Useful Resources and Organisations

For STAR groups

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For universities

For people looking to access university

For help with your application

  • Refugee Support Network – Information related to accessing higher education and an HE advice line to help young asylum seekers, refugees and migrants aged 16-24 to access education.
  • We Belong – Support for young migrants seeking access university and 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).
  • RefuAid – Access to education support including funding for IELTS and English exams.
  • NARIC – Support with recognition and comparison of international qualifications.
  • UKCISA – The UK Council for International Students Affairs provides information and support to students classed as international and can answer questions about your eligibility for student finance and home fee status.
  • UCAS – The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) offers guidance for undergraduate applications, including a guide to applying on UCAS (available in different languages), advice on writing your personal statement, advice for people seeking asylum and refugees, and advice on choosing a reference.
  • The Complete University Guide – Information about applying to university, general funding information, open days and frequently asked questions.
  • Uni4me – Online events, activities and resources from UK higher education organisations that support your learning and enable you to find out more about your future opportunities.

For legal advice and support

  • Coram Children’s Legal Centre – Legal advice and casework related to educational law.
  • Migrant Children’s Project Advice Line – Information and legal support about entitlements to education (for young people as well as children).
  • Right to Remain – A UK-based human rights organisation that provides information, resources, training and assistance to help people to establish their right to remain, and challenge injustice in the immigration and asylum system.
  • Migrant Help – Support with applying for asylum accommodation and asylum support.
  • Refugee Action – Support with the asylum process and your entitlements.

Distance and online learning

  • Code Your Future – Free coding and employability courses for refugees and other disadvantaged people who are interested in becoming web developers.
  • Mosaik – A charity that supports refugees to access 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 – A solidarity-based knowledge exchange platform by displaced people and forced migrants.
  • Surviving To Thriving Project – A partnership project between the British Red Cross and the Refugee Council that helps young refugees and asylum seekers aged 11 to 25 in Birmingham, Leeds and Peterborough who don’t have parents or guardians in the UK to rebuild their lives and thrive in the UK.
  • Cambridge English Online Course – An online course on ‘Access to Higher Education for Refugees and Asylum Seekers’.
  • UNHCR Opportunities – A database of scholarship programmes open to refugees outside of the UK.
  • Depending on your location, you may be able to access further support from the Scottish Refugee Council, the Welsh Refugee Council, or the Irish Refugee Council.

STAR’s resources

After university and other support

  • RETAS provide assistance with access to education, re-qualification, training and employment to help them better integrate in their communities [Leeds-based].
  • Breaking Barriers helps refugees find employment at major companies.
  • TERN 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.
  • The Refugee Council offers therapeutic services and has a new Infoline in response to pandemic-related needs.
  • Do It has a collection of volunteering opportunities that you can get involved with.