Learning Opportunities

Work and study with the Rights Lab.

Nottingham Reading Programme

Each year the Nottingham Reading Programme gives all new students a free book when they arrive on campus. This year the programme has joined forces with the Rights Lab and the Faculty of Social Sciences to bring you Slave, the true story of Mende Nazer’s experiences of modern slavery. This programme is a chance for students to learn about something they may not have previously considered, and it acts as an icebreaker, giving them something to talk about and events to attend with other new students. Visit the Reading Programme website for more information and a list of events.

You can also watch the introductory videos and all of the talks here.


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Student Internship Programme

In 2018-19, in partnership with the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Rights Lab is offering a large-scale paid student internship programme. We will be posting regular job opportunities and welcoming dozens of students into exciting internships across the year, with mentorship from our leadership team, skills training, and access to our broader Rights Lab community. Interested University of Nottingham students can request notification of posted roles by emailing 

For more details on our current opportunities and where to apply, please visit the Rights Lab Student Internship Moodle Page: Rights Lab Placements and Internships (UK) (18-19)


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Slavery and Liberation MA/PGDip/PGCert

A world-first in slavery and liberation

Study for the world's first MA degree in how to end slavery.

Taught by world-leading experts, this internationally recognised distance learning course is the first of its kind. It will introduce you to key concepts and challenges in slavery, liberation, and human rights.

It will provide you not only with the academic grounding of the study of contemporary slavery but also comprehensive training on how best to make a difference through the liberation and social reintegration of those in slavery.

You will be introduced to key concepts and challenges in slavery, liberation, anti-slavery and human rights, and will benefit from:

  • an in-depth, academic look into an important and growing area of human rights work
  • specialist practical training to plan and carry-out anti-slavery and anti-trafficking activities aimed at liberation, rehabilitation, reintegration, prevention, protection and prosecution
  • training to enable you to conduct independent research in the specific area of human rights

As this is a distance-learning course, the majority of content will be taught online, allowing you to connect with the course and other students from across the globe. There are also opportunities for MA and PGDip students to study at Nottingham through intensive face-to-face modules, however, the PGCert can be completed solely online. If you choose to study the MA or PGDip part-time, you won't need to travel to Nottingham until your second year.

Find out more and register

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Ending Slavery: Strategies for Contemporary Global Abolition (Online)

Find out how we will achieve a slavery-free world with this free four-week course.

Join thousands of learners from more than 100 countries to debate and shape solutions for the next phase of the contemporary antislavery movement.

You’ll learn from experts at the cutting-edge of human rights research, and you’ll investigate the complex systems that sustain slavery today.

You will consider:

  • different forms of slavery
  • ground-breaking research about slavery’s measurement and definition
  • strategies for ending slavery at the local, national and international levels
  • the roles of governments, businesses, technology, legislation and enslaved people themselves in ending slavery

Who is the course for?

No prior knowledge is necessary, all are welcome. The course is particularly relevant for human rights and NGO workers, teachers, students, activists, supply chains professionals, lawyers, and law enforcement professionals.

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