Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) Cara is Deputy Chair of GCPEA, a New York-based coalition of NGOs and UN agencies formed in 2010 to highlight the problem of targeted attacks on education, particularly during armed conflict. GCPEA has published a number of major studies, and launched a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of protecting schools and universities in times of conflict which is now gaining international support.
Human Rights Defenders Platform In 2014, Cara joined the Brussels-based EU-funded Global Platform for the Temporary Relocation of Human Rights Defenders. The aim of the Platform is to offer temporary relocation to human rights defenders at risk and to facilitate the sharing of information and experiences to help improve respective programmes and collaborate over placements.
The British Academy Cara enjoys excellent relations with The British Academy, who have generously hosted many of its meetings and events, including Cara’s 75th anniversary two-day Conference in 2008.
The Royal Society Cara’s 1933 predecessor, the Academic Assistance Council (AAC), was first accommodated in the attic of the Royal Society’s rooms in Burlington House on Piccadilly, and the AAC’s Founding Statement was issued from there. The relationship has remained close, and Cara’s annual ‘Science and Civilisation’ lecture continues to be hosted by The Royal Society.
The Migration Museum Project Cara has partnered with the Migration Museum Project to run a series of seminars entitled ‘Great Minds’, which explore the ways that migrants have shaped intellectual life in the UK. Cara also sits on the Project’s Education Advisory Committee, which aims to engage young people with migration and related issues such as citizenship, identity and belonging.
Prisoners of Conscience Appeal Fund Cara has partnered with the Prisoners of Conscience Appeal Fund to increase the provision of long-term support for applicants wishing to complete postgraduate study at a UK university.
Scholar at Risk (SAR) Network SAR launched in June 2000, as an international network of higher education institutions dedicated to protecting threatened scholars, preventing attacks on higher education communities and promoting academic freedom worldwide. SAR protects scholars suffering grave threats to their lives, liberty and well-being, primarily by arranging positions of sanctuary at institutions in its network for those forced to flee. SAR is also developing a system for monitoring attacks on academic freedom and circulating monitoring reports to policymakers and the public.
IIE Scholar Rescue Fund The Institute of International Education (IIE), a US independent not-for-profit organisation, launched the Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) in 2002. SRF provides fellowships for established scholars whose lives and work are threatened in their home countries, to permit professors, researchers and public intellectuals to find temporary refuge at universities, colleges and research centres anywhere in the world. During the fellowship, conditions in a scholar’s home country may improve, permitting safe return; if this is not possible, the scholar may use the fellowship period to identify a longer-term opportunity.
Pharmacy Schools Council (PhSC) Pharmacy was one of the most prevalent disciplines among our Fellows in 2014. Cara sought the support of members of the PhSC, which resulted in a number of Fellows receiving placements at more than ten pharmacy schools in the UK.
The Royal Colleges Iraqi Liaison Group Text to follow.
“By seeing what happens in societies where universities and scholars are put at extreme risk, we come to better appreciate why we defend what we do and better recognise the warning signs of the erosion of those freedoms… without genuine academic freedom, our universities will not fulfil their core mission..."
Professor John Sexton, UK Network Inaugural Meeting, The British Academy