Friday, April 23, 2021

Action Week 2021: students unite to close the barracks

In September 2020, the Home Office started using ex-military barracks in Kent (Napier) and Pembrokeshire (Penally) as accommodation for people seeking asylum. The barracks are ‘impoverished, run-down and unsuitable’ accommodation for people who have fled war, torture, and persecution.
Last month, STAR groups joined a national campaign action to put pressure on the Home Office to #CloseTheBarracks. Students across the UK took to social media to share news stories and experiences of people living in the barracks and to tweet the Home Office and their local MPs to demand an end to detaining people in prison-like conditions.

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Posted by STAR team on 23/04/2021 at 10:00 AM

Monday, April 12, 2021

My Marathon Year: Running for Refugees

Jake is a philosophy student at the University of Exeter and the previous President and Campaign Coordinator at Reading STAR. Read about why he and his brother Sam are running a half-marathon each month in 2021 to raise money for Student Action for Refugees.

You can donate to his fundraiser, and track his progress on his Just Giving page.

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Posted by STAR team on 12/04/2021 at 10:32 AM

Friday, March 26, 2021

STAR’s response to the New Immigration Plan

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On Wednesday 24 March, the Home Office proposed a series of unfair and unjust changes to the UK’s asylum system. Home Secretary, Priti Patel, described the changes as ‘the most significant overhaul of our asylum system in decades’.

Her vision for a new asylum system is published at a time when asylum applications to the UK are at an historical low, yet the number of refugees globally are at an all time high, with 80 million people displaced. Despite this, there is a significant backlog of pending asylum applications with more than 60,000 people awaiting the outcome of their asylum procedure. Instead of fixing the system, the Home Office is choosing to penalise people fleeing war and persecution based solely on how they arrive in the UK.

We must stand against this new plan, and work to create a welcoming environment where refugees are treated with compassion and dignity. We understand that our friends seeking asylum must be feeling concerned and anxious about these changes, and we stand with you during this difficult time.

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Posted by STAR team on 26/03/2021 at 04:57 PM

Friday, March 05, 2021

STAR is calling on the government to #CloseTheBarracks

For STAR Action Week 2021, take action to #CloseTheBarracks and put an end to detaining people in barracks and prison-like conditions. Bring a placard and join together in solidarity with students, residents from the barracks, and organisations working to close the barracks.
Sign up here

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Posted by STAR team on 05/03/2021 at 11:38 AM

Friday, February 12, 2021

Student Volunteering Week: Glasgow STAR’s Conversation Club

Across the country, STARs have adapted, collaborated and persevered during this global pandemic. Glasgow STAR’s conversation club is one of 40 ongoing projects taking place across the network, and this Student Volunteering Week, we asked Ella Mayne to tell us a little about how they have adapted during these difficult times.

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Posted by STAR team on 12/02/2021 at 02:17 PM

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

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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

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