De Montfort University in the United Kingdom, aims to build a scholarly community committed to the public good and underpinned by an ability to challenge convention and create impact. The university has created a network of 100 like-minded universities across the globe to share research, information and good practice with the aim of promoting peace, justice and strong institutions in line with Sustainable Development Goal 16.

The university has created a support program for refugees and asylum seekers arriving in the United Kingdom, offering a wide range of services. This initiative is reinforced by DMU’s refugee outreach programme that includes student volunteer work in various European capitals.

The institution also has a research and support program to fight the scourge of modern slavery that blights the lives of millions. DMU conducts pioneering research and formed the Leicester and Leicestershire Modern Slavery Action Group to help combat the problem. The university has also teamed up with the national British charity Unseen to promote its hotline for victims of modern slavery to come forward to stop their exploitation.

The university has various initiatives at the local level to foster youth participation in the electoral process, particularly among youth in marginalized communities. A Democracy Café has been established to listen to students, give them a voice and engage them in the political process.

DMU also offers courses and programs related to global human rights issues and faculty members have participated in research projects on immigration law and linguistic minorities, among other areas of research. Moreover, the institution offers an LLM in International Human Rights Law, to explore the birth of international human rights thinking and the struggle to balance competing rights while examining international human rights legal systems.

The university also hosts the Criminal Justice Research Group, which includes staff with nationally recognized expertise in probation, policing, applied criminology and community and criminal justice. It also works with partners across the city of Leicester on two major projects to combat the growing problem of knife crime. The Institute for Research in Criminology, Community, Education and Social Justice works to increase professionalism and accountability across all criminal justice agencies nationally and internationally.

Finally, the Mary Seacole Research Centre undertakes various initiatives and projects to challenge anti-Semitism and Islamophobia while promoting the integration of minority communities in British society. The work is based on the idea that social interaction at the personal and community level help to build tolerance and understanding and advance peace by combating xenophobia and bigotry. 

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