Friday, February 22, 2019

STAR Bristol welcomes refugees to learn about applying to University

The fantastic STAR Bristol held one of STAR’s first university information days earlier this week, welcoming refugees onto campus to explain about university applications, where to find funding and give a flavour of student life at Bristol.

STAR students began the day with a campus tour, showing the local refugee group around the beautiful Bristol campus and into its libraries, gardens and halls. During the tour STAR volunteers were on hand to answer questions about the university and what studying there was like to the group.

After a pizza lunch everyone sat down to hear the brilliant Alex from widening participation Bristol give a talk on how to apply to university in the UK and some hot tips on UCAS applications, deciding your course and writing your personal statement.

Chris from STAR national was on hand to chat about scholarships available to people seeking refugee protection that can’t access student finance to study in the UK. He presented about options available for refugees and asylum seekers to find support and funding to access higher education and about STAR’s Equal Access Campaign which has been campaigning on this issue for ten years.

A great part of the day was the two taster lectures put on to give a flavour of what lectures at university is all about. Students and refugees learnt about DNA and the building blocks of human life and why some people can roll their tongue and others can’t. The second lecture was on books in medieval Europe, how they made them, what people liked to write about and how to speak in old English!

Finally Bristol Sanctuary Scholarship team gave a presentation and question session about the sanctuary scholarship at Bristol with some of the current scholars on the scheme helped present and answer questions.

The STAR open day project has been run at Northampton, Birmingham and Bristol so far with lots more planned. To get your STAR group involved email [email][/email]

Around the UK over 60 Universities provide scholarships and bursaries for people seeking refugee protection. The full list and more information about equal access can be found on our website

Posted by STAR team on 22/02/2019 at 03:46 PM