INSTITUTION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE
Star, Student Action for Refugees
STAR (Student Action for Refugees) Resource for London 356 Holloway Road London N7 6PA
STAR Office: 0207 697 4130
WEB SITE OF THE INITIATIVE
- Financial support for refugee students
- Help desk and supporting services for refugee students
- Tutoring and peer support for refugee students
- University policies on access to higher education
- Newly arrived refugees
DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES
STAR is a national charity of 34,000 students welcoming refugees to the UK.
- Volunteer at local refugee projects
- Campaign to improve the lives of refugees
- Educate people about refugees and asylum
STAR is made up of 50 groups at universities and colleges across the UK and a national team which co-ordinates and supports the groups. STAR groups are students’ union societies which are affiliated to the charity. The charity is governed by STAR’s Board of Trustees, elected annually by the students themselves.
STAR has been campaigning since 2008 to ensure that people in the UK seeking refugee protection have equal access to higher education and can join the university as equals. Student activists and Student Unions are in a unique position to affect this change.
The Equal Access campaign is being run by STAR in partnership with the National Union of Students (NUS) and is supported by a broad coalition of agencies.
NUS and STAR are campaigning together to open colleges and universities to those seeking refugee protection in the UK. They want universities to:
Classify all those seeking asylum as home students for fee purposes
Offer at least 10 scholarships that cover study and maintenance costs for people who have come to the UK seeking refugee protection
Publicise their Equal Access policies so that potential students can easily apply.