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EU REFERENDUM – Message from the President

The UK voted to leave the European Union this morning with a very narrow majority. Following the outcome of the EU referendum, Richmond, The American University in London’s primary concern is to continue welcoming students from all over the world and provide support for the successful completion of their studies.

The UK’s exit from the EU will be a gradual process within which each treaty and agreement will be reviewed. The impact of the EU Referendum will emerge over the coming weeks, months and years. If it is your intention to join us at Richmond in 2016, whatever country you are from, we will welcome you. Our 2016/17 fees will not change and there will be no immediate impact on the immigration or funding status of current EU students.   We are aware that news of the referendum may cause anxiety for many people considering or currently studying and working at Richmond.  Please be assured that we are doing our best to understand the issues and reduce the impact where possible.

Professor John Annette
President (Vice Chancellor)

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Student Government President Launches New Charity Pledge

Richmond’s Student Government President Damien Ashton-Wellman has launched the University’s official Raising and Giving (RAG) pledge after signing an MOU with their first partner.

The campaign will see the Richmond Student Government and their staff advisors pick a charity or non-governmental organization (NGO) each year for which the University will focus its various student fundraising activities on throughout the following Fall and Spring semesters.

Working with the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Associate Dean for Student Leadership, the Student Government will co-ordinate and keep track of all charitable activities by various student organizations at Richmond throughout the year. They will then donate the grand total in a cheque giving ceremony each May.

It will be one of the biggest co-ordinated charitable drives in the University’s history and will include existing events such as International Night and Student Government Parties but also encourage the various student Clubs & Societies, Residence Life teams and individual students to get involved in fundraising.

The first official RAG partner for the 2016-2017 academic year will be Professors Without Borders, an NGO that the Student Governemnt have already worked with during the Spring 2016 semester. It was co-founded by Richmond alumnus Tessy De Nassau and former Adjunct Professor of International Relations Dr Caroline Varin to develop educational opportunities and reverse the brain drain in emerging countries.

The MOU was co-signed by Vice President of Student Affairs Allison Cole-Stutz and Associate Dean for Research Dr Martin Brown representing Richmond along with Tessy De Nassau and Majeks Walker on behalf of Professors Without Borders.

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Brexit debate: Britain at the crossroads

The Brexit debate organized by the Wellbeing Research Cluster on June 15th was attended by a large group of students, alumni, staff and faculty. The four faculty involved, all from Richmond Business School, pressed on with their arguments for and against Brexit.

 Professor Wilkinson argued that the threat of international terrorism posed the greatest threat if Britain votes to Remain. Dr Cohen emphasized, amongst other things, the trade and social consequences associated with a vote to Leave. Professor Ramos, on the other hand, was more interested in the institutional and legal aspects and argued passionately for a vote to Remain. Dr Dabir-Alai made the point that Remain camp were using a strategy of fear to convince the electorate to vote as they want them to. He argued that risk and uncertainty are a necessary part of modern life and the vote to Leave should not concern itself with these issues.

 Professor Spangenberg held the warring sides well apart through a skillful combination of tact and wisdom.

 As the session ended the participants revealed their real, as opposed to adopted, positions with some members of the audience claiming that they knew all along. The panelists beg to differ!

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Student Government Raises £885 For Alumni NGO

The Richmond Student Government has raised £885 for non-governmental organization Professors Without Borders from the proceeds of its Spring End of Term Party. The event held at Bodo’s Schloss nightclub in Kensington on the 4 May saw over 130 students and alumni come together to celebrate the end of the academic year and give to the cause.

Student Government President Damien Ashton-Wellman stated “I think it’s important to not only give back to our amazing alumni, but also to do our part in providing outreach to those that have not had the same opportunities as us. Education is a right for those that are academically gifted and not just a privilege for those with money, that’s something I think that’s Richmond is very committed to.”

The Non-Profit was co-founded by Richmond alumnus Tessy De Nassau, who graduated in 2014 with a BA in International Relations and former Adjunct Professor of International Relations Dr Caroline Varin to develop educational opportunities and reverse the brain drain in emerging countries.

This year, Professors Without Borders are sending seven academics to Bo and Freetown, in Sierra Leone, where they will teach 125 students over two weeks. All classes are free to the students while the teachers volunteer their time and knowledge. The funds raised by the Richmond Student Government will go directly towards supporting this initiative on the ground.

More information on Professors Without Borders and the work they do can be found here.professors without borders

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Richmond welcomes visiting professorial fellows

June 12 the first cohort of Visiting Richmond Fellows arrived on campus for the start of their two week residency fellowships. Sponsored by AIFS and Richmond the American International University in London the Fellows are in London to conduct research for upcoming UK-based projects which were shortlisted from a large number of partner university applications. Next week the fellows will be presenting, alongside Richmond faculty, at a symposium that is open to the academic community here at large and which is intended to initiate collaborative projects with Richmond colleagues (the conference programme can be found here). It is hoped that this fellowship will be an annual event which AIFS and Richmond can continue to sponsor for their international partners.


Richmond pedagogies workshop with the New College of Humanities (NCH)

On the 8th of June, 2016 the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT) at Richmond, the American International University in London (RAIUL) held a joint 1-day pedagogies workshop with the New College of Humanities (NCH), at Bedford Square in central London. The workshop was organised by Dr Joanne Paul (NCH) and Professor Michael Keating (RAIUL). Covering a range of social sciences and humanities subject areas, the three workshop panels covered innovative assessment methods, best practices in teaching, and embedding interdisciplinarity into the curriculum. Richmond faculty presenting included Dr Eunice Goes, Mr Neil Mackie, Dr Deborah Schultz, Dr Martin Brown, Dr Irina Iordacescu, and Professor Michael Keating. There was also an interesting and productive roundtable on teaching and learning with regard to international students, chaired by Robert Wallis, Associate Dean of Postgraduate Studies at RAIUL. The atmosphere was highly positive, and for many of the participants it was their first pedagogies workshop they had attended which was not internal to their institution. RAIUL looks forward to further collaboration with NCH in regard to teaching and learning.

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Richard McCarthy – Richmond Alumnus – receives an Honorary Degree in International Management at the Graduation ceremony on 25th May 2016

26805857243_0d6f5f5683_kRichard McCarthy is the Executive Director of Slow Food USA. He embodies the phrase “think globally; act locally”. After Hurricane Katrina, Richard played a key role in restarting the local agricultural economy in the New Orleans area and was named a “Hero of the New South” in 2012 by Southern Living Magazine. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Richmond, The American International University in London.

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Richmond University offers two new MA’s: Chinese and English…Language Teaching and Management

Language education is at the heart of the two new MA’s: MA in Language Education Leadership and Management (Chinese and English pathways) and MA in Applied Linguistics: Language Teaching (Chinese and English pathways).

Richmond, the American International University in London offers a unique opportunity to study language teaching and language education management, both Chinese and English, at Richmond’s London Kensington campus beginning Fall 2016.