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“We all have a really good professional skillset - so let’s use it for the general good,” says David, who volunteered with colleagues to help a charity that helped his family through tough times.

“We all have a really good professional skillset - so let’s use it for the general good,” says David, who volunteered with colleagues to help a charity that helped his family through tough times. Read the full article
“We all have a really good professional skillset - so let’s use it for the general good,” says David, who volunteered with colleagues to help a charity that helped his family through tough times.
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Pakistani human rights lawyer ‘made in’ Newcastle

Hadi Ali, Founder and Partner at Fair Trial Defenders Legal Aid Cell – the only free legal support organisation in Multan, Pakistan – received his life-changing education at INTO Newcastle and Newcastle University. Hadi (pictured second from left), who was brought up on a farm in Pakistan, was just 20 when he came to Newcastle six years ago. Although he had obtained A-levels in Physics, Chemistry and Biology in his home country, he lacked the subjects that would enable him to fulfil his aim of studying Law at Newcastle University. He enrolled at INTO Newcastle and has never looked back. “INTO helped me survive and evolve accordingly to a country, culture and lifestyle I had never experienced before. I owe… Read the full article
Hadi Ali, Founder and Partner at Fair Trial Defenders Legal Aid Cell – the only free legal support organisation in Multan, Pakistan – received his life-changing education at INTO Newcastle and Newcastle University.

Hadi (pictured second from left), who was brought up on a farm in Pakistan, was just 20 when he came to Newcastle six years ago. Although he had obtained A-levels in Physics, Chemistry and Biology in his home country, he lacked the subjects that would enable him to fulfil his aim of studying Law at Newcastle University.

He enrolled at INTO Newcastle and has never looked back. “INTO helped me survive and evolve accordingly to a country, culture and lifestyle I had never experienced before. I owe my smooth transition to INTO Newcastle – everyone worked as a team and treated us (the international students) like one big family,” he says.

After finishing his International Foundation in Humanities and Social Sciences at INTO Newcastle, Hadi moved on to Newcastle University to study Law LLB Honours. Throughout his degree programme, he was exposed to pro bono initiatives, giving him the chance to develop key skills such as teamwork, leadership, legal research and public speaking, while contributing to the local community.

When he finished Law school, Hadi returned to Pakistan and joined AGHS Legal Aid Cell where he worked under one of the most celebrated and successful Human Rights lawyer of his generation, Asma Jahangir. After gaining experience of cases involving people in real need who do not have the means to hire a lawyer, Hadi decided to return to his hometown (Multan) and start his own law firm: The Fair Trial Defenders (FTD) Legal Aid Cell.

FTD Legal Aid Cell aims to represent anyone who cannot afford legal representation, or has trouble engaging legal counsel due to the controversial nature of their case. He works on everything from child custody, inheritance and property issues to those of public significance, and with clients who may have been subjected to human rights violations. The FTD Legal Aid Cell is self-funded and is now in need of external funding to expand its services and broaden its remit.

Hadi said, “We take up cases which no one else would take. For some in this city we are their only hope. Human rights litigation and advocacy is not for the weak-hearted, especially if you are in a country like Pakistan. We have hit rock bottom at times, but whenever you are standing up against an unjust system, challenging the status quo, or simply fighting for the underdog; a little victory pushes you, enables you to face off more battles.”

Hadi is now the Vice Chairman of the Human Rights Committee Punjab Bar Council. He shared with us a case that made the country notice his firm.

Asma, a primary school teacher, was 22 when she fell during a class and died. The school owner tried to claimed that her death was natural. However, Hadi’s firm received reports from inside the school about the owner’s dubious character and decided to investigate the matter. It turned out that the owner was a candidate for the parliament’s election and a sponsor to the government.

“What our investigation revealed was shocking. Although Asma fell down on her own, she was subsequently left without any medical help despite a critical head injury. Hospital records showed that she was brought there 40 minutes after her fall despite the fact that the hospital was just three minutes from the school.

“We found that the school did not have any medical procedure in case of an accident. Our investigation ended up opening a Pandora box of the school’s illegal activities, such as tax evasion and underpaid staff – Asma, and other staff, were paid 9,000 rupees per month, which was equal to 40 pounds a month!”

Hadi also mentioned that his firm received offers of large sums of money in return for withdrawing the case. However, his firm is still standing strong, not only for Asma but also in the hope of getting a court order to enforce minimum safety and medical procedures for every school in the country.

Due to the nature of his cases, Hadi is regularly invited to talk about societal issues such as violence against women, state’s censorship of the media, anti-terrorism laws and so on by the media, including BBC Urdu, IBC Urdu and Rohi TV.

Speaking of impact, Hadi recalled the influence his teachers at INTO Newcastle had had over his life: “My teachers helped polish my academic as well as interpersonal skills, and even after graduating from INTO, I still went to my teachers to be mentored by them. I definitely would not have had much success today if it wasn’t for the supportive teachers and staff there.”

His teacher, Sarah Redgate said: “During his time at INTO, Hadi was a very active and enthusiastic student. I am not surprised he has gone on to be so successful in his career. Well done, Hadi!”

Hadi now teaches A-levels Law at his old school, Beacon House School System and Human Rights Law to 2nd year Undergraduate students at the University College London’s External Centre (Law School).

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Apps to support students at two INTO centres

Students at the University of Stirling and INTO City, University of London have been given a head-start and a heads-up on what is available to them thanks to two apps developed by those who will be teaching and supporting them throughout their studies. Stirling Essentials Stirling Essentials - an online module to assist new students to transition into study at Stirling is now live. It is available to all new students before they arrive at Stirling, and to existing students via a link on the virtual learning platform Canvas, which can be accessed as required. The module offers a quick guide to approaches to learning; academic skills; information on how things work at Stirling and where to find support. In addition, it is a single gateway to i… Read the full article
Students at the University of Stirling and INTO City, University of London have been given a head-start and a heads-up on what is available to them thanks to two apps developed by those who will be teaching and supporting them throughout their studies.

Stirling Essentials

Stirling Essentials - an online module to assist new students to transition into study at Stirling is now live. It is available to all new students before they arrive at Stirling, and to existing students via a link on the virtual learning platform Canvas, which can be accessed as required.

The module offers a quick guide to approaches to learning; academic skills; information on how things work at Stirling and where to find support. In addition, it is a single gateway to in-depth existing resources and support from services which can be difficult to find.

Professor Alison Green, Dean for Teaching Quality Enhancement, said: “I would encourage all academics to review this module and then encourage students to engage with its content. This will help students become more confident and resilient independent learners as they transition to study and throughout their degree.”

This project has been delivered as part of the current Enhancement Theme: Evidence for Enhancement. The content has been produced in a collaboration between colleagues in Student Learning Services; Student Support Services; International Office; Admissions; Information Services; librarians; INTO University of Stirling; Careers & Employability Services and has been brought to life by our e-learning technologists.

It is based on extensive research of best practice in the sector. Alison Green added: “It has been a pleasure to be involved in this module with such a wide range of colleagues who have brought their expertise, energy and student focus to the project.”

The resource will continue to evolve through student and staff feedback and further development.

INTO City, University of London

INTO City has launched a brand-new personalised student support app. The move shows the centre’s continuing commitment to providing the best possible experience for all students.

The user-friendly app is designed mainly as an informative platform for INTO City University of London students. However, it is available for staff as it is a great tool for providing information before and during the orientation week. If there is information that you forget, you can refer to the app.

The app provides easy access to the following:

  • Induction schedule – information including room numbers
  • Pre- Arrival information – online registration, BRP collection, local amenities
  • Student checklist – Oyster card, health & Safety, social programme, visa & immigration advice etc
  • Useful services- banks, gyms, medical centre, supermarket, shopping
  • Map – live direction to Accommodation, Centre address, University address
  • Term dates
  • Staff information – getting to know the team
  • INTO City YouTube link – useful videos to help you
  • Web view – main web page
  • Quick share – QR code to share the app
  • Course Key- course modules breakdown

To access the INTO City app, visit the Apple Store and type in ‘INTO City’ or search for it on the Android Play store and, again, type in ‘INTO City.’

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