Remote
Unpaid role, expenses paid
Voluntary, 5-6 meetings a year plus ad-hoc tasks as needed
Job description

STAR (Student Action for Refugees) is the national network of students building a more understanding and just society where refugees are welcomed and can thrive in the UK.  We are currently seeking two new members of our board.

About the role

STAR’s work and strategy is overseen by a voluntary board of trustees.  We are currently seeking two new members of this board and we particularly encourage applications from people with lived refugee experience.  We are particularly seeking people who can bring experience of any of the following:

●      Fundraising in the UK, especially from Trusts and grants

●      Financial procedures and accounting (especially people with accountancy qualifications)

●      Management within the UK’s Higher Education sector

●      Management within the UK’s charity sector

●      Campaigning skills

We are able to meet travel costs associated with attending Board meetings.

 

About STAR

STAR (Student Action for Refugees) is the national network of students building a more understanding and just society where refugees are welcomed and can thrive in the UK.

Our student groups based in colleges and universities and a central team of experts, work together at a number of levels to bring about lasting change. We:

●      Volunteer locally working directly with refugees, building understanding and connections

●      Campaign nationally for policy change and equal access to higher education for refugees

●      Learn about refugee protection and the asylum journey in the UK with experts and peers

People who arrive in the UK after fleeing war and persecution face many challenges in both claiming their right to asylum and in building new lives. Challenges that result from a hostile policy environment, negative public attitudes, unhelpful media narrative and a lack of access to services. Additionally, people seeking asylum are locked out of university. Treated as international students, they do not have access to student finance and are not allowed to work.

Our network of STAR student societies and activists is creating a more understanding, just and welcoming society - today and in the future. Set up by students in 1994, we are an inclusive network with UK students, students from refugee backgrounds and international students working together to make change. A small staff team, based in London, train and support the network and lead on national campaign and advocacy work.

Our impact:

In 2019/20 we were active in 61 universities and colleges in England, Scotland and Wales - 53 STAR student groups, in 39 towns and cities, were supported and empowered to take local and national action to welcome refugees.  Together we:

●      Campaigned for the right to work for asylum seekers, an end to immigration detention, improved refugee family reunion rights and improved access to university and more.

●      Volunteered in partnership with 43 local charities recruiting 1,623 STAR student volunteers for 82 projects supporting 3,166 refugees – providing academic support for children, English conversation clubs, drop-in centres, IT workshops, gardening projects, sports clubs, fun community events and more.

●      Organised 550 events attended by 22,000 people, providing a platform for experts by experience, academics, activists and organisations, to inform about asylum and the experiences of refugees.

●      Supported 9 universities with scholarship development, 8 STAR student groups to campaign for Equal Access at their institutions and provided information and advice to over 300 prospective students and university staff. We also established a group of Equal Access activists with lived experience to help lead our work on improving access to HE.

STAR has offices in London and currently employs the following staff: CEO, Student Network Assistant, Access to University Co-ordinator (part time), Volunteering Project Coordinator (part time) and 2 ESOL professionals working in the regions on consultancy contracts to support our Conversation Clubs.

About the role

STAR’s work and strategy is overseen by a voluntary board of trustees.  We are currently seeking two new members of this board and we encourage applications from people with lived refugee experience.  We are particularly seeking people who can bring experience of any of the following:

●      Fundraising in the UK, especially from Trusts and grants

●      Financial procedures and accounting (especially people with accountancy qualifications )

●      Management within the UK’s Higher Education sector

●      Management within the UK’s charity sector

●      Campaigning skills

We are able to meet travel costs associated with attending Board meetings.

 

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Posted on: 02 December 2021
Closed date: 31 December 2021
Tags: Fundraising, Governance

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