Monday, November 11, 2019

STAR and City of Sanctuary lead pledges from UK Universities to improve access for refugee students

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Student Action for Refugees and City of Sanctuary are calling on higher education institutions and refugee education organisations to pledge towards the UNHCR goal of 15% of refugees in higher education by 2030

The pledge was unveiled on the 26th November on World Access to Higher Education Day. The pledge commits organisations and universities to continue and expand their work on access to higher education for people seeking refugee protection. In the UK over 70 universities offer some form of bursary or scholarship to help refugee and asylum seeking students access higher education.

The pledge has been signed by UK universities and institutions and will be announced at the Global Refugee Forum in December. The Forum has been set up to monitor the commitments signed by states in the 2018 Global Compact for Refugees and is also highlighting commitments made by civil society.

Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex, said:

“We are proud to stand with organisations around the world who share the values we have cherished since our founding. We were the first British university to offer scholarships to victims of apartheid through our Mandela Scholarships, and these continue to this day. By signing this pledge, we are reaffirming our commitment to providing an education lifeline for oppressed people across the globe.”

Other signatories include: Birkbeck College of the University of London, the University of Bradford, Cardiff Metropolitan University, De Montfort University, the University of Exeter,the University of Hull, the University of Lincoln, the University of Leicester, the University of Liverpool, Kingston University, the University of Manchester, the University of Warwick, the University of Winchester, York St John University and the University of York.

“We’ve been campaigning for improved access to university for refugees and people seeking asylum for over 10 years. Thanks to the commitment of these institutions we are seeing our dream of a society where refugees have equal access to education become reality! We see first-hand how life changing being able to go to university can be on an individual level, but we also know that everyone benefits if you give people the opportunity to be part of society and contribute” – STAR’s CEO Emily Crowley

STAR representatives will be going to the forum’s fringe events with the European Students Union to promote access to higher education for refugee students and put the power of students to create equal access on an international stage!

Posted by STAR team on 11/11/2019 at 02:59 PM