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Social Justice

Social Justice

We are committed to social justice in all that we do. We are dedicated to working together to create a fairer and more just society.

Creating a fairer and more just society

To us, social justice is about the distribution of society's benefits and burdens and addressing the unfair outcomes that result from the coming together of social inequalities and institutions. 

In the year that Newcastle has been named a University of Sanctuary and so many more people in our community have faced social exclusion due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we felt it was important to dedicate this year’s event to promoting social justice and encouraging our alumni to take action against all forms of social injustice. 

Event themes

The 2021 Alumni Day of Action events programme will explore four key areas of social justice, with a week of activities and digital resources available to learn more about each theme: 

How the university is tackling the issue

Newcastle University is dedicated to working together to create a fairer and more just society, undertaking research and activities to promote social justice at a local, national and global level. 

Current projects to advance social justice include an international exhibit conveying the history of African Americans in Pittsburgh, research into the marginalisation of women in farming and a network helping children, young people and families benefit from mental health research. 

Our Social Justice Advisory Group steers the University’s strategy in addressing social justice issues. Membership of the Advisory Group includes representatives from the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector as well as academic and professional services staff and students.  

Sanctuary Scholarships enable students from asylum-seeker and refugee backgrounds to access higher education, and the Social Justice Fund supports academic research and activities to promote social justice.

Our commitment to social justice has significant financial backing too. Sanctuary Scholarships enable students from asylum-seeker and refugee backgrounds to access higher education, and the Social Justice Fund supports academic research and activities to promote social justice. For example, awards have been granted to Scotswood Garden to create a Forest School to address children and young people's mental health and Disability North to develop a network for disabled people and personal assistants. 

How you can help

Get involved in our volunteering and fundraising activities: