Goodenough Safe Haven Appeal – help us to give a secure home to at-risk academics

In response to the crisis in Ukraine, Goodenough College is working with Cara (the Council for At-Risk Academics) to provide a lifeline to students who are facing immediate danger and desperately need a safe and secure place in which to live and study.

Cara recently approached the College to provide a safe and secure home for Ukrainian students. We are keen to help but, in these challenging financial times, we need our global community to come together to make this a reality.

In order to welcome two new Cara Scholars to Goodenough we need to raise £100,000 to cover their accommodation costs – allowing them to study for their PhDs (four years) and enjoy College life free from financial stress.

We are delighted to announce that a Canadian Alumnus has very generously pledged to donate 50% of this target. We are now asking our global community to come together to match this gift by collectively raising £50,000 to give these Scholars in peril a safe and secure home at Goodenough. Find out more on our Just Giving Page.

Your gifts (however small) will enable us to provide the Scholars with free accommodation and full access to the College’s communal eating, study and social spaces and to our exceptional programme of social, cultural and intellectual activities. In return they will enrich the Goodenough community immeasurably through their skills, knowledge and life experience.

“The last twelve months have been an extraordinary, and very challenging, time for Cara … Since the Taliban take-over last August we have received over 700 applications from Afghan academics  and, most recently, Putin’s assault on Ukraine has prompted applications from a growing number of Ukrainian academics, and also from Russians who are appalled at what is being done in their name. We are doing everything we can to help them all, and are grateful for the many offers of additional support we have received from our partners, including Goodenough College.”

Cara – the Council for At-Risk Academics

Goodenough College and Cara have been working together since 2017. In that time, thanks to the generous support of our community, five postgraduate students forced to flee their homes due to persecution, violence or conflict have been given a safe place to live at Goodenough. To date, we have offered a home to Cara Scholars from Syria, Turkey and Myanmar. Ukraine is a pressing priority, supporting Afghan students is also currently a key focus and we will continue to partner with Cara to receive all students in need of shelter.

Please join us in helping to provide students in danger with a welcoming, supportive community in London.

Yes, I would like to support the Appeal today.