What is STAR?

STAR is a national charity of 34,000 students welcoming refugees to the UK. Together we:

  • Volunteer at local refugee projects
  • Campaign to improve the lives of refugees
  • Educate people about refugees and asylum

STAR is made up of 50 groups at universities and colleges across the UK and a national team which co-ordinates and supports the groups. STAR groups are students’ union societies which are affiliated to the charity. The charity is governed by STAR’s Board of Trustees, elected annually by the students themselves.

Check out this video of Shrouk El Attar, Cardiff STAR and STAR trustee, to find out what STAR is all about!


University students have the skills to help a refugee rebuild their life in the UK. STAR works with over 45 refugee charities at 90 projects providing much needed assistance, including:

  • English Conversation Clubs where communication between refugees and students is fun, friendly and leads to real independence
  • Drop ins where food and friendship are shared in equal measure
  • Homework Clubs where those undergraduate study skills are passed on to young refugees working their way through school


Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders and STAR students campaign for a future where Britain provides a truly safe haven for people fleeing persecution. We focus on a few important topics so that our message is heard clearly. Our current campaigns are:

Equal Access to Higher Education: This is our campaign to improve access to university for asylum seekers. We want people who are in the UK fleeing persecution to be able to join us at university. This will only happen if they are classed as home students and are given access to bursaries and scholarships open to other vulnerable people.

Safe Routes Save Lives: The world is facing the biggest refugee crisis since WWII. Thousands of people have drowned in the Mediterranean while trying to reach safety in Europe. We want the UK to ensure there are routes to safety for refugees, and to save lives by: Allowing refugees to safely and legally join family members in the UK; providing sanctuary to our fair share of refugees arriving in Europe; significantly increasing the number of resettlement places available to refugees; helping ensure there are adequate search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.


Students go to university to learn, so it’s a great place to find out the truth about refugees and asylum in the UK. We organise talks, films, exhibitions, plays and a whole host of other educational activities on and off campus so that students are well informed about why people flee, what happens when they arrive in the UK and what they can do to make people feel welcome.


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