Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA)
CARA began life in 1933, as the Academic Assistance Council, to assist academics persecuted by the Nazi regime. CARA has provided support and relief to over 9,000 academics whose academic freedom has been restricted by war and repression, from Argentina, Chile, Czechoslovakia, Ethiopia, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Jordan (West Bank), Poland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, USSR and Vietnam. The organisation has supported 18 academics who became Nobel laureates. Renamed the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics in 1998, CARA aims to help university teachers and researchers around the world who are unable to carry out their work on grounds of religion, political opinion or race.
CARA's Grant and Fellowship Programmes form the core of the organisation's work in providing practical assistance to displaced, refugee and at-risk academics.
The University of Nottingham is part of the UK Universities Network, a partner network set up by CARA and SAR in 2005 that helps refugee scholars in the UK as well as threatened scholars still in their home country.
HRLC received a CARA Pathfinder Grant in 2006 to identify appropriate research opportunities within the University for refugee academics and at-risk scholars.
Scholars at Risk (SAR)
SAR is an international network of universities and colleges that promotes academic freedom and defends the human rights of scholars around the world.
It aims to bring scholars who are suffering from discrimination, intimidation or violence in their home country to positions at universities and research centres in safe regions. SAR began at the University of Chicago in 1999 and relocated to New York University in 2003.
In 2017, the first UK based SAR Student Advocacy Seminar was created at the University of Nottingham, with the support of HRLC and SAR. Under this initiative, students take on the case of scholars facing unjust restrictions, prosecution or imprisonment due to their academic work and create an advocacy campaign.