Wednesday, January 13, 2021

It’s Time to Ditch The Divide

There is a digital divide and, all too often, refugees and asylum seekers are stranded on the wrong side. We can take action together. Help us put pressure on phone companies to do more by signing this petition.


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Posted by STAR team on 13/01/2021 at 05:04 PM

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Applying to University for 2021/22 - UCAS Deadline on 29th January

In light of the disruption caused by recent coronavirus restrictions, UCAS has extended the deadline to submit undergraduate applications by two weeks. If you’re looking to start an undergraduate course in September 2021, you need to apply by 6pm on Friday 29 January.


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Posted by STAR team on 06/01/2021 at 11:34 AM

Sunday, December 27, 2020

First Term Recap for STAR groups

STAR volunteer and Cardiff committee member Hannah L has reflected on the incredible achievements that STAR groups have had this term. Despite the difficulties that COVID restrictions have brought university societies and volunteering organisations, STARs have adjusted incredibly well.


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Posted by STAR team on 27/12/2020 at 10:30 AM

Friday, December 18, 2020

Merry Christmas from STAR!

This year has been unforgettable to put it mildly! At STAR, we have been so impressed by the work that STAR groups have put in despite the difficulties of running a society this year. In the run up to Christmas, we’ve been spotlighting groups, volunteering projects, campaigns and actions on our Instagram. Check out our ’12 Days of STARmas’ and follow us on instagram here


Posted by STAR team on 18/12/2020 at 04:40 PM

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Family reunion for some this Christmas, but not for all

This Human Rights Day, Niamh Punton from Leeds STAR has written about the importance of family to all of us, and why it is essential to reform refugee family reunion laws. If you’d like to find out more about the Families Together campaign click here and to add your name to the Families Together open letter click here.


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Posted by STAR team on 10/12/2020 at 08:45 AM

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.

image Maryam speaking at the 2019 Equal Access conference.

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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

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