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Silver Jubilee Development Award winner 2022 Keira McNulty

Keira McNulty

Keira was born in Carmarthen and studied at Cardiff University where she obtained a first-class degree in English Literature and Philosophy in 2019 followed by a master’s degree in International Relations in which she obtained a distinction. Her degree dissertation “Remaking Home: Refugee and Asylum Seekers’ Reconstruction of Home in Wales, the Role of (Inter)national Law and Policy, and Community Organisations in Cardiff.” was ranked as being in the top 1% of papers submitted and a work worthy of publication.

Keira is currently working for Home4U, a small charity assisting asylum seekers who face destitution in Cardiff. She hopes to travel abroad - possibly to Uganda where there are large numbers of displaced people from neighbouring countries. Her longer-term ambitions include working for an International Organisation like the UNHCR or the International Organisation for Migration, for 5 or 6 years, before returning to work permanently in Wales.

Kiera will be using part of the Award monies to attend a five-day course on Human Rights Protection run by The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. She will use the remaining funds to undertake a TEFL course and carry out a photography project which can be used to publicise the difficulties facing asylum seekers who have come to Wales in establishing their lives and developing a new home here.