Friday, February 10, 2017

STAR and Amnesty UK campaign for rights of child refugees! #ReuniteRefugeeFamilies

STAR and Amnesty UK are joining forces for a week of campaign actions calling for family reunion rights for refugee children. Sign the petition!

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Posted by STAR team on 10/02/2017 at 12:56 PM

Monday, January 30, 2017

REFUGEES WELCOME! STAR’s response to the US ban on refugees

This weekend the US President Donald Trump signed an executive order which bans entry from citizens of 7 majority Muslim countries and immediately stopped all refugees from entering the USA.

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Posted by STAR team on 30/01/2017 at 03:00 PM

Friday, December 16, 2016

STAR is recruiting a Communications Officer! Apply now!

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Do you want to use your communications experience, as part of a dynamic and rapidly growing national charity, to make the UK a more welcoming place for refugees? Apply now!

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Posted by STAR team on 16/12/2016 at 11:45 AM

Friday, December 09, 2016

Don’t miss out - apply to uni now!

The UCAS deadline to start an undergraduate degree in September 2017 is fast approaching – it’s the 15th January. If you are seeking asylum or have temporary leave but don’t have access to student finance, applying to universities offering scholarships is how you might be able continue with your education, but you need get it right, which is why we’ve created this handy guide for you.

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Posted by STAR team on 09/12/2016 at 01:07 PM

Monday, November 28, 2016

Sanctuary in Parliament - invite your MP!

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At the end of 2015, 65.3 million – or one out of every 113 people on Earth – were displaced due to war, persecution or violence. That’s 5.8 million more than in 2014. But behind each number and every statistic is an individual’s story of a journey in search of safety.

City of Sanctuary and members of the Sanctuary Alliance, including STAR, are hosting an event in Parliament on the 29th November 2016 where MPs can hear some of these stories from refugees and their supporters from across the UK and find out about our vision of practical action and key policy changes, that will ensure a culture of welcome for all refugees across the UK.

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Posted by STAR team on 28/11/2016 at 02:50 PM

Thursday, August 18, 2016

“I want to inspire people the same way STAR inspired me!”

Want to get involved with STAR? See how our Student Network Coordinator, Maddy, got involved, and why not contact her to find out how you can do the same?

I first heard of STAR when my friend decided to start a group in Exeter. I helped her out from time to time, but mostly because she was a friend – the problem of refugees and asylum seekers seemed distant and vague, and I didn’t really understand how I could make an impact, or even why I should…

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Posted by STAR team on 18/08/2016 at 11:12 AM

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

“Don’t just be angry – do something about it!”

Juliana from Reading STAR talks about the power students have to make change…

In the summer of 2015, when the press provided reports about the refugee crisis at an hourly rate, each more terrible than the last, I became a very angry person. I became angry at the press for demonising innocent people that are fleeing from the horrors of war and terror. I became angry at governments all over the world for turning their backs on to these people, justifying their (non-) actions by saying it was ‘not their problem’. I also became angry at myself for being stuck in the helpless situation of a student, who had no financial or influential means to improve the situation for anyone. Or so I thought…

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Posted by STAR team on 16/08/2016 at 03:10 PM

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Saying Refugees Welcome by volunteering!

This year Refugee Week is celebrating the welcome shown to refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. That’s what STAR is all about and one of the ways we do it is through our many volunteering projects. Each year hundreds of student volunteers get active to help refugees learn English, get to grips with their school work, get cycling, have fun, make friends and much more!

You can find out about one of them from Lesedi, a member of Birmingham University STAR, who set up a great project helping refugee women learn IT skills. Here is what she had to say about it…

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Posted by STAR team on 21/06/2016 at 05:29 PM

Friday, May 20, 2016

Get ready for Refugee Week

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This year Refugee Week is from the 19th-26th of June and there are plenty of ways for you to get involved! This year’s theme is ‘welcome’ and will celebrate the ways that people have been welcoming refugees to the UK in the light of the refugee crisis.

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Posted by STAR team on 20/05/2016 at 11:47 AM

Thursday, May 19, 2016

‘Long Residence’: new eligibility criteria for student support announced

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New regulations have been created which increase access to student loans and home fee status for students in England. This means that some people who were not eligible for student finance and were classed as international students and therefore charged higher ‘overseas’ fees are now eligible to apply for a student loan and will be classified as ‘home’ students.

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Posted by STAR team on 19/05/2016 at 02:59 PM

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