Students call on Cambridge University to do more for refugees

Post date: Jan 24, 2016 3:07:37 PM

In this petition, Cambridge students urge the University to do more for at-risk academics in the refugee crisis in partnership with the Council for At-Risk Academics (Cara). They write: "As a thought-leader in the U.K., Europe, and the world, we feel that it is essential for the University of Cambridge to be at the vanguard in the migration crisis. We should demonstrate that our values and our culture of open minds can only prevail if we also open our hearts and doors to people in need."

Specifically, the petition asks the university to do the following:

1. Recognise the importance of Cara’s work;

2. Commit to facilitating and providing a centralised coordination point in order to better assist Cara’s current work as well as that of other local groups committed to providing assistance to academics and refugees;

3. Commit to facilitating and providing financial support to accepted at-risk academics in the form of fee waivers, bursaries, and stipends; and

4. Commit to facilitating and providing housing and other support for accepted at-risk academics and their dependents.

Read more about the petition here.