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Date: 5 NOVEMBER 2016

Venue: Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate. Leicester LE1 1WB

Time: 2 – 5 pm (registration from 1.30 pm)


A celebration of Alan Wilkinson’s life will be held tomorrow, Thursday 15 September, at 3 pm in London – see link below for full details.

For those who can’t get to London, please think of Alan or say a prayer next Thursday afternoon. Letters or cards of condolence can be sent to Lynne & family, c/o Carol Glennie, 43a Southborough Rd, London E9 7EF

Alan AI 2008

The Zimbabwe Association is deeply saddened to announce that Alan Wilkinson has died.

Alan was an extraordinary person who co-founded the ZA in 2001 and became chair of the board of Trustees in 2009. He was an activist on many fronts and a friend and mentor to Zimbabweans and non-Zimbabweans alike.

Alan ‘lit the way’ for the ZA, he had a very special capacity to inspire a roomful of people and create an enthusiastic, motivated team. He radiated confidence, and a belief in our own capacities to solve problems. We loved him and will miss him hugely.

Alan’s passing was completely unexpected – he died suddenly and peacefully in his sleep on 24 August after attending a friend’s wedding in the north of England. [The coroner has announced that he died of a heart attack.] We await news of the funeral arrangements.

Alan had a sister in Australia, Lynne.  Messages may be sent to his executor Esma O’Neill

(Photo by Pete le May: Alan at ZA Spring Event, Amnesty International, 2008)


FutureLearn and The Open University offer MOOC credits –  learners will now be able to use its massive open online courses (MOOCs) to earn academic course credits towards degrees and an MBA, professional qualifications and formal CPD accreditation.

Learners will be able to take part in programmes for free, trying out the course experience and checking its suitability for them before making the decision to pay for a Certificate of Achievement or the final assessment.

The OU Business School are offering two suites of courses that, when completed, can be used for 15 credits towards the MBA or 30 credits towards the BA in Business Studies.

Find out more:

Right to Remain has just launched a new updated Toolkit which helps to understand the immigration and asylum system in UK, see link

From 18 March 2016  fees will rise by up to 25% for applications for settlement, residence and nationality, see link

The Babbage ruling may affect those without current Zimbabwean passports who are not willing to return voluntarily to Zimbabwe. If you think it affects you, speak to your legal representative.

There is a detailed note about the case together with the judgment and transcripts of the hearing on the Bhatt Murphy website:


Poster ZA association resised



NHS England  guidance on GP registration  states

‘Inability by a patient to provide identification or proof of address would not be considered reasonable grounds to refuse to register a patient’.

For more details see the Doctors of the World blog or read the new NHS England guidelines