'Education without borders' conference

Issue date: 15 June 2010

The Dreamer - Sophie Howard Thursday 17 June 2010 (Refugee Week)
09.00 to 16.30 at the UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, Bristol BS16 1QY

This one day Community Engagement and Human Rights Conference is presented by the University of the West of England Refugee and Migrant Support Hub RMS Hub) during refugee week. The Conference aims to promote the basic human principle of education for all to achieve the following four main objectives: consciousness, empowerment, widening participation and workforce diversity.

Workshop topics include problems and solutions of HE access for asylum seekers and refugees; pathways into teaching for refugees in the South West of England; education for all and workforce diversity; and promoting partnerships in refugee integration.

Professor John Akker, Executive Secretary, Council for Assisting Refugee Academics will give the keynote address. The other speakers are: Fazil Kawani, Head of Development, Refugee Council, London; Lorraine Ayensu, Equalities and Community Cohesion Team, Bristol City Council; Dr Robin Philipp, Avon Partnership NHS Plus, Occupational Health Service; and Eid Ali Ahmed, Consultant/Chartered Fellow CIPD and Deputy Chief executive, Refugee Council, South Wales. The welcome address will be given by UWE Deputy Vice-Chancellor, John Rushforth.

The UWE Refugee and Migrant Support (RMS) Hub provides a single point of access to facilitate academic and educational opportunities for Scholars at Risk (SARS) and other target groups such as refugees, asylum seekers and others from other underrepresented communities.

Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw, (Project Manager for the RMS Hub and a Senior Research Fellow) says, “The RMS Hub is already making a contribution to promoting workforce diversity in important sectors such as the NHS. This conference will provide a focus for those working in this area, and also for those who are facing challenges with accessing education because of their refugee or asylum status. We hope this conference will provide encouragement and support across the whole sector and help to develop further links between organisations and the University.”

Participants of the conference will include refugees, asylum seekers, other underrepresented migrant communities, representatives from UWE staff and refugee support, voluntary, education and public sector organisations in Bristol and the South West.

Register online or contact: Sian4.Hawkins@uwe.ac.uk , Telephone: 0117 32 82251 / 0117 32 84295

The event is sponsored by Bristol City of Sanctuary ,The Pierian Centreand Bristol Legacy Commission.


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