To be at home: identity and belonging in a changing world event

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.” Maya Angelou

This event, on Thursday 25th January from 6pm – 8pm, brings an opportunity to reflect on citizenship and belonging. Falling as it does in Poverty Action Week, the organisers will move beyond bullet points and recommendations to a call for action and solidarity with those in our communities who are homeless, poor and marginalised.

Everyone with an interested is invited.

Outline of event:

18:00 Welcome from the University of Leicester and the Dean of Leicester Cathedral

18:10 Welcome from the Chair and outline of the event

18:15 Summary of research and recommendations from ‘The UK Citizenship Process: Exploring Immigrants’ Experiences’ funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, and conducted by Dr Leah Bassel and her colleagues at the University of Leicester.

18:30 Canon Karen Rooms – the UK citizenship process: the human and spiritual dimensions.

18:45 Revd Pete Hobson, Leicester City of Sanctuary, the citizenship process: experiences of service users.

19:00 Phil Horspool, University of Sanctuary, a call to action

19:15 Q&A with audience and call to action

19:50 Chair’s concluding remarks and thanks – reminder to fill in evaluation forms

20:00 Close

The event is organised in collaboration with Leicester CathedralLeicester Migration NetworkThe Unit for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DICE)School of Media, Communication and SociologyCharity LinkThe Race Equality CentreUniversity of Sanctuary – University of LeicesterCivic LeicesterOne Roof Leicester.


Please register to attend here.


It takes place at:

Rattray Lower Ground Floor Lecture Theatre

University of Leicester

University Road



Posted in