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    The Bank of Ideas
    17 High Street
    Isle of Bute
    PA20 9PS

POSTPONED: At Risk Academic Refugee: a portrait

Discussion Forum

In light of the Scottish and UK Governments’ advice around COVID-19, we have taken the decision to cancel or postpone all the events we had planned up to the end of June.

The UNESCO conference, which this event was due to be part of, has been postponed until later in the year. Details to be announced in due course.



“When I reached the border, I read the welcome banner on the road stating:
Welcome to Scotland, the land of the brave. I said to myself: I am one of them, let’s go.
– Debora Kayembe, Lawyer, Linguist and Human Rights Campaigner.

In 2016, the Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) launched its At Risk Academic Refugees (ARAR) initiative to recognise talented young professionals from Scotland’s refugee and displaced migrant communities. This initiative provided encouragement to outstanding members of the refugee and displaced migrant communities to apply to YAS and provided them with support with their applications, and YAS is today proud to include seven ARAR members in its cohort.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh commissioned Glasgow-based portrait painter I.D Campbell to produce portraits of five YAS ARAR members, to celebrate their involvement with the RSE and to raise their profiles.

This talk will offer an in-depth discussion that aims to raise awareness of Scotland’s refugee and displaced migrant communities, how these individuals have established themselves as ‘New Scots’, and how they are now contributing to the future prosperity of Scotland.


Francis Hutcheson Professor of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow


Glasgow-based portrait painter and an Affiliate Artist of the UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and Arts at the University of Glasgow. His work focuses on bold portraits, exploring life to the face of adversity.

Leading Human Right lawyer and linguist. She was activist and politically involved in D.R Congo. She is a former refugee and works as a Lawyer – Linguist for various International Organisations. Debora served for 3 years at the Scottish refugee Council.