Social conscience


MSc Global Governance students have taken part in the Walk for Freedom as an extra-curricular activity.

The Walk for Freedom is a part of a global movement that is raising awareness about human trafficking and modern-day slavery. MSc Global Governance students participated in Newport, alongside 200 walks across 28 countries.

Students decided to take part because they have been encouraged to reflect on different areas of their curriculum and consider causes they wish to support as a cohort. As part of the walk, they were required to wear black and walk in single file with tape over their mouths to represent victims who have no voice.

Some students were greeted by Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths (Gwent Police) and Stephen Chapman (Welsh Government Anti-Slavery Co-ordinator). Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths leads Operation Imperial, which is the largest modern-day slavery inquiry of its kind in the UK. He will deliver a masterclass for MSc Global Governance students in December.

Speaking about how the Walk for Freedom feeds into the MSc Global Governance course, Dr Bela Arora said: “The students have been exploring human trafficking, forced labour and modern-day slavery in class, and were keen to take a stand by highlighting the plight of 27 million voiceless victims of modern-day slavery across the globe.

“The focus on human trafficking in the course curriculum reinforces the University’s commitment to the United Nations Global Compact. The University of South Wales is the first and only higher education institution in Wales to become a signatory of this global sustainable development initiative.”