Useful Resources and Organisations

If you’re a STAR student looking to campaign for Equal Access you can find out more on our campaign page

For further advice and information you may want to contact some of the following organisations/resources:

For legal advice and application support

Refugee Support Network – special helpline supports young asylum seekers, refugees and migrants aged 16-24 to access education.
Coram Children’s Legal Centre – legal advice and information on education for young people.
Direct-gov – Student Finance for information on student finance and how to apply.”
Let Us Learn – for advice on the long residence category (if you are not a UK national, but have lived in England for a substantial period of your life).
Migrant Children’s Project – provides information and legal support about entitlements to education (for young people as well as children).
The Refugee Council’s Guide -Short guide on access to further education in England for asylum seekers and refugees
RefuAid – Access to education support including funding for English exams.
Right to Remain – Right to Remain is a UK-based human rights organisation. We work with communities, groups and organisations across the UK, providing information, resources, training and assistance to help people to establish their right to remain, and challenge injustice in the immigration and asylum system.
UK NARIC – recognition and comparison of international qualifications.
UKCISA – The UK Council for International Students Affairs provide information and support to students classed as international and can answer questions about your eligibility and other complex queries.

For Universities

Article 26 project resources. Series of resources on Scholarship development and best practice developed by the Article 26 project, now hosted by Universities of Sanctuary
Universities of Sanctuary. Organisation promoting a culture of welcome in UK universities by rewarding and celebrating good practice. Part of the City of Sanctuary movement.
Universities of Sanctuary Resource Pack Detailed resource pack on how to become a University of Sanctuary.

Distance learning and general support

The Jamiya Project – A charity that designs with the refugee community using technology to support refugees accessing university through skills, guidance and finance programmes.
Kiron Open Higher Education – Kiron enables access to higher education and successful learning for refugees through digital solutions.
The Silent University – The Silent University is a solidarity based knowledge exchange platform by displaced people and forced migrants. It is led by a group of lecturers, consultants and research fellows. It’s an education platform outside of the restrictions of migration laws, language limitations and the other bureaucratic obstacles.
Surviving To Thriving Project – a partnership project between the British Red Cross, Refugee Council and UpRising. It helps young refugees and asylum seekers become active and valued members of their communities.
Cambridge English Online Course – Access to Higher Education for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
UNHCR promotes scholarship programmes (including the STAR list) around the world.

For further information on support available in Scotland, contact the Scottish Refugee Council.
For further information on support available in Wales, contact the Welsh Refugee Council.
For further information on support available in Ireland, contact the Irish Refugee Council.

STAR Links

Our list of the Equal Access Scholarships currently available is here.
For information on The Equal Access Campaign & how to campaign at your university, click here.

After university and other support

Breaking Barriers helps refugees find employment at major companies.

The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network supports refugees to grow their own businesses through offering advice and mentorships.

Find Courses helps to find available funding for vocational courses and professional qualifications.

Transitions London matches refugees with appropriate business opportunities for six-month internships that can transition into a permanent job.

upReach help young people achieve their career potential by providing an intensive programme of support that addresses socio-economic barriers to employment.

SEEKUK.ORG is an online job platform connecting refugees with employment opportunities and offering bespoke training and support. We believe that refugees should have the opportunity to build happy, stable lives once resettled. Seek UK is a social enterprise that helps refugees find work through our online job platform. We provide refugees with free CV help, job-seeking advice, interview practice and – most importantly – access to opportunities.