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In Defence of LearningThe Plight, Persecution, and Placement of Academic Refugees, 1933-1980s$
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Shula Marks, Paul Weindling, and Laura Wintour

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264812

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264812.001.0001

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Refugee Academics from Chile: WUS‐SPSL Collaboration

Refugee Academics from Chile: WUS‐SPSL Collaboration

(p.280) (p.281) 17 Refugee Academics from Chile: WUS‐SPSL Collaboration
In Defence of Learning

Alan Phillips

British Academy

This chapter describes the author's contacts with the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning (SPSL) in the 1970s when, as the Secretary of the World University of Students (WUS), he worked closely with Esther Simpson and the SPSL in finding support in the universities for the refugees from Pinochet's Chile. Scholarship and bursary programmes were established for Chilean academics and students, which had many direct and indirect benefits for Chilean and later other refugees coming to the United Kingdom. The relationship that had begun between WUS and SPSL through the links with Esther Simpson and Lord Ashby, then Chairman of SPSL and also Vice-President of WUS, was strengthened through the collaborative work undertaken by the two organizations. Mutual trust and community of purpose led in due course to a compact between the SPSL and WUS, which assured the continuation of the SPSL as an independent body.

Keywords:   SPSL, Pinochet, World University of Students, Esther Simpson, Chilean scholars, Chile

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