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Life in the UK Test Web

I have been asked to share the following links, which may be of interest to some readers of the Multiculturalism Forum. They relate to Life in the UK Test Web, an online service created to help candidates practise for the UK citizenship test on Life in the UK. 

Please note that these links take you to an external web presence not associated in any way with the Multiculturalism Forum. 

Life in the UK Test Web:

YouTube videos from Life in the UK Test Web:


Venice Academy of Human Rights

Some users of the Multiculturalism Forum may be interested in this event organised by the Venice Academy of Human Rights: 

Venice Academy of Human Rights 2015 - “(Dis)Integration through Human Rights: Citizens, Courts, Communities”

The Venice Academy of Human Rights will take place from 6-15 July 2015.

The theme of this year’s academy is ‘(Dis)Integration through Human Rights: Citizens, Courts, Communities’.

Online applications are accepted until 15 May 2015.

Faculty of the Venice Academy 2015

Distinguished Opening Lecture
Albie Sachs, Former Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa

General Course
Will Kymlicka, Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy, Queen’s University

Armin v. Bogdandy, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg

Andreas Føllesdal, Professor of Political Philosophy at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights and Director of the Norwegian Centre of Excellence PluriCourts for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, University of Oslo

Marc Weller, Professor of International Law and International Constitutional Studies and Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge

Marlene Wind, EURECO Professor and Director of the Centre for European Politics, University of Copenhagen

You can view the detailed programme here.

Key Facts
Participants: Academics, practitioners, PhD/JSD and master students
Type of courses: Lectures, seminars, workshops and discussion sessions
Number of hours: up to 35 hours of courses
Location: Monastery of San Nicolò, Venice - Lido, Italy
Fees: 600 EUR

Venice Academy of Human Rights
The Venice Academy of Human Rights is an international programme of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. It forms part of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC).
The Academy offers interdisciplinary thematic programmes open to academics, practitioners, doctoral and master students with an advanced knowledge of human rights. Participants attend morning lectures, participate in discussion sessions and workshops and can exchange views, ideas and arguments with leading international scholars and experts. This includes the opportunity for a number of participants to present and discuss their own “work in progress” such as drafts of articles, chapters of books or doctoral theses and receive comments from faculty members and peers.
At the end of the programme, participants receive a Certificate of Attendance issued by the Venice Academy of Human Rights. 


Launch of the UK Institute for Migration Research

Migrant Help and Canterbury Christ Church University are celebrating the launch of the UK Institute for Migration Research (UK-IMR). Following the signing ceremony at the Migrant Help head office in Dover on 12 March 2015, a national launch ceremony is due to take place at the Museum of the London Docklands on 21 April 2015, and the University will host an open launch event on 8 May 2015.

The UK-IMR is an extremely valuable initiative to connect education, research, and professional practice. Its mission is to bring together the professional knowledge and first-hand information of Migrant Help with the scholarly work and analytic skill of Canterbury Christ Church University. This synergy between academic and practitioner work will help create high-quality applied research and evidence-based practice.

Migration is one of the most hotly contested issues of our time. At the UK-IMR, we want our research to inform this important public debate by sharing our evidence based ideas and by encouraging further questions.
(Dr Joe Costanzo, Director of the UK Institute for Migration Research)

It is one of the explicit aims of the Institute to contribute to a more informed debate about migration in the political sphere. Significant work is also planned on local governance, asylum, and human trafficking. In the longer term, the work of the Institute is set to engage with crucial questions such as: 

  • Where do migrants from the UK come from and how has that changed over time? 
  • Why do different migrant populations come to the UK?
  • What do we know about the role played by migration in the UK economy? 
  • How are Britain’s education, health and social service systems affected by migration?
  • How well does British public opinion line up with the facts about migration?

One of the first priorities in the work of the Institute will be to contribute some first-hand facts about asylum to the political debate in the run-up to the general election on 7 May 2015.

For more information: 

Press release from Canterbury Christ Church University:

Home page of the UK Institute for Migration Research:


Dealing with cultural diversity: Workshop in Tilburg, The Netherlands

Visitors of the Multiculturalism Forum may be interested in this workshop, aimed at students:


“Terms like intercultural communication skills and global competencies will become increasingly important. Modern technology has made it very easy to communicate with persons who are physically far away from us. Our course deals with this diversity from two perspectives. First, we give an overview of the most influential models of cross-cultural differences and intercultural communication. Second, we strongly believe in “learning by doing” when it comes to dealing with people from other cultures. Therefore, we use cross-cultural negotiation sessions during the course; students play an international negotiation game and get feedback on their performance. Students will also conduct an interview an immigrant in the Netherlands to give a good impression of the opportunities and challenges of being an immigrant. 
More information on the summer school as a whole can be found on this website: (information is being updated). Interested students can contact the course coordinators course ( /”



Eastern European migrant pupils in English schools

Visitors to this site may be interested in the following event taking place at King’s College London on 11 December 2014:

Chaired by Professor Louise Archer and featuring a presentation by Dr. Antonina Tereshchenko, the event will centre on the new report “New migration, new challenges: Eastern European migrant pupils in English schools”. Attendance is free, but registration is required via the link above.