New MSc recognises crucial role of third sector in human rights

24 February 2011

New MSc recognises crucial role of third sector in human rights

Principal and Vice Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies has launched the first work-based Masters in Citizenship and Human Rights, which the university has created in partnership with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

Professor Gillies officially launched the MSc at the Gathering, Scotland’s voluntary sector fair, alongside SCVO’s Convener Alison Elliot.

Designed for professionals and volunteers working in the third sector who are keen to promote principles of human rights such as participative democracy, accountability and social responsibility, the MSc is endorsed by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Professor Gillies said: “The university is delighted to forge this unique partnership with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. Working together, we will drive forward our joint commitment to education and training, which underpins the promotion of a strong civil society championing equality of opportunity.”

Ms Elliot added: “The celebration of diversity and difference are fundamentally important to people working in the third sector. It’s incredibly important to harness this passion and combine it with academic learning.  It will benefit staff and volunteers but, more importantly, make us better prepared to serve marginalised people in Scotland.”

The Masters allows staff and volunteers to continue in their day jobs while studying.

Kaliani Lyle, Scotland Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: “Human rights are based on core principles like dignity, fairness, equality, respect and autonomy.  They are relevant to our day-to-day lives and protect our freedom, helping us to ensure that service provision is fair and appropriate – whether we are users or providers of those services.  

"Promoting professional development in this area can only better serve the public in the long run, and in particular those whose human rights are most encroached upon.”

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