The Network Pathfinder Universities Grant Scheme, funded by the Sigrid Rausing Trust (SRT), was introduced to encourage the development of more effective systems, policies and practices in UK universities, in support of refugee and threatened academics. The scheme was intended to provide selected UK universities, ‘Pathfinder Universities’, with seed funding of up to £10,000 to help develop more effective internal systems, policies and practices in support of refugee and at risk academics.
20 pathfinder grants were awarded in 2006-08. A further SRT award was received to support network member engagement in delivery of the Iraq programme activites in the Middle East, in 2009.
2006-07 Pathfinder Universities University of Central Lancashire, University College London (UCL), Glasgow Caledonian University, King’s College London, Leeds Metropolitan University, London School of Economics (LSE), London South Bank University (LSBU), University of Lincoln, University of Nottingham, University of Sunderland, University of Wolverhampton.
2008 Pathfinder Universities Central School of Speech & Drama, University of Chichester, University of East London, Glasgow Caledonian University, Leeds Metropolitan University, University of Sunderland, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of Roehampton, University of West England (Bristol).
Examples of activities matching the Pathfinder objectives:
Pathfinder Resources The following represent just some of the outputs and resources to emerge from the Pathfinder grant round.
Supporting Persecuted Academics: A Guide for Higher Education Institutions
2006-07 Projects: a Summary
2007-2008 Projects: a Summary
2006-07 Final Workshop Report (29th June 07)
Development of Recognition of Prior Informal Learning (RPL) Profiling, Guidance & Work Experience Model a Resource Pack Glasgow Caledonian University in collaboration with the Bridges Programmes 2008
Cara Pathfinder Project: Capacity Building for Refugee Academic Mentoring in West of Scotland, Mentoring Guidlines, 2008