The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “Higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit”. In this exciting role you will help make this a reality for people forced to flee war and persecution.
In the UK people seeking asylum are locked out of university. They are treated as international students for fees purposes, yet do not have access to student finance and are not allowed to work. In addition, many refugees and asylum seekers find the UK university system difficult to navigate and struggle to get the help they need to do so.
STAR has been campaigning for equal access to university for the past 10 years and is part of a successful and growing movement of organisations and activists. Thanks to this work, there are now 75 universities offering scholarships and the guidance and support available for people seeking asylum and refugees has been hugely improved. In this role you will lead on STAR’s exciting access to university work including:
- Working with Higher Education Institutions to support them to develop scholarships and access programmes
- Empowering and supporting lived experience activists, students and staff to campaign for scholarships and raise awareness of the issue.
- Raising awareness of and advertising scholarship places and access programmes to potential applicants through outreach work
- Working with NGOs and partners to deliver policy change on access to HE for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and to promote the UK work internationally
STAR is the national movement of university and college students creating a society where refugees and asylum seekers are welcomed and are able to thrive as equal members of the community. We work to secure policy change, provide direct support through volunteering, open up access to university and educate about refugees and asylum to create a more understanding, just and welcoming society - today and in the future. STAR was set up by students at Nottingham University in 1994 and today spans 50 institutions across 33 towns and cities in the UK. We have a reach of 35,000 and an active membership of over 6000 students. Our movement is an inclusive one with UK students, students from refugee backgrounds and international students working together to make change.
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