For over a decade the RSC has endeavoured to raise funds for an endowed post in international refugee and human rights law. In February last year, after raising a total of £750,000, the Social Science Division agreed to make up the remaining amount required. The closing date for applications for the Andrew W Mellon University Lecturership in International Human Rights and Refugee Law, named in honour of our first donor, was on 9 January 2013. Interviews are scheduled for 28 February and it is hoped that the new appointee will take up his/her post in October 2013.
Elsewhere, Tom Scott-Smith and Alexandra Molton joined the RSC in January as Teaching Assistant and Communications Assistant respectively. Jennifer Allsopp also joined in January as Research Assistant working on the project In Protracted Limbo. The position is jointly funded by the Department of Social Policy and Intervention and the RSC. We are currently recruiting for an Assistant to the International Summer School and Conferences Manager.
Finally, we are sad to announce that Dr Nando Sigona has departed after almost five years at the RSC for a new position as Birmingham Fellow at the Institute for Research into Superdiversity, School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham, where he will continue his research on statelessness, diasporas and immigration and citizenship regimes in the EU, and on transitions to adulthood of former unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in Europe. Nando will continue to teach on the MSc in Migration Studies at the University of Oxford and will remain engaged in various projects with researchers at the University. We wish him all the best.