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NUI Galway is primarily a place of learning, and it is a shared learning ethos which informs the actions of the University of Sanctuary steering committee. A number of events and undertakings which have sustained that same shared learning ethos lying at the heart of the Sanctuary movement at the university, are as follows; The UoS steering committee has hosted a number of events which have highlighted both International Protection and Traveller-specific topics, based on research carried out by fellow academics at NUI Galway.
Fáilte Refugees Society Created 2017
Minceirs Whiden Society Created 2019
Community Education Programme
BA: Community, Youth & Family Studies (Degree)
Diploma: Community Development Practice (Cert./Diploma)
Certificate: Youth Work Practice (Certificate)
Centre for Irish Studies
The Centre for Irish Studies promotes a diverse range of migrant research in to both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at NUI Galway. Two MA students are currently working on migrant literature in Ireland this year; one in the Masters in English & one in the Masters in Irish Studies. Both students are looking at interdisciplinary approaches to This Hostel Life by Melatu Uche Okorie, and other related authors (Roddy Doyle, Eoin Colfer), in terms of critical debates in contemporary Irish literature and society. The Centre for Irish Studies has also collaborated with colleagues in NUI Maynooth to work with the Asylum Archive project. The Centre for Irish Studies will host the Galway Conference of Irish Studies in June, which will have the theme of “home”. As we witness national and international crises of home, the Centre for Irish Studies will examine the question of what it is to dwell. What does it mean to be ‘at home’? How has Irish Studies historically engaged with conceptions of home and how might the discipline deal with changing definitions of home in the future?
UN World Refugee Day 2017
On June 20th 2017, the Fáilte Refugees Society collaborated with Amnesty International Galway, the Galway One World Centre, The Galway Anti-Racism Network, AMACH! LGBT+ Galway, and the Galway Integration Consortium to host three events across the city throughout the day, with between 100-150 people in attendance throughout the day. This collaborative process was built upon our collective aspiration to educate the general public on issues which are affecting over 65 million displaced people globally, and to highlight the fundamental human rights espoused in the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Other events organised by the Fáilte Refugees Society included Anti-Racism workshops and pop-up workshops around campus, asking students what they knew about the terms “Direct Provision”, “Asylum Seeker”, “Refugee”, “Migrant”, etc. (pic)
World Refugee Day 2018 - World Refugee Day Celebrations
Éire, Land of a Hundred Thousand Welcomes
Refugee Awareness Week, February 2018
International Conference The Rights of Migrants and Refugees: Exploring the role of Courts and Tribunals - May 2018
Migration and Asylum Process Seminar - June 2018
Bespoke English Language Courses for International Protection Applicants 2018/19
Film Premier of Through Our Eyes 2018
In Oct 2018, as part of the 8x8 Festival with the STAND organisation and Global Week on campus, the Fáilte Refugees Society screened Through Our Eyes to an audience of between 20-30 students. Through Our Eyes is a film about Syrian refugees made by BAFTA award-winning director Samir Mehanovic, who is a Muslim refugee. Following the screening, Samir joined in the discussion through video conference for a Q&A session.
Barriers to Diversity in Ireland’s Education System 2018
The University of Sanctuary steering committee hosted a “Barriers to Diversity in Ireland’s Education System” guest speaker event on Friday, November 30th, 2018. The event was well attended, with 15-20 attendees, and speakers included Dr Elaine Keane (NUI Galway), who spoke about a severe lack of diversity amongst 2nd level Education teaching staff; Catherine Cooney (GRETB) who addressed issues facing Irish Travellers within the education system, and Owen Mac An Bhaird (NUI Galway Student), who spoke about his personal experiences of our education system as an Irish Traveller (Funded by the CKI) (pics)
Module Contemporary Issues in Human Rights Protection, January 2019
During the second semester of the academic year 2018/2019, students of the second year of the Bachelor of Arts with Human Rights have been taught a module on Contemporary Issues in Human Rights Protection, in which a large section was dedicated to exploring and understanding issues related to migrants and refugees. This module included lectures on international migration law, migration in the European Union as well as case-studies, amongst which Ireland was included.
New Academic Programme LLM in International Migration and Refugee Law and Policy 2019
February 2019 - The Irish Centre for Human Rights launched the LLM in International Migration and Refugee Law and Policy. Ms Gráinne O'Hara, Head of the Department of International Protection at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), gave the keynote address and also spoke of the need for highly qualified postgraduates in the area of migration and forced displacement, both at the policy level and in the field: “At a time when human mobility, and forced displacement in particular, is to the forefront of so many highly charged political discussions, the value of academic discipline on the distinct but related issues of migration and refugee flight comes into its own.” The LLM in International Migration and Refugee Law will commence in September, 2019 and is the only course of its kind on offer in an Irish university. The core-teaching programme is supplemented with an exciting programme of guest seminars, workshops and conferences engaging with leading experts and practitioners in the field of refugee protection, human trafficking, international migration, human rights law and public policy.
NUI Galway’s Inaugural Sanctuary in Politics Course
Participants of the unaccredited course will gain an understanding of the weekly topics in the mornings, and form the audience for a panel discussion in the afternoons. Panellists will be invited from the political, media, voluntary and advocacy sectors, depending upon the topics being covered on the respective day.
The panel discussions will focus on the various elements of our Community of Sanctuary framework and will cover the following seven topics: 1) Employment, 2) Housing, 3) Health, 4) Justice & Human Rights, 5) Language and Education, 6) Arts and Culture, and 7) Sport. Panellists will be invited to introduce themselves, and to speak for between 15-20 minutes about their work. We will then take questions from the floor. Panellists can focus on some or all of the above topics, facilitating the discussion to develop organically as the conversation evolves.