Monday, September 28, 2020

Dear Prime Minister, children need their families….

Children need their families. We are raising our voices to call on the Prime Minister to reunite child refugees with their families. Please join us us by adding your name to the letter and sharing with friends and family.

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Posted by STAR team on 28/09/2020 at 02:57 PM

STAR & Oxfam together – Going virtual to face new challenges as a creative network

STAR and Oxfam share a commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of others, helping those in need, and educating others on their plight. It made sense to hold a joint event in September for members of both groups, especially in light of the unprecedented situation of a socially-distanced university and voluntary environment.

As student volunteers, supporting our own mental health can’t be forgotten. We have to balance high volumes of work with study, while the themes we regularly engage with can be intense and emotional. It is no surprise, therefore, that after a global pandemic is thrown into the mix, a word cloud at the beginning of the session revealed the apprehension students felt about the situation, despite the excitement we still shared.


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Posted by STAR team on 28/09/2020 at 12:40 PM

Friday, September 25, 2020

Looking Back At STAR’s 2019/20 Achievements!

As we enter into the new academic year it is with admiration and optimism at what STAR groups have achieved and are planning for the future.
If you’re a student interested in volunteering, campaigning, educating or fundraising for the equal treatment of refugees in the UK, join your local STAR group or start your own!


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Posted by STAR team on 25/09/2020 at 11:37 AM

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

My Time With STAR

Hannah Carbery, the former Vice-President of Nottingham STAR shares her honest experience of volunteering and leading a STAR and how it shaped her university life

We wanted to say a huge well done to all A-Level Students for their hard work throughout this year. Whatever your results, the power of your generation is unstoppable! Wherever the next chapter of your journey takes you, we know that you will achieve amazing things and that you are capable of making a great difference in the world so remember to always stand for justice, stand in solidarity with those who need it the most and welcome people who are seeking refuge in the UK.


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Posted by STAR team on 11/08/2020 at 02:19 PM

New Toolkit for Students with Humanitarian Protection

The Central England Law Centre and Warwick Law in the Community have released a new toolkit to explain recent developments in the law which should make it easier for students in England with humanitarian protection to claim ‘home fee’ status and to access student finance.

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Posted by STAR team on 11/08/2020 at 02:12 PM

Monday, August 03, 2020

Happy Results Day

This Scottish Results Day, we wanted to congratulate everyone on their Highers results and welcome you to university life! STAR groups across Scotland and the rest of the UK work tirelessly to play their part in welcoming refugees, and we wanted to introduce you to one of the leaders. Meet Ellie Carter, the President of STAR Edinburgh, where students are campaigning, volunteering, educating and fundraising in order to make a difference.


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Posted by STAR team on 03/08/2020 at 10:10 AM

Monday, June 29, 2020

It’s been a wonderful Refugee Week!

We had a successful Refugee Week this year, celebrating the contributions and achievements of people who have sought refuge and communities who have welcomed them with open arms. STAR groups across the UK marked the week by organising events, amplifying voices of people with lived experience, and imagining a better future while we also launched the Hearts of STAR project to celebrate STAR’s 25th birthday by looking back at STAR’s history and the exceptional people who have been part of the welcome movement.

Read on to find out some of the amazing STAR Refugee Week events that took place.

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Posted by STAR team on 29/06/2020 at 11:02 AM

Thursday, June 25, 2020

STAR’s Equal Access Update

Here are some of the final scholarship deadlines that are coming up and some new postgraduate scholarships that have recently been announced! If you want to see what your chosen university is like or want to check out where you might like to go – lots of universities are running “online open days“, so do check them out. We also want to know what your student or application experience has been affected by Covid-19 – be amazing if you could complete the survey below.

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Posted by STAR team on 25/06/2020 at 01:50 PM

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Hearts of STAR for the last 25 years

In celebration of STAR’s 25th birthday, we took the time to reconnect and share the stories of some of the people who made it possible for STAR to be where it is today. There are thousands more of you out there. Each and every one of you is amazing. You are the change-makers, who through the decades have strived to positively impact the lives of refugees and create a welcoming society in the UK. We are proud to share some of your stories in Refugee Week 2020.

We have also created a beautiful timeline of the stories – do have a look!


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Posted by STAR team on 17/06/2020 at 08:19 PM

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

STAR’s exciting plans for the first ever virtual Refugee Week

It’s nearly Refugee Week & we are looking forward to celebrating the first-ever virtual Refugee Week to ‘imagine’ a different world. STAR is an official Refugee Week partner organisation, sitting on the steering group alongside many great organisations who are doing amazing work to welcome refugees.

We have some exciting events and simple acts you can take part in including a collaboration with Refugee Week and The Giant Dolls’ House Project, a stand-up comedy night with No Direction Home and Mo Omar as well as STAR’s very own simple acts. Read on to find out more.


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Posted by STAR team on 02/06/2020 at 01:47 PM

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