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Refugees Initiative

New scholarship for a refugee student

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INSTITUTION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

BALLIOL COLLEGE - UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

COUNTRY

United Kingdom

CITY

Oxford

Address

Balliol College, Oxford, OX1 3BJ, United Kingdom

TYPOLOGY

- Financial support for refugee students
- Help desk and supporting services for refugee students
- University policies on access to higher education

TARGET GROUPS

- Newly arrived refugees

DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES

Introduction
Balliol College is pleased to call for applications for its new Balliol Students’ Scholarship from refugees wishing to study for an undergraduate degree commencing in October 2017. The scholarship is available to any student with current refugee status or a pending claim to asylum, whether in the UK, Europe or elsewhere. ‘Those affected by the refugee crisis currently face significant barriers to higher education. This scholarship recognises this, seeking to combat some of these barriers by providing some support to a talented student who, despite the obstacles facing him, has worked hard to pursue his education. The scholarship, was established on the initiative of Balliol students, as they saw other young people having their opportunities for higher education snatched from them and facing uncertainty about their educational future due to being refugees.
It aims to provide a talented student with the opportunity to study for a degree without disruption, so that they can achieve their full academic potential.

Activities
Balliol has a proud history of being open to all on merit, supporting students in need and welcoming refugees, notably in the case of Jewish refugees prior to and during the Second World War. It is delighted that another chapter has been added to that history through this initiative, led by students but involving the whole Balliol community.
It covers full tuition, College fees and living costs. The College subsidises food both directly and indirectly: catering pre-payment is the cheapest and most convenient way to eat in Hall. The College also supports student clubs and societies, both by a large annual subvention to the Junior and Middle Common Rooms, and by the funding of specific activities - as, for instance, the Musical Society Concerts, the Chapel Choir, Old Member career presentation evenings, and Bruce’s Brunch (weekly term-time talks hosted by the Chaplain). There are music rooms and computer facilities, a library, a studio theatre, two multi-gyms, and a sports field. Each year awards totalling around £3,000 are made from the Cadle Fund for sport of all kinds at Blue or half-Blue level or above.

RESULTS AND IMPACT

Results and Impact

It was made possible by the generosity of Balliol’s students, 80 per cent of whom donated; the support of Balliol’s Governing Body; and extensive matching funds from alumni and friends of Balliol, including seven who ran marathons to fundraise for it. The award is therefore a result of collaboration across the whole Balliol community.

Strenghts
Support for academic excellence is a top priority.The course fees (for which Home/EU students can access a tuition fee loan from the UK government for the full amount) covers your teaching, and other academic services and facilities provided by the University and Balliol to support your studies.

Challenges
It does not cover your accommodation or other living costs.