Cara (the Council for At-Risk Academics) was established in 1933 by academics and scientists in the UK who came together to rescue their colleagues in Germany from Nazi persecution. In the years that followed, those who were saved contributed enormously to our academic, scientific and cultural life.

Today, on the verge of our 90th anniversary, we are facing a renewed surge in applications from academics fleeing from new crises – not just in the Middle East, where much of our recent effort has been focussed, but now also in Asia, notably Myanmar and Afghanistan, and most recently in Europe once again, as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Millions have seen their lives uprooted, many thousands have been killed or injured.

Among them, as always, are thousands of academics and scientists. Some have seen their universities physically destroyed or have had to take up arms to defend them and the world they represent. Some have been forced into exile. Others have been directly targeted by repressive regimes or by violent extremists, and threatened with prison, injury or even murder for what they have written, said, or just represent.

The response of UK universities and learned societies, and the people who work in them, has been rapid and generous. But the task facing Cara is huge. So, we ask you to consider supporting our ‘10x20’ campaign, launched at THE’s awards ceremony five years ago, by visiting our website at and pledging just £20 each year – or more if you wish – to support our work in the future. Thank you.


The world-famous sculptor and Cara supporter Sir Antony Gormley recently explained why he supported Cara’s work. Academics are ‘the intellectual DNA of society’, hence why they are often targeted first by tyrants. Cara’s work involved thinking very objectively and practically about who and what would be needed to recover a situation after a conflict. In the meantime, those whom Cara had brought to the UK had, over the years, immensely enriched British society.

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