Monday, November 28, 2016

Sanctuary in Parliament - invite your MP!


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


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

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

Friday, April 29, 2016

What can you do to help refugee children in Europe!


Tonight thousands of refugee children will sleep rough on the streets of Europe. 10,000 refugee children have already gone missing in Europe and we are worried that this number will rise unless we take action to support these children and welcome some of them to the UK.

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Posted by STAR team on 29/04/2016 at 01:30 PM

Friday, April 22, 2016

Take Action Today! Tell your MP to vote next Monday on the Immigration Bill


On Monday 25th April, the Immigration Bill will be debated in the House of Commons with key amendments that could make significant improvements to the lives of people seeking refugee protection. Ask your MP to support them!

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Posted by STAR team on 22/04/2016 at 10:30 AM

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Unaccompanied Children in Europe Still Need our Help

The Government have just announced that they will be taking 3,000 more unaccompanied refugee children from camps in the Middle East and Africa by 2020. This news will change the lives of thousands of children and our volunteers are looking forward to working with our partner organisations to offer them a warm welcome to their new home. However, we are conscious that this figure will not include any of the children who have already made it to Europe who still need our help.

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Posted by STAR team on 21/04/2016 at 10:52 AM

Monday, April 18, 2016

What it’s like to volunteer with STAR

Annie-Rose Peterman, University of Leeds STAR and National Office

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Posted by STAR team on 18/04/2016 at 11:15 AM

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