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REAL Centre Upcoming Events

REAL Centre Seminar Series

The REAL Centre is delighted to announce the following seminar series for October/November 2023. With the Global Refugee Forum coming up in December 2023, we are pleased to announce a seminar series for this term focusing largely on education in emergencies, and the rights and experiences of those affected by crises.

These are in-person events with the option to join online. They will take place in the Donald McIntyre Building, 184 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PQ.

Register through our Eventbrite collection. Please sign up to each event that you are interesting in attending. Event details and a reminder will be emailed out in the days leading up to the seminar.

The role of hope in education: Learning from Syrian refugee youth's strategies to navigate uncertainty

Tuesday 24 October 2023, 13:00-14:00 GMT Room GS4

  • Dr Hiba Salem, Research Fellow in Forced Migration Studies, University of Oxford

Exploring higher education solutions for Afghan women under the Taliban

Tuesday 31 October 2023, 13:00-14:00 GMT Room GS4

  • Dr Marissa Quie, Fellow, Lucy Cavendish College and Convenor, Afghanistan Desk, The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement, University of Cambridge

Young children in crisis: Why prioritise Early Childhood Development in emergency settings?

Tuesday 7 November 2023, 13:00-14:00 GMT Room GS4

  • Dr Nomisha Kurian, Teaching Associate, University of Cambridge and Maria Benavides Camacho, INEE Early Childhood Development Working Group

Using participatory methods to explore educational access in rural school communities in Malawi: Intersections of gender, poverty and HIV/AIDS

Tuesday 14 November 2023, 13:00-14:00 GMT Room GS4

  • Dr Catherine Jere, Associate Professor in Education and International Development, School of Global Development, University of East Anglia

Decolonising refugee education research: A political economy of knowledge production

Tuesday 28 November 2023, 13:00-14:00 GMT Room GS4

  • Professor Maha Shuayb, British Academy Bilateral Chair in Conflict and Director of Centre for Lebanese Studies

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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