Monday, November 23, 2020

STARs During Lockdown: How groups are being extra creative in lockdown

Societies in all universities are struggling to adapt to COVID restrictions. At STAR we understand how demoralising it can be having your initial plans for the year be cancelled or severely restricted. But we also know that STAR groups are also incredibly creative and determined to unite students in their community and welcome refugees to the UK.

We’ve spoken to four STAR groups that held online or remote events and fundraisers and heard all about how they managed to plan and carry out these events.

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Posted by STAR team on 23/11/2020 at 11:52 AM

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

STAR celebrates World Access to Higher Education Day

To mark World Access to Higher Education Day, STAR takes a look at why access to higher education for people seeking refugee protection is more important than ever. If you’re looking for a way to help, get involved in our #LetterToMySchool action today!

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Posted by STAR team on 17/11/2020 at 11:56 AM

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

STAR and Universities of Sanctuary Collaborate to Listen to Sanctuary Students

STAR trustee and Equal Access campaigner Maryam writes about her involvement in organising the Refugee Scholars Conference last month.

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Posted by STAR team on 10/11/2020 at 11:32 AM

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

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