Kent Staff support colleagues in crisis

In this time of instability around the world, unprecedented numbers of people have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety and security – and among them are many promising students and academics. For some time, the University has been providing support to international students and for academics at risk of persecution. Now the University has established a new fund to enable staff to contribute to this important work, should they wish to do so.

The Kent Refuge Fund currently supports students and academics who join us through the Helena Kennedy Foundation’s ‘Article 26 Project’ and the Council for At-Risk Academics (Cara).

We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of staff keen to pledge their support to the fund, which is already making a difference to the lives of those who have found refuge at Kent.  In a recent article an academic welcomed into the Kent community explained how their life has been changed by it.

“Achieving academic excellence was always my ambition, but once the war started it also felt like an obligation. I wanted to learn the skills that I could later use to help rebuild my country.”

Kent academic, placed through Cara

Kent is committed to welcoming those students and academics who join us through these organisations, and supporting them while they are here.  Gifts to the fund will ensure that we can provide a safe haven for many more.

We are delighted to be hosting a Medway launch of the Fund on Wednesday 5th October, from 13.00-14.00 in Rochester Boardroom (R2-09).  All staff are welcome to attend.  Refreshments will be provided – in order for us to cater correctly we ask that you register your attendance online.

On behalf of everyone helped by your generosity, we would like to say an enormous thank you for your support.  If you would like to find out more, or make your own gift, please visit the Refuge Fund web page or contact Julia Baxter.