University of Galway is proud to be a member of the Scholars at Risk network

About Scholars at Risk: Protection, Advocacy, Learning

Scholars at Risk is an international network of institutions and individuals whose mission it is to protect scholars and promote academic freedom. Through the SAR network, scholars suffering grave threats to their lives, liberty and well-being are afforded temporary research and teaching positions at institutions in the network, until such time as they are in a position to return to their home countries. SAR provides sanctuary and assistance to more than 300 threatened scholars worldwide, every year. Scholars at Risk has established several initiatives to identify, document and take action in response to attacks on scholars, students and their higher education communities. Additionally, SAR convenes faculty, students and higher education community members to discuss global and regional academic freedom climates and to develop solutions that strengthen the university space.

Find out more about the work of SAR here.


SAR Ireland

SAR-Ireland formed as a partnership between Universities Ireland and the Scholars at Risk Network in September 2009. This partnership provides support to threatened academics around the world, including by arranging temporary placements in Ireland to allow them to safely continue their work.

Member institutions of the Section include: Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, University of Galway, Maynooth University, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Ulster, University of Limerick, University College Cork, and Dublin City University.

SAR Europe, hosted at Maynooth University, is the European office of the global Scholars at Risk network. The European office supports and coordinates the activities of Scholars at Risk national sections and partner networks across Europe to strengthen our collective voice at the European level and contribute to informed policymaking for the greater protection of scholars and increased respect for academic freedom worldwide.

Further Information

The current NUI Galway representatives on the SAR-Ireland committee are Dr Edel Hughes and Dr Anita Ferrara.

Find out more about SAR-Ireland here
Find out more about SAR Europe here