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University of Sanctuary: anniversary celebration



Wednesday 23 January 2019


Various locations on UEA campus

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Normal, Workshops and public seminars, Exhibitions, University of Sanctuary

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Wednesday 23 January

University of Sanctuary: anniversary celebration

Various locations on UEA campus

Come and join us to find out about the work that has been undertaken to develop a sustainable culture of welcome for asylum seekers and refugees at the UEA, and in society as a whole.

We are delighted that UEA Waterstones and the UEA library will be celebrating the anniversary by displaying a special selection of books relating to sanctuary seekers. Pop in on the day of the anniversary to find inspirational reading.

To celebrate the one year anniversary catering across campus will have an internationally inspired menu throughout the day. 

10am - 4.30pm: British Red Cross Refugee Support Centre donation (UEA Student Union Building, near the main entrance )

Do you have winter clothes you are able to donate? The UEA Student Union will be collecting the following items throughout the day: adult coats, scarves, hats and jumpers.

2 - 4pm: Volunteering Fair and advice sessions (Thomas Paine Study Centre foyer)

Come and find out about opportunities to support local organisations working with and for asylum seekers and refugees in Norfolk, financial support on offer for sanctuary seekers interested in studying at the UEA, and more. 

4 - 6pm: Celebratory social event (Thomas Paine Study Centre foyer and lecture theatre)

4 - 5pm: Drinks reception and poster display

We welcome all students, staff and members of the general public to join us for our social celebratory event, including a display of the work by UEA staff and students relating to issues of sanctuary. 

5 - 6pm: Presentations

Inspirational presentations about the past, present and future of UEA as a University of Sanctuary. Speakers include Pro Vice-Chancellor Neil Ward, sanctuary seekers and Stephen Wordsworth Executive Director of the Council for At Risk Academics (Cara).

Stephen Wordsworth will talk about the invaluable work undertaken by Cara to help academics who are being forced to flee by the risk of imminent imprisonment, injury or death to find temporary refuge in universities and research institutions until they can one day return home to help re-build better, safer societies.

Please email to book your place.

6.30 - 8.30pm: Balloon Debate: 'Borders: are controls necessary?' (UEA Drama Studio)

Interactive theatrical live debate session, produced by LJ Hope Productions, co-hosted by Simon Floyd Performance and the Norwich Arts Centre.

Please email to book your place.

For more information, please email or visit UEA University of Sanctuary on Facebook and Twitter.