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REAL Centre Symposium

Academic freedom is under threat now more than ever. During genocide, academics are targeted and killed, and their voices are being silenced. This symposium raises for discussion threats to academic freedom and the need for ethical scholarship as key to tackling injustices.

The symposium will take place on Thursday 21 March 2024, 11am-5pm GMT.

This is a full-day in-person event with the option to join online. Location: Donald McIntyre Building, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PQ.

You must register through our Eventbrite page. Event details and a reminder will be emailed out in the days leading up to the seminar.

The symposium will begin with a keynote address by Professor Adam Habib, Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), who has been actively involved in debates about academic freedom and the role and responsibility of universities, through his current role as well as former position as the Vice Chancellor at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

This will be followed by a panel discussion with experts from academic professional associations and universities who have been at the forefront of these debates. Panellists include Professor Neve Gordon, Chair of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES)' Committee on Academic Freedom, and Dr Bashir Abu-Manneh and Dr Kelli Rudolph from the University of Kent.

The symposium will end with the speakers, together with Dr Anne Alexander from the University and College Union and Chris Doyle, Director of the Council for Arab-British Understanding, identifying actions that university leaders, academic professional associations, researchers and others need to take to address academic freedom deliberations emerging during the symposium.

The event is co-organised by the University of Cambridge REAL Centre and Centre for Lebanese Studies. It builds on our seminar series focused on the need to tackle multiple and interrelated injustices in the Global South, which manifest in war and genocide, and the implications of this for education. Professor Pauline Rose, Professor Maha Shuayb and Professor Yusuf Sayed will act as facilitators for the discussion throughout the day.

REAL Centre Past Events

REAL Centre at UKFIET 2023 conference

UKFIET conference details: Education for Social and Environmental Justice: Diversity, Sustainability, Responsibility, 7, 12-14 September 2023, online and in Oxford

REAL Centre sessions in conference programme: Online text only list or Download UKFIET Conference Programme 2023

A Cambridge event with the Yidan Prize Foundation

Creating an Equitable Future through Education: 
An event showcasing transformational work in education research and practice in the context of COVID and climate change, with a focus on girls’ education.

  • Date and Time: Thursday 7 October, 2021 9:00-16:15 BST.
  • Full programme with speaker bios:Read the full programme with details of all speakers.

Catch up on the event via Jesus College's YouTube page

Yidan Prize Poster with title Creating an Equitable Future through Education

About the Conference

The Yidan Prize Foundation, the University of Cambridge and CAMFED co-hosted a conference to showcase transformational work in education research and practice, with a focus on girls’ education.

Conference theme

The theme of the event was on the global challenges facing education today, as we consider the inequalities exposed by the pandemic and the disruption exacerbated by climate change, which disproportionately affects women and girls. There was be a focus on the efforts and partnerships to find solutions, in reaching the most marginalised young people and in re-imagining quality education for all.

Sessions that the event will cover:

  • inclusive education through disruption exacerbated by the pandemic and climate change
  • education and mental health in challenging times
  • cross-sector support and financing for global education


The conference will bring together global policymakers, educationalists, foundation heads, leading academics and activists.

CAMFED Co-Executives Lucy Lake and Angeline Murimirwa—2020 Yidan Prize for Education Development laureates—will join discussions about keeping marginalised learners in education. They’ll share what they’ve learned about getting—and keeping—girls in school with CAMFED’s Patron Julia Gillard AC, former Chair of the Global Partnership for Education and 27th Prime Minister of Australia.

The panels and keynotes will feature speakers including HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Professor Pauline Rose of the REAL Centre at the University of Cambridge, and Professor Usha Goswami and Dr Erum Mariam, who are members and representatives of the Yidan Prize Foundation’s Council of Luminaries.

Book cover

Book Launch – Reforming Education and Challenging Inequalities in Southern Contexts: Research and Policy in International Development. A tribute to Christopher Colclough

Date and Time: 11th May, 1:00PM- 2:30PM (UK BST)

Book launch event to celebrate the work of the late Christopher Colclough, who, as a leading figure in education and international development, played a key role in the global fight for education for all children. At the launch, the book editors provided an overview of the book. Authors of the chapters, all of whom knew Christopher and his inspirational work well, were present to answer questions from the audience.

A 20% discount is available for the hard cover version of [pdf] this book on Reforming Education and the e-book. Please use the code FLY21 when ordering either of these versions. With this discount the e-book costs £29.59.

The 20% discount can also be used for other books in the series: see [pdf] Education, Poverty and International Development book series.

Book by Routledge: Visit Routledge for more information on the book and open access to the Foreword and four chapters.

See full list of chapters and authors below. Chapters 1, 6, 7 and 12 are available open access.

REAL Centre launch in collaboration with CAMFED

Date: 16 June 2015

The need for the REAL centre is pressing. It will make a difference in helping us to understand what works to make education more equitable. It will generate much light to educate every child, including every girl. The REAL centre will be one of real achievement.

The Honourable Julia Gillard, 27th Prime Minister of Australia

Watch highlights of the opening event on YouTube.

Video link to REAL Centre Opening Event

You can also read about our launch event in a University of Cambridge news article: Cambridge gets REAL about overcoming obstacles to global education.

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