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Pembroke Giving Day 2019

Around the world there are academics who face persecution, violence and conflict. Many of them are in immediate danger of arrest, injury or even death. The situation for those with children is even more precarious.

On Tuesday 19 November we’ll be teaming up with the Council of At-Risk Academics (Cara) to try to raise £30,000 over 36 hours to help an academic who is either in immediate danger, or who cannot work in his/her home country due to serious risks, to escape to a place of safety here at Pembroke College and continue their research in Cambridge.

The Cara Fellowship Programme supports academics who are at risk in their home countries with two-year fellowships at a British university.  Currently there are about 100 academics looking to escape to a safe place where they can continue their work. The most urgent need is to place families because of the greater cost.

Why a Giving Day?

We’re running this Giving Day to help raise visibility, awareness and exposure to the cause. The “Giving Day” will be taking place both online and in College, bringing together students, staff, Fellows, friends and alumni from across the world in support of this important initiative. 

Where will the money go?

We have set ourselves a challenge target of £30,000 and one which needs to be achieved within an extremely challenging time frame, but we feel confident that working together the College community can achieve this. The sum will provide a stipend and accommodation for the academic (and their family if they have one) for one year here.

How can I donate?

There’s no need to wait until the Giving Day to donate; you can get ahead of the game, visit our Just Giving page: here or text Pembroke20 to 70085 to give £20. Texts cost £20 plus your standard network charge.

Can I help in any other ways?

Yes- you can also support our campaign by becoming a Giving Day Digital Ambassador click here to find out more


We’ll be running various events in the run-up to the Giving Day and on the Day itself.

On Wednesday 13 November we will be holding an Academics at Risk Panel discussion: Should we provide Safe Havens for Academics at Risk? The event will be chaired by the Dean, Dr James Gardom and the speakers are:

Baroness Onora O'Neill, philosopher and Cara Patron
Stephen Wordsworth, Executive Director, Cara
Dr Mehmet Erman Erol, Postdoctoral Researcher and Cara Fellow
Matt Mahmoudi, PhD candidate and Jo Cox Scholar

The discussion will take place at 6pm, Old Library, Pembroke College. It is free to attend. To book a place at the discussion, please book here.

It will be followed by a special Giving Day Formal Hall, which is open to everyone. Tickets cost £18.50 and can be booked here. (Pembroke students, please contact the Development Office for more information on how to book at a reduced rate.) £3 from the ticket price will be going directly to Cara.

On Tuesday 19 November 'The Great Pembroke Bake Off' will take place at 10:30am in the Old Library. After judging has finished, a charity bake sale will take place until 2.30pm. Entries for the competition (theme: chocolate cake) and for the bake sale are most welcome.

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