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1 University of Roehampton, London Presentation to Tempus IV Information Meeting, British Council 4 th November 2011 Dr Michele Lamb Principal Lecturer in Human Rights and Sociology Department of Social Science

2 University of Roehampton Established as independent University in 2004 although history back to 1840 Focus on arts and humanities, social sciences and the human and life sciences, at the same time as maintaining its historic strength in education. London based Commitment to widening participation, social justice, equality and human rights within University mission Over 110 different nationalities study at Roehampton

3 Department of Social Science Programmes in Sociology, Criminology and Human Rights HEFCE centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning in Human Rights from 2005 – % of sociology submissions in 2007 RAE of national or international standing; 30% "world-leading" or "internationally excellent A Human Rights Centre Crucible: sociology of human rights, Balkan Area Studies, conflict and genocide, consultancy work i.e.Amnesty International and the Scottish Human Rights Commission; research and expert consultancy on so-called honour killings, disability and hate crime, prisons, drugs Migration and multiculturalism research group (Cronem) working on an EU migration, diaspora

4 European Projects in the DoSS Tawasol Tempus Project in Service Learning and Civic Engagement in Jordan and Lebanon 2010 – 2013 Tempus Project Human Rights at the Heart of Higher Education in the Western Balkans Eramus Mundus Post-Graduate Degree in Human Rights Practice (in collaboration with Universities in Sweden and Norway) Migrapass project - two year project funded by the European Union's Leonardo da Vinci Lifelong Learning programme with partners from Austria, Britain, Bulgaria, France and Spain

5 Why Tempus? Knowledge transfer in specialist subject areas (human rights and service/community-based learning) Developing research opportunities in complementary areas Platform for further collaborations with overseas universities Student enrichment through exchanges Staff development through exchange and collaboration

6 Criteria for Success Strategic direction Collaboration and exchange Research strategy Integrated departmental support Infrastructure support i.e. RBDO

7 Tempus Programme 1: Tawasol EACEA Tempus Project : Developing Service Learning and Civic Engagement in Jordan and Lebanon Five Partner Universities in Jordan and Lebanon – Hashemite University, Jordan – Zarqa University, Jordan – Al Al-bayt University, Jordan – American University of Beirut, Lebanon – University of Balamand Four EU Universities – National University of Ireland, Galway – University of Gothenburg, Sweden – Plovdiv University, Bulgaria Established January 2010 Total value: Euro 800,000 Co-led by Dr Michele Lamb and Dr Randa Mahasneh (Hashemite University, Jordan)


9 Tawasol Project Aims The creation of cross-curricula service-learning and civic engagement centres at universities in Jordan and Lebanon providing undergraduates and postgraduates, in identified disciplines, opportunities to: apply their knowledge in the community develop their employability enable them to reflect on their understanding of their chosen discipline encourage community engagement through volunteering focus on the solving of real problems work in teams and develop leadership skills enhance their communication skills

10 Tempus 2: Establishing Human Rights at the Heart of Higher Education The establishment of sustainable multi- disciplinary undergraduate and post graduate programmes and cross-curriculum courses in human rights and citizenship education in 11 universities (3 in Albania, 2 in Kosovo, 2 in Serbia, 2 in Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2 in Montenegro) that meet identified national and regional strategic priorities in higher education teaching and learning in human rights and citizenship in accordance with the European 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth across the EU.

11 Partners University of Krajujevac University of Novi Sad University of Belgrade University of Tirana Marlin Barletti University European University of Tirana University Donja Gorica University of Montenegro University of Zenica University of Sarajevo University of Prishtina University of Roehampton University of Mannheim University of Gothenburg National University of Ireland, Galway

12 Specific Objectives Identified Course content: Human rights and citizenship education comprising both academic and practice orientation Training: Training of administrative and academic staff in delivery as content, practice and pedagogy Students: Recruitment, Inclusivity, employability Management: Effective quality assurance and control systems Intercultural Exchange: Cross-disciplinary collaboration and cross cultural exchange amongst participants Visibility and sustainability: Recognition contribution of human rights education to broader goals in University, nation and region.

13 Key activities Steering Committee and Parallel Administration Training workshops Staff and Student Exchanges Specialist skills transfer to staff and students International dissemination conference in 2014

14 Resources for Partners Travel for staff and student training and exchange Student cameras Human Rights film library Text and book collection PC with film editing software Quantitative and Qualitative survey software Notepad computers for project leaders Database software

15 Key outcomes Successful staff and student training in each year Launch of human rights courses (first cohort of students recruited to begin September 2013) Establishing centres of excellence in human rights education in each country/university Establishing/developing human rights networks (virtual and actual) between partner universities, civil society and human rights NGOs/campaigners Successful staff and student exchanges between all partner countries International dissemination conference

16 Application Process Regional and thematic fit with internal objectives Identifying partners Timescales Teamwork! RBDO and institutional support Online application: Narrative, budget and workpackages Post Application: – Paperwork – Budget changes

17 Choosing and Identifying Partners Due diligence Appropriate expertise Potential contribution of skills Good working relationships Geographical spread Academic and non-academic Public and private Local contacts Local Tempus Offices

18 Responsibility of Lead Co-ordinator Before: – Identify partners – all aspects of application – Formal mandates and liaison with University authorities After: – Steering Committee and working practices – Meeting Objectives – Communication – Justifying changes to original proposal – Leading activities – Liaison with main Tempus Office – Support of local Tempus offices

19 Challenges and Benefits of Tempus Projects University structures Control of Finances Language Changing Personnel cultural differences Opportunities to develop shared agendas Partners for future projects Student enrichment through exchanges

20 Conclusion Tempus and strategic direction Hard and soft opportunities and benefits Application Process Teamwork Staff and Student Professional Development and Opportunities Fun and Dancing!

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