Monday, January 10, 2011

STAR Launch NEW Equal Access Pledge

STAR is launching a new Pledge for universities to commit to do all they can to ensure higher education is equally accessible to refugees and asylum seekers in the light of changes to university funding.

Equal Access logo

Introduction

The government is planning to cut university funding and ask students to pay more through a rise in tuition fees.

These changes will affect many potential students. It is vital for us to ensure that refugees and asylum seekers are not forgotten and that every effort is made to allow them to access higher education in the future.

For full details on changes to university funding

The Pledge

We need universities to commit over the next year to doing all they can to ensure higher education is equally accessible to refugees and asylum seekers.

STAR is asking Vice-Chancellors to sign the Equal Access Pledge:

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Everyone has the right to education… and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
Art. 26, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Refugees and asylum seekers who are offered places in UK universities cannot take them up on equal terms with their British born peers because of inequality in fees, access to loans and permission to work.

This University supports the right to education and is committed to doing all it can to provide equal access on the basis of merit for UK students, refugees and asylum seekers.

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Take Action

As a student you can take action by:

  1. Writing to your Vice-Chancellor asking them to sign the Pledge
  2. Getting fellow students to sign a petition in support of the Pledge
  3. Asking individuals, such as academics, to sign a statement of support

See downloads below.

Be the first STAR group to get your VC to sign the pledge!

Downloads

Pledge Vice-Chancellor Sign up

Student Petition

Individual Sign up

Posted by STAR team on 10/01/2011 at 05:58 PM