When Education Becomes Possible

University Chaplaincy Centre, 1 Bristo Square, Edinburgh,EH8 9AL (MAP LINK)

11:30am-4:00pm Wednesday 25th October 2017

Our event focused on the transformative nature of education. Often paths to education are obstructed through political, social or personal turmoil. We told and heard stories of education being brought within people’s reach and transforming lives, including: scholarships for refugees, tutoring for newly arrived Syrian teenagers, access to arts training for young unemployed, crossing boundaries in health education, finding what you really want to do, taking philosophy to prisons

The full programme is available in the PDF opposite (1.6mb).  It contains details on all 25 presentations held in the main auditorium plus the events, groups and media to be found on the first floor.


‘From “A Light for Aleppo” to “A Light for All”’, Harriet Harris MBE, University Chaplain.

‘A Light for Aleppo Slideshow’, Harriet Harris MBE, University Chaplain.

‘Sanctuary Walk and Humanitarian Assistance Fund’, Alison Newell, Associate Chaplain

Learning and refugee support, Michael Gallagher and James Lamb, UoE Digital Mobile

Wikipediea Ewan McAndrew, open Education Team

 ‘The Polish School of Medicine at The University of Edinburgh 1941-1949- a unique and enduring relationship’,Maria Dlugolecka-Graham MBE.

‘Religious Communities and Migration: A Report from Europe’ Joshua Ralston

‘The Doctor With A Gallon Of Water,Eliane Du

‘Scholarships and support for refugees and displaced persons, and Equal Access campaign’, Chris Yeomans,

 ‘Academic citizenship beyond borders’, Sophia Woodman.

 ‘STREET, Syrian tutoring programme’, Nadine Aktaa, Amer Masri, and others Syrian coordinators Nadine Aktaa, Amer Masri,

‘Project Elpis and Raspberry Pi’ Alexandros Angelopoulos and Sam Kellerhals,

‘Sharing Languages: Edinburgh Students work with refugees in Germany’, Annette Gotzkes

‘Philosophy in Prisons: Critical thinking and Community of Philosophical Inquiry’, Mary Bovill

‘Love and the Pilgrim: reflections on Burne-Jones’ painting, Carol Richardson is Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh

 ‘Spiritual awareness and compassion in healthcare’ Laura Candiotto,

‘Inspiring Live…Changing Lives’ Brian Cameron, Rachel Wignall

SRS works to enable the University to fulfil its ambition to be a socially responsible and sustainable university
Edinburgh Global leads the University of Edinburgh's international strategy and services for staff, students, applicants, visitors and partners
The Citizens, Nations and Migration Network brings together researchers to focus on the interconnections between our three themes.
The Centre for Research in Digital education specialises in open education, children and technology.
We work to make education more accessible and welcoming to asylum seekers and refugees.
The Centre for Open Learning (COL) is where the University reaches out to the wider community through part-time and short courses.
University of the People is a tuition-free online university dedicated to opening the gates to higher education for all individuals.
We are a charity that provides one-to-one, interest-led mentoring for high school students in Edinburgh and the Lothians
Twelve days of storytelling events in Edinburgh and beyond, plus a three day storytelling conference around the themes of the Earth Charter.
Working towards a democratic, dignified and prosperous Sierra Leone, where poverty is eliminated by educated citizens.
We aim to protect, preserve and promote the child’s right to play as a fundamental human right
We work to raise aspirations and educational attainment among prospective students from under-represented groups
We aim to improve global health and make life better through collaborative, interdisciplinary research, education and resource development.
Promoting open education and the adoption of openly licensed educational materials across the University, Scotland, and the world.
The Catholic Chaplaincy serves the students and staff of the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, and Queen Margaret University.


When Education Becomes Possible

Imagine what happens when we are cut off from education through conflict, natural disaster, or disadvantaged circumstances. How does your education begin again, and what difference does it make to individuals and communities, schools and universities? These are the big questions we’re immersing ourselves in through story, life experiences and pictorial exhibits. This event is organised and managed by the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy.

Chaplaincy Details

  •   +44 (0)131 650 2595
  •   1 Bristo Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9AL
  •   chaplaincy@ed.ac.uk.


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