alan McCormack (Dean)

University of Greenwich, Professor Susan Lea (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic)

Heythrop College, Representative to be announced

Heriot Watt University, Ms Anne Marie Dalton (Secretary of the University)

University of Hertfordshire, Professor John Senior (Pro Vice Chancellor, Research)

University of Huddersfield, Professor Liz Towns-Andrews (Director of Research and Enterprise)

University of Hull, Professor Glenn Burgess (Acting Vice-Chancellor)

Imperial College, London, Professor Maggie Dallman (Associate Provost (Academic Partnerships))

Institute of Education Professor Paul Morris (Professor of Education)

University of Kent , Dr Rachel Forrester-Jones (Reader in Health, Community and Social Care)

Keele University, Professor Richard Luther (Dean of Internationalisation)

King’s College London, Professor ‘Funmi  Olonisakin (Vice-Principal (International)), Dr Tania Lima (Director of Global Engagement)

Kingston University, Professor Martin McQuillan (Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research & Innovation)

University of Lancaster, Professor Steve Bradley (Economics)

University of Leeds, Ms Linda Mortimer-Pine (Deputy HR Director)

Leeds Beckett University, Dr John Willott (Research Manager in the International Faculty)

Leeds Trinity University, Dr Sarah Njeri (Research Officer)

University of Leicester, Mr David Hall (Registrar and Chief Operating Officer)

University of Lincoln, Dr Terence Karran (Senior Academic in Teaching and Learning Research)

University of Liverpool, Ms Christine Bateman (Head of International Development)

Liverpool Hope University, Professor Bill Chambers (Pro Vice Chancellor Emeritus (Student Support and Well-being, Dean’s Office))

Liverpool John Moores University, Dr Edward Harcourt (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, External Engagement)

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Dr Susan Assinder (Director of Education).

University of London, Professor Roger Kain (Dean and Chief Executive of the School of Advanced Study)

London Business School, Dr Rosemary Vipond (Director of Academic Affairs)

London School of Economics, Ms Zoe Gillard (Manager, Centre for the Study of Human Rights)

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Dr Cathy Zimmerman (Senior Lecturer, Gender, Violence and Health)

London Metropolitan University, Professor John Gabriel (Head of Department of Sociology and Applied Social Studies)

London South Bank University, Representative to be announced

Loughborough University, Ms Trish Barnard (Assistant Director, Human Resources)

University of Manchester, Ms Joanne Jacobs (Senior International Officer)

Manchester Metropolitan University, Professor Jenny Watling (Pro Vice Chancellor, International)

Middlesex University, Professor Kevin McDonald (Professor of Sociology and Head of Department of Criminology and Sociology)

Newcastle University, Professor Barry Hirst (Dean of Postgraduate Studies)

Newman University, Professor Peter Childs (Pro Vice Chancellor Research and Scholarship)

University of Northampton, Deborah Mattock (Director of Human Resources)

University of Nottingham, Professor Dominic McGoldrick (Professor International Human Rights Law)

Nottingham Trent University, Professor Eunice Simmons (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic)

Open University, Professor Alan Bassindale (Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research, Scholarship and Quality)

University of Oxford, Ms Ruth Kinahan (Senior Personnel Officer), Dr Rebecca Surender (Advocate for Diversity & Pro Vice-Chancellor)

Oxford Brookes University, Professor Anne-Marie Kilday (Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)

Plymouth University, Mr David Alder (Chief Marketing Officer)

University of Portsmouth, Professor Pal Ahluwalia (Pro Vice-Chancellor), Mr Peter Brook (Director, Human Resources)

Queen Mary, University of London, Professor David Sadler (Vice Principal, International)

Queen Margaret University, Dr Richard Butt (Deputy Principal)

Queen’s University of Belfast, Professor Tony Gallagher (Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor of Education)

Ravensbourne, Representative to be announced.

University of Reading, Mr Vincenzo Raimo (Pro Vice Chancellor, International Engagement)

Regent’s University, Professor Aldwyn Cooper (Vice Chancellor)

University of Roehampton, Dr Michele Lamb (Head of Social Sciences)

Royal Holloway, University of London, Professor Bob O’Keefe (Vice Principal External Engagement & Dean of Mathematics and Economics)

University of Salford, Ms Suryia Nayak (Full Member, Research Centre)

University of Sheffield, Professor Sir Keith Burnett (Vice-Chancellor); Dr Casey Strine (Lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern History and Literature)

Sheffield Hallam University, Professor Roger Eccleston (Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts)

SOAS, University of London, Professor Nadje Al-Ali (Dean of Faculty of Languages & Culture)

University of Southampton, Professor William Powrie (Dean of Faculty of Engineering and the Environment)

Southampton Solent University, Professor Mike Wilkinson (Deputy Vice Chancellor)

University of South Wales, Debra Thorne (Student Money Advice Team Manager)

Staffordshire University, Dr Steve Williams (Director of Academic Policy and Development)

University of Strathclyde Professor Scott MacGregor (Vice Principal)

University of Stirling, Mr Gavin Lee (Deputy Head of Policy and Planning)

University of St Andrews, Ms Jane Magee (Director of ELT)

University of Sunderland, Reverend Chris Howson (Chaplain)

University of Surrey, Professor Vincent C Emery FSB (Pro Vice-Chancellor International Relations and Professor of Translational Virology)

University of Sussex , Dr Mike Collyer (Senior Lecturer in Geography)

University of Ulster, Representative to be announced

University of Warwick, Mr James Kennedy (Director – Global Engagement)

University of Westminster, Mr Steve Anderson (Student Funding & Scholarships Manager)

University of the West of England, Dr Christien van den Anker (Lecturer, Centre for Study of Global Ethics)

University of the West of Scotland, Prof Paul Martin (Depute Principal and Depute Vice Chancellor)

University of Winchester, Ms Colette Cherry (Assistant Vice-Chancellor)

University of Wolverhampton, Ms Jackie Dunne (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Access and Lifelong Learning)

University of Worcester, Dr Heather Forland (Pro Vice-Chancellor International)

University of York, Professor Saul Tendler (Deputy-Vice-Chancellor), Dr Katherine Benson (Global Partnerships Manager)

York St John University, Professor Julian Stern (Dean of Education & Theology), Dr Richard Bourne (Head of School of Humanities, Religion and Philosophy)

Updated 19/05/2017

"Cara's work gives true meaning to the term 'academic community', not only reaching out to those in dire need, but stimulating exciting and profitable collaborations."


Dr J. Bridge, Lecturer in Environmental Engineering, University of Liverpool